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Kira Bursky - We're Okay

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Kira Bursky by Gintare Zukauskaite
Kira Bursky  Photo Credit: Gintare Zukauskaite

Hearing from Kira Bursky is like opening a present.  You never know what to expect but odds are you're going to like it.  If you've seen her work you know what I mean. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with what's she's been doing and have a couple of things to announce.

First she has just graduated from high school.  She has been attending Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. A boarding school with an international reputation for it's studies in writing, visual, and performing arts. The film below is called We're Okay and it's her senior thesis film.  It is a story about self image that includes animation to portray what is going on inside the head of the actor.  Kira said she read a lot of self-help books in doing her research for material to include in the piece.  It sends a positive message that despite what we might think about ourselves or what others might think about us we are loved and wanted.



Kira Bursky and Neil deGrasse Tyson.jpgAlso, she made a film on the subject of using technology to aid foreign students in communicating when coming to America. It was chosen to be screened at the White House where she, along with her mother and the lead actress in Hello From Malaysia, Aiman Marzio, met with such notable people as Bill Nye, Kal Penn, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the president himself.


Enjoy the film and check out what Kira has to say below.

Thinking Speed, is a feature film of the book by the same name, written and directed by Lisa Menzel. It is being released this Friday, June 21st at ReelHouse.com.

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"An unassuming reader picks up a killer's autobiography and is transferred to her execution. Thinking this bizarre episode was a waking dream, the reader attempts to check out of the store where the book was purchased only to find the killer controls the shop and is taking the reader hostage. The two travel through time in order to change a series of events until the reader discovers a terrifying secret."




Thinking Speed by Lisa Menzel

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Thinking Speed is a big project for  the amount of money spent on it.  The film has been completed for less than two grand and many hours of preparation, filming and editing.  It was shot over 173 days resulting in 52 hours of footage to edit.  This has to be a labor of love for Lisa Menzel who wrote the novel, the screenplay, and directed the movie.  Also, for the cast and crew that contributed countless hours of their time to the production.




Lisa Menzel
Lisa Menzel  Photo credit: Ray Sofia

A Kickstarter campaign has been established to raise funds to get  the movie out on the film festival circuit.  If you'd like to help there are several perks being offered to contributors.



Lisa Menzel
Director accepting coffee.  Photo Credit: Luke Sejud
Kira Bursky - We're Ok.jpgWe're OK is a combination live action and animated tale of an 18 year old girl suffering from depression.  She has decided to kill herself.  In this fantasy drama we will see what's going on inside of Delilah and the part of herself she presents to her friends and family.

Kira Bursky will be directing.  Kira is well known here as an exceptional creative mind with several films in her catalogue as well as being a musician and songwriter.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for We're Okay and help fund a film that will not only be entertaining but give some insight into teen depression and sexuality.





Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las...

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)


America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.  

The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour  after the TV competition ends.  So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.

Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.


Find the city closest to  you below.
Kira ABYFM1.jpgKira Bursky is a talented young lady, filmmaker, and musician.  I always look forward to finding out what comes next from her.  She splits her time between home in Ahseville, NC and Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.  A boarding high school where she is in the Motion Pictures Arts program.

Kira has just directed and completed her short film Clean which was made for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project and won the award for Best Cinematography.   Recently I had the opportunity to talk with her about the film and some of her other work.  Find out what what she has to say below.

Kira Bursky - Fool's Paradise

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Kira Bursky.jpg"Tell me a story!" as the character in Sleepyhead might say.  Kira Bursky can do just that.  With a wonderful sense of style she can weave a tale on film that is sure get your attention.  She spends her summers in Asheville, North Carolina and the rest of the year at school in Interlochen, Michigan where she attends the Interlochen Academy of the Arts.  Often working with fellow filmmaker Mida Chu there.  They have made several films together and have won some awards at festivals with them.

"We both have distinct styles, but when we collaborate we create an almost seemingly new style: the IA Production style I guess one could say. We both recognize that there are some things that we cannot co-direct, but even when that sort of situation occurs (for instance, for our film "Johnny Boy" I directed, he DP'ed), the other person will DP or help out in some sort of large capacity."


Fool's Paradise is her latest and she's producing this one with her production company All Around Artsy.  Check out the Kickstarter campaign video and trailer below.   Help Kira get Fool's Paradise into as many festivals as possible.

Fool's Paradise Lead Roles:
Lu - David Dietrich
Mara - Aislin Freya Pax
The Father - Richard Camuto
Marcy - Crystal Craven

Jackson Ross.jpgJackson Ross is equally at home on screen or in the theatre, having taken to the stage in plays such as Midsummer Night's Dream, and Oedipus Rex.  A busy man, he has worn may  hats such as  film producer, director, writer, as well as being an actor.  In some of the films he's involved in, Jackson often plays the cop or wiseguy but he also likes roles that challenge his range.

Originally from Kinston, North Carolina he wound up in Miami via Minnesota.  In Minneapolis he had his first brush with movies while working as an extra in Drop Dead Gorgeous.  That's when he first  became interested in film.  While still in Minnesota Jackson produced films of both stage plays and screenplays.   He also met his wife Karuna Sun when she auditioned for a film he was working on.

From Minneapolis they headed to Miami where Karuna was urged to come for modeling work.  Jackson's first job in Florida  was playing a Russian thug in Burn Notice.  Ready to go anywhere he's looking to come back to North Carolina for some of the productions springing up in the area.   Here is a conversation with Jackson about where acting has taken him.




Auditions: Dance Theatre of Harlem

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The Dance Theatre of Harlem perform Dialogues ...

Dance Theatre of Harlem performs Dialogues  (Public Domain Image by Martha Swope via Wikipedia)


The Dance Theatre of Harlem is looking for highly trained classical dancers.  Audition dates are set for San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, and New York.   You may also audition by sending in an audition video.


Checklist
  • Repertoire includes classical, neoclassical and world-premiere ballets.
  • 30+ week contract.
  • Health benefits.
  • National and International touring.
  • Pre-registration recommended.
  • Bring resume, headshot and full-body dance photo.
  • Women must audition on pointe.
  • Audition fee: $20.00 in advance online, or $25.00 (cash only) in person.
  • Pre-registration is recommended for those who audition in-person only.

Auditions for In Living Color

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English: Lowie Slaying The Mic At The World Fa...

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In Living Color,  the sketch comedy show, is being revived with Keenen Ivory Wayans as the host.  If the two specials planned for the spring are a hit then look for a regular series next year.


Checklist:
  • Be prepared to do sketch comedy.
  • Bring headshot and contact information.


Audition for In Living Color
December, 20th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Laugh Factory
3175 North Broadway
Chicago, Illinois





   
English: Determined hikers A zoomed in version...

Image by Nick Smith via Wikipedia

Love in the Wild, an NBC reality show, will be holding open casting calls in San Diego and Chicago starting next weekend.

The show is a bit like Survivor with dating mixed in.  

What they are looking for:
  • Men and women ages 25-35.
  • Game changer personalities.
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to find love.


San Diego
Friday, December 9, 2011 ( 9pm-10pm )
Stingaree
454 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Producer: Renee  renee@kasstinginc.com


Casting Call: Survivor

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Open casting calls for the CBS reality series Survivor.  
Ozzy Lusth at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, May 20,...

Ozzy Lusth - Current Season Contestant  (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)


Checklist:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • If you have applied for previous season you must apply again.
  • Bring ID.
  • Be prepared to be filmed.


Friday, December 2 , 2011
5:30pm - 8:00 pm
Snoqualmie Casino (Ballroom)
37500 SE North Bend Way
Snoqualmie, Washington
(425) 888-1234

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
4:00 pm -7:00 pm
MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16
6800 N. Wayne Rd.
Westland, Michigan
(248) 355-7000


Friday, December 16th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater
12700 Hill Counrty Blvd.
Bee Cave, Texas



Fitness Model posing with dumbell. Photo by Gl...

Image © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com via Wikipedia

Open calls for casting of the Bad Girls Club, an Oxygen Channel series, starting this week  in Charlotte, San Francisco, Miami Beach, Pittsburgh,  Minneapolis and Columbia, SC.

Checklist:
  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • Be a self proclaimed "Bad Girl".
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.


Thursday, November 3rd: 
  • Charlotte: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Ed's Tavern, 2200 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina
Saturday, November 5th: 
  • San Francisco: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, The Cellar, 685 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California
  • Pittsburgh: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tilted Kilt Pittsburgh, 353 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sunday, November 6th: 
  • Miami Beach: 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Tequila Chicas, 1501 Collins Avenue (15th and Ocean), Miami Beach, Florida
Tuesday, November 8th: 
  • Columbia: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Jillian's, 800 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina
Wednesday, November 9th: 
  • Minneapolis: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Blarney Pub and Grill, 412 14th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota

   
Whitney Houston appearing at the O2 arena, Lon...

Whitney Houston (Image by Egghead06  via Wikipedia)

Ryan Hill Casting is seeking extras for the feature length movie Sparkle.  Needed are African-Americans to play enlisted men.

This is a remake of the film by the same name made in 1976 that was inspired by The Supremes singing group.  Starring Whitney Houston and American Idol winnerJordin Sparks.

Checklist:
  • Must be able to work all day November 7th, 8th, and 9th.
  • Send recent picture.
  • Include contact information.
  • Submit clothing sizes.


Send the information listed above to:
SparkleMovieCasting@gmail.com

Put "Military Men" in the subject line.

   
icon of Madonna, source picture taken in Septe...

Photo by Alan Light via Wikipedia

Madonna, the original Material Girl, and her daughter Lola Leon are searching for a spokesperson/model for their Material Girl clothing line.  There will be open casting calls in New York City, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Unable to attend?  You can also submit your information online, along with photos.


What you'll get:
  • A custom photo shoot in New York City.
  • Your Material Girl ad in cool magazines.
  • You'll be the face of Material Girl in stores and online.
  • A billboard in Times Square
  • $5,000 cash and more.



Casting for The Real World 27

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Open calls for casting of The Real World, an MTV series, this Saturday  in Columbus, Baton Rouge and New York City.

Checklist:
  • You must be 20 years old or older.
  • You must look like you're between the ages of 20 and 24
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.


Saturday, October 29th: 

  • Columbus: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Charlie Bear, 1562 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
  • Baton Rouge: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Mugshots Grill and Bar, 7425 Corporate Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • New York City: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York City

Casting Extras: Sparkle - Michigan

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American Idol winner Jordin Sparks performs at...

Jordin Sparks (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Ryan Hill Casting is seeking extras for the feature length movie Sparkle.  They will need over 3,000 extras for this movie.  Filming will span 6 weeks in October and November.

This is a remake of the film by the same name made in 1976 inspired by The Supremes singing group.  It will be starring Whitney Houston and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.


Email a recent picture, contact information, and clothing sizes to:
SparkleMovieCasting@gmail.com

Put "Sparkle Extra" in the subject line.












   

Casting Call: Figure - Michigan

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Michigan entrance sign

Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

Sleep Tight Entertainment is casting for the upcoming feature film Figure.  Filming will take place in and around Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan.  SAG (fully paid) applicants will be considered first but non-union talent is encouraged to apply.


Figure is about a mysterious man dressed in white that focuses on a certain group of teenagers as he murders members of the community.  Richard Pryor Jr. has been cast in the film.


Roles:
  • John: Caucasian male around 10 or 11 any size, any shape. 
  • Gina's Father: Caucasian male early to mid 40's any size, any shape.
  • Gina's Sister: Caucasian female around 7 or 8 any size, any shape.
  • Vanessa's Mother: Caucasian female late 30's early 40's small to medium build.
  • Mrs. Mitchel (Teacher): 40's, 50's, 60's race open any size, any shape. 
  • Brenda: Race and age open. Any size any Shape.
  • Prison Guard: African-American male in his 20's. Good physical shape.
  • Hospital Police Guard: Race open 20's to early 30's. Good phsical shape.
  • Party Girl: African-American female 20's any size any shape. 
  • There are also several nurse, police officer, and people on street 1 line roles available. Race, age, size and shape open.

Email headshot, body shot, and resume' to:

  • Put the role you are applying for in the subject line.
  • If you have a demo video you can email that also.
  • You must email all the information asked for.  If you email a link to the information you will not be considered for a role.
  • Auditions will be later this month. Date, time, and place to be determined.

   

Casting Extras: Heartland - Illinois

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Zac Efron Arrives at Tiff '08 Premiere of Me a...

Zac Efron (mage by christopherharte via Wikipedia

Heartland is the working title for a feature film by Ramin Bahrani.   There will be a casting call for extras in Dekalb, Illinois on Sunday.  Roles are available for all ages and types. A few of the roles are brief speaking parts but most are non-speaking. 

Staring in the movie will be Zac Efron, Heather Graham, and Dennis Quaid.  It is a story about an enterprising your farmer whose plans cause problems within his family.

Casting Call For Extras
Sunday, September 18th
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Egyptian Theatre
135 North 2nd Street
Dekalb, Illinois



   
Bobby Flay performing a cooking demonstration ...

Bobby Flay (Image bu Larkworb via Wikipedia)

Worst Cooks in America, a Food Network  production, is looking for just that, the worst cooks in America.  The recruits will divide up between Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell into two teams that will compete as they transform from bad cooks to champions of the dinner table.  The prize is $25,000.

Here's the catch.  You must be nominated by friends or family members and they must accompany you to the audition.

Checklist:
  • Bring a replication of your worst dish.
  • You must have your nominator come with you.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Culinary Institute LeNotre 
7070 Allensby Street 
Houston, TX 77022

Friday, September 16th, 2011
MUST arrive at 11:00 AM 
Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Must Arrive at Noon
Michelson Studios
163 Bank Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Faces Restaurant
380 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101