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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

English: David Cook performing at Toad's Place...

English: David Cook performing at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT (Photo credit: Public Domain by Mysticpurz via Wikipedia)

American Idol Season 12 will be holding auditions soon in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Charlotte, Newark, Chicago, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City.

Los Angeles
Registration: June 5th - 6th
Auditions: June 7th
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, California

San Antonio
Registration: June 12th - June 13th
Auditions: June 14th
100 Montana St. 
San Antonio, Texas

Registration: June 17th - 18th
Auditions: June 19th
Time Warner Cable Arena
1333 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

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.

Silhoutte of Marichen Ibsen (1799-1869) as a y...

Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

Extras needed for A Doll's House with Ben Kingsley being filmed in Cincinnati, Ohio this spring.

This movie is based on the play by Henrik Ibsen about a woman married to an overbearing husband who is trying to find out who she really is. Meanwhile the drama builds as a financial crisis looms.

Clover Casting is taking applications and will be needing between 900 and 1400 extras during the course of filming.

Casting Call: ABC's Glass House

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Svenska: Glashuset på Rådhustorget i Umeå Engl...

Image by Forslundagymnasiet  via Wikipedia

If you like to be the center of attention and are the one everyone wants to have at their parties then you are a candidate to be on the new ABC reality show Glass House.

A nationwide search is underway looking for dynamic, competitive, energetic, and outgoing people to compete for a chance to wien $250,000.

In-person interviews will be held in the following cities. Please email the listed contact for more information about interviewing in those cities.



Los Angeles


If you cannot interview in one of the above cities then send an email to and include a brief description of yourself and two (2) recent photos. All submissions become property of producer. Good luck.

CBS Logo Light

CBS Logo Light (Photo credit: watchwithkristin)

Open casting calls for the CBS reality series Survivor in Topeka, Kansas.  Special guests will be Lori Dellicolli of CBS Publicity, Guatemala winner Danni Boatwright, and  Yve Rojas from Season 21, Nicaragua.

  • 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.

Tyra Banks at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Tyrra Banks (Image by  Rita Molnár via Wikipedia)

The search has started for America's Next Top Model - Cycle 19.  Hosted by Tyra Banks  This series puts contestants through the paces on photo shoots and catwalks.  You will be under 24 hour camera surveillance and the pressure will be high.  This is a chance to get recognized.  Even if you don't win you will be seen by fashion industry movers and shakers giving you a chance to show that you are easy to work with, punctual, and can pull of the job with finesse.

  • You must be at least 5'7" tall.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 27.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Legible copies of your: United States passport and driver's license; or your social security card and birth certificate
  • Include: 3 Photos of yourself (closeup, full body, and bikini)
  • Contact information: Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Alternate Phone Number, and City You Live In.
  • Age, Height, and Weight
  • Include Video Tape
  • Video tape must not be over 3 minutes in length and must include your best runway walk.
  • Be sure to use your name and the region codes listed below on your photos and video.
  • Read the Eligibility Requirements then complete and mail the Audition Application with video, photos, and contact information.
  • If you do not mail the application package you will need to bring it to an open audition otherwise you will not be permitted to audition.  Open auditions do not require the videotape.
  • Application Deadline for video tape submissions is: March 13, 2012

Casting Call: Three Wishes - NBC

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A fairy offering wishes, illustration by John ...

Public Domain Image by John Bauer  via Wikipedia

Amy Grant and NBC are developing a new prime time series called Three Wishes.  What they are looking for are people who help others with little thought about themselves.  That person will be granted a wish that can be for them, a friend, a community, or their family.

"If you had one wish in the world and could ask for absolutely anything from the heart, what would it be?"

To apply you will need to submit a video tape, specify which state the wish will take place in, who the wish is for, what the wish is and why it should be granted.

Make a dream come true!


Casting Call for Harley Wives

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Woman Harley

Image by cloudchaser32000 via Flickr

Harley Wives is casting online for their reality series about women who ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  Share you stories about how, where, and why you ride.

Every month a new riders will be featured in this online series and will tell their story of how riding a Harley has changed their life.
English: Fanny Pak performing at Paramount The...

Image by Will Langley via Wikipedia

Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew is holding auditions in January.  Register your crew now and reserve a priority audition in the following cities.

  • Register your crew.
  • Attend one of the open calls or send a video submission.
  • Each crew member needs to complete application and release forms.
  • Bring a copy of your music to leave with the producers.
  • Come dressed in attire that will showcase your routine.
  • Be prepared to be at auditions all day.  Bring snacks and water.
  • Bring resume's, headshots, and DVD of performances if you have them.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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 )
454 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Producer: Renee

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)

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

Put "Military Men" in the subject line.