Friday, June 24, 2011

Tucson: DATE CORRECTION - Casting Call for Short Film in Tucson


From: Rio Finnegan []
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2011 1:00 PM
Subject: Casting call: Correction, Auditions are in June, not July


Edit: Last email said Auditions are in July, that should have read JUNE.
Thank you for supporting local talent!

Will be held on Thursday, JUNE 30th, from 4:00-6:00pm at the Joel D Valdez Main Library, Tucson, AZ, in the Catalina Room. There will be FREE PARKING for up to 1 hour in the main parking structure located underneath the library. Auditions should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Production Details: The film will be shot in TUCSON, AZ. Specific locations will be announced later.

If you are interested in auditioning, Contact this E-Mail address: and please bring your headshot if you have one.

The Story

The Story is a narrative about an outcast, quietly living alone in his empty town by the train tracks. One day he finds a dead woman laying on the tracks. He connects with this body, pities it. So, he decides to carry her into his house. Since he lives entirely alone, he creates an odd relationship with the body, as if she is a guest in his house, he begins to care for the corpse. He decides to investigate the crime on his own without the involvement of the police, hoping to bring the killers to justice. This is not your average whodunit, this is the journey through the shadows within the mind of our hero and the mystery of the body becomes a catalyst for his explosive mental breakdown.

This is an introspective analysis about the corruption of human nature, told through speculative narration by the protagonist. This film's comment on violence presents a disturbing metaphor using a Piñata to emulate the deep seated brutality spawned as a child.

Roles Needed:

    Protagonist - Male, in his mid-30’s. He is a quiet, soft spoken, sympathetic character, he is often misunderstood. He lives alone, so the presence of this lifeless body becomes a catalyst towards his explosive mental breakdown.

    Two Thugs - Both males in their 20‘s to 30’s. They are weedy, cowardly punks. They could be junkies or petty thieves. The disturbed kind of guys who would beat down a homeless man, for fun.

    Victim - So, this character can look like anyone. In the victim's scene he is getting beat up by two thugs, so the actor must have staged skills, so it looks like he is getting beat up without actually getting hurt


Rio Finnegan - Writer/ Director - Rio is a budding filmmaker, drawing his influences from Kurosawa and Godard  to Gondry and Jonze. He is an active member of Voices Inc, a program designed to produce and share the stories of our community.  He has directed several documentaries, which have shown at the Arizona International Film Festival. He is presently working with the Arizona Theatre Company creating a film documentary of the ATC Summer OnStage program. He grew up emersed in theatre, and believes the experience of live theatre has influenced his desision to be a a practicing screenwriter and playwrite and plans to enroll in the film school at The California Institute of the Arts. He is also an avid music lover and enjoys writing and performing original music with his eclectic blues band, Quaking River.

Donny Tran - Producer - Donny graduated from the University of Arizona and went on to open his own production company shooting 2 pilot shows in Arizona, Get Ripped (WB) and the novela Modelos Y Cueros (Telemundo). He has also worked on several projects in Hollywood including Letters from Iwo Jima, Pirates of the Carribean 3 and Entourage. He teaches documentary video for Voices Inc.

This film doesn't pay, but food and copy of film will be provided. Goals are film fests and Sundance.


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