Cast Call for Untitled Short Film in German
CAST CALL – SHORT FILM
Production title: Untitled German Film
Union and Non-Union actors accepted.
Production Type: Independent
Project length: Short Film
The story follows a mother and her three daughters. The mother immigrated from the former East Germany sometime in the 1990s after the Berlin wall was opened, seduced by the image of the U.S. The two oldest daughters, who came as young children with their mom, now want to immigrate back to Germany, drawn to a culture they never got to experience growing up, one that recently welcomed more than a million refugees. The daughters feel estranged from what they perceive of the current U.S. cultural and political environment. While the mother grew up in a country that built a wall to keep people in, the daughters see that they now live in a country where the phrase “build the wall” is chanted at presidential campaign rallies. There is also a third daughter, who was born in the U.S. and is torn between her mother and her two sisters.
CASTING CHARACTER (almost all dialog will be in German)
Hannah, female, age 20-35. Any ethnicity. Speaks German fluently as her first language. Born in Germany, but brought by her mother to the U.S. as a young child. Now, as an adult, she has become disenchanted with life in the U.S. and wants to go back to Germany, causing a schism in her family. Hannah’s mother grew up in the former East Germany, which built a wall to keep people in. Now, Hannah is angry that she lives in a country where “Build the Wall” is chanted at rallies by the president of the U.S. Most dialog is in German, but Hannah switches to English sometimes when talking to her younger U.S. born sister.
Production location: Austin, TX
Director’s website: scottcobb.com
Director: Scott Cobb
Audition Date and Times: accepting video auditions, see casting call on Backstage.
Compensation: $125, plus IMDb credit, digital copy of the film, and food.
Submission Instructions: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Describe your German language proficiency. Include “Hannah” in the subject line. Include a headshot and acting resume as attachments in the email, and a link to a reel if you have one.
Shooting Date(s): March 28, 2020. We are planning a one day shoot, but we may schedule a second day on March 29. The shooting times will be 8 AM to 6 PM with a lunch break.
Rehearsal Dates: We would like to have at least one rehearsal before the shooting date.