Richmond_VCUarts Cinema Seeking Actors for Short Film_April 11-12_PAID

VCUarts Cinema is seeking actors and background for ENDURING DUPLICITY, a Digital Short Film to be shot April 11-12, 2015 in and around Richmond, Virginia. Please send head-shots and resumes to: Please include the role(s) you are submitting for in the subject line. Include shoot date availability and your travel distance to Richmond. The auditions will be held in Richmond, Virginia, March 29, 2015. Thank you in advance for your submission! Submitting does not guarantee an audition; you will be contacted with the audition time and location if selected.


Story Synopsis: 

LeSean, an optimistic dreamer, only wants one thing: to take his high school sweetheart to prom; the issue being, Eric, his boyfriend, isn’t too fond of the idea. Caught between a secret and a hard place, LeSean is slowly consumed by despondence after watching Eric choose the side of his gay bashing friend during a school brawl. Recognizing that waiting around for him to change won’t make things better, LeSean breaks things off with Eric. But, to LeSean’s surprise, Eric persistently begins to back up his words with actions and finally asks LeSean to prom. LeSean faces the grim reality that maybe some secrets are better kept quiet.


Production Company: VCUarts Cinema Department

Executive Producer: Julian Pozzi

Casting Director: Portia Black

Shoot Dates: April 11-12, 2015

Audition Date: March 29, 2015

Audition Location: Richmond, Virginia

Pay: $25-$75 per shoot day



SUBMIT current head-shots and resumes to:

Include the following information:

Role(s) you are submitting for in the subject line


Union Status:

Contact information:

Shoot date availability:

Travel distance to Richmond:


Seeking the following principal roles:


LeSean (Male, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Young and  in love, LeSean is almost optimistic to a fault.  He wants his relationship to be publically validated but doesn’t fully understand the consequences of that choice. Must be comfortable with kissing a member of the same sex. $75 PER DAY

Eric (Male, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Quiet and cunning.  Eric is a true realist that has a firm grasp of all the negative consequences of his actions. He isn’t ready to make a public statement about his relationship. Must be comfortable with kissing a member of the same sex. $75 PER DAY

Mike (Male, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Short, loud, and boisterous, Mike is a homophobe and has a bit of a Napoleon complex and uses violence as a defense mechanism. He fears he may, in fact, be gay himself and seeks to “mask” it. By being overly masculine.  $50 PER DAY

Brian (Male, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Brian is openly gay and very comfortable in his own skin. He’s very outgoing and positive. He’s often a target of aggression from those that are uncomfortable with his sexuality.  $50 PER DAY

Teresa (Female, African American, 30s-40s)

Teresa, (LeSean’s mom) is very understanding and open to her son’s sexuality even though he doesn’t say anything.  She wants LeSean to open up to her, so that they can talk about it. $25 PER DAY

Mariah (Female, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Mariah is a popular pretty girl in school that every guy wants. She wants to be with LeSean and be appreciated for more than her looks. $25 PER DAY


RICHMOND – Assistant Directing Seminar – Mon. March 30th – FREE

“The Importance of the AD to Both Process & Creative”

with French AD & Director Jean Achache and Charlottesville based AD Jack Steinberg. Discussing what this important on-set job entails and how their role affects both production and the creative.

Free and open to anyone in the film business – both experienced & learning, but please rsvp to or sign up here. Students welcome!

This is a MasterClass with the 2015 French Film Festival-Richmond, Virginia. Sponsored by The Virginia Film Office, Virginia Production Alliance, and Trademarky Films, with moderator: Virginia Bertholet.

Where: Trademarky Studios, 1613 W. Main St., RVA 23220

When: Monday, March 30th from 7:00-9:00 PM


ALEXANDRIA – Internship Opportunity with Documentary Production Company


JOURNEY FILMS is seeking an intern/s to help creatively implement an effective social media strategy around their new documentary film CHAPLAINS — coming to national Public Television this Fall.

Take a look at the trailer of the film:

Interns will work directly in consultation with the film’s producers and social media strategists. Interns will interact with national media, religious leaders and leading educators.

*Note* : This is an internship with a Documentary Production Company that is in Post-Production of their current film, CHAPLAINS.  Their next project and production — which the Intern may be asked to help on — will likely begin during or after Fall 2015 — that is when cameras will turned back on.



Journey Films is an independent television and film production company that has produced more than 30 award-winning documentary films on topics of religion, faith and spirituality that have been seen on PBS, ABC, NBC, BBC and other networks worldwide.

Please check out their website, specifically the information we have on the film CHAPLAINS, before you apply.


*Open-minded and knowledgable about different religions — They do not represent any particular faith at this organization, but embrace all.

*Quick-thinker, Multi-tasker, Idea Generator, and Follows through.

*Photoshop / InDesign / After Effects

*Spanish-speaking (a plus !)



Minimum Requirement: 15-20 hour weekly.

Location: Old Town Alexandria — 1413 King St, Alexandria, VA (Metro: King Street Stop)

Pay: Stipend offered — discuss upon interview.



Please send cover letter explaining your interest in working with Journey Films and this film in particular, why and how this position will fit with your interests and/or areas of expertise.

Attach resume / writing samples / video reel — one of these or all of these — just to give a little sample of the type of work you’ve done — even if it’s unrelated to documentary film.

Email your cover letter and resume to: 

Subject line: CHAPLAINS Internship 


MCLEAN – Job Opportunity: Production Coordinator – Cortina Productions

Production Coordinator – Cortina Productions is seeking a Producer/Writer for a contract position for a minimum of 2-3 years experience. Must have experience executing contracts for production crew members, experience preparing locations for shooting, including equipment rentals and logistical planning,  on-set production experience – dealing with the logistical operations of a film set.  Experience in historical film production preferred. Must be available to start immediately through the end of May with the possibility of an extension beyond that.

Ideal candidate will have

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attention to details
  • Ability to Multi-task
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs
  • Knowledge and interest in history is preferred.


Please e-mail your cover letter with day rate, and resume to No phone calls. Please include the job title in the subject line.

Cortina Productions

McLean, Virginia


VIRGINIA BEACH – Casting call for non-paid, non-union short student film – March 27th

What: Casting call for Regent University grad student project; Non-paid, non-union.

Genre: Short film, suspense/horror.

Where: Regent University, Communications building, room 101

When: Friday, March 27th @ 6:30PM

Shooting dates: April 3rd and 4th (night shoot, aprox. 5pm – 1am)

The short film explores a home break-in with a supernatural twist.

 Looking for:

Strong male lead (20’s -50’s) – Character is unstable, running from something he cannot see when he breaks into a house, taking an unsuspecting woman by surprise.

Strong female lead (20’s – 30’s) – Character is at home alone when a strange man bursts in talking about being chased by something.

Please email resume/head shot to:


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Lights, Camera, Audition: The Technique of Virtual Auditioning ($145 early bird, $160 regular)

Lights, Camera, Audition: The Technique of Virtual Auditioning

an workshop on self-taping led by Erica Arvold, CSA

The ability to self tape and produce a good virtual audition is an invaluable skill in the modern actor’s arsenal.  The virtual audition is not only about the performance, it is also about submitting a video that looks professionally produced.  The quality of a self tape helps your audition stand out from the rest.  You do NOT have to have a film crew to achieve that higher production value – and if you’ve wondered how to improve your own self tapes, this participatory workshop is for you!

Please join producer/casting director Erica Arvold, CSA, and arvold session director Mike Duni for a hands-on, practical workshop on self-taping.  They will work with participants one-on-one, giving tips, advice and feedback to actors who want to improve their basic cinematography & self-taping skills.

Friday, April 24
1 – 5 PM

$145 through 4/10/15
$160 after 4/10/15

We recommend that participants have at least a small amount of experience in self-taping, operating a camera (whether a DSLR or your iPhone), and basic editing (whether you use iMovie or Premiere).   The focus of the workshop will be on taking rudimentary skills to the next level once the camera is on and rolling.

Topics that will be covered include:
– advice on preparation and appearance
– practical and technical tips on taping, including lighting, slating, framing, and sound
– basic setup needed
– how to work with your reader
– basic uploading / delivery

To reserve your ticket, please click:

This workshop is open to participants 17 years of age and above.  Students are encouraged to bring their camera and any equipment they use to tape at home – the goal is for students to leave comfortable and confident and ready to submit a fabulous self-tape.  If you do not have a camera or a phone that you use for taping auditions, please feel free to attend; however, it is recommended that you have basic self-taping knowledge to get the most from the session.


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Seminar: Intro to the Legal and Business Aspects of Filmmaking – March 30th – Free!

The business and legal aspects of filmmaking are rapidly changing as new platforms for distribution continue to evolve. This free lecture will provide an overview of important issues related to development, financing, production, distribution and other current trends in today’s film market. This lecture is ideal for beginning filmmakers and experienced filmmakers who have specific questions in this area. Time will be set aside for questions with the lecturer, Kirk T. Schroder.

March 30th, 7:30-9:00 PM

The Seminar Center

624 Berkmar Circle

Charlottesville, VA 22901



WASHINGTON, DC – Newseum Seeking Summer Intern – Application due April 10th

The Newseum is seeking applicants for a Summer Production Intern. The intern will work with producers to develop content for interactive exhibits and video projects. The internship requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours a week, is for academic credit, and will begin in May 2015. If interested, please send a resume and a cover letter to   The deadline for application is Friday, April 10.


-Assignments will involve identifying and researching content and video for upcoming exhibit video installations (including archival video, fresh content, news makers and journalists for interviews).

-The intern will work closely with the producers in the broadcast department to create podcasts and to edit/produce short web videos, in conjunction with current exhibitions.

-Other duties: Transcribing video content, writing descriptive audio scripts,  hands-on assistance with in-house and location video shoots, digitizing and organizing media


-Excellent research and writing skills; use of social media; the ability to work independently; close attention to detail.

-Knowledge and technical skills in any combination ofPremiere, AVID, Final Cut Pro, and Photoshop are a distinct advantage.



YORKTOWN – Actor’s Workshop April 11th and 12th – $180 fee

On Camera TV/Film Workshop with acting coach Aaron Jackson

April 11th and 12th, Yorktown VA

Do you know who you are, what you have to offer and how you fit in the business? This workshop will give you the tools you need to be a successful working actor. Learn how you are perceived and how to best market yourself as an actor. Aaron has helped hundreds of students launch their careers and achieve their goals. Aaron shares his 30+ years of experience in the industry with his students through this unique workshop, working closely with each individual to finely hone their craft.  

Register for the full weekend Actors Workshop and your name will be entered into our drawing for a free one-look headshot.

The winner will receive a full experience actor’s photo shoot with renowned photographer, Sara Harris.

As a student:

  • Learn how you are perceived in front of the Camera.
  • Get to know yourself and think on your feet.
  • Learn a sure-fire technique to break down your scenes.
  • Commit to your choices.
  • Be prepared for your audition.
  • Learn how to best market yourself as an actor.
  • Head shots are offered to all students at a reduced price.


Full Weekend Workshop:$180

Saturday Workshop: $116

Sunday Workshop: $95


Contact Sara Harris directly to schedule an appointment for your headshot:,, 213-453-6059

For more details and to register click here:


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Oscar-nominated African filmmaker returns to UVA for artist residency

World-renowned filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako is returning to the University of Virginia from April 9 through 12, through the support of U.Va.’s Department of French, Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts, in partnership with the Paramount Theater and the Virginia Film Festival.

His current film “Timbuktu” was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was one of the five 2015 Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. It also raked in seven of France’s coveted César awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Sissako’s U.Va. residency will include speaking at an African cinema class, a cinematography class and a French film seminar. He also will participate in workshops, master classes and discussions with members of the University community.

In addition, “Timbuktu” will be screened at 7 p.m. on April 11 in a free public event at the Paramount. The screening will be followed by a conversation and audience discussion with Sissako. U.Va. students will be invited to a special pre-screening reception with the filmmaker before the event.

For more information, check out the rest of this article:


CHARLOTTESVILLE – “The Joy Dialects” Arvold Education Seminar – SATURDAY, MARCH 21st

Join us for an discussion led by dialect coach, theatre artist, educator, and author Janet Rodgers…

The Joy of Dialects:

A Whirlwind Tour Around the World

Part of an actor’s craft is giving his/her character an authentic voice…literally!  Dialect is a crucial part of preparing (and, let’s be honest, booking) a role, one that cannot be overlooked or put off until the last minute. Janet Rodgers, dialect coach will lead this discussion to demystify the art of dialects. She’ll give a basic overviewas well as discuss what is involved in successful study and preparation.

Mid-Atlantic actors, you know that Virginia in particular attracts period projects (Turn, Lincoln, Killing Lincoln, John Adams), which require especially authentic British, Scottish, and sometimes French and Irish accents. The proper dialect should be a tool in every actor’s toolbox – come find out how to make sure it’s one in yours.

Topics covered will include:

  • Dialect vs. accent, and the basics of each
  • The differences in British dialects
  • Nuances of working dialects with different schools of acting
  • How and when to work with a dialect coach
  • The importance of enjoying dialect study

Saturday, March 21st

1 – 3 pm

Charlottesville, VA

 Tickets: $60

All film artists, at all levels of experience, are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Children under 17 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Participation and the willingness to try some basic dialect exercises is encouraged!

To reserve your seat, please click:


Arvold LIVE, Chapter 2: Your Picture, Your Resume, Yourself – FRIDAY, MARCH 20th – CHARLOTTESVILLE

arvold LIVE, Chapter 2: 

Your Picture, Your Resume, Yourself

a roundtable discussion, hosted by

Come join Erica Arvold, CSA, and acting coach Richard Warner for a candid discussion about self-presentation, with a focus on the relationship between the three-dimensional person and his/her two-dimensional headshot and resume. They’ll discuss the essential elements of a successful headshot and resume, the importance of making sure your authentic persona shines through your materials, and how to make those materials stand out from the huge pile on the casting director’s desk.

This series explores the philosophical and pragmatic aspects of not only maintaining, but also growing your career, polishing and refining your craft, raising the bar of this industry, and keeping yourself healthy. Open to all film artists and artisans (those under 17 must be accompanied by a guardian) who are interested in the creative life and an actor’s craft!

Friday, March 20th

6 – 8 pm

Charlottesville, VA

Tickets: $65 

We encourage participants to bring their headshot and resume for review and discussion.  Because this will be an intimate group discussion, with participation from audience members encouraged, space is limited to 20 participants.

Special discounts available (please email for details):

  • The Frequent Collaborator:for participants who would like to attend three or more LIVE conversations, you will receive a discount on your third LIVE conversation.
  • Friends and Family: Refer a friend and get a $10 refund

To reserve your seat, please click:

**PLEASE NOTE: this is not an audition.  We encourage participants to bring their materials for review, but they will be used solely for educational purposes.


RICHMOND – Casting Call for Independent Short Film – March 20th

Casting Call

SYNOPSIS: The first portion of a two-part short film– a young man holds out all night for a last chance to explain his shortcomings to an ex-partner before his departure to a new city the next morning.


TITLE: Right Now a Moment

TYPE: Super 16mm short film

UNION STATUS: Non-Union, Paid

FORMAT: 16mm Film


DIRECTOR: Maurice Vellas

PRODUCER: Hyekang Shin


DATES: April 3-6, 2015, (2-3 days of that weekend)

LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia



Principle Cast

Kris – Female. Early 20s. Any ethnicity. An ex-partner of the film’s protagonist who is trying her hardest to remain his friend without making any promises she can’t keep. Two years after their ambiguous separation, she feels secure in her current relationship but worries about her ex. She is compassionate, level-headed, and forward-thinking.

Marie – Female. Early 20s. Any ethnicity. An acquaintance of the film’s protagonist. She’s easy going and responsive to others, but often doesn’t know what she wants. They’ve felt something for each other before, but have never been together. She’s been hurt in relationships before and isn’t in a hurry to get into one now, but is also tired of shutting people out of her life with whom she might connect.

Extras – Males and Females – Partygoers. One speaking role.


PAY: $100/day for principal $50/day non-principal

OTHER: 1 Meal per 6 hours, Film Credit, Copy of Film



SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: Thursday, March 19th

SEND EMAIL TO: (SUBJECT LINE for physical audition should have: Casting_charactername(s)_lastnamefirstname)

DATE/TIME: March 20th

LOCATION: Richmond, VA



SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: Saturday, March 21st

SEND EMAIL TO: (SUBJECT LINE should have: Video_charactername(s)_lastnamefirstname)

INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume, Link to Video of Line Read ( link or link)


VFF High School Director Competition – Submissions due August 19th

ACTION! The VFF’s High School Director Competition

The Virginia Film Festival encourages students to pursue their passion for filmmaking and create an entry for ACTION! The VFF’s High School Director Competition. Open to rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are current residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, ACTION! will award three (3) prizes to three best director or directing teams to support the winning student(s)’s continued film education.  The Grand Prize is $1,000, and two (2) Runner-Up Prizes are $500 each.

Submissions are due Wednesday, August 19, 2015 through our electronic entry form which includes a video link to the film.

2015 ACTION! Resources


Facebook page:

For further information or questions, please email


Virginia Film Festival

PO Box 400869

Charlottesville, VA 22904


BRISTOL – PUSH Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions – Deadline April 20th

The PUSH festival is calling for submissions! The first-year festival will be held on June 12—14, in downtown Bristol, bringing a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, and screenings of juried films including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia.

The competition will award prizes in four categories: Best Short, Best Feature, Best Tennessee Film, and Best Virginia Film. With the last two categories, the films must have been shot, in part or entirely, in the relevant state or have been made by a filmmaker whose hometown or current residence is in Tennessee or Virginia.

Filmmakers can submit their films via Film Freeway (, or by sending an email screener link to committee member Rusty Sheridan (

While electronic submission is encouraged, filmmakers can also submit a DVD by mail to Believe in Bristol, Attn. PUSH! Film Festival, PO Box 1931, Bristol, TN 37621.

The deadline for submissions is April 20 and the late deadline is May 18. For shorts, Tennessee, and Virginia films, the fee is $15 and $25 for late deadline for submissions; for features, the fee is $30 and $40 for late deadline submissions. Students and educators can submit films for free.

Filmmakers will be notified of the status of their film in early June after  the jurying process is complete.

For more information about PUSH! Film Festival and the film competition, visit or call 276-644-9700.