DC_Iranian Film Festival and Discovering Georgian Cinema

Smithsonian/ Free and Sackler Galleries :

The 19th Annual Iranian Film Festival runs from Friday, January 9 to Sunday, February 8 with the following films:

Manuscripts Don’t Burn

Friday, January 9, 7 pm

Sunday, January 11, 2 pm

Made in defiance of a 20-year ban on filmmaking, this incendiary thriller was inspired by the Iranian government’s 1995 attempt to murder several prominent writers and intellectuals.

Fish & Cat

Friday, January 16, 7 pm

Sunday, January 18, 2 pm

In person:  Shahram Mokri, director (Friday only)

Based on a true story about a rural Iranian restaurant that served human flesh, this highly original film was shot in one continuous take.

What’s the Time in Your World?

Friday, January 23, 7 pm

Saturday, January 24, 2 pm

A woman returns to Iran and recovers her past in Safi Yazdanian’s debut feature, which won the FIPRESCI Award at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival.

Bending the Rules

Friday, January 30, 7 pm

Sunday, February 1, 2 pm

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Bending the Rules illuminates the conflict between emboldened young people and an older generation that fears the consequences of rebellion.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Friday, February 6, 7 pm

Sunday, February 8, 2 pm

Once known as the “Persian Picasso,” exiled artist Bahman Mohassess recounts his fascinating life in this lively, lyrical documentary.


Discovering Georgian Cinema runs from Friday, February 13 to Sunday, February 22 and features the following films:


Friday, February 13, 7 pm

Live accompaniment by Trio Kavkasia

Directed by one of the great early figures of Georgian cinema, this cherished classic from 1928 depicts the country’s majestic landscape and the deep-rooted traditions of its people.

Salt for Svanetia

Sunday, February 15, 2 pm

Live keyboard accompaniment by Burnett Thompson; introduced by Dr. Peter Rollberg, GWU

Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1932 debut film is a haunting portrait of life in a Caucasus village that is cut off by snows from the outside world.

Nail in the Boot

Sunday, February 15, 3:30 pm

Live keyboard accompaniment by Burnett Thompson; introduced by Dr. Peter Rollberg, GWU

The poor quality of a nail in a soldier’s boot leads to the defeat of a military unit in this allegory on Soviet industry from 1932.

Paradise Lost

Friday, February 20, 7 pm

Davit Rondeli’s “Paradise Lost is still called the best Georgian comedy of the 1930s,” according to the Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema.


Sunday, February 22, 2 pm

Introduced by Dr. Julie Christenson, GMU

One of the most important censored films to come off the shelf with the cultural liberalization of the late 1980s, Repentance was the first to deal with the terrors of the Stalin era.


Statewide_Seeking accented voices for voiceover work_PAID

Greetings all,

We had a lot of luck the last time we sent this ad out and had a wonderful turnout for our first recording.  However, we still need a couple of more accents.  We are recording locally this week, please see below.

I am working on a television program and we’re seeking accented English speakers to read over voiceovers.   Pay is $50/hour in the recording booth.

We have many foreign-language interviewees and we are looking for authentic voices to read the content of the interviews in English.  This is recording work, not on camera.  Amateurs welcome.

If anyone is interested, please email scriptedvoices@gmail.com with phone number and accent.

We need the following accents –

Ugandan Adult Male
Ugandan Adult Female
Chinese Adult Male
Chinese Adult Female
Chinese Young Female
Indian Adult Male
Indian Adult Female

Thanks so much,

Katy Jones Garrity


DC_Full-time Editor or Editor/Producer_O’Keefe Productions

O’Keefe Communications, Inc. is seeking a full-time Editor or Editor/Producer.


  • 3+ years experience as a Video Editor.
  • Proficient with Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, and After Effects.
  • Has strong understanding of post-production workflow, file formats, and codecs.


  • Edit various video productions (branding pieces, conference opens, awards segments, PSAs).
  • Complete color correction, audio mixing and some 2-D animation.
  • Assist in upkeep and maintenance of post-production equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Is self-motivated, with the ability to comunicate needs in a positive and productive way.
  • Works independently – and also with the production team.
  • Enjoys video storytelling and the collaborative process.
  • Skilled at video content selection and judgement.
  • Provides creative input or concept feedback.
  • Proficient with Mac platforms.
  • Experience with scripting and video storyboarding are pluses.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Please email employment@okeefecom.com with resume and include a link to your relevant work samples.  No phone calls please.


Thank you!




Tina Hoffmann
Director of Video Production
O’Keefe Communications, Inc.
4301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20008
p. 202.363.2101 | f. 202.363.1948

What is O’Keefe Communications?
Find out at www.okeefecom.com/promo.html


NORFOLK_Pre-taped Audition Boot Camp Workshop: Executing Video Auditions_ 12/13/14_$100 VPA members

*Pre Taped Audition Boot Camp Workshop: Executing Video Auditions  VPA 12/13/14

The purpose of this workshop is to professionally prepare actors for executing video/pre taped auditions. Attendees in this 4hr workshop intensive will learn how to make themselves stand out in a video audition. Pointers, tips, and techniques will be given on how to make your pre taped audition a memorable one. A variety of professional techniques will be highlighted to improve audition skills. Mock auditions will be recorded and critiqued to improve your skills.

Workshop Key Points: Michael Shurtleff’s 12 step script scoring technique, character development, name slate,  film presence/presentation, focal points, moment to moment acting: verbal/nonverbal

$100 for VPA members
$150 for general public.

Address: 3447 E Ocean View Ave Norfolk VA
Phone: 757-701-7098



NOVA/DC/MD – The Business of Screenwriting workshop

Local screenwriter Khris Baxter will hold a workshop this Saturday at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD!

It’s a great opportunity for screenwriters from all surrounding areas — the course will go beyond just the creation of a great screenplay and cover essential topics for the professional screenwriter, or anyone trying to sell their work (novel, memoir, etc.) to Hollywood.

Topics covered:

      –  The role of the producer

     –  The role and importance of the distributor

     –  Film Finance 101

     –  The development process (working with producers)

     –  Working with a casting agent (worth their weight in gold)

     –  What?s an option (things to look for in the option agreement)

     –  Writing treatments

     –  Agents and Managers – what’s the difference and which do you need?

     –  Understanding the global film market (hint: the U.S. market is small


     –  Writing the backdoor pilot (as a way to break into TV)

     –  Pitching 101



     The Writer’s Center

     4508 Walsh Street

     Bethesda, MD 20815


Saturday, 12/20/2014,  10am – 4pm

$100; discount for members of The Writer’s Center

To sign up:






Dreams Factory Seeking FUN Images/Photos for VA Lottery “Throwback” TV Commercials!

Dreams Factory is seeking still pictures and images for three Virginia Lottery “Throwback” Television Commercials. These are awesome and fun cultural “Throwback” commercials to different decades – Time capsules of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s.

The images should be of you during the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s in the form of still pictures, polaroids, scans of stills, and/or digital images. The pictures should show a slice of the times, just like throwback Thursday pictures on Facebook. They can be posed pictures, or pictures of you that friends shot during various activities. Anything that represents the decades in clothing, hairstyles, activities, anything at all.

Age range in the pictures should be between 20 to 35 during each of those decades. (ie. 20 to 35 years old in the 1970’s, 20 to 35 years old in the 1980’s, and 20 to 35 years old in the 1990’s.)

Please submit your pictures and/or links to your pictures to dreamsfactoryproduction@gmail.com

Also submit your contact information, your email address and phone number. And ask questions if needed.

Please note; these do not need to be professional quality pictures or headshots, just the opposite; they should be real-life pictures of you during those decades.

Compensation will be provided if your image is selected and used.

Below are a few references to each decade;


Throwback 70’s pictures:
Hippy hair, afros, feathered hair, mustaches, headbands, bell-bottoms, hip-huggers, tie-dyed shirts, leisure suits, butterfly collars, platform shoes, and disco dancers are all awesome!


Throwback 80’s pictures:
Parachute pants, crimped hair, big hair, mullets, headbands, Ray-Bans, mismatched clothes, jackets with shoulder pads, valley girls, Madonna look, glam rock look, metal musician look, hip hop look are all great!


Throwback 90’s pictures:
90s fashion clothing, 90’s hairstyles, Gen X’ers, curtained hair, boy band look, grunge look, rapper look, rollerblader look are fantastic!


Tim Dowdle, Executive Producer
Dreams Factory
1813 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223

phone: 804-698-5488
cell: 804-306-5388



NORTHERN VIRGINIA_Hiring Directors/Choreographers/Stage Managers_PAID

HIRING – PAID POSITIONS: Directors/Choreographers & Stage Managers with strong teaching skills for Moonlit Wings Productions December camps and Winter 2015 classes.

SEEKING Director/Choreographers & SM’s for “Broadway Bound”, 2 and 3 day winter camp, session dates below. Our creative team works with talent ages 7-14 on excerpts from a popular Broadway show, improv games, pool time, etc. with a showcase for family/friends on the final afternoon.

Pay rate: $125/day. Hours: 9-4pm.

Locations: Falls Church, Vienna, and Springfield, VA.

– B’way Bound Session 1: Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, 2014
– B’way Bound Session 2: Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 29-31, 2014

ALSO HIRING Teaching Artists for our weekly classes “Lights, Camera, Action!” beginning January 2015, pay rate DOE. Instructor will teach two back-to-back classes, an hour long class for ages 4-6 at 5:30pm and a second class for ages 7-14 to follow from 6:45-8:15pm, sessions below:

– Classes (Falls Church) – Mondays starting Jan. 12th, 9-weeks
– Classes (Springfield) – Tuesdays starting Jan. 13th, 9-weeks

TO APPLY: Please email info@moonlitwings.org your cover letter and attached your resume. ***Please specify which programs/dates you’re available to work.***

Learn more about us at www.moonlitwings.org or watch this short & sweet vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT0BmFwv6hs


RICHMOND_Casting seeking 12 actors for 2 Commercials_PAID

Two: 30 Non-Union National Commercials

Client: Carpenter Company’s SleepBetter Mattress
Production Company:  Metro Productions
Director:  Richie Ellison
Assistant Director: Dermot Faulds
Line Producer:  Tricia Dewey

Casting Director:  Anne Chapman, CSA
Casting Assistants: Michele Lombardi, Shannon Laribo

Audition Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Callback Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014
Audition Location:  Richmond, Virginia

Shoot Dates: December 9th, 10th & 11th, 2014
Shoot Location: Richmond, Virginia

Rate: Lead Roles –  $500+10% (if agent) per shoot day, + $1000 buyout.
Extra Roles – $200+10% (if agent)

Please submit electronically by Noon on Monday, December 1st, 2014 to be considered.

Please keep in mind these are Non-Union commercials when submitting. 


SLEEP DEPRIVED HUSBAND: Any Ethnicity Male, mid 30s.  Goofy and sweet a la Dick Van Dyke.  This loving husband and father is so sleep deprived, due to his old mattress, that even the most basic morning routine is starting to go hilariously wrong.  Physical comedy skills a plus.
LEAD – 2 days – Rate: $500/day + one-time $1000 buy out + 10% (if agent).

Any Ethnicity Female, mid 30s.   Usually at the top of her game, this seriously sleep deprived wife and working mother is having a heck of a morning getting out of the house. Her innate multi-tasking awesomeness has been compromised by her old mattress.   Physical comedy skills a plus.
LEAD – 2 days – Rate: $500/day + one-time $1000 buy out + 10% (if agent).

HOST/NARRATOR:  Caucasian, Ethnically Ambiguous, Mixed Race, Female, mid 30s.  Caring, sage and sophisticated, she is able to impart information about the SleepBetter System with clarity and authority, yet remain bemused by all the crazy antics of our SLEEP DEPRIVED COUPLE.  Smart and hip to boot.
LEAD –  1 day – Rate: $500/day +one-time $1000 buy out + 10% (if agent).

: Caucasian, Ethnically Ambiguous, Mixed Race, Female, early 30s.  Real and natural with the ability to easily manage/highlight all aspects of handling a boxed mattress, from opening the box to laying on the mattress to test its’ comfort.
LEAD – 1 day – Rate: $500/day + one-time $1000 buy out + 10% (if agent).

EXTRAS (on-lookers & kids):  

6 ON-LOOKERS: Any Ethnicity, Male or Female, 20s-50s. Normal folks observing the craziness of our SLEEP DEPRIVED COUPLE on their way to work.

Flat Rate: $200/day +10% (if agent).
TODDLER: Any Ethnicity, Male or Female.  Good natured young child/toddler of our SLEEP DEPRIVED COUPLE.

Flat Rate: $200/day + 10% (if agent).

OLDER SIBLING: Any Ethnicity, Male or Female. 7-12yrs old.  The oldest child of our SLEEP DEPRIVED COUPLE.   A good kid, but even they are starting to wonder about the crazy antics of their parents.

Flat Rate: $200/day + 10% (if agent).
Submission Instructions: 

Submit at: http://www.annechapmancasting.com/metrosleep/

These are NON-UNION commercials.

No visible tattoos or piercings.

We are accepting both direct submissions and agency submissions for this project.  Thank you so much for following the very specific submission instructions. Auditions are by appointment only.  We will contact you if you are selected for an audition.  We are only able to respond to those submissions we select for auditions.  Thanks so much to all those who submit.  


NATION WIDE_Locations Wanted

The hit television series Ghost Asylum on Destination America is thrilled to announce that we are gearing up to shoot a brand-new season. We will be filming 16 episodes throughout the US and are looking for unique locations to open their doors to our production. 

Visit even the smallest of towns in the U.S. and you’re likely to hear some local ghost stories and discover a few haunted locations. But our show goes beyond that to promote the historical aspects of the building and the surrounding areas. Digging up the rich cultural makeup and the unusual tales that go along with it.

Currently we are planning to shoot in the South East but if a location is right for the production then the team is happy to travel further.

If you think that your property would be suitable as a film location then email a few current images with a brief description and we’ll get back to you to run through the process further. If you would like more information about the production company and shoot dates please reach out and we will have someone contact you. 

Please email submissions to ghostasylumcasting@gmail.com.


Thank you for your time and consideration!


Extended/Final Deadline for Richmond Diversity Film Festival

The extended deadline for entry into the Richmond Diversity Film Festival is TODAY, Dec. 1st!

The festival strives to provide actors and filmmakers of diverse backgrounds a venue in which to showcase their voices without judgement or insincere reflection; free of stereotypes or degradation. It will be held in the Spring of 2015.

All the details at the link below!



AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies is now casting for Episode 207!

ARVOLD CASTING is now casting principal roles for AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies Ep. 207

AMC’s television series TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES is filming in the Central Virginia area, and Arvold Casting is seeking actors who look authentically from the Revolutionary War period for speaking roles. TURN is adapted from the nonfiction book Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose. The story is centered on a band of young soldiers and civilians who were part of the secret spy ring during the Revolutionary War.

TURN: Washington’s Spies, Ep. #207
1 Hour
Rate: SAG-AFTRA scale

Executive Producers: Craig Silverstein & Barry Josephson
Producer: Henry Bronchtein
Teleplay by: Michael Taylor & Craig Silverstein
Story by: Andrew Colville
Director: Jeremy Webb
Casting Director: Erica Arvold
Casting Associate: Jen Ingulli

Shoot Dates: 12/05/14 – 12/17/14
Location: Richmond, VA

NOTE: Actors must be available for their fittings in Richmond, VA no less than 24 hours prior to their first scheduled work date. Preferably where possible 48 hours before.

All principal (speaking) roles are either local hires (within 60 miles of Richmond, VA) or modified local hires (within 500 miles of Richmond, VA).

Seeking the following speaking roles for episode 207:

[SENTRY] 20s – 30s, Male, Caucasian. A British soldier who is nonplussed by the nervous state of a colonial civilian. Authentic British accent required. [CO-STAR]

[RANGER] 30s – 40s, Male, Caucasian. A rough-looking Queen’s Ranger who tries to steal a kiss from a high society lady. His accent should have a British flavor to it, somewhere between an English and an American accent, reminding us that the colonies were still very tied to England and that these families had only been here for a few generations. [CO-STAR]

If you are appropriate for this project, please select ONE of two ways to submit:

Option 1: If you have an agent, your agent may submit you for this project through Breakdown Express and include your home base in the notes section.

Option 2: If you do not have an agent, follow the instructions below to fill out our online form.
Please fill in the form at the following link: TURN EP207 FORM

Please send your headshot and resume in PDF format to arvoldcasting.turn.s2@gmail.com (also copy the resume into the body of the email if possible, please do not worry about formatting) ASAP.

Use the following SUBJECT HEADING for your submission (personalized to YOU):
YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME, ROLE, Turn – Ep. 207 For example:

If you are able to email your headshot & resume AND fill out this form successfully, your submission is considered complete!

Thanks so much for following our instructions! We will be having auditions by appointment ONLY. Submitting does not automatically get you an audition, but it does get you considered for one. We are only able to respond to those submissions we select for auditions, but we sincerely appreciate your interest!

ALL the details: http://arvoldcasting.com/casting-calls/amcs-turn-washingtons-spies-principal-roles-ep-207


MD – Bmore in Español: Contemporary Spanish-Language and Bilingual Spanish-English Film Festival!

Our friends up north in MD are hosting a film festival dedicated to the presentation of Spanish-language and bilingual Spanish-English contemporary films, with the inaugural “Bmore in Español: Contemporary Spanish-Language and Bilingual Spanish-English Film Festival”!

All categories welcome (shorts, features, docus, animation, mini-series, etc.). The competition is only open to filmmakers in VA, WV, MD, DC, DE, PA, NJ and NY. Deadline to submit is JANUARY 16th, 2015!

The goal is to bring the Baltimore and surrounding areas up to speed with Spanish-language film events, raise awareness on the existing breadth and wealth of contemporary Spanish-language cinema, and to educate the community about Latin American culture both abroad and locally, through dissemination of the latest films.

The event will be in Baltimore, MD March 27-29, 2015.

All the details below!



CHARLOTTESVILLE_Study with Celebrity Acting Coach Aaron Jackson_DEC 5TH-7TH

Study with Celebrity Acting Coach, AARON JACKSON

Learn the secrets of success in local markets and Hollywood!

2 Days of On-Camera Training Plus a 3-hour FridayNight Seminar!

“How to Market Yourself as an Actor”



December 5th-7th


Aaron’s workshops Give you the tools you need to be asuccessful working actor. From working on auditions, monologues, and scenestudy to sharing the secrets of success in local markets and in Hollywood, youwill learn the ins and outs of marketing yourself.  Come work with Aaron Jackson and let him helpmake your dreams come true!


Aaron gives the straight facts about this industry.He’s worked in this business for 30+ years, not only as an actor, but aproducer and director too!


What You will Learn:

  • Improv – Getting to know yourself and think on your feet. Learn how to change gears in the moment.
  • Perception – Learn how you are perceived.
  • Character Building – Truly breaking down the character in adjectives.
  • Playback Review – On-camera review of day’s work and discussion during last hour of each workshop.
  • Market Yourself – Learn how to best market yourself as an actor.


Register for the FULL Weekend and receive Friday Night’sseminar for FREE

Friday Night Seminar: $15

Full Weekend Workshop: $200

Saturday Workshop: $126

Sunday Workshop: $90


To register and find out moredetails about the workshop, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/actors-workshop-premier-training-with-aaron-jackson-charlottesville-va-dec-5th-7th-tickets-14152728191


www.theaaronjackson.com, lisa@theaaronjackson.com,213-453-6059