• NOTE: If you are submitting a casting call, the Virginia Film Office only posts paid positions unless it is for a student film.


Casting Call – “The Birthday Gift”

16 July 2017 / 1PM-4PM / LOCATION:  Brookland Artspace Lofts Studio, 3305 8th Street, NE Washington, DC 20017


Send Submissions to : pennythollisfilms@gmail.com Please put “The Birthday Gift Casting” in the subject of your email.

Production dates: Late August/early September

Required media: Headshot

Compensation: UNPAID

Please visit www.pennythollisfilms.com for more information on the project.


The Birthday Gift chronicles a day in the life of Willis, a homeless man haunted by his past and burdened by his failing health. Despite his circumstances, Willis struggles all day to find the perfect birthday present for his wife, overcoming issues of prejudice, hunger and temptations. While attempting to give his wife the present, Willis faces a dark reality causing him to spiral into a deep depression and grapple with the meaning of life.



JERRY – African American male, middle aged – Willis’ best friend

Characteristics: Homeless, cheerful, and open-minded


PAULIE –  Non African American male, middle aged – Willis’ friend

Characteristics: Homeless, alcoholic and entertaining


MRS. PAT- African American female, middle aged – Vivian’s coworker and friend


VIVIAN – African American female, middle aged – Willis’ wife

Characteristics: Classy and attractive woman




FLOWER SHOP OWNER – middle aged male, any race


FLOWER SHOP WIFE (NON-SPEAKING ROLE) – middle aged female, any race


PEDESTRIAN – Caucasian female

Characteristics: An animal activist


GENTLEMAN (NON-SPEAKING ROLE) – African American male

Characteristics: Dressed in business attire – noticeably wealthy


MOTHER – African American or Latino female


CHILD (NON-SPEAKING ROLE) African American or Latino female (same race as the MOTHER)


HOSTESS – Non African American female


RESTAURANT WORKER – Non African American and caucasian male. Preferably Asian or Latino

Characteristics: Hostile


WOMAN 1 (FLOWER SHOP CUSTOMER) – attractive female, any race


WOMAN 2 (FLOWER SHOP CUSTOMER and NON-SPEAKING ROLE) attractive female, any race


DRIVER – Any race, male