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D.C. – Casting for American University grad student thesis film – Unpaid

Seeking actors for the teaser for the American University thesis short film “Night Away” (10 min, drama), a coming-of-age story about a preteen girl, who learns to speak up for herself while embracing her cultural roots.

Please feel free to check out the director’s reel: www.shirinsaghaie.com

This is a non-union/not paid student film project, but a great opportunity to collaborate with a talented crew, enjoy a tasty meal on set and add a powerful teaser to your reel.

Talent from Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland are invited to submit their applications to: shirin@shirinsaghaie.com


Please audition with the script scene found here: http://www.film.virginia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NIGHT-AWAY-TEASER_AUDITION-SCENE.pdf. Applicants must speak Farsi.

Parent or guardian of minor must be available and present during auditions, rehearsals, and production.

Auditions late February; rehearses the week of Mar. 1st; shoots Mar. 7 in the DMV area.



Lead: ASAL (female, 5-10)

5-yrs-old, she is an Iranian girl who enjoys her vacation with her mother in the US. Excited to visit a mall to get her first Barbie doll ever, Asal’s world turns upside down, when she finds out that their vacation in the US is a permanent vacation, since her mother intends to stay. Will Asal be able to embrace the United States as her new home? Asal is a happy, outspoken, and curious child who loves to play and explore, however, her mother’s secrets and lies shaken her trust and shatter her enthusiasm.

Ethnicity: Middle Eastern

Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel, Cover Letter

Required Skills: Farsi


Supporting: MARYAM (female, 20-40)

25-yrs-old, Asal’s mother, who just left her country to live in the US. Maryam feels guilty for separating her daughter from her father and home as that might harm their relationship. The challenge to start a new life as a single parent in a new country makes her feel vulnerable. Maryam carries big hopes, however, her daughter’s response to the news increases her self-doubts. Maryam feels conflicted, she wants to offer her daughter a life in freedom, while fearing that her daughter disconnects from her culture and roots. Maryam considers the US as exile until Iran’s regime changes so that they can return to a better Iran. But is Maryam capable of dealing with her daughter’s emotions and the changes on her own?

Ethnicity: Middle Eastern

Required Media: Headshot/Photo, Video Reel, Cover Letter

Required Skills: Farsi