Extras Casting is seeking African-American and Caucasian background talent ages 10-65 (extras) to work one or multiple days on AUGUSTUS between June 30th 2019 and July 3rd 2019 in Petersburg, VA. Pay is $85/day.
AUGUSTUS is a genre bending short film period piece loosely based on Frederick “Augustus” Douglass’ life prior to becoming the great orator and abolitionist we know him as today.
Production Company: IEG Films
Producers: B. Quinn Curry, Ayindè Howell and Jon Alston
Director: Jon Alston
Writer: Ayindè Howell
Casting Directors: Anne Chapman
Casting Associate: Michael Duni
Audition Location: Richmond, VA
Callback Date: 6/22/19
Outside Shoot Dates: 6/30 to 7/3
Rate of Pay: $200/day (+10% if agent)
Shoot Location: Petersburg, VA
AUGUSTUS Background Talent
- African-American and Caucasian
- Ages 10-65
- Male and Female
- Petersburg, VA
- Availability one or multiple days between 6/30/19 and 7/3/19
True local actors to Virginia are a huge plus for this Low-Budget Short Film. Please state in notes if Virginia resident.
SYNOPSIS: AUGUSTUS is a genre bending short film loosely based on Frederick “Augustus” Douglass’ life prior to becoming the great orator and abolitionist we know him as today.
[YOUNG AUGUSTUS] 9-10, male, African-American. Smart, agile, faces the world head on.
[ANNA] 30’s-40’s, female, African-American. Augustus’ wife, mother to two children. Born a free woman. What she lacks in book-smarts she more than makes up for in street smarts, intuition, and wisdom. (NOTE: This role kisses another character in one scene of the film, please do not submit if you are uncomfortable).
[WILLIAM GARRISON] 50’s-60’s, male, Caucasian. An ambitious, intellectual, enterprising abolitionist who runs an underground newspaper “The Liberator”. He tries to recruit freed and runaway slaves, including Augustus, to his cause. Has gravitas. Reverential.
[ELIZABETH GARRISON] 20’s-30’s, female, Caucasian. Stout, cheerful, good council, sometimes comic relief. Wife of abolitionist William Garrison. – exclude from
[NATHAN HOWE] 30’s, male, Caucasian. Good guy, country boy. Works in the abolitionist movement and is close friends with Garrison. Smart and cautious, but loves the thrill of finding and helping those who need it.
[MINISTER MORRIS/ZIMMERMAN] 40’s-50’s, male, Caucasian. Oversees a number of black and white laborers building his new church. He often reads the bible to them as they work. Exploits the newly freed black laborers. Has charm. (NOTE: This role alludes to George Zimmerman. The incident and struggle will be included in the audition and callback process).
[HENRY WILSON] 20’s-30’s, male, African-American. Optimistic. Like Augustus he is a runaway slave. Works construction. Strong of body, weak of spirit- at least initially.
[ROSETTA] 13, female, African-American. Eldest daughter of Augustus and Anna. Quiet, observant, curious. Knows how to act around strangers and keep her younger siblings safe.
[LEWIS/TRAYVON] 14-15, male, African-American. Augustus and Anna’s son. Very intelligent like his father. Loves to read, but also can be aggressive and assertive. (NOTE: This role partially represents Trayvon Martin. The incident and struggle will be included in the audition and callback process).
[TOM/SAM FINCH] 20’s-40’s, male, Caucasian. White supremacist brothers active in the reverse underground railroad, selling runaways back to their masters or the highest bidder in the south.
[AUGUSTUS’ MOTHER] 20’s-40’s, female, African-American. Protective. Knows her son is bound for greatness and pushes him to seek freedom.