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“3-1-3rd” Casting Call

Rushing Wind productions is producing a T.V series about Detroit teen life called “3-1-3rd”.
Think of something like the wire, BUT Detroit style. We be working with WADL Detroit,
AFC live, and hopefully Tyler Perry.

WHAT::: We will be holding a casting

WHEN:: This Saturday, January 30th from 2:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m

WHERE: On the westside of Detroit. Plymouth and Telegraph( Respond for more information)

WHO::: Y O U. We need Teens AND adults of all ages to come out and show us your talent.
Males and Female. ALL colors, shapes and sizes. You dont need any resume or
picture right now, just bring your talent. You will be required to do a read and the
decision will be made from there. Dont be shy!! A few of the main characters:

For more information send an email to imupstage@yahoo.com or Text/Call (313) 304-2924—Aaron. Or Call (313)733-7334—Wanye’

imupstage@yahoo.com


Next Tuesday is the 2/2 Mitten Movie Project! Come out and support local independent filmmaking!

Next Tuesday is the 2/2 Mitten Movie Project! Come out and support local independent filmmaking!

Connie Mangilin Curator, Mitten Movie Project facebook.com/ mittenmovieproje ct ************ ********* ********* ********* ********* **

MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT independent short films FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Connie Mangilin

Curator,Mitten Movie Project

mangilc@yahoo. com

THE FEBRUARY 2ND

MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT

CELEBRATES THE ART OF MAKING 48-HOUR SHORTS

Detroit, MI –

The February 2nd Mitten Movie Project pays tribute to the art of making 48-hour shorts. Disturbingly beautiful, “The Message,” shows Detroit in all of its post-apocalyptic glory and is a shining example of what is possible in just 48 short hours. Also screening is the impressive World War II short, “The Commandant,” film festival favorite and Director Robert Joseph Butler’s personal fave, “Solitude,” and the inspiring documentary about Detroit renaissance/ revival, “The Farmer and the Philosopher.” The February Mitten Movie Project takes place on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Main Art Theatre (118 N. Main Street, Royal Oak 48067). For presale tickets and more information, go to facebook.com/ mittenmovieproje ct

For Mike Zawacki, the director of “The Message,” this was his second time crewing on a 48-hour short. (Zawacki crewed on Paradise Valley Media’s “A Little Knowledge” — the short that won the Detroit chapter of the 2009 48 Hour Film Project, and which qualified them for the international shootout.) Regarding the challenges of making a 48-hour short, Zawacki explained, “It’s harder to fine-tune the script, . . . harder to do pre-production, to come up with locations, costumes, set dressings, and props. It’s harder to shoot, and harder to rehearse with your actors.” But as Zawacki further explained, “Where it really bites you is in post-production. Until it’s edited you can’t start composing and/or laying in the music and you can’t start sound designing (which is possibly the most time intensive part of post production!) .”

To overcome those challenges, Zawacki said that “[f]irst and foremost you should try to crew up with quality people whom you’ve worked with before.” Then the next step is to “frontload pre-production and cast a very broad net in terms of actors, locations, props, and so on.” Another important aspect of completing a 48-hour short is “scheduling and having a predetermined work-flow.” A production needs a “clear map of what you’re going to be doing when, from the minute you get your script elements to the minute you hand in your completed film. Not just call sheets and shooting schedules, but deciding how long you’ll have to write, how long you’ll have to edit, at what point does your editor hand over a cut to sound and music, how long to work on sound and music, what is your editor doing while sound and music are finishing their work, and so forth.”

Normally, 48-hour competitions have four requirements that filmmakers must adhere to: a genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue (there is sometimes an additional location requirement) . But the International 48 Hour Film Project Shootout had only two requirements: a theme and city identifier. The theme that 54 teams from around the world wrestled with was END OF THE WORLD – one that was very familiar to Mike Zawacki and most of the crew of “The Message,” as many spent a year and a half making a post-apocalyptic sci-fi series and feature film in Detroit.

In other news, the winner of the January 2010 Mitten Movie Project Audience Choice Award was “Avabot,” the local sci-fi short directed by Jamie Surgener. Second and third place winners were “Death in Charge” and “Retreat,” respectively. “Death in Charge,” the short from California “directrix” Devi Snively, which features Death as a babysitter, and “Retreat,” a short by local director Robert Joseph Butler, will air on the Mitten Movie Show on Comcast 18/Wow 52 from February 3rd to February 28th on Wednesdays at 11 p.m. and Saturdays at midnight in Auburn Hills, Berkley, Clawson, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oakland Township, Pleasant Ridge, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and Troy to reach over 140,000 households.

The Mitten Movie Project would like to thank the 100 moviegoers that braved the cold and post-holiday craziness to come to the January 5th Mitten Movie Project. The MMP would also like to thank M1 Studios in Royal Oak(www.m-1studios. com) for its DVD authoring services, and its newest sponsor, the Detroit Independent Film Festival (www.detroitindiefe st.com) for its support of the MMP and independent filmmaking.

The Mitten Movie Project is a monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent films the first Tuesday of every month at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak. Presale tickets are available for $8 by e-mailing mangilc@yahoo. com. Tickets at the door are $10 (cash only). A pre-screening reception starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Art lobby where moviegoers can mingle with the directors, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. After the screening, a Q&A session will be conducted with the filmmakers in the theatre. An afterglow party will be held at Mr. B’s (215 S. Main Street — within walking distance of the theatre) to end the night’s activities.

To submit a film for consideration in the festival, visit facebook.com/ mittenmovieproje ct for guidelines. Submission is free. Screeners may be sent by DVD or online link.

2/2/10 MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT – INDEPENDENT SHORTS –

PROGRAM NOTES

Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak, MI – 7:30 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets $8 by e-mailing mangilc@yahoo. com, Door $10

The Mitten Movie Project is a monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent films the first Tuesday of every month at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak. Presale tickets are available for $8 by e-mailing mangilc@yahoo. com. Tickets at the door are $10 (cash only). A pre-screening reception starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Art lobby where moviegoers can mingle with the directors, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. After the screening, a Q&A session will be conducted with the filmmakers in the theatre. An afterglow party will be held at Mr. B’s (215 S. Main Street — within walking distance of the theatre) to end the night’s activities.

To submit a film for consideration in the festival, visit facebook.com/ mittenmovieproje ct for guidelines. Submission is free. Screeners may be sent by DVD or online link.

FINAL LINEUP. Total running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes. In order of screening:

OVERCOME [trailer] – Team 10 Mile / Five Clover Films (00:50) (Michigan) (2009) Directed by Mike Madigan and Chris Lepley. Starring Vincent Rasnick, Dawn Bartley, Chris Lepley and Dave Durham. A story of trust and forgiveness as one couple tries to save their marriage. Completed for Project 21. http://www.fivecloverfilms .com

RUNWAYS & BUNKBEDS [trailer] – AxeFin Productions (03:07) (Michigan) (2010) Written and directed by Axel Harney. International male model, Luke Sebastian (Harney), lives a charmed life. But conflict arises when he thinks he is flying to Italy for Fashion Week. When he ends up with an atypical roommate, Fronk (Luke Richmond), and falls for a beautiful model named Molly (Monica Lee Percich), Luke is forced to look within and make decisions that might bring his charmed life to a halt. http://www.axefinproductio ns.com

FRESH START [documentary] – (06:03) (California) Directed by Brad “8.bliss” Erlandson. A quick and personal look into the life of a paraplegic ex-street musician.

THE RE-DEADENING [narrative] – Bombastic Entertainment (10:00) (Michigan) (2009)Directed by Brian Schoof. When a man finds his brother has returned from the grave to terrorize the living, he soon discovers slaying the undead isn’t as easy as it seems. Starring Marc Pappas, Solid Schoof, and Brian Whisman. http://www.bombasticentert ainment.com

TRY AGAIN [narrative] – Flim Flam Film (03:03) (Michigan) (2007) Directed by Denver Rochon. A married couple must decide whether or not to salvage their relationship after tragedy strikes their family. Starring Nick Moretti and Michelle Simasko.

DOCTOR REDDY [narrative] – Cheklich Enterprises (10:45) (Michigan) Written and directed by Diane Cheklich. Doctor Reddy is one strange dude. Witness his encounters with freaked out patients, go-go dancers, karaoke bars, and biker gangs. In other words, just another day in the life. http://www.cheklich. com

DANYELLE [narrative] – Five Clover Films (04:47) (Michigan) (2009) Written and directed by Mike Madigan. Starring Dawn Bartley. Danyelle’s thoughts on how to deal with a personal issue in her life evolve over the course of a day of work and personal reflection. Winner of “Best Cinematography” for MicroMinis at the 2009 Ferndale Film Festival. http://www.fivecloverfilms .com

PACKARD EMP [narrative] – Directed by Clark A. Eagling (11:41) (Michigan) (2007) A tiny crew of media majors attempt to capture a short film about a boy who doesn’t know what freedom means and the girl that loves him. http://www.ee33products. com

THE GUEST ROOM [narrative] – Wolverine Films (10:05) (Michigan) (2009) Directed by Louis Kerman. May sees a mysterious little girl in the guest room of her home. Her husband, Dan, wants to move forward in their marriage. But ghosts from their past refuse to let them go — until they’re both forced to confront their feelings over what happened.

SOLITUDE [narrative] – Nu-Wave Films (18:00) (Michigan) (2009) Directed by Robert Joseph Butler. Two abstract dramas intertwined in one short. The first involves a lonely woman, Marcia (Aphrodite Nikolovski), who is searching for a connection. Her isolation is elevated when she meets an offbeat slacker, Barry (Jacob Hodson). The second story explores the relationship between a beautiful woman, Andie (Sarah Benedict), and Barry. Both stories present a unique look at stardom, cinema, romance, broken dreams, and the film industry. http://www.nuwavefilms. com

THE FARMER AND THE PHILOSOPHER [documentary] – DETROIT LIVES! (07:40) (Michigan) (2009)Presented by DETROIT LIVES!, this documentary takes a positive look at Detroit’s forward progress told through the prism of two different figures (Toby Barlow and Mark Covington) that are changing the city for the better. Shot, edited and animated by Andrea Adelman. Produced by Philip Lauri. http://www.detroitlives. org

THE COMMANDANT [narrative] – Directed by Stephen Pell (12:38) (Michigan) (2009) Two Russian soldiers are trapped in Nazi occupied Poland with their wounded commanding officer during World War II.

THE MESSAGE [narrative] – Paradise Valley Media (09:40) (Michigan) (2009) A voice from the past unites a fragile trio of survivors coping with life after a catastrophic epidemic. Directed by Mike Zawacki. Written by Nancy Nall Derringer and Ron French. Starring Alora Catherine Smith, Rick Bobier, and Holly Smokovitz. http://www.paradisevalleym edia.com


The 2/2 Mitten Movie Project is getting some serious press

The 2/2 Mitten Movie Project is getting some serious press, which includes coverage in the Time Magazine, Detroit Free Press, WDET, and Fox 2. And there’s been a host of online blog/newsletter coverage as well!

A quick list is of the coverage is below. And come and support local independent filmmaking on 2/2! If you’ve never been to a Mitten Movie Project screening in the past, this is a good time to start.

Thank you, and enjoy the program on 2/2! I had a lot of fun putting it together.

Connie Mangilin

Curator, Mitten Movie Project

facebook.com/mittenmovieproject

MITTEN MOVIE PROJECT – PRESS SUMMARY

TIME MAGAZINE DETROIT BLOG

http://detroit.blogs.time.com/2010/01/26/detroit-on-film/

Excerpt:

Two eye-worthy films about Detroit — “Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City” and “The Farmer and the Philosopher.” Here are ways to check them out. For the first time online, The Farmer and the Philosopher, by Philip Lauri. Watch it here. When you’re finished, vote for it to air nationally on Current TV. Also, it will screen as part of Mitten Movie Project’s Feb. 2 at Main Art in Royal Oak.

DETROIT FREE PRESS – The 2/2 MMP will be in John Monaghan’s movie column the week before the 2/2 screening.

FOX 2 MORNING SHOW – Connie Mangilin and Mike Zawacki, director of “The Message,” will be appearing on the Fox 2 Morning Show with Lee Thomas for a live in studio interview. It will occur around 9 a.m. on Monday, February 1st.

WDET RADIO INTERVIEW – Connie Mangilin and Mike Zawacki will be appearing on the Craig Fahle Show (formerly Detroit Today) sometime during the week before the 2/2 MMP. Day and time TBA, but the Craig Fahle Show airs weekdays 10a-12p and again at 7-9p. More info to be posted soon.

MLIVE.COM

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2010/01/new_york_times_toby_barlow_and.html

MOTORCITBLOG.NET

http://motorcityblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/free-tickets-mitten-movie-project-main.html

OAKLAND COUNTY FILM-RELATED NEWS AND EVENTS

http://www.oakgov.com/discover/news.html

MICHIGAN MOVIE TALENT

http://michiganmovietalent.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=174:22-mitten-movie-project&catid=1&Itemid=66

MICHIGANACTING.COM

http://michiganacting.com/acting/acting-news-tips/mitten-movie-project-february-2010

MY-ISHIA’S MICHIGAN FILM INDUSTRY BLOG

https://myishia.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/mitten-movie-project-222010/


Film Acting Workshop in Ann Arbor, MI – Feb. 13th & 14th

FILM ACTING WEEKEND WORKSHOP
Hosted by Acclaimed Casting Director Aleta Chappelle
Who has worked with Francis and Sofia Coppola, Martha Coolidge and more…

Saturday, February 13th
11AM to 2PM New Students
3PM to 6PM Advanced Students
&
Sunday, February 14th
11AM to 2PM New Students
3PM to 6PM Advanced Students

Location:
University of Michigan
The Michigan Room
911 N. University Ave., 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The 2 day – 3 hours per day workshop will cover the following:

AUDITION TECHNIQUE
COLD READING TECHNIQUE
IMPROVISATION
ON CAMERA ACTING TECHNIQUE

EXPERIENCED Actors and those NEW to acting (ages 12 years old and up) will enjoy this fun and informative weekend event.

The Workshop fee is $60 (total for both days)

E-mail for questions and registration details:

AletaCasting@aol.com

Check out our website: http://www.TheActorsHaven.com

Start Time:
Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11:00am
End Time:
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 11:00am
Location:
Univ. of Michigan in The Michigan Room, 911 N. University 2nd floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Detroit Film Think Tank Lab for Directors / Actors / Writers – January 31, 2010.

The Detroit Film Think Tank will be hosting each month a Lab experience for all interested actors, screenwriters, and directors. Scenes will be videotaped and performers will receive valuable feedback from one of the areas top acting instructors.

– If you’re an emerging screenwriter looking for feedback on your material:
– If you’re a director looking to gain experience guiding actors through scenes:
– If you’re an ambitious actor wanting to hone your skills:

THE DETROIT FILM THINK TANK’S LAB
FOR DIRECTORS / ACTORS / WRITERS IS FOR YOU!

Submissions from participants will be
accepted through January 29, 2010.

Please go to the Detroit Film Think Tank’s website:
http://www.detroitfilmthinktank.com for all details and guidelines.
Review tabs ‘DFTT LAB Info’ and ‘DFTT’s LAB Agreement’.

Put On Your Calendar:
January 31,2010
From: 2:30 – 5:00 pm
At the Mansion on E. Grand
497 E. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48207

Questions: detroitfilmthinktank@me.com, Attn: Michelle


MICHIGAN: Sundance Film Fest Heads to Michigan (2010-01-04)

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CASTING CALL: MALE/BLACK/21+ for WhiteWood Films

WhiteWood Films is in pre-production of a modernized recreation of the 1942 film, ‘Casablanca’….’s Trailer. Retitled: ‘Detroit’. (Confusing, I know. Tell that to the people @ the Ferndale Film Festival.)

Anywho, this leads us to our casting call:
We are looking for an African American male, 21 years of age or older to recreate the role of Rick Blaine, originally played by Humphrey Bogart. Except in our version, picture Rick Blaine as a wealthy hustler from Detroit ( D-fitted, the whole 9).

TO SUBMIT:
No auditions necessary. Just send a headshot and online demo reel (Or a video/film you appeared in) & any questions/comments to:
WhiteWoodFilms@Yahoo.com

Production begins and February 2010. Look forward to working with you!
(Only Compensation: A DVD of the finished product)


Audition for Edmond at MAS

Audition Notice

Michigan Actors Studio will be holding auditions for the award winning, David Mamet play Edmond. The play will appear at The Furniture Factory in Detroit for two weekends starting on May 14th. The play will be directed by Rich Goteri.

Auditions will be held at the Michigan Actors Studio 22720 Woodward Ave #211 in Ferndale on Saturday February 13th starting at 1:30 and going to 5.pm. Callbacks will be February 27th.

There are 34 roles available, ranging from 20 to 70. We are looking for all ethnicities and physical types.

Actors must prepare a one minute monologue and bring a picture and resume. There will be no reading from the script at this time.

This is a non-union production, with some roles paid.

This play contains strong language, sexual and adult themes

Visit this link to step up your audition

https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=467999&typId=20985&step=2


AUDITION WORKSHOP with Sarah Reule, Casting Associate of CARRIE RAY CASTING

LIMITED TO 10 ACTORS, ages 16+ to ensure one-on-one attention.
To Register, email sarah.carrieraycasting@gmail.com

Cost for workshop $100

This workshop will feature:
• Mock film auditions with scripts provided before class
• Critiques of your auditions with opportunities to audition multiple times
• Review of your headshot and resume
• Q&A with helpful tips and advice for actors

Sarah worked with Carrie Ray as a session director at O’Connor Casting in Chicago and is currently a casting associate at Carrie Ray Casting. (www.carrieraycasting.com) She has worked as a professional actress with The Second City, in commercials, industrials, films and as an acting instructor at Michigan State University.

LIMITED TO 10 ACTORS, ages 16+ to ensure one-on-one attention.
To Register, email sarah.carrieraycasting@gmail.com

Date:
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Carrie Ray Casting
Street: 1012 S. Washington
City/Town: Royal Oak, MI


Production Management Workshop

Production Management workshop in Ann Arbor with Kathryn McDermott from the Motion Picture Institute. Kathryn has an extremely impressive resume (see link below) and will be teaching the basics of script breakdown and scheduling. The class will be based on working with a narrative feature film script and will be split into two four-hour sessions running from 10am to 2pm on two consecutive Saturdays, February 13 and February 20, (a total of eight hours) in downtown Ann Arbor and cost will be $50 per session (making a total of $100 for both workshops).

You are the folks who I think would either be the most interested or who would know others who would find this useful. Please pass on the information to anyone you think falls into that category, although please don’t send out a press release or mass email at this stage until I get an idea of numbers from this particular group. Space will be limited to around 8-10 people. First come, first served!

Kathryn’s resume is here: http://www.mpifilm.com/mpi-faculty

See you all soon and feel free to reply with questions,

Keith Jefferies DGGB
Director, Ascalon Films
http://ascalonfilms.com
http://istockphoto.com/vesperstock

If you have any question contact Keith at keith@ascalonfilms.comQ


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