Males and Females 9-70's
Hi guys – Casting PRINICPALS for an amazing SHORT FILM that will be premiering at Tribeca Film Festival in June! See below for Breakdown and Submission info. There will be auditions for all of the roles next week.
Project: “Crooked Trees Gon Give Me Wings” – Short Film
Audition Dates (Via Zoom): TBD week of 3/7, Callbacks: TBD week of 3/14
Shoot Dates: 3/25-27 (rehearsals/fittings week prior)
Shoot Location: Savannah, GA
Rate: Principals: $200/day (12 hours/non-union/speaking/local hire)
Usage rights: All motion media worldwide, including paid/sponsored online advertising, in perpetuity
Note: This short will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival!
Covid: Adhering to strict Covid-19 safety protocols. Looking for talent that have been vaccinated!
Bertie Bee (LEAD) (9yo) – female, African American, the imaginative and spiritually gifted granddaughter of a midwife. An optimistic and free-flowing young girl who regularly converses with animals and spirits. Though she is wise beyond her years through her work as a midwife’s apprentice, Bertie Bee has an increasing fear of change and growing up. **Must be able to handle lines and be registered with GA Dept of Labor.
Mama (LEAD) (60s,70s) – female, Black or African American, an experienced midwife and medicine woman who has assisted in hundreds of births; a determined and wise matriarch. Mama has seen the brutalities of slavery and sharecropping, which has strengthened her dedication to her grandchildren and her community. At times, it means she’s overprotective. As a keeper of ancient spiritual and shamanic traditions passed down through her lineage, Mama consults ancestor spirits for guidance.
Ulysses (60s,70s) – male, Black or African American, an enigmatic traveling Spirit who functions as a storyteller, sage, and messenger between Savannah and the Other Realm. Though he appears to the others in human form and continually tries to help them, he has never incarnated as a human. His lessons are taught through stories, riddles, and metaphors.
Vivian (30s) – female, African American, an introverted pregnant woman who has known Mama all her life. This is her first child, and while her family is excited for the new baby, Vivian is terrified of dying in childbirth. Vivian is a devout Christian and recently freed slave.
Lillian (20s) – female, African American, the eldest child of nine children (which includes brothers Henry and Jessie); a sugar cane sharecropper. Out of her family’s sheer financial desperation, she agrees to a paid experimental gynecological study, which results in a surgery that nearly kills her.
Henry (20s,30s) – male, African American, Lillian’s younger brother; a sugar cane sharecropper. With his father too old to work anymore, Henry has stepped up to be the patriarch of his family. He bears the pressure as best as he can and is determined to make a better life for his loved ones. He can be distrustful but has a good intuition about people; prefers to think more and speak less.
Jessie (20s) – male, African American, Lillian’s younger brother; a sugar cane sharecropper; Jessie’s mind is as sharp as his tongue. He’s got the energy and ambition of a young man, but his temper and frustration mean his emotions drive him to be reactive, often landing him in conflict with others. A survivalist.