When We Free – Casting Call
Title: When We Free
30 minute Narrative (Short) Independent film, Non-Union
Production Location: Durham, NC Director: Julia Roxanne Wallace / Sangodare Akinwale Producer: Alexis Pauline Gumbs Format: 16:9 HD Compensation: Meals, Copy and Credit ***NOTE: For non-actors some of the information and the process in general may be unfamiliar. Please scroll down to the bottom where we have more information about what to expect. .
When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved.
Auditions 10am Saturday – July 12, 2014 5pm Tuesday – July 15, 2014 Rehearsals Friday – July 18 and 25, 2014 at 6pm Sunday – July 20 and 27, 2014 at 1:30pm Filmming Dates August 1-3, 2014 (Friday – Sunday) September 5-7, 2014 (Friday – Sunday) .
Please contact us via email to schedule your audition. Please send an image and relevant resume. If you don’t have a resume for acting or performance please just send a description of any relevant experience or interest in acting and performing. Please come to the audition prepared to sing a song of your choice, sing in a group and to do a scene. Scripts and lyrics will be available when you arrive. Please be prepared to stay at least 1 hour. firstname.lastname@example.org (919) 666-7274
IDA [ Lead – African/African American Female age 13 – 15 ]
Ida is a curious teenager coming of age just after emancipation. She is searching for a connection to her African roots and pride in a community where some are only seeking survival and validation from whites. She is fully self-expressed. She sings, dances and pays attention to everything. .
DEACON [ Lead – African/African American Male age 40 – 60 ]
Deacon is magically middle-aged, tall and slender in his collage-looking suits. As a skilled farmer and medicine man, he is a leader in his community. His favorite place to be is the forest and his favorite thing to do is make music. He is working to heal himself and his community from the traumas of slavery and ongoing oppression. .
PASTOR [ Lead – African/African American Male 40 – 50 ]
Pastor is a quiet and playful carpenter and welder who avoids conflict and the expectations placed on him by others because of his size and skill.
HARRIET [ Lead – African/African American Female 40 – 60 ]
Harriet is a strong-willed and sweet matriarch in her community. She holds and shares the stories and ritual memory. Not everyone agrees with her practices but everyone respects her. .
SOJO [ Lead – African/African American Female 35 – 45 ]
Sojo is a humble and skilled laborer and well educated relative to those in her community. She revels in her ability to where pants whenever she chooses, not just while working, now that she has her freedom. .
NAT [ African/African American Male 13 – 17 ]
Nat is a passionate teenager who works hard and looks for work everywhere he can as a means to achieve independence and gain respect.
CONGREGATION MEMBERS [ African/African American ages 10+, all sizes and all sexes/genders, ]
Congregation members are recently freed folks from all walks of life – laborers, educators, domestic workers, etc. They have journeyed from far and wide seeking healing, home, family & friends, work and salvation. The local congregants already have their own preferences about belief and service style; while the new comers eagerly explore the services. Many of them are powerful singers and spiritually attuned in their own right. NOTE: The Congregation actively participates in various church services on the camp site. Some of the services are conservative with little emotion, others are very emotional and ecstatic. Congregants will be expected to play multiple roles and participate fully in multiple services and rituals.
Please contact us via email to schedule your audition. Please send an image and relevant resume. If you don’t have a resume for acting or performance please just send a description of any relevant experience or interest in acting and performing. Please come to the audition prepared to sing a song of your choice, sing in a group and to do a scene. Scripts and lyrics will be available when you arrive. Please be prepared to stay at least 1 hour. email@example.com (919) 666-7274 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
NOTES on the Process:
1. The first step is to schedule your audition as described above AND tentatively set aside any dates listed for rehearsal and filming. 2. Prepare for your audition based on the description of the role and any other information and directions given by the casting coordinators. 3. Arrive a little early/on time to have as much time as possible to prepare using any material provided. 4. You will likely find out if you have been cast within a week.