Open Casting Call and Crew Call for Web Series “Ac’tiv•ist” [New York, NY] #casting #filmcrew

Posted October 5, 2015

PLOT SUMMARY: Ac’tiv•ist is a short-form narrative comedy web series that shines a humorous spotlight on college activism. Throughout the series, an aspiring student organizer grapples with the simultaneously inspiring, mind-numbingly banal, infuriatingly stupid, and downright absurd nature of campus activism as she starts a campaign to force her college to divest from Israel. As she is pulled ever-further into the labyrinthine world of activism, she must also deal with her mother, love interest, teachers, and friends who fail to understand her activist life.

activist-banner-TVwidePRODUCTION
TITLE: Ac’tiv•ist
TYPE: Independent Film
CATEGORY: Web Series
UNION STATUS: Non-Union
DISTRIBUTION: Internet

PRODUCTION COMPANY
COMPANY: Riverwolf Productions
COMPANY WEBSITE: http://riverwolfproductions.org
FILM WEBSITE: http://www.activistshow.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/activistwebseries
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ActivistSeries

KEY POSITIONS
DIRECTORS: Joshua Wolfsun, Alaa Abuadas
WRITER: Joshua Wolfsun
PRODUCERS: Joshua Wolfsun, Amelia Dornbush, Maia Kinney-Petrucha, Aaron Wagener

PRODUCTION DATE & LOCATION
DATES: January 3rd – January 18th 2016
LOCATION: Amherst, MA

SEEKING TALENT
SAM RUSHBAD

Details: Female/Principal/White/ 18-22

Episodes appears in: All

Description: Short and blond with a protruding jaw line — confident, usually personable, no BS. A non-observant Jewish sophomore at Carter Fullman University (CFU) and the daughter of the college’s dean of students. Sam is dedicated and passionate about activism, and is more in her element fighting for justice than in being a student, daughter, friend, or lover. She’s an aggressive and experienced organizer, but at 20 years old is still unsure of her future; is insecure when it comes to her personal relationships, family, and life decisions; and wants to be a successful activist more than anything. Naturally, activism takes over her life. Sam has a boyfriend, Phil, and a reliable best friend in Lionel.

Wardrobe: She wears statement shirts that represent herself as an activist. Also blazers. Overall style is edgy.

Rate: No Pay

*Involved in Intimate scene . No Nudity.

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LIONEL SIMMS

Details: Male/Principal/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: All

Description: Tall, lanky, wears rimless glasses. He’s a go with flow kind of guy that embraces new interests wholeheartedly. He becomes an open book once he gets introduced to something new. He’s a strong organizer but, sometimes falls behind in the shadows due to Sam’s strength in leading.

Wardrobe: Hoodies, glasses, jeans and basic Tees.

Rate: No Pay

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CAROLE FINNIGAN

Details: Female/Supporting/White/45-60

Episodes appears in: 1, 3 & 6

Description: A strict woman, Carole is the Dean of Carter-Fullman College and Sam Rushbad’s mother. Busy with her phone, she doesn’t work less than 14 hours each day.

Wardrobe: Suits, trousers, pencil skirts, and blouses

Rate: No Pay

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ALI BAHOUR

Details: Male/Supporting/Palestinian*/18-22

Episodes appears in: 4, 5 & 6

Description: A junior at CFU, grew up in Canada and has been the leader of the Palestinian Students Association since his sophomore year. He has brown/black hair and black/brown eyes.

Wardrobe: Wears a beaded Palestinian flag bracelet constantly. He has a Kufiya in his bag at all times – just in case. He often wears it too. Regular shirts and jeans.

Rate: No Pay

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PHILIP BRIGGS

Details: Male/Supporting/All ethnicities/22-25

Episodes appears in: 2, 3, 5, & 6

Description: A senior at CFU, is Sam’s boyfriend and a Math major. In their relationship, Phil is one part lover and one part mentor. He enjoys giving Sam guidance about how to navigate the mysterious waters of college social and academic life. He’s a math geek that is focused on his thesis and post-graduation plans. He’s not at all interested in activism, power structures, or lefty discourse, but feels like he does his best to support Sam’s strange radical tendencies.

Wardrobe: Button-downs, slacks, nice sweaters. Overall preppy style.

Rate: No Pay

*Involved in Intimate scene. No Nudity.

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OMAR

Details: Male/Supporting/Palestinian/18-22

Episodes appears in: 4, 5, & 6 *

Description: A sophomore at CFU. Member of the Palestinian Students Association.

Wardrobe: Wears a CFU hat with a Free Palestine pin on its side. Overall – casual.

Rate: No Pay

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LOIS

Details: Female/Supporting/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Description: Long black hair and wide eyes. She’s into soul therapy, yoga and meditation. Loves books. She has a straightforward, always speaks her mind no matter who she’s talking to. Classy.

Wardrobe: None specifically.

Rate: No Pay

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BRAD

Details: Male/Supporting/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: 2, 3, 4 & 6

Description: Sophomore at CFU, member of Students Against the Occupation. Has long thought of himself as king of the nerds. Often a bit of a loner, though. Others often find his demeanor off-putting.

Wardrobe: Casual. Sweats. Zip-up hoodies, etc.

Rate: No Pay

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GLEN BURMAN

Details: Male/Bit/White/70-80

Episodes appears in: 3

Description: Anti-Vietnam war activist. Although all the students want to talk to him about organizing, he wants to know more about candy crush and the new age of technology. A down to earth, grandfather-like figure to campus activists.

Wardrobe: Hawaiian shirts, khaki pants and suits.

Rate: No Pay

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MAPLE CHOPP

Details: Female/Bit/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: 3

Description: A hippy organizers of the Climate Change Campaign. She’s the celebrity of activists to Sam. A hardworking student who is well-connected.

Wardrobe: Hippie chic – baggy clothes, headbands, bright colors and cute dresses. (Avoid peace signs and tie dyes so it’s not super duper in your face obvious)

Rate: No Pay

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MALCOLM

Details: Male/Bit/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: 1

Description: None specifically

Wardrobe: None specifically

Rate: No Pay

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GUY/ZIONIST

Details: Male/Bit/White/18-22

Episodes appears in: 1

Description: None specifically

Wardrobe: None specifically

Rate: No Pay

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HIPSTER GUY (SABRA HUMMUS)

Details: Male/Guest/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: 2

Description: None specifically

Wardrobe: Hipster

Rate: No Pay

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STUDENT #1

Details: Female/Guest/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: 5

Description: None specifically

Wardrobe: None specifically

Rate: No Pay

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STUDENT REPORTER

Details: Female/Guest/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: 5

Description: None specifically

Wardrobe: Sophisticated

Rate: No Pay

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FANCY DONOR

Details: Male/Guest/All ethnicities/35-60

Episodes appears in: 5

Description: Cocky. Shares with people what he’s donated to show-off.

Wardrobe: Suit

Rate: No Pay

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POLICE OFFICER

Details: Male/Guest/All ethnicities/30-40

Episodes appears in: 5

Description: None specifically

Wardrobe: Police Uniform

Rate: No Pay

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FRAT BOY

Details: Male/Guest/All ethnicities/18-22

Episodes appears in: 6

Description: Muscular typical frat boy.

Wardrobe: Thin frat tank top that shows off all his muscles, shorts and sneakers.

Rate: No Pay

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JENNA

Details: Female/Bit/All ethnicities/26-30

Episodes appears in: 6

Description: Curator for an art gallery. Hits on Sam a little bit. Is a super happy person who keeps smiling.

Wardrobe: Preppy + blazer

Rate: No Pay

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FEMALE ANCHOR

Details: Female/Guest/All ethnicities/30-40

Episodes appears in: 6

Description: None Specifically

Wardrobe: Suit, or nice blouse and trousers

Rate: No Pay

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SEEKING CREW
Interested in:
-Camera Operation
-Sound Engineering
-Lighting Design
-Shoot Logistics
-Post Production

COMPENSATION
PAY: Non-paid
OTHER: Film Credit, Meals, Snacks/Beverages

TALENT AUDITION
TYPE: Open Casting Call
DATE/TIME: October 10, 2015 2:30pm-6pm
ADDRESS: 257 West 39th St. 14th Floor, New York, NY
BRING: Resume
NOTES: There are also auditions in Amherst, MA, and Swarthmore, PA. See website for details http://www.activistshow.com.

CREW SUBMISSIONS
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: October 10, 2015
SEND EMAIL TO: activist.series@gmail.com
INCLUDE: Resume

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