Casting and Crew Call for Television Series [New York, NY] #casting #filmcrew

Posted July 12, 2019

PLOT SUMMARY: The series deals with immigration and sex trafficking in New York City. A father and his daughter arrive in NY from Romania, dreaming of a better life. They are persecuted and forced into the shadows. When his daughter is kidnapped, he pulls out all of the stops to bring her back to safety.

PRODUCTION
TYPE: Independent Film
CATEGORY: Television Series
UNION STATUS: SAG Pending
FORMAT: HD

PRODUCTION DATE & LOCATION
DATE: Between August 1st- August 23rd 2019
LOCATION: New York, NY

SEEKING TALENT
KEZIA – LEAD ROLE (ROMANIAN)
Romanian girl, attractive, 17 years old. We require an actor who can do a Romanian accent. There will also be some Romanian dialogue. The actor can be in her 20s but needs to look like she’s 17. Very smart, fiery, articulate and hungry for a better life. Kezia moved to New York with her father 5 years ago and it’s been a challenging experience for. She feels isolated and persecuted. She is determined to achieve her dreams.

Females, aged 18 to 26 from New York, USA

MASILDA – LEAD ROLE (ROMANIAN)
Romanian woman, 23 years old. Manipulative, duplicitous, cruel, but can put on the charm. She works with a pimp alongside a trafficking ring. Masilda puts on an act of “kindness” when procuring girls but is tough as nails and has a very cruel streak.

Females, aged 18 to 30 from New York, USA

DMITRI – LEAD ROLE (EASTERN EUROPEAN/RUSSIAN)
Russian man, 30s-40s, naturally charismatic. Manipulative, intelligent, cruel and will do whatever it takes to get ahead. He’s head of the sex trafficking ring in his borough. He can be very subtle in his approach at times and yet explosive when things don’t go his way.

Males, aged 28 to 45 from New York, USA

DETECTIVE BORKOWSKI – LEAD (AMERICAN)
40s-50s woman, Detective, tough, strong-willed, smart and wisecracking. She is undercover and pretends to be a vagrant throughout the series. She speaks her mind and comes across as being ruthless but she’s got a good heart underneath it all.

Females, aged 35 to 60 from New York, USA

ANTONI – SUPPORTING ROLE (POLISH)
An aggressive criminal who works with a trafficking ring. He’s one of the top employees of a pimp. Likes a good fight and knows how to handle a gun. He’s a bit sleazy and fears no none. Not to be trusted but is loyal to his boss.

Males, aged 35 to 55 from New York, USA

TAMAS – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
Romanian man, late 30s-40s, strong, charming and traditional. He is the leader of his Romanian community in New York – like that of a Godfather character. He’s kind to his friends but not someone you’d want to cross.

Males, aged 36 to 46 from New York, USA

GRIGORE – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
Romanian, 20s-30s, a sharp-eyed man who is Tamas’ muscle and bodyguard. He’s loyal, fair, traditional and tough.

Males, aged 18 to 34 from New York, USA

LAVINIA – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
Romanian girl, 17-year-old, sweet and kind. She is the daughter of Tamas. The actor can be in her 20s but needs to look 17. She is a very warm and charming character. Has lived a sheltered life.

Females, aged 18 to 26 from New York, USA

LUIS – SUPPORTING ROLE (MEXICAN)
A young Mexican immigrant, 18-21 years old. Speaks fluent Spanish and English. He is confident and speaks his mind. Very intelligent and likes poetry. He has a bit of a temper but is very kind and compassionate.

Males, aged 18 to 25 from New York, USA

MISTER ANTONIO – SUPPORTING ROLE (NY ACCENT)
A robust 40s-50s Italian-American man. Thick NY accent. Owns the grocery store. Straight talking and aggressive.

Males, aged 35 to 55 from New York, USA

Accents: USA New York

DEBBIE – SUPPORTING ROLE (AMERICAN)
20 years old. Brash girl from the Bronx. Debbie works at the bar with Kezia. She hates her job and dreams of a better life. She takes out her frustrations on the rest of the bar staff.

Females, aged 18 to 26 from New York, USA

Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

BRUNO – SUPPORTING ROLE (EASTERN EUROPEAN)
Eastern European, A BURLY MAN (30s-50s) with more tattoos than bare skin. Simple minded, tough and muscular. He has a big presence in the series. Is the main character’s muscle.

Males, aged 30 to 50 from New York, USA

LINNEY – SUPPORTING ROLE (NY AMERICAN)
40s-50s, confident NY businessman. An educated bully who is emotionally traumatized. Came from nothing and hungry for power. Linney is arrogant and impatient.

Males, aged 45 to 55 from New York, USA

CHRISTINE – SUPPORTING ROLE (AMERICAN)
Attractive, 30s-50s, arrogant, harsh, well spoken and demands high respect from others. She’s originally from the Hamptons. Christine is married to Linney.

Females, aged 37 to 55 from New York, USA

FREDO
30s-60s year old, sophisticated male who owns a fashion boutique. He is articulate and charming but mild-mannered. He is forced to work with criminals and too afraid to deny their demands

Males, aged 36 to 60 from New York, USA

BETTY – SUPPORTING ROLE (AMERICAN)
60s-80s, eccentric, straight-talking, kind. Betty lives a lonely life with her parrot. She is nosy with her neighbors but has a natural charm with her friends. She constantly has to deal with her apartment building supervisor who is unreliable.

Females, aged 65 to 85 from New York, USA

ROSARIA – SUPPORTING ROLE (HISPANIC)
A Hispanic woman, 30s-50s, trying hard to look younger and fashionable. She has a kind heart and has guilt for working with a group of criminals. She is one of the main staff at a fashion boutique in New York. Working long hours to be able to support her family.

Females, aged 30 to 50 from New York, USA

Ethnicity: Latinx / Hispanic

KATERINA FIER – SUPPORTING ROLE (EASTERN EUROPEAN)
Albanian, 18 years old. The actor can be in her 20s but needs to look 18. Katerina came to New York on a holiday but has been tricked and captured. She is being held against her will. There’s a very dramatic scene where Katerina hurts herself in order to escape the suffering of her life in New York.

Females, aged 18 to 26 from New York, USA

Hair color: Black, Brown

TERRY
Korean, taxi driver, 30s-50s. He’s hardworking and talkative. A likable character who gets along with everyone. He has been in New York for 10 years and is trying to live the American dream. Although life has been tough for him, he always tries to see the positive in people.

Males, aged 30 to 60 from New York, USA

Ethnicity: Korean

LITTLE IVAN – SUPPORTING ROLE (RUSSIAN)
Russian, 20s-40s, sarcastic, patronizing and blunt. He has a heavy beard and a smaller frame. He doesn’t like to lose at cards and always speaks his mind, even if it gets him into trouble.

Males, aged 25 to 45 from New York, USA

Accents: Russian

BLIND RUDI – SUPPORTING ROLE (RUSSIAN)
Russian, 20s-40S, with spectacles. He is quiet, cunning and playful. Enjoys beating Little Ivan at cards. He might be quiet but there’s a lot going on inside. He’s a very smart man but misunderstood by those around him.

Males, aged 25 to 45 from New York, USA

Accents: Russian

BLAGUN – SUPPORTING ROLE
20s-40s, a tough bodyguard who’s not afraid to jump in heads first. He’s strong, tactical and will do anything his boss asks of him. Someone who is strong and athletic.

Males, aged 18 to 40 from New York, USA

ANDREY – SUPPORTING ROLE
20s-40s, tough as nails and works with his good friend Blagun. Andrey likes confrontation and seeks out danger where ever he can find it. You wouldn’t want to become his enemy.

Males, aged 18 to 40 from New York, USA

MAREK – SUPPORTING ROLE
20s-50s bald male, shifty-eyed. There is a piercing coldness to Marek. He is brutal, tough and ex-military. When he enters a room, those around him become uneasy. He had a hard life and is now ruthless in getting what he wants.

Males, aged 25 to 50 from New York, USA

Hair length: None

DORAN – SUPPORTING ROLE
20s-50s, thick-set and really muscular. Doran is a huge man with unbelievable strength. He used to be a bouncer and has recently started working for a criminal organization. He is a terrifying character and is one of Dmitri’s bodyguards.

Males, aged 18 to 50 from New York, USA

KAIDA – SUPPORTING ROLE (JAPANESE)
20s-40s, Japanese. She is a criminal, ruthless and unapologetic for her actions. She works for a big criminal organization. Kaida moved to New York in her teens and has lived it rough on the streets. She is very smart and quickly found herself a job in the criminal world.

Females, aged 18 to 40 from New York, USA

Ethnicity: Japanese

JOHNNY – SUPPORTING ROLE (NY ACCENT)
30s-60s, NY accent. He works as a cashier at a newspaper kiosk. He hates his job and is obnoxious and judgmental. Johnny treats his customers in a curt and disrespectful manner. He is an unforgiving character.

Males, aged 30 to 60 from New York, USA

Accents: USA New York

JACOB – SUPPORTING ROLE
20s-50s, owes money to a crime boss. He has tried to dodge payments over the past few months and has been in hiding. Jack appears in a scene where he is tortured by one of the bodyguards. They are trying to punish him for his late payments. It’s a dramatic scene that calls for an emotional range.

Males, aged 20 to 50 from New York, USA

STEFANIA – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
30s-60s, Romanian. She is aggressive, unwelcoming and curt with her customers. Wears traditional Romani garb and is old fashioned in her approach. She misses Romania and resents being in America.

Females, aged 30 to 60 from New York, USA

MIRELLA – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
50s-70s, Romanian. She is traditional and misses Romania. Her husband Cornel irritates her and she tries to put up with his childish behavior. She longs for a better life. There will be some improvisation required for this role.

Females, aged 50 to 70 from New York, USA

CORNEL – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
50s-70s, Romanian. He is traditional and has a unique sense of humor. He irritates his wife Mirella due to his childish behavior. He enjoys being in America and never wants to grow up. He’s happy hanging around their local restaurant. There will be some improvisation required for this role.

Males, aged 50 to 70 from New York, USA

EUGIN – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
50s-70s, Romanian. A bodyguard who carries a gun and works for the criminal world. He is disrespectful to those around him and has a strange sense of humor. He is very vocal and not shy of speaking his mind. Eugin gets himself into trouble because he can never stay quiet.

Males, aged 50 to 70 from New York, USA

ALIN – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
50s-70s, Romanian. He is blunt and speaks his mind, laughing at the customers in his local restaurant. He doesn’t know when to stop laughing and constantly annoys the other customers. Alin and his wife Miruna argue regularly over his manners. There will be improvisation required for this role.

Males, aged 50 to 70 from New York, USA

MIRUNA – SUPPORTING ROLE (ROMANIAN)
50s-70s, Romanian. She is quiet and kind. When her husband laughs at the customers in their local restaurant she tries to stop him. She is traditional and old fashioned but open to meeting new people. She argues regularly with her husband Alin over his manners. She is close to her family and cares deeply for her community. There will be improvisation required for this role.

Females, aged 50 to 70 from New York, USA

ANA – SUPPORTING ROLE (VENEZUELAN)
17-21 years old, Venezuelan. She is courageous and speaks her mind. She is willing to confront her enemies at the end who have kept her hostage, despite the dangers. Ana came to America for opportunities but was kidnapped and has been held against her will by a crime boss. She has had enough and will do whatever it takes to escape.

Females, aged 18 to 26 from New York, USA

MICHAEL – SUPPORTING ROLE (AMERICAN)
20s-50s, American. A hard-working police officer, who tries to be fair with others. He is trying to get a promotion in the police department but is constantly overlooked. Michael is frustrated but always tries to be kind with others. He dreams of rising up the ranks. There will be improvisation required for this role.

Males, aged 20 to 50 from New York, USA

SUSAN – SUPPORTING ROLE (AMERICAN)
20s-50s, American. A natural police officer, who is confident in her abilities. She has been noticed by her boss in the police department and is soon to be promoted. Susan is popular and works with Michael. Although she is kind to those around her, she is very tough in a fight and not afraid of making the tough calls. There will be improvisation required for this role.

Females, aged 20 to 50 from New York, USA

LACEY – SUPPORTING ROLE (NY AMERICAN)
30s-50s, NY accent. She is a larger than life character who likes to be the center of attention. Lacey is brash, outspoken and fiery. With a sense of twisted humor, she often falls out with her friends. She says what she thinks without any pause, constantly offending those around her. But despite this, she is very popular and always has somewhere to be.

Females, aged 30 to 50 from New York, USA

Accents: USA New York

DONNA – SUPPORTING ROLE (NY AMERICAN)
30s-50s, NY American. She is confident, attractive and witty. Donna is best friends with Lacey and they hang out regularly. If Lacey needs help, then Donna is always there. Although they have had major disagreements over the years there is a close bond between them. Donna is the only person that Lacey will listen to. There will be some improvisation for this role.

Females, aged 30 to 50 from New York, USA

Accents: USA New York

MICHELLE – SUPPORTING ROLE (NY AMERICAN)
30s-50s, NY American. She is timid and follows the crowd. Michelle is constantly trying to please everyone in her life. Lacey and Donna order her around and try and manipulate her. She is very smart but hasn’t found her voice yet. Michelle doesn’t agree with Lacey and Donna’s politics and it upsets her when they are cruel to others.

Females, aged 30 to 50 from New York, USA

NANCY – SUPPORTING ROLE (NY AMERICAN)
20s-50s, American. She has a good sense of humor and is relaxed around others. Nancy is naturally popular and confident. Nothing phases her and she gets along with everyone, happy to listen to their stories. She wants to enjoy life and likes to be social. She is well dressed and interested in fashionable clothes. There will be improvisation required for this role.

Females, aged 20 to 50 from New York, USA

SEEKING CREW
Assistant producer
Line Producer
Location Scout
Casting Assistant
Camera Assistant
Props Master
Special Effects Make-Up Artist

COMPENSATION
PAY: Deferred
OTHER: Film Credit, Meals
NOTES: SAG Deferred contracts. We will be accepting SAG and non-union actors. Actors will be receiving a deferred SAG payment of $125 a day (on a deferred basis).

TALENT SUBMISSIONS
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: August 1, 2019
SEND EMAIL TO: nyindiefeatures@gmail.com
INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume, Reel link

CREW SUBMISSIONS
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: August 1, 2019
SEND EMAIL TO: nyindiefeatures@gmail.com
INCLUDE: Resume

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Seeking Actors and Crew for Series with Television Star from “The Good Doctor”

Our multi-award winning team is seeking actors based in New York City for an ambitious new media dramatic series. We have confirmed a television star that is one of the lead actors from the hit series “The Good Doctor.”

The drama series deals with the topic of immigration and sex trafficking in New York. It’s a 6-part series. A BBC television writer wrote some of the episodes and based on the strength of the script we’ve managed to secure some great people. It will be aimed at high-end festivals and streamed online.

Position: These jobs are all Deferred contracts. We will be accepting SAG and non-union actors. Actors will be receiving a deferred SAG payment of $125 a day (on a deferred basis). For the crew, it will also be a deferred payment of $125 a day (on a deferred basis).

Although the budget is low we were fortunate to confirm a highly experienced feature producer, who has agreed to produce the series and we believe the project has great potential.

A bit of background about the producer:
The producer has made 3 feature films that have sold internationally and multiple award winning short films. One of the producer’s feature films has sold to over 20 countries and was released by Studio Canal Plus.

The producer’s second feature film was sold on VOD through Sky Movies on Demand, Amazon Prime and iTunes.

The producer also made a multi-award nominated short film, which starred one of the lead actors from the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Please only apply if you have previous film acting experience and are based in New York City.

Filming: We will be filming the project in August 2019.

To apply, you must be over the age of 18.

If you are interested, please send us the following details:

Resume/IMDB link.

Showreel (if you have one).

We look forward to hearing from you! Please contact us at: nyindiefeatures@gmail.com

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