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Casting By
Directed by
Tom Donahue

USA / 2012 / 89

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How, in fact, do all those wonderful men, women and children we see on the screen actually get there? As we learn in Tom Donahues revealing new film, thats the contribution of casting directors who trawl independent movies, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, college theater, and summer stock to come up with the new faces constantly demanded by the star-making machinery of the cinema. The film traces the evolution of the casting director beginning after WWII, citing the crucial role of the late Marion Dougherty, who moved from theater to television and eventually to Hollywood and who perhaps more than anyone else professionalized the field. Interviews with major casting directors, including Juliet Taylor, Lynn Stalmaster and Dougherty herself, and many of the actors they discovered (including Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, and Al Pacino), give a rich sense of the work that goes on before the cameras start rolling.
Tom Donahue was born in Rhinebeck, NY and is the co-founder of CreativeChaos vmg. Donahue made his directorial debut in 2005 with the narrative short Thanksgiving, starring James Urbaniak and Seymour Cassel & written by Sean Gullette. He made his feature directing debut with the documentary "Guest of Cindy Sherman (5 stars - Time Out NY), which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and also screened at WFF 2008 to rave reviews. Donahue has also produced and edited numerous features and documentaries, which have won over twenty-five awards combined at such prestigious festivals as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, SXSW, Venice, San Sebastian and Tribeca.
Cast/Featuring: Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Jeff Bridges, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Glenn Close, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Diane Lane, Martin Scorsese, Jon Voight, Bette Midler, John Travolta, Danny Glover, John Lithgow, Oliver Stone, Cybill Shepherd
Executive Producer(s): John Balis, Ed Durkin, Steve Edwards
Producer(s): Kate Lacey, Tom Donahue, Ilan Arboleda, Joanna Colbert
Director(s): Tom Donahue
Cinematographer(s): Peter Bolte
Editor(s): Jill Schweitzer
Composer(s)/Music: Leigh Roberts

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