Borscht Corp, Miami's film collective, is taking the leap into feature films, and they want talented locals on board.
This weekend the organization is hosting two open casting calls. They're looking for new talent (no acting experience required) to star in a coming-of-age flick set in Liberty City.
The open casting call takes place on Saturday and Sunday, at two different locations.
It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Charles Drew K-8 Center 1775 NW 60th Street; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, on the YoungArts Campus 2100 Biscayne Blvd.
So what are they looking for in cast members? Specifically: boys ages 8 to 12 who are black, African-American, or mixed race; girls aged 16 to 21 who are black or African-American; men ages 16 to 25 who are black, African-American, or mixed race; and women ages 21 to 45 who are black, African-American, Latino, or mixed race.
Newbies are more than welcome, says Borscht co-founder Andrew Hevia, who's producing the film. Hevia is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, director and producer.
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"When it comes to amateurs, we want people who can be comfortable enough to be themselves in a room full of strangers," he explains. "We'll be looking for people who naturally embody our characters without much extra effort."
Unfortunately, he can't squeal on the details of the film.
"The film is exactly the kind of Miami story that is so often overlooked in the media — a deeply felt and at times harrowing coming-of-age tale set in Liberty City. It's a Borscht project, which means I'm not allowed to say more."
Everyone loves a little secrecy.