CASTING CALL (MANITOBA ONLY)

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****ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM MANITOBA LOCALS ONLY**** The film is a modern coming-of-age, father/daughter road trip drama with a throwback 70s aesthetic.

Storyline: A 12-year-old girl with supernatural powers travels cross-country living from motel room to motel room with her father, who has Tourette Syndrome. Wanting nothing more than a normal family life and a permanent home, she befriends a community of outcasts who want to harness her powers for a darker purpose.

The screenplay was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab and the director's previous feature, Son of the Sunshine, was nominated for a CSA. His other work has been distributed on Netflix, Hulu, MUBI, PBS, NFB, and presented at the Berlinale.

Production will be adhering to a COVID policy in line with local health authority guidelines.


Producer: Mackenzie Leigh Writer: Ryan Ward, Mackenzie Leigh Casting Director: Jesse Griffiths Casting Assistant: Izad Etemadi Start Date: o/a July 5 - o/a Aug 6, 2021 Rate of Pay: Non-Union - $150.00/day Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

ROLES

[HILDIE] LEAD. 9 to 12 years old, white female. Must be blonde or willing to dye hair blonde. A street-savvy, feral child. Rough around the edges. A daydreamer who doesn’t take bull from anyone. For most of her life, Hildie and her father have been on the run from her family and abusive mother, living motel to motel. In addition to having epilepsy, Hildie is also starting to discover a strange power to heal that she suspects her father might also have. Throughout the film, Hildie embarks on a coming-of-age journey to better understand both her father and herself.

***NOTE: We are looking for young actors who are able to listen, be present with their scene partner, and deliver a deep, emotional performance. Nothing cutesy or overly polished. Role includes a kissing scene with male actor her age, as well as mature language. Actress must be comfortable in the water/a strong swimmer, as underwater filming is required. Scenes will be filmed under the supervision of a qualified Stunt Coordinator and Certified Lifeguard. Required for approx 25 days of shooting***


[GLOVER] LEAD. 10 to 12 years old, Black male. Sensitive and thoughtful beneath his tough-guy veneer. Glover is protective of Hildie and considers himself to be her boyfriend (or at least he wants to be, though Hildie is not so sure). At Hildie’s urging, Glover stows away in the cargo bed of her dad’s truck and leaves with them on a cross-country journey. Feeling unwanted by his family, Glover is happy to leave his city life behind and travel into the unknown with Hildie. Required for approx. 23 days of shooting [AURORA] SUPPORTING. Late 20s to 30s years old, white female. Delicate and removed. A broken flower without a compass. Aurora has spent her most of her 20s following a man that didn’t love her away from her home and family. After being abandoned by him and left alone with her 5-year-old son, Cassus, who is non-verbal, Aurora joins a group of outcasts who travel the countryside. Never feeling as though she belongs anywhere, Aurora starts to have feelings for Sonny who is an outsider just like she is, and becomes his love interest. ***NOTE: Role requires a love-making scene. No nudity. Required for approx. 11 days of shooting*** [CASSUS] SUPPORTING. 5 to 7 years old, white male. Frail and timid, Cassus is Aurora’s son who is non-verbal. He is a quiet child, wary of strangers, who often keeps to himself. He has a propensity for lashing out when he feels unsure or cornered. Like Aurora, Cassus has never felt as though he belonged anywhere in this world. However, he has a strong affinity for Sonny, who he sees as a kindred spirit and father figure. Required for approx. 10 days of shooting [SAMARA] SUPPORTING. 25 to 45 years old, all ethnicities female. Actress with Down Syndrome. The leader of a group of travelers who live their lives on the open road. Samara is charismatic, intelligent, mischievous… and clairvoyant. A talented artist, she predicts the future through detailed drawings. In the end, we realize she is far more cunning than she first presents herself. Samara leads a plot to drown Hildie and Glover in an attempt to provoke Sonny into unleashing the darker side of his power. Required for approx. 12 days of shooting [TERESIS] SUPPORTING. Late 30s to 40s years old, white male. Disarmingly handsome and charming, Teresis is Samara’s brother and protector and the type of guy who can make anyone trust him. He is also the father of equally good-looking and charismatic, 15-year-old, Qeon. He seduces Sonny, Hildie, and Glover into coming to live on a remote compound where he and the group of travelers often stay. At Samara’s bidding, he tries to drown Hildie and Glover in order to provoke Sonny into unleashing the darker side of his power. ***NOTE: Teresis has one brown and one blue eye (production will provide contact lenses). Bonus if actor can play guitar. Required for approx. 15 days of shooting*** [SIRUS] SUPPORTING. 30s to 40s years old, all ethnicities male. Hulking and heavy-set, Sirus is one of of Samara’s henchman. More muscle than brains, Sirus does what he is told without asking questions. He sabotages Sonny’s truck in order to force Sonny, Hildie, and Glover to stay with the group and grow to trust them. In the end, he is involved in the plot to drown Hildie and Glover and fights with Sonny who tries to save them. ***NOTE: Fight choreography required. Bonus if actor can play guitar. Required for approx. 10 days of shooting*** [TRUCK STOP] SUPPORTING. 40s to 60s years old, all ethnicities male. Actor who uses a wheelchair. Weathered, gravelly-voiced, and probably a heavy smoker, Truck Stop is one of Samara’s henchman. A former long-haul trucker, Truck Stop is gentle, good-natured, loving, and often reads to Hildie. However, he can be prone to violent outbursts after too many beers. He is one of the primary forces that seduces Hildie into trusting the group. In the end, he is part of the plot to drown Hildie and Glover. ***NOTE: Some fight choreography required. Bonus if actor can play guitar. Required for approx. 8 days of shooting*** [BILL THE COOK] SUPPORTING 40s to 70s years old, all ethnicities male. Actor who identifies as blind or partially sighted. A former short-order cook at a greasy spoon, Bill is now the cook for the group of travelers who are his closest friends. Light-hearted and personable, he always has a kind word for everyone. The type of person who makes friends with anyone he meets. He seems to have a clairvoyant ability to see people despite his blindness and ends up befriending Hildie and Glover. ***NOTE: Bonus if actor can play guitar or other instrument. Required for approx. 8 days of shooting*** [ANYA] SUPPORTING. 10 to 14 years old, white female. An outgoing and talkative redhead, Anya is the defacto leader of the kids in the group of travelers. Cunning and manipulative, Anya befriends Hildie and then tries to steal her boyfriend, Glover, away from her. She helps Teresis try to drown Hildie and Glover, though she recants in the end, realizing the seriousness of what she is doing. Required for approx.12 days of shooting [QEON] SUPPORTING. 13 to 16 years old, white male. Disarmingly handsome and charming, Qeon is Teresis’ son. Qeon has an unusual affinity for snakes, who he loves to play with and torment. He also has a seemingly magical ability to spin a knife in his hand. Qeon seduces Hildie into liking him, which causes a rift between her and Glover. He helps his dad try to drown Hildie and Glover, though he recants in the end, realizing the seriousness of what he is doing. Required for approx. 12 days of shooting [FREY] SUPPORTING 7 to 10 years old, white male. Anya’s awkward, shy, and easily manipulated younger brother. Frey is an unwitting pawn for the older kids. He ends up helping Anya and Qeon kidnap Hildie and Glover, though he has no part in the attempted drowning, and has no idea of the seriousness of what he is doing. Required for approx. 10 days of shooting [SANDAR] ACTOR. 50s to 70s years old, white male. Chimera’s husband and the patriarch of the group of Travelers, Sandar owns a secluded farming compound where the group often stays. He strongly believes in the ethereal world of which Samara speaks and is part of the plot to kidnap Hildie and Glover.Required for approx. 4 days of shooting [CHIMERA] ACTOR. 50s to 70s years old, white female. Sandar’s wife and the matriarch of the group of Travelers, she too believes in the ethereal world of which Samara speaks and is part of the plot to kidnap Hildie and Glover. Required for approx.4 days of shooting


[GYN] SUPPORTING. Any age, male. Actor with Albinism. Gyn is one of Samara's henchmen and lives on the farm with Sandar and Chimera.


[GROCERY MART MANAGER] ACTOR. 30s to 50s years old, all ethnicities male. A small-town manager of a local grocery mart. Friendly enough on the surface, but serious about his job, he hires Sonny to work in the back room as a stock clerk. Worried that Sonny’s Tourette Syndrome will disturb his customers, he eventually fires Sonny when he refuses to stay relegated to working in the back of the store. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting [CASHIER] ACTOR. 14 to 25 years old, all ethnicities female. A bored Cashier working in a small-town grocery mart. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting [STOCK BOY] ACTOR. 14 to 20 years old, all ethnicities male. An awkward, unconventional-looking stock boy who is not very bright, working in a small-town grocery mart. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting [MOTEL OWNER] ACTOR. 30s to 60s years old, all ethnicities male. Serious about his job, he has no sympathy for Sonny when he can no longer afford pay for his motel room. He doesn’t understand that Sonny has Tourette Syndrome and is offended by his cursing. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting [WORKER 1] ACTOR. 30s to 40s years old, all ethnicities male. Tough, rough around the edges, possibly a drinker and/or heavy smoker. An impatient and overzealous laborer at a lumber warehouse. Putt off by Sonny’s uncontrollable ticks and outbursts that are a part of his Tourette Syndrome, he makes fun of Sonny and eventually ends up getting into a fistfight with him. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting


[WORKER 2] ACTOR. 20s to 50s years old, all ethnicities male. A worker at a lumber warehouse who is used to Sonny’s Tourette Syndrome and tries to explain it to Worker 1. He acts as a peace-keeper when Sonny and Worker 1 fight. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting [MECHANIC] ACTOR. 30s to 40s years old, South Asian male. A local DIY Mechanic who owns a wrecking yard in a small town. He fixes Sonny’s broken-down truck. He does not speak in English so his wife translates for him. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting [MECHANIC'S WIFE] ACTOR. 30s to 40s years old, South Asian female. The wife of a local DIY Mechanic living in a small town. Speaks English and translates for her husband. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting [WAITRESS] ACTOR. 30s to 60s years old, white female. A surly waitress with a heart of gold who works in a small-town diner. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting [GIRL 1] ACTOR. 10 to 14 years old, all ethnicities female. A mean and stylish girl who goes to the same school as Hildie and makes fun of her when she gets her period. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting

[GIRL 2] ACTOR. 10 to 14 years old, all ethnicities female. A mean and stylish girl who goes to the same school as Hildie and makes fun of her when she gets her period. Required for approx. 1 day of shooting