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Up and Comers

We put together a small list of our favorite up and comers to look out for.
To learn more about these actors, click on their names.


Melissa Benoist

Starring in Imagine coming out in 2014. 




George MacKay
Up and Coming Actor from the UK  



Sophie Traub
Canadian actress out of Toronto





Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones





Julia Sarah Stone  
Starring in Wim Wenders’ Everything Will Be Fine 



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The Artist

Casting a silent film in black and white was like no other experience I ever had and it was a complete joy to be able to take cast so many great character actors in this film. I will never forget the look of the actors who came into audition who just weren’t sure what to do with the “silent” part. It was a complete thrill to see them come dressed in character and then to guide them through the scenes. We got them to relax into the character and not worry about the “silence,” while we turned the sound off, and turned the camera to black and white when we watched the auditions. Check out this article from The New York Times about the process.


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Angel Heart

This was my first film casting experience. As an assistant I was assigned to research the world of jazz and blues musicians to find a key character in the film. I met and auditioned living legends all over the country including BB King, Ornette Coleman, Johnny Lee Hooker, Dizzie Gillespie and many more.Ultimately we ended up casting the legendary blues guitarist Brownie McGhee. During this experience I also became the extras casting director for the Lousiana portion of film. I found craw fisherman in the Bayou, Voo doo dancers, musicians and a host of other amazing faces that Alan Parker used so beautifully to paint the landscape of this film.


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When Oliver Stone was going to direct EVITA, he sent me to discover the real “Latin” Evita. I went on an amazing casting journey from New York and Miami to Mexico, Argentina, Spain and London. I met singers, dancers and performers who had never auditioned for a Hollywood film before. Along the way I discovered the talents of Catherine Zeta Jones, who at then time was a stage actress, a Spanish pop singer and a complete unknown at an open call in Buenos Aires. Ultimately, Oliver never directed this film and Madonna played Evita, but my journey on the film was unforgettable.


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Chinese Box

After having cast THE JOY LUCK CLUB (another amazing casting experience), as well as the wonderful film SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE, I had the privilege to dig deeper with Wayne. I co-produced and cast CHINESE BOX, which chronicled the changeover of Hong Kong from Great Britain to China. It was certainly a casting challenge to work in Hong Kong where finding the best supporting actors was as complicated and fulfilling a task as finding the best Peking Duck. Simply said, it was finding out where to go and who to ask and then to ask again and again.


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Heaven and Earth

We (Risa Bramon Garcia, Billy Hopkins and myself) scouted the United States for nine months searching for Vietnamese actors to play most of the principal roles in this film. Oliver Stone was completely open to non-professionals so we held numerous open calls. These open calls were amazing and inspiring. We found immigrants who wanted to share their stories and life experience with us. They were open hearted and full of life. Some barely spoke English at all but managed to do the best improvisations you could imagine. The lead, Hiep Thi Le was a pre-med student at UC Davis when we cast her. I remember the minute I saw her audition, I knew she had the power to carry the film.


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Don’t Come Knocking

It took almost two and a half years to cast this film. Collaborating with Wim was, as always, rewarding. The script evolved and the characters became more and more defined. The search for the actors to play Sam Shepard’s children and mother was just as much about finding the truth in the character as matching them to Sam. Together with Ssam, the family cast was Jessica Lange, Sarah Polley, Gabe Mann and the sublime Eva Marie Saint.



Bang Bang Baby - Casting Director
Feature Film

Jeffrey St. Jules - Writer / Director
Daniel Beckerman - Producer
Starring – Jane Levy, Peter Stomare, Justin Chatwin

A 1960′s teenager begins dating a rock star who is stranded in her small town, but after a leak in a nearby chemical plant is rumoured to be causing hallucinations she begins to question if he is real.




Vernon God Little - Casting Director
Feature Film

Werner Herzog - Director
Andrew Birkin - Writer
Katja Eichinger, Stefan Arndt, Pablo Cruz - Producers

In the small border town of Martirio, Texas (everyone just knows everyone, you know?), a violent school shooting stops everything. Jesus Navarro, a bullied loner, guns down 6 classmates before shooting himself. Vernon, his one and only friend, watches Jesus’ suicide and then in an ugly twist of ignorance, becomes the prime suspect in the shootings.

START DATE: September 2014

The Greens are Gone 
- Casting Director
Feature Film

Peer Pedersen- Writer / Director
Michael Kristoff, Adam Gibbs - Producers

“The Greens Are Gone,” is one of those character rich dramas that tells the story of a family riddled with emotional problems and  a story of strong women faced with emotional instability.

START DATE: Spring 2014
SHOOTING LOCATION: Seattle, WA or Los Angeles, CA

Every Thing Will Be Fine- Casting Director
Feature Film

Wim Wenders - Director
Gian-Piero Ringel - Producer
Bjorn-Olaf Johannessen - Writer
Starring - James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainsbourgh

Every Thing Will Be Fine is a family drama, unraveling over the course of 12 years. A story of guilt and forgiveness, and of accepting things you cannot change anymore. The film will be shot in 3D. Currently shooting in Montreal.

5 to 7
 - Casting Director

Feature Film

Victor Levin - Director
Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn - Producers
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Berénice Marlohe, Lambert Wilson, Olivia Thirlby, Frank Langella and Glenn Close

In New York, aspiring novelist (Anton Yelchin) has a cinq-a-sept affair (5 to 7 is the afternoon time and acceptable code for a marital affair among a certain set of Parisians) with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat. Cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens, with remarkable results. Let’s just say that, in the end, everyone does the right thing and we have a lot of fun getting there.

– Casting Director
Feature Film

Cynthia Mort - Writer / Director
Ben Latham Jones, Barnaby Thompson, Stuart Parr - Producers
Starring: Zoe Saldana, David Oeylowo

Nina tells the story of the legendary great soul singer, Nina Simone and her relationship with her manager Clifton. It is not strictly a biopic, but rather a portrait of an icon whose talent and passion took the world by storm. She was an iconic musician, but also a woman who represented “women” in their quest to be heard and appreciated equally. Nina’s talent was huge and like many artists her inner demons also shaped her life and career.

The Young and Prodigious Spivet – Casting Director

Feature Film

Jean Pierre-Jeunet - Director
Francis Boespflug, Frédéric Brillion, Suzanne Girard, Jean Pierre-Jeunet, Gilles LeGrand, Tyler Thompson - Producers
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie and Kyle Catlett

Based on the best selling novel by Reif Larson comes Jean Pierre-Jeunet’s (Amelie) next film about a young cartographer enthusiast who embarks on a journey that might allow him to finally understand how the world really works.

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The Song – Casting Director

Feature Film

Andrew Lauer - Director
David Kauffman, Page Brown - Producers
David Kauffman - Writer
Starring - Cheyenne Jackson, Kevin Pollak, Christopher Lloyd

BEN CANTOR, an aspiring singer/songwriter, gets to the finals of THE SONG reality contest show, where he is again confronted with the business side of music: does he stay true to himself and his beliefs or should he sell out to win the big prize? 


– Casting Director
MP Films

Mark Pellington - Director
Mark Pellington, Larry Gross, Paul Schrader – Writers
Tim Perrell, Mark Pellington - Producers
Starring: Kurt Russell

A man flies home after his mother is murdered in order to investigate her death and tend to his father with Alzheimer’s.

Cowboy – Casting Director
Biscuit Films

Malcolm Murray - Director
Shawn Lacy, Gary Naccarato – Producers
Malcolm Murray, Michael Meyer - Producers

Mourning his great love, a Japanese janitor works a cattle ranch in the American Southwest. For him and for a family of struggling ranchers, the past is as inescapable as the future is uncertain.

Start Date: TBD
Shooting Location: Texas

Our Little Secret – Casting Director / Producer

Yuri Zeltser - Writer / Director
Heidi Levitt – Executive Producer
Yan Fisher
– Producer

Inspired by true events that provide the background and trigger the plot, this story is an intimate exploration of a family post 9/11. A family destroyed, and a family resurrected – rising from the ashes. I see it as a fairy tale of sorts, filled with magical realism, humor – and dread.

Start Date: TBD
Shooting Location: New Mexico

Exiles on Main Street
– Producer
LG Productions

Heidi Levitt, Alex Gibney - Producers

This project is a strong passion of mine. It will be a series of short films for television that I have developed. The series deals with culture clash and immigrant struggles in America and abroad. Each film will be directed by a renown director, including Wayne Wang, Mira Nair, Sherman Alexie, Isabel Coixet, etc, who will bring his or her own unique “outsider” experience to the project. Films will be based on short stories by great writers including, Robert Olen Butler, Jumpha Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Z.Z. Packer, K. Kvashay-Boyle, among many others.

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Chavez - Casting Director / Associate Producer
Feature Film – Participant Media

Diego Luna - Director
Pablo Cruz, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Larry Meli, and Russell Smith - Producers
Starring: Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson

Chavez is the biopic story of legendary farmworker and labor leader, César E. Chavez. It follows the struggles and triumphs he underwent to reinforce non-violence in a labor movement that mobilized an industry. Over the period of 8 years, Chavez rises as a charismatic leader and builds a strong force alongside fellow activist Dorlores Huerta (Rosario Dawson), and others to start a wave ending the largest strike in the history of U.S. labor. This story takes you on a journey through the struggles, resistance and ultimate triumph faced by César Chavez.

Chavez – Berlin International Film Festival

Face of Love – Casting Director
Feature Film

Arie Posin - Writer / Director
Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis - Producers
Starring: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams

Five Years Ago, Nikki’s (Annette Bening) husband passed away in a tragic accident unable to move forward. Nikki lives in a cocoon state, stuck in the mire of missing her one true love. Then, one random day, she sees Tom (Ed Harris); who is almost an exact replica of her late husband (Ed Harris)

Face of Love – Toronto International Film Festival

All The Wrong Reasons
– Casting Director

Feature Film

Gia Milani - Writer / Director
Gia Milani, Phyllis Laing, Tony Whalen - Producers
Starring: Corey Monteith, Kevin Zegers

All the Wrong Reasons is an ensemble film about four co-workers at a big box department store. Since witnessing a tragic family event, Kate has kept herself as isolated as physically possible, even at work. Her husband James, the store’s ambitious manager, does his best to force Kate out of her shell but Kate wants her world to remain exactly as it is. Missing intimacy, James becomes close with Nicole, a cashier who is holding onto what’s left of her youth while juggling single motherhood. When a new temp employee is hired, his presence shakes up the whole store, for all the wrong reasons.

All the Wrong Reasons – Toronto International Film Festival

The Grand Seduction
– Casting Director
Feature Film

Don McKellar - Director
Jean-Marie Comeau, Barbara Doran, Roger Frappier, Jeff Sackman, Mark Slone - Producers
Michael Dowse, Ken Scott-Writer - Writers
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch

A small, destitute fishing town pins its hopes on a company that is willing to build a factory there, but only if the town can attract a full-time doctor-in-residence. When the town manages to lure handsome, young Dr. Paul Lewis, its citizens conspires to keep him there.

The Grand Seduction – Toronto International Film Festival

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About Heidi

Heidi Levitt has cast such successful films as “The Artist,” “JFK,” “Nixon,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Nurse Betty,” “The Rock,” “The Joy Luck Club,” “Smoke,” and “Lakeview Terrace,” and many more plays, commercials and TV series. She served as a producer on the feature films such as, “Center of the World,” and “The Chinese Box” both directed by Wayne Wang, “Coastlines,” directed by Victor Nunez  and  Heidi wrote the story for and produced, “Delivering Milo,” starring Anton Yelchin, Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney.

In 2009 , Heidi cast and executive produced, “The High Cost of Living,” directed by Deborah Chow,  which won best first feature at TIFF and was released by Tribeca Films and in 2010 she exec produced and cast Magnolia Pictures release, “I Melt With You,” directed by Mark Pellington. In 2012, Heidi cast and executive produced “Ginger and Rosa,” directed by Sally Potter, that premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and the AFI Film Festival. It will be released by A24 Films early in 2013. Most recently she cast two ambitious indie feature biopics , “Cesar Chavez,” directed by the actor/director Diego Luna and  “Nina,” a biopic about Nina Simone, directed by writer/director Cynthia Mort. She is currently casting the film “Everything Will Be Fine,” directed by Wim Wenders.

In addition to casting Heidi is developing  the series of one hour films, “Exiles on Main Street,” with Oscar winning documentary film maker, Alex Gibney. The series is comprised of stories about immigrants, culture clash and the American Dream, all based on award winning short stories by noted authors such as Sherman Alexie, Robert Olen Butler, ZZ Packer and K Kvashay-Boyle.

Last and most importantly, Heidi’s passion for information and technology led her to create Actor Genie, which is available on iTunes and Android. Actor Genie is a Mobile App that is an essential tool in Hollywood. It tells what’s casting and who’s who and has loads of inspiring quotes from well know actors, directors, writers and offers tips on the best acting coaches and much more.

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Featured Films

Vernon God Little (Currently Casting) –
Werner Herzog, Dir
Every Thing Will Be Fine –
Wim Wenders, Dir
The Face of Love – Arie Posin, Dir
The Young and Prodigious Spivet – Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Dir
Nina Simone
– Cynthia Mort, Dir
Cesar Chavez – Diego Luna, Dir
Ginger & Rosa
– Sally Potter, Dir
The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius, Dir
I Melt With You – Mark Pellington, Dir
Mother and Child – Rodrigo Garcia, Dir
Sympathy for Delicious – Mark Ruffalo, Dir
Lakeview Terrace – Neil LaBute, Dir
My Life Without Me – Isabel Coxiet, Dir
Nurse Betty – Neil LaBute, Dir
The Rock – Michael Bay, Dir
Nixon – Oliver Stone, Dir
Million Dollar Hotel – Wim Wenders, Dir
Natural Born Killers – Oliver Stone, Dir
The Joy Luck Club – Wayne Wang, Dir
JKF – Oliver Stone, Dir
Benny & Joon – Jeremiah Chechik, Dir
And Others…

Download a Full List of Heidi’s Credits

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Cesar Chavez
– Associate Producer
Ginger and Rosa – Executive Producer
I Melt With You – Executive Producer
The High Cost of Living – Executive Producer
The Open Road - Executive Producer
Sunshine Superman (in development) – Producer
Exiles on Main St. (in development) – Producer
Under Still Waters - Co-Producer
Fido – Co-Producer
Coastlines - Associate Producer
Delivering Milo – Co-Producer, Storywriter
Interstate 60 - Co-Producer
The Chinese Box – Co-Producer
Center of the World - Co-Producer

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Dear Dumb Diary
(Movie of the Week) – Hallmark Channel
Saving Hope
 (Canadian Series) – Thump / CTV
Hunt for Justice (Movie of the Week) – Gala Films / CTV
Wanted (CBS Pilot) - Warner Brothers / CBS
Sullivan Street (WB Pilot) – Warner Brothers / WB
Brimstone (ABC Series) - Warner Brothers / ABC
Excellent Cadavers  (HBO Movie) – HBO
The Wedding (ABC Movie of the Week) - Harpo Productions
Class of ’96 (FOX Series) - ABC Productions
TV Nation (Pilot) - Michael Moore, Creator / Tri-Star TV
Grand (NBC Series) - Carsey-Werner / NBC

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– Janusz Kaminski, Dir
Tropicana – Paul Weiland, Dir
Hyundai – Lenny Dorfman, Dir
GE Capital - Lenny Dorfman, Dir
McDonalds – Lenny Dorfman, Dir
Volvo - Lenny Dorfman, Dir
And others… 


Different Words for the Same Thing
(Center Theatre Group) - Michael Ritchie, Artistic Dir, Neel Keller, Dir / Kimber Lee, Writer
Helter Skelter (w Ron Eldard and Kate Behan)
– Neil LaBute, Writer / Director
Restoration – Christopher Ashley, Dir / Claudia Shear, Writer
Wrecks – Neil LaBute, Writer / Director
La Jolla Playhouse  – Christopher Ashley, Michael Grief, Annie Hamburger, Artistic Directors
ACT Seattle - Gordon Edelstein, Artistic Dir

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