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Best Cast Films of 2016

IndieWire asked 13 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. Heidi wrote about Asghar Farhadi’s film “The Salesman,” in lieu of global casting, even though “Moonlight,” is close to her heart. Read the Article Here. 

Make Hollywood Great Again

The time is now for Hollywood to make movies that speak to all Americans and represent all Americans. Our industry is perhaps our greatest cultural export and the world is watching. Read How to Make Hollywood Great Again.

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Up and Comers

We put together a small list of our favorite up and comers to look out for.
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Rachel Hilson

Currently starring in KINGS opposite Halle Berry and Daniel Craig. 




Harris Dickerson
Breakout star at The 2017 Sundance Film Festival for Beach Rats.  



KR_smKaalan Rachid Walker (KR)
Get to know this up and coming LA rapper starring in KINGS.





Annapurna Sriram
Starring in The Spoils opposite Jesse Eisenberg at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios





Lamar Johnson   
Look out for this up and coming Canadian actor starring in KINGS



Haley Lu Richardson
Recently starred in The Edge of Seventeen and is now in Split in theaters now. Watch out for this one.






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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.



Kings - Casting Director
Feature Film

Deniz Gamze Ergüven - Writer / Director
Charles Gillibert - Producer
Starring: Halle Berry and Daniel Craig

MILLIE (played by Hallie Berry) and her 7 foster children, live in South Central during the Los Angeles riots of 1993. MILLIE’S huge heart and addiction to rescuing children leads her to take in more children than she can handle. The story revolves around her family and the experiences they encounter preceding, and immediately after the Rodney King verdict is read.


Molly - Casting Director
Feature Film

Sally Potter - Writer / Director
Christopher Shepard - Producers

Molly is a 24-hour odyssey in the life of a man and his daughter with some metaphysical moments.

Earthlings from a Zoo - Casting Director
Feature Film

Kim Nguyen - Writer / Director

Brothers, Vincent and Anton Zaleski want to dig a twelve-inch tunnel from New Jersey to Kanas to allow stock market data to travel milliseconds faster so that they can read it before their ex-employer and newly found enemy, Paul Raulson.

Bad Samaritan - Casting Director
Feature Film

Dean Devlin - Director
Brandon Boyce - Writer
Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan 
- Producers
Starring: David Tennant and Robert Sheehan

The film centers on two young car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for these petty thieves until they target the wrong house, changing their lives forever.

A Worthy Companion 
- Casting Director
Feature Film

Carlos and Jason Sanchez - Writer / Director
Lucy Dery, Kim McCraw - Producers
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone

A groundbreaking drama about a woman seeking love and companionship, who convinces a teenage girl to come and live with her. Written and directed by artists Jason and Carlos Sanchez (www.thesanchezbrothers.com) to be produced by the Oscar-nominated team at micro_scope in Montreal.

- Casting Director

Feature Film

Richard Levien - Writer / Director
Claire Jago - Producer
Starring: Jesse Garcia, Ana de la Reguera, Izabella Alvarado, and
Jason Garcia Jr.

Twelve-year-old Itan’s promising life in San Francisco is turned upside down when she comes home from school, with her five-year-old brother Neto, to find her apartment ransacked and her mother missing. Suddenly she must rely on her estranged and irresponsible uncle Evencio, a big rig truck driver. Itan manipulates him into taking them across the country in his truck, in a desperate search for her mother.

A Storm in the Stars - Casting Director
Gidden Media
Feature Film

Haifaa al-Mansour - Director
Emma Jensen - Writer
Amy Baer, Rebecca Miller, Joannie Burstein- Producers
Starring: Elle Fanning, Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge,Douglas Booth

The story of the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.


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Clang – Casting Director
MP Films
Feature Film

Mark Pellington - Director
Mark Pellington, Larry Gross, Paul Schrader – Writers
Tim Perrell, Mark Pellington - Producers

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

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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The Party - Casting Director / Executive Producer
Adventure Pictures
Feature Film

Sally Potter - Director
Christopher Sheppard - Producer
Kristen Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones

When Janet and her husband host a party at their London home to celebrate her promotion to a minister in the Shadow Cabinet, everyone’s assumptions about love and loyalty are tested, resulting in murderous feelings and maybe even murder. The Party is Premiering at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

The Last Word
 - Casting Director

Myriad Pictures, Bleecker Street Films
Feature Film

Mark Pellington - Director
Stuart Ross Fink - Writer
Kirk D’Amico, Mark Pellington, Anne-Marie MacKay - Producers
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried

A one-time highly successful business woman, Harriet Lawler (Shirley MacLaine) has micro-managed every single aspect of her life. Why would her obituary be any different? And so she assigns the task to a local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried). When the first draft doesn’t meet her expectations, Harriet sets out to rewrite her life’s story before it’s too late, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. But as Anne slowly comes to realize, it’s not Harriet’s legacy she’s helping to shape, it’s her own. The Last Word Premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 

Mr. Pig
- Casting Director / Associate Producer

Feature Film

Diego Luna - Writer / Director
Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz - Producers
Starring: Danny Glover, Maya Rudolph

Danny Glover plays a pig farmer who journeys back to Mexico with his daughter played by Maya Rudolph. To be Released on Netflix in 2017.

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About Heidi

Heidi Levitt is a casting director, producer and the creator of the mobile app, Actor Genie. An essential tool that tells who’s who and what’s casting in Hollywood. She has cast such films as The Artist, Nixon, JFK, Cesar Chavez, The Joy Luck Club, Lakeview Terrace, and many more. A graduate of Barnard College and The American Film Institute where she has served as adjunct faculty.

Heidi is currently producing a film series called Exiles on Main Street in partnership with academy award winning documentary filmmaker, Alex Gibney. The series will feature six one-hour films that deal with the issues of culture clash and immigrant assimilation in America. The first film is called Saint Chola, based on an award winning short story by K Kvashay- Boyle and will be adapted and directed by filmmaker Cherien Dabis (Amreeka, May In The Summer). Heidi is very excited to be working with award winning filmmakers and writers on a project that captures the true Mosaic of America.

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Feature Films

Kings – Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Dir
Bad Samaritan -
Dean Devlin, Dir
The Party – Sally Potter, Dir.
The Last Word -
Mark Pellington, Dir
Two Lovers and a Bear – Kim Nguyen, Dir
Mr. Pig - Diego Luna, Dir
Soy Negro – Rafi Pitts, Dir
Bang Bang Baby - 
Jeffrey St. Jules, Dir
Elephant Song – Charles Binamé, Dir
Every Thing Will Be Fine (To be released Fall 2015)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…

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The Party – Executive Producer
Two Lovers and a Bear -
Associate Producer
Mr. Pig -
Associate Producer
Exiles on Main St. 
(in development) - Producer
The Greens Are Gone -
Associate Producer
Bang Bang Baby -
Associate Producer
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
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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Web / Television

What Lives Inside
(Online Branded Content Film) - Intel / Dell
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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AT&T “Lily Series” -
Hank Pearlman, Dir
Peloton Cycle – Hank Pearlman, Dir
BJ Restaurant and Brewhouse -
Peter Chelsom, Dir
Nationwide Insurance -
Doug Liman, Dir
Harman Kardon -
Simon Crane, Dir
Verizon Xlte – Geordie Stephens, Dir
– 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… 


(Center Theatre Group)Moises Kaufman, Director / Martin Sherman, Writer
Different Words for the Same Thing (CTG) - 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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