NEWS

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WAYNE WANG’S “COMING HOME AGAIN” TO WORLD PREMIERE AT TIFF!

Starring Justin Chon and Jackie Chung, the film focuses on a Korean American man who cares for his ailing mother while trying to master her traditional cooking, based on Chang-rae Lee's "New Yorker" short story. Click HERE to read more.

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THE LEADING LADIES OF ROMA

Click HERE to check out an article written by Heidi on Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, the two stars of Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma.


FEATURED ACTOR

LILY JAMES

We first saw Lily James on the big screen in Baby Driver, and we’ll see her transform again in Danny Boyle’s upcoming film, Yesterday, due to hit theaters this summer.

Lily is currently starring opposite Gillian Anderson, in All About Eve in the West End.


UP-AND-COMERS


GREAT MOMENTS

THE ARTIST

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

DON’T COME KNOCKING

It took almost two and a half years to cast this film. Collaborating with Wim Wenders 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 mother and children was just as much about finding the truth in the character as matching them to Sam. Together with Sam, the family cast was Jessica Lange, Sarah Polley, Gabriel Mann and the sublime Eva Marie Saint.

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.

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.

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 Louisiana portion of film. I found craw fisherman in the Bayou, voodoo 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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EVITA

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.