Actor sought for film

About the film project:
 
Damian Bao. Damian Bao is a casting director based in NYC. Who recently worked on the casting of the prize-winning film “American Honey” (Cannes 2016 Jury Prize) by Andrea Arnold. You can visit his website at http://damianbao.works to see other highlights of his work.
 
Damian Bao, Kate Antognini and Samantha Holden (an Elmira native) have been hired by Madeleine Films Studio in Paris to cast award-winning director Danielle Lessovitz’s new feature film “Port Authority.” Danielle was trained in documentary filmmaking at Northwestern before heading to New York to do a Master’s in Film at NYU. Her short films and video installations have won awards and shown at 40 film festivals worldwide. She currently is the Head of Film Lab and a film professor at Rutgers.
 
Set against the backdrop of the Bronx, “Port Authority” is a tragic love story between a boy from the Midwest/South and a woman of color from NYC. The film is scheduled to start shooting at the end of November 2017 for 4 to 6 weeks in New York. The film is planned to premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2018. LEAD CHARACTER: Paul (Age 15-21), Male, White - Vulnerable, open, raw and unworldly. Comes from a blue collar or more disadvantaged upbringing.
 
 
References: young River & Joaquin Phoenix, young Brad Renfro. We are on a nationwide search to find the lead role of Paul. Our goal is to discover an untrained, unknown and give him the opportunity to star in a feature film. This opportunity will give him financial support, a trip to NYC, and experience working with an elite movie production team as well as a chance for him to potentially start an acting career.
 
 
Samantha says, "When I was told they wanted us to discover someone Upstate New York I wanted to extend the casting to my home town. I feel like so many amazing kids from Elmira would be perfect for this role but lack opportunity."
 
 

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