July 2019 Events Calendar

July 2019 Events Calendar

There is always an opportunity to immerse yourself in your acting community. We’ve got your July weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!

JULY 5-7


Casting Access: BRIAN HILL  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Brian Alan Hill first discovered acting in college while attending Rice University – his first play was a one-act version of The Monkey’s Paw. From there, he left Rice to pursue theatre in a more meaningful way; which is to say he waited tables and read every book on the craft that he could get his hands on. During his seven years in Chicago, Brian worked with several companies as a performer and technician. He is most proud of the company he founded in 2001, Visions & Voices Theatre Co. In three years, V&V produced six shows, 4 of which were Jeff Recommended by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee and two of the shows received awards from Best New Work. Brian has happily retired from acting so as to focus exclusively on casting where he’s offered his skill and talents to three network pilots, the Criminal Minds spin-off, “Beyond Borders,” “Complications,” and “Pretty Little Liars” for Freeform. Brian A. Hill is a CSA Casting Associate at Zane/Pillsbury Casting.


Street Food Cinema: Griffith Park  –  (Los Angeles, CA)  Put together outdoor screenings of popular movies, live music from up-and-coming local bands and some of the city’s most famous food trucks, and you’ve got the perfect L.A. summer experience. Street Food Cinema features a different lineup of eats and entertainment for a fabulous variety of fun under the stars. Grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items — even your dog — and come on out. Films are screened in high-def DLP projection, with cinema quality picture and sound.


Spider-Man: Far from Home –  Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Starring Zendaya, Tom Holland, and Marisa Tomei.

Midsommar –  A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a Swedish festival where things quickly go awry. Starring Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, and Jack Reynor.


JULY 12-14


Casting Access: ANI AVETYAN  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Ani Avetyan is a casting director who worked on HELLCATS and THE CLOSER in the past. Ani’s other casting credits include PRIMO, LEAVING BARSTOW, HOMECOMING, STALKERS, EMILY OWENS MD, HOLIDAY SPIN, SCHOOL AND BOARD, TRUST ME, TWENTY GOOD YEARS and BAD TEACHER.


LA Feedback Film Festival (FREE Special Event)  –  (Los Angeles, CA)  A showcase of the best of Short Films from around the world. All are multiple award-winning short films in the ACTION/HORROR/SCI-FI/THRILLER Genres. Check out the program page and to RSVP your tickets by emailing the festival on the program page, or simply emailing the festival at festival@lafeedbackfilmfestival.com and stating the # of tickets you require. You can come for FREE or make a donation on the night.


Crawl  –  A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. Starring Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, and Ross Anderson.

Stuber  –  A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure. Starring Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, and Betty Gilpin.

The Art of Self-Defense  –  A man is attacked at random on the street. Enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, and Imogen Poots.

Saving Zöe  –  It’s been a year since her older sister’s murder, and Echo is still far from being completely alright. Echo has been trying her hardest to be the strong one, while her mother takes too many antidepressants and her father works too much. Now, at the start of her freshman year of high school, Echo receives an unlikely gift from Zoe’s old boyfriend: her diary. Echo is hesitant to read it but can’t put it down after she gets caught up in Zoe’s secret life. Starring Laura Marano, Giorgia Whigham, and Vanessa Marano.

The Farewell  –  A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. Starring Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, and Gil Perez-Abraham.

Super 30  –  Based on life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar who runs the famed Super 30 program for IIT aspirants in Patna. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, and Pankaj Tripathi.

Darlin’  –  A direct sequel to 2011’s ‘The Woman.’ Starring Pollyanna McIntosh, Nora-Jane Noone, and Cooper Andrews.


JULY 19-21


Keri Tombazian’s Beyond the Music (3-Day Voiceover Intensive Course)  –  (Los Angeles, CA) This is a 3-Day, 3-Class Voiceover Intensive Course that will focus on several key components that every voiceover performer needs to know. Keri’s Music of the English Language classes have been highly coveted classes at the VO Lab and her new 3-Day Intensive is bound to expand on those successes. This course is aimed at advanced performers and will emphasize the importance of the breath and body connection to voice, balancing surrender and control in recording sessions, properly reading the room and remembering the music of language. Whether voicing commercials, video games, narration, animation, audiobooks or even acting on-camera, this series will help you set words in motion and make you a more bookable performer.


Reading Fringe Festival  –  (Reading, England) The Reading Fringe Festival is an award-winning festival, started in 2013 by a marketeer, a producer and a writer. The Reading Fringe aims to support local emerging artists, provide an affordable platform for artists traveling up to the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe and to welcome exciting, vibrant acts to the town from all of the world. Since it was started, the Fringe has won the Pride of Reading Award for Cultural Contribution 2014, Festival of the Year at the inaugural Cultural Awards 2017 and was nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015.

CineShots  –  (London, England) 6 short films, 6 filmmakers, Q&A’s, drinks and chit chats. CineShots is a south London initiative that aims to give up-and-coming London-based filmmakers a chance to screen their short films as well as provide a platform for them to network.

Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes LGBTQ equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBTQ lives. Enjoy 11 days showcasing the best of LGBTQ stories from around the world. The Festival Hub will be at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood & Highland.


The Lion King  –  After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Starring Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Above the Shadows  –  A young woman who has faded to the point of becoming invisible must find her way back with the help of the one man who can see her. Starring Megan Fox, Olivia Thirlby, and Alan Ritchson.


JULY 26-28


SIGGRAPH Animation Film Festival  –  (Los Angeles, CA) The Computer Animation Festival celebrates computer graphics as a medium for storytelling in animation, visual effects, games, and more. Since 1999, the Computer Animation Festival has been recognized as a qualifying festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and several works that were originally presented in this program have received Best Animated Short Academy Awards. Hundreds of short films are submitted to this prestigious program each year. An internationally recognized jury reviews and presents the best work of the year, with awards for Best in Show, Jury’s Choice, and Best Student Project.


Once Upon A Time in Hollywood –  A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

Skin  –  A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves. Starring Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, and Daniel Henshall.


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Don’t Let These Emmy Contenders Go Overlooked

Don’t Let These Emmy Contenders Go Overlooked

It all used to be so simple. There were three networks (OK, four once Fox joined on in the late eighties). There were maybe a few dozen legitimate contenders vying for Emmy attention. Voters could knock off their viewing in a weekend or two.

Suddenly HBO became a player. Then the rest of cable followed suit, and then the streamers Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Now you’ve got close to 500 scripted shows in the Primetime Emmy mix. How things have changed.

Decisions, decisions.

Given the sheer tonnage of quality product competing for the attention of voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this year, it’s inevitable that many worthy contenders in the performing categories will be overlooked.

With voting set to end next Monday (June 24), we here at Casting Networks are concerned that some deserving actors and actresses could slip through the Emmy cracks. So here are eight that merit your consideration:


CHRISTINA APPLEGATE – “Dead to Me,” Netflix (Lead Actress in a Comedy)

Because she portrayed such a bimbette so memorably in her first role on “Married … with Children,” Applegate doesn’t get nearly the attention she deserves for being such a terrific actress. That should start to change given her career-altering role in “Dead to Me,” which demonstrates both her impressive dramatic chops and comedic range as she portrays a grieving widow who takes up with the wrong crowd. It’s the best work she’s ever done. By far.


MICHAEL McKEAN – “Better Call Saul,” AMC (Supporting Actor in a Drama)

Long hailed as a comic genius in the Christopher Guest repertory and particularly for his work in “Spinal Tap,” McKean is nothing short of a revelation in “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” spinoff in which McKean often gets lost between star Bob Odenkirk and castmate Jonathan Banks. As Odenkirk’s older brother Chuck McGill, McKean plays the complex character (confined to his home due to being tormented by electromagnetic hypersensitivity) with equal parts vanity, bitterness, and humanity


MOLLY SHANNON – “The Other Two,” Comedy Central (Supporting Actress in a Comedy)

Shannon has been underappreciated following her stint on “SNL” (1995-2001), which shockingly ended nearly two decades ago. Playing the mother to a YouTube sensation in “The Other Two,” Shannon’s character undergoes an emotional breakdown before becoming obsessed with the goal becoming a star herself. It’s both uproarious and harrowing at the same time.


STEPHAN JAMES – “Homecoming,” Amazon (Lead Actor in a Drama)

As the veteran Walter on the Amazon thriller, James—a 25-year-old Toronto native just starting to break stateside—has the daunting task going toe-to-toe with none than Julia Roberts in extraordinarily lengthy dramatic scenes. James proves himself more than up to the task. In fact, their exchanges are a thing of intense beauty, as memorable for what they express nonverbally as much as for through their dialogue.


NIECY NASH – “Claws,” TNT (Lead Actress in a Drama)

Nash portrays Desna, the owner of a South Florida nail salon, in this provocative and entertaining TNT hour. Desna’s emotive range is all over the map, yet she never loses her sense of authenticity, All that’s fake about her portrayal are her nails. The insane premise (salon owner finds herself tangled up with the Florida mob) makes for some tantalizing moments that charismatic Nash delivers in spades.


GERALD McRANEY – “Deadwood Movie,” HBO (Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries/Special)

It’s easy to overlook McRaney in the “Deadwood: The Movie,” which premiered on HBO on May 31. One reason is that his character, the real-life miner and tycoon George Hearst, didn’t join the show until its final season 13 years ago. But McRaney—and Hearst—more than make their mark in the movie. He’s a villain you love to hate. But don’t look for any moustache twirling. Subtlety is the watchword here.


TITUSS BURGESS – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Netflix (Supporting Actor in a Comedy)

This one’s a bit of a cheat, because Burgess has been nominated in the Comedy Supporting Actor category for four years running. This year, however, is his last shot since “Kimmy Schmidt” is no longer on the air. And Burgess deserves to win that trophy as Titus Andromedon, Kimmy’s flamboyant, self-centered roommate, so much so that it would be a crime were he to be denied. Give it up, TV Academy.


MARISA TOMEI – “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” ABC (Lead Actress in a Movie/Miniseries/Special)

The one thing that everyone agreed on in the wake of the one-night “All in the Family”/”Jeffersons” Norman Lear reboot on May 22 was that Oscar winner Tomei did a phenomenal job in her portrayal of Edith Bunker. She didn’t overdo her imitation of Jean Stapleton. Rather, she managed to capture the essence of Stapleton’s performance and, in so doing, delivered an homage that never crossed the line to parody.


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Elizabeth Banks First Female Filmmaker To Be Lauded With Pioneer Of The Year Award

Elizabeth Banks First Female Filmmaker To Be Lauded With Pioneer Of The Year Award

The Pioneer of the Year Award is given to a respected member of the motion picture community whose professional leadership, service, and commitment to philanthropy is exemplary.

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation announced today that actress, director, and producer Elizabeth Banks will receive the 2019 Pioneer of the Year Award on September 25, 2019, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Banks is the first female director to receive the honor.

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June 2019 Events Calendar

June 2019 Events Calendar

Start your summer off right! We’ve got your June weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!



Small Group Sessions: Headshots  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Headshots are an actors’ calling card, but is it a professional picture that matches how the buyers see you? Does your picture accurately communicate the product that is being sold? In this session we will discuss what your headshot is communicating and if that matches with what is coming into the audition room.

Voiceover Lab: Sylvia Villagran’s Next Level Commercial VO –  (Los Angeles, CA) This class will focus on various aspects of voicing commercials. You will work on breaking down copy, putting direction into action, learning techniques to help your voiceovers shine and gain insights about how to better navigate the commercial VO space. Arrive with questions for the Q&A portion and be ready to have a good time. This class is best suited for the beginner-novice level voiceover performer.

National Geographic Contenders Showcase –  (Los Angeles, CA) A one-of-a-kind outdoor experience and concert celebrating the talent behind the scenes of our 2019 contenders. Experience Alex Honnold’s epic and heart-racing climb of El Capitan in FREE SOLO through a picture and sound editing demo and a special book signing with the inspiring climber himself. Get up close to some furry (and not so furry) friends in the HOSTILE PLANET animal exhibit and VR experience. Chill out with the LIFE BELOW ZERO producers and cinematographers as you’re treated to a glacial facial – a unique cryo-spa activity. Get a tattoo from henna artists and create your own religious charm as you talk to the producers of THE STORY OF GOD. Reminisce as you play with nostagic ’90s arcade games inspired by VALLEY OF THE BOOM. Get a look behind the scenes of the thrilling new limited series THE HOT ZONE.

With Morgan Freeman as our host, join National Geographic talent as musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic take the stage for a visual musical celebration of our contenders, including the white-knuckled final moments of FREE SOLO; THE FLOOD, brilliantly narrated by Angela Bassett; and select epic, sweeping scenes from HOSTILE PLANET.


The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival –  (Brooklyn, NY) Founded in 2011, AoBFF is the ONLY international, independent festival in the world exclusively devoted to Brooklyn’s vibrant film and media scene. We accept work from all over the world, as long as it’s connected to the borough in some way (e.g. cast/crew, production, content, theme, setting, etc.) AoBFF is a creative hub, platform and showcase for independent film and media makers in Brooklyn and around the world. We partner with film distributors and media organizations, host world-class talkbacks, and create innovative programming for networking and skill building. And we screen in state-of-the-art theaters for enthusiastic audiences across Brooklyn.


Rocketman –  A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.  Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, and Richard Madden.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters –  The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. Starring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown.

Ma  –  A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. Starring Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, and Juliette Lewis.


JUNE 7-9


Computer Lab: Intro to Photoshop Elements  –  (New York, NY) The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is offering an introductory Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 class at the NY Computer Lab. This two-hour class is for SAG-AFTRA members interested in learning image editing using Photoshop Elements. This class is not an introduction on how to use a computer, so basic computer skills are needed. In this class, you will learn the basics of how the program works and some of the basic functions used in Photoshop Elements 14. Included in this class will be how to import files, retouch, color correct, resize, and export to a JPEG file for the web.

Casting Access: Jessica Daniels –  (Chicago, IL) During this hour and 45 min class, actors will be given cold read materials and given the opportunity to rehearse and then perform for an experience casting professional. If you have any questions for Jessica, please attend the Q&A after class. Jessica Daniels, CSA, is an Emmy Award-winning TV and Film casting director. Credits include: 3O ROCK (NBC), DEADBEAT (Hulu), SINGLE PARENTS (ABC), PROVEN INNOCENT (Fox), THE RESIDENT (Fox), FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC), LIFE IN PIECES (CBS), ACS: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE (F/X), ACS: THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON (F/X), and GENIUS: EINSTEIN (NatGeo).

Casting Access: Jennifer Euston –  (Chicago, IL) Jennifer Euston will be offering 5-minute meetings from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Confirmed participants will be sent their time slot closer to class. During your 5 minutes with Jennifer, you will get to perform a short monologue and look over your materials. Due to the nature of the class, there is no time for questions. If you have any questions for Jennifer, please attend the Q&A on Saturday morning. Jennifer Euston’s credits include several movies and TV shows, of all shapes and sizes, including Girls, Orange Is the New Black, G.L.O.W., VEEP, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the recent feature Can You Ever Forgive Me? 


Chicago Underground Film Festival –  (Chicago, IL) The Chicago Underground Film Festival, presented by IFP Chicago, is dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Now in our 26th year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is an internationally recognized program providing a venue for documentary, experimental and avant-garde narrative film and video. Widely recognized as a world-class event, the festival showcases the best in new American and international cinema and provides the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers and emerging talent from around the world. The longest running underground film festival in the world, CUFF features five days of screenings, nightly parties and live music, informal panel discussions, and other community-building events.

African Film Festival  –  (Berkley, CA) This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora.

Seattle International Film Festival  –  (Seattle, WA) Welcome to the 45th Seattle International Film Festival, showcasing more than 400 films from nearly 90 countries to 140,000+ attendees over 25 days (May 16 – June 9, 2019).


Dark Phoenix  –  Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. Starring Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy.

The Secret Life of Pets 2  –  Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. Starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, and Harrison Ford.

Late Night  –  A late-night talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show. Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, and John Lithgow.

Abduction  –  Quinn steps out of a park fountain in Vietnam with no recollection of who he is or where he came from. As he wanders through the city, piecing together clues to his past, he is relentlessly pursued by mysteriously dangerous figures. Starring Scott Adkins, Andy On, and Truong Ngoc Anh.


JUNE 14-16


San Francisco Black Film Festival  –  (San Francisco, CA) Our mission is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, and providing film artists from the bay area in particular and around the world in general, a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. SFBFF believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Georgia Film Festival  –  (Oakwood, Georgia) The Georgia Film Festival is a three-day film festival hosted by the University of North Georgia on its Gainesville campus. GFF celebrates filmmakers and works made in the state of Georgia. Attendees will see independent films from Georgia and around the world, as well as learn from industry experts through panels and workshops. Filmmakers get to showcase their work and build relationships. Students who contribute to hosting the event develop a wide range of leadership and organizational skills. The Georgia Film Festival also helps to increase the visibility of the university, the Communication, Media & Journalism department, and the Georgia film community.


Men in Black: International  –  The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Starring Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, and Rebecca Ferguson.

The Dead Don’t Die  –  The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Alyssa Maria App.

Shaft  –  John Shaft Jr., a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Alexandra Shipp, and Avan Jogia.

American Woman  –  A woman raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing. Starring Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Sienna Miller.


JUNE 21-23


Small Group Sessions: Representation –  (Los Angeles, CA) Building one’s team is an important component of an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team.

Small Group Sessions: The Branding Workshop  –  (Los Angeles, CA) This twenty person workshop serves to aid the actor in understanding how people see them, the type of feeling people receive from them and how they might be cast. The workshop uses the categories of visual, essence, stereotypes and profession. This is a three-hour event and participants must stay for the entire workshop. Please note how you dress for this workshop will factor into your results. Actors are recommended to attend this workshop two to three times per year, each time in a different look. This workshop was inspired by the creation of Kevin E. West – Founder, The Actors’ Network.


AFI DOCS Film Festival  –  (Washington DC) AFI DOCS is the nation’s documentary film festival known for showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from the US and around the world. AFI DOCS is also the only film festival in the United States that offers the unique opportunity to connect film audiences with national opinion leaders, filmmakers, and intriguing film subjects. With conversations and experiences you won’t experience at any other film festival, AFI DOCS harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change. Screenings during this annual five-day event take place in landmark venues in Washington, DC and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre, the independent film hub of the metropolitan region.

SeriesFest  –  (Denver, CO) SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to championing artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling. With year-round educational programs, initiatives supporting underserved voices, and professional development opportunities, SeriesFest inspires, educates, and connects a worldwide community of creators. Each June, SeriesFest culminates in a highly-curated and celebrated Denver-based festival and marketplace. Dedicated to showcasing innovative episodic content, the annual festival also includes a musical performance and network screening at the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre, in-competition independent pilot screenings, panels, workshops, live reads, parties, and network television premieres.


Toy Story 4 –  When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Starring Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, and Tom Hanks.

Child’s Play  –  A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, and Tim Matheson.

Anna –  Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. Starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, and Luke Evans.

The Command  –  The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them. Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, and Peter Simonischek.

Wild Rose  –  A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Starring Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, and Jane Patterson.


JUNE 28-30


Small Group Sessions: REPRESENTATION  –  (Los Angeles, CA)  Building one’s team is an important component of an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

Small Group Sessions: THE AUDITION  –  (Los Angeles, CA) The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.


Yesterday –  A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, and Sophia Di Martino.

Ophelia  –  A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia’s perspective. Starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, and George MacKay.


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Cannes Up-and-Comers

Cannes Up-and-Comers

As those who follow the film festival world know, events like Cannes (which runs through Saturday) can go a long way toward putting not just directors and studios on the map but actors too. And this year is no different as the annual confab in the south of France races past the halfway point, shining its light on a constellation of up-and-coming talent.

Here are a handful of performers making waves on the other side of the pond—and where they came from:


Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)

Hot off of “Rocketman’s” world premiere at Cannes, Egerton, 29, is already earning raves for his portrayal of the young Elton John. The native Brit gained recognition in the British television series “The Smoke” and in the 2014 action-comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service” along with its 2017 sequel. But reportedly, Egerton’s getting cast in “Rocketman” had a threefold purpose. One, there was an undeniable physical resemblance between him and his subject; two, he got to be friends with Elton a few years ago and received his blessing to portray him; and three, he’s got genuine pipes and needed no lip-syncing as Rami Malek did in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The most famous real-life individual Egerton portrayed prior to this was legendary ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in the 2016 feature “Eddie the Eagle.” But if you check out the “Rocketman” trailer, the actor’s work and look are downright uncanny.


Leyna Bloom

Leyna Bloom (“Port Authority”)

What a story Bloom is. As the star of “Port Authority,” she is the first transgender actress of color to star in a film at Cannes. What’s more amazing, it’s her first-ever role. Born in Chicago to a Filipina mother and an African-American father, Bloom, 25, transitioned in her early teens following her mother’s deportation and her father’s decision to support the transition. After giving up a dance scholarship to the Chicago Academy for the Arts, she showed up in New York at 17 with no money, sleeping on the train for her first few weeks and surviving on one-dollar pizza slices. Bloom slowly caught on as a model and in 2017 landed on the cover of Vogue India (the first transgender woman to do that too). She landed in an international ad campaign for H&M and Moschino and showed up on the radar of none other than Martin Scorsese, who gave final approval to cast Bloom in “Port Authority,” a quirky transgender love story that costars Fionn Whitehead. She still has no acting or modeling agent and makes ends meet by working as a hostess or waitress. But being part of Cannes is likely to change all that.


Emily Beecham

Emily Beecham (“Little Joe”)

One gets the feeling that Beecham is on the doorstep of stardom. The creepy, well-reviewed horror thriller “Little Joe” is the native Brit’s most visible project to date, casting her as a single mother and plant breeder who unwittingly creates a genetically modified flower whose intoxicating scent changes people’s personalities (and not necessarily for the better). With her flaming red hair, Beecham has been looked upon as a bit of a sight-gag since launching her career. With a few notable exceptions, the 34-year-old has been restricted to English TV projects to date. Those exceptions include roles in the Coen brothers’ 2016 feature “Hail, Caesar!” and the title role in the 2017 British comic drama “Daphne.” But with “Little Joe,” Beecham ascends to the next level in a movie whose lead flower character closely matches the color of her hair. Her career got moving thirteen years ago doing character roles in miniseries, and it hasn’t slowed down since. Her low-key, dignified presence is what brought Beecham to the attention of Austrian director Jessica Hausner. The exposure at Cannes is only going to give Beecham a major boost.


Damon Herriman

Damon Herriman (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

For an actor who isn’t yet a household name, Herriman’s been busy for a while. He has been working pretty much nonstop since beginning his career at the tender age of eight in his native Adelaide, Australia. Till “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” his biggest role had been logging five seasons as Dewey Crowe on FX’s “Justified.” Then out of nowhere, both Quentin Tarantino and David Fincher looked at Herriman and saw the face of evil itself. First, Fincher cast him as Charles Manson on season two of his Netflix series “Mindhunter.” Then, Tarantino cast him as Manson in his big-budget feature “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which had its world premiere at Cannes. Coincidence? Unlikely. There is, in fact, no such thing in entertainment. Herriman previously played Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann in Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” in 2011. So perhaps he just has a face made to depict society’s most notorious.


Lulu Wilson

Lulu Wilson (“Becky”)

The appeal of the 13-year-old Wilson is written all over her face. She’s got a fresh-scrubbed, all-American look that conveys shock and angst in equal measure. It’s stood her in good stead in everything from Jerry Bruckheimer’s 2014 supernatural thriller “Deliver Us From Evil” (her film debut) to “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (2016), “Annabelle: Creation” (2017), HBO’s “Sharp Objects” (2018) and Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” (2018). Now, for her latest and greatest role, Wilson stars as the title character in “Becky,” making its world premiere at Cannes. Starring opposite British veteran Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”), the film centers on a rebellious young teen (Wilson) whose father takes her on a weekend getaway to a lake house to reconnect following her mother’s death. There, a group of convicts (led by Pegg) invade the house, and it’s up to Becky to defend home and hearth. It’s the kind of plucky, resourceful role that’s certain to put Wilson in the center of the Hollywood radar.


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