BCDF Pictures is now in pre-production on the upcoming feature film "Mahjong and the West", and an open casting call has been scheduled for both adult and child actors. The project will shoot in the Jackson Hole valley area of Wyoming from July through August, 2013. Local people who are interested in working on the film as background performers are also welcome to attend the open call. Both SAG-AFTRA members and non-union talent will be considered.
"Mahjong and the West" tells the story of a young woman named Maddy Linden who suffers the tragedy of her mother, Diane, being killed in a hit-and-run. After Maddy’s grandmother Shirley, a Wyoming native, reveals that Diane wanted to be buried in the family plot, Maddy returns to Wyoming for the first time since she was 12. Kate Bennett, Maddy’s childhood friend, reunites with her after fifteen years, and the two are forced to revisit a shared trauma from their past - an incident that Kate refuses to acknowledge ever happened. Maddy finds solace in the form of a summer fling with Kate’s cousin Jack, a rugged bull rider. Ultimately Kate and Maddy rely on each other to get their lives back on track.
The beautiful and talented duo of Alyssa Carpenter and Jannette Bloom are set to star in the film. The two previously collaborated on the film "Narcissa", which was a 2012 Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist. Jannette Bloom has appeared on the television shows "The Big Bang Theory," "Big Time Rush," and "Portlandia". She directed and starred in the 2012 short film "Sadie and Kella: Lethal Ladies". Alyssa Carpenter graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in French and English. She recently played the lead role Samantha in the thriller feature film "Scarf".
Filmmaker Joseph Muszynski will direct "Mahjong and the West" from an original screenplay written by Alyssa Carpenter and Jannette Bloom. Muszynski served as executive producer and writer on the 2011 indie comedy-drama film "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" which starred two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener, Golden Globe Award winner Kyle MacLachlan, Golden Globe Award nominee Rosanna Arquette, and Independent Spirit Awards nominee Elizabeth Olsen. That film's production company, BCDF Pictures, will also produce "Mahjong and the West".
Open Casting Call Details
70 East Hansen Avenue
Jackson, WY 83001
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June 16, 2013 - 4:00 pm
June 17, 2013 - 9:00 pm
The following types are needed:
• Male roles ages 20-35
• Female roles ages 40-80
• Male roles ages 40-80
• 2 Female child roles (Caucasian only, blond or dark brown hair, ages 9-12)
• Chinese Male and Female roles. Ages 40-80, must speak Mandarin or Cantonese or any language of China.
ALL ages and ethnicities welcome for other small roles and extras. Please bring a headshot or recent photo, union and non-union actors welcome. Shooting will take place in the Jackson Hole area July – August, 2013.
If you are located near Jackson, WY and are unable to attend an open casting call, you may also send headshots and acting reels to the following:
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
9 E 97th Street
New York, NY 10029
Claude Dal Farra
Brice Dal Farra
"Mahjong and the West" centers on Maddy Linden, who runs a New York interior design firm with her mother Diane. The two work together like yin and yang, tackling modern Brooklyn lofts and traditional Manhattan brownstones. When Diane dies in a tragic hit and run, Maddy’s grandmother Shirley, a Wyoming native, reveals that Diane wanted to be buried in the family plot. Maddy returns to Wyoming for the first time since she was 12. At Shirley’s beautiful home at the base of the Teton Mountains, Maddy is reacquainted with a tradition Shirley has upheld for thirty years—donning festive Chinese attire, drinking wine, and playing Mahjong weekly with her girlfriends. Kate Bennett, Maddy’s childhood friend, plays with the ladies sometimes, and the two of them reunite after fifteen years. Maddy works on selling her mother’s assets which include a ranch that Kate works on, a situation that creates a lot of tension between them. On top of that, Maddy tries to bring up the traumatic incident that both girls experienced before Maddy moved away, but Kate refuses to acknowledge that it even happened. Maddy finds solace in the form of a summer fling with Kate’s cousin Jack, a rugged bull rider. Ultimately Kate and Maddy rely on each other to get their lives back on track.