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19th & Wilson Announces Auditions for “The Department”

19th & Wilson & D’Actor Enterprises is hosting a casting call on January 13, 2007 10am-2pm, at Arlington Independent Media (see www.arlingtonmedia.org for directions), 2701-C Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.

Non-union, no pay (craft services and a copy of the DVD will be provided), opening title credit roles and crew available. Shooting in Q1 of 2007 in the Metro DC area.

Sides are posted below. Send photos and resumes to contact@19thandwilson.com and dactord@yahoo.com

THE DEPARTMENT: The guys that brought you “TechFellas” are doing it again with a spoof of “The Departed”, another instant Scorsese classic.

Frank (chief information officer) – male, 50’s
Queenan (chief executive officer) – male, 50’s
Colin (information security engineer) – male, 20-30
Billy (systems admin) – male, 20-30
Ellerby (corporate security) – male, 20-30
Madolyn (coffee barista) – female 20-30

This is an equal opportunity project and all ethnic backgrounds will be considered. We would like to have all female roles audition from 10am-12pm & all male roles audition from 12pm-2pm.

Please be prepared to cold read and to do some brief improv. If you have any questions, please contact Demetrius Parker at dactord@yahoo.com.

Sides are available here:
Billy, Madolyn and Frank
Colin
Colin and Madolyn
Ellerby
Frank
Queenan, Dignam and Billy

Eric Espejo’s Interview With The Loudoun Times-Mirror

Eric Espejo, an independent filmmaker in Ashburn, and Matt Kazam, a comedian in Lansdowne, have been using MySpace.com as a networking tool for about a year. Both say the results seem promising.

The popular social networking Web site has been expanding its career-oriented networking services, which have proved more useful than many would guess. The Web site allows users to post profiles, pictures, videos and sound clips – all useful for filmmakers, comedians and musicians.

Espejo, a full-time information technology consultant, joined MySpace after the Web site created a special section for film with a filmmaker search engine.

“Producers, directors and screenwriters that are well-known in the industry actually have MySpace pages,” Espejo said.

Special sections on the Web site allow profiles of specific pieces of work, such as Espejo’s short film, “TechFellas.” A producer for Spring Creek Productions noticed the film’s MySpace profile and requested a script from Espejo’s independent filmmaking production company, 19th & Wilson.

“This is one of our biggest contacts that we’ve made and it happened to be through MySpace,” Espejo said. Through the producer’s MySpace page, the group also learned about a film-idea pitching event in California.

“Next thing you know, I’m in L.A. and I’m pitching our stories to producers at Warner Brother Studios, at Universal Studios,” Espejo said. “It went so well in the pitch at L.A, I just sent the script to those producers.”

MySpace has also allowed 19th & Wilson to make contact with talent to star in its films. “You never know when you’re going to need help with casting or crew,” Espejo said. The film company also looks to MySpace for leads to people interested in investing in its films, he said.

The ultimate goal is to get a full-length IT comedy called “Left Clique” made into a film, Espejo said. He makes at least one contact through MySpace a month with someone interested in working with the group or helping make the group’s films.

Comedian Kazam makes a lot of contacts through the MySpace special comedy section. He said he will get five friends on MySpace after a show, whereas his Web site will get only five hits after a week of shows.

“I’ve gotten gigs from people who just searched the mediums on there, saw my video, saw my page and booked me,” Kazam said. “I [created a profile] because I saw it was good for business.”

Kazam has been a comedian for 16 years. He currently hosts public-speaking seminars and teaches comedy classes. He’s writing his second book, “They Laugh You Win,” about how real people can use comedy in their everyday lives. It will be published in February.

Kazam plans to create a profile for the book on MySpace. “[Profiles] actually bring these inanimate events to life,” he said.

Not only does Kazam use MySpace for getting gigs and letting fans know about upcoming comedy shows, he also uses it for his comedy classes. He posts information about classes and assignments on MySpace, and requires that students post their own profiles in the comedy section.

“I actually have started using it as a teaching tool, too, just so that [students] can kind of get in there and network with each other,” he said. “Because MySpace is so fun, they bond a lot better as a class.”

Kazam is a fan of MySpace because of how low maintenance and user-friendly it is.

“It’s working and it’s doing its thing, and I don’t have to be managing it all the time,” he said. The Web site also shows Kazam how many people have viewed his videos and allows viewers to rate his films.

“The hardest part of anything is the marketing, and MySpace does that for you,” he said. “You can build fans without doing anything – how cool is that?”

Kazam’s only complaints are that anyone can call himself a comedian online. Also, it takes more time to log in and use the site than using e-mail on the desktop, and occasional spam e-mail will show up in his MySpace in-box.

Espejo warns that some profiles on MySpace are not authentic. “You basically have to use your common sense,” he said.

Contact the reporter at jfulcher@timespapers.com and read the original here: http://timescommunity.com

©Times Community Newspapers 2006

Filming Wraps for “Haunted Doll”

19th & Wilson completed filming on December 3rd of the psychological thriller, The Haunted Doll. A new genre to the expanding 19W short film catalog, it follows Tammy, a young suburban housewife and mom who mysteriously receives a doll from her childhood. Its arrival sets off a chain reaction that mirrors a catastrophe from her past–one that could tear her new family apart.

Director Aaron Goodmiller organized a concerted effort, and shot the demanding script–44 setups, to be exact–in just two days. “The cast and crew worked non-stop,” said Aaron.

With 44 setups needing to be done in 2 days, the work was fast and furious. “After the first day we had only done a third of our shots,” The director Aaron Goodmiller said, “The second day turned into setup, shoot, onto the next shot, setup shoot, onto the next shot.”

Abigail Roots, Demetrius Parker and Brandi Moskal portray the family in crisis. The Haunted Doll is also the first 19W film to feature child actors; and they met the often-intense subject matter head on. “There were a number of scenes that were particularly intense,” Goodmiller explains. “Intense not just for the kids, but for everyone on set. It was a tremendous experience.”

The Haunted Doll is in post-production, and is scheduled to premiere in late Spring–just in time for Film Festival season.

The Haunted Doll Official Website:
www.19thandwilson.com/HauntedDoll