The independent comedy western film "A Night In Old Mexico" starring Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, is holding an open casting call in Texas for both speaking roles and extras. The project is also using the working title of "Skydance". Shooting will take place in Austin, Texas as well as the Brownsville area, where the open casting call is being held. In addition to actors and extras, Stand-ins and Photo Doubles for lead actors are also needed. Children, teens, adults, and seniors are all needed. Principal photography begins on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The film tells the story of a cranky Texas rancher who is forced to give up his land and move to a trailer park, and takes a last wild ride with his estranged grandson where both learn life lessons.
Emilio Aragon will direct "A Night In Old Mexico" from a screenplay written by Writers Guild of America WGA Award winner Bill Wittliff. Aragon is president of laSexta, which is a production company and television network in Spain. Sunmin and Ethan Park of Maxmedia will produce "A Night In Old Mexico". Prospect Park Head of Film Rob Carliner will also produce this third Robert Duvall/Prospect Park collaboration. Duvall will produce under the banner of his company, Butcher's Run Films.
"A Night In Old Mexico" writer Bill Wittliff will also serve as one of the film's producers. Wittliff has written such hit screenplays as "The Black Stallion," "The Cowboy Way," "Legends of the Fall," "The Perfect Storm," and the mini-series "Lonesome Dove". He also won a Bronze Wrangler award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 1995, he won another Bronze Wrangler for Legends of the Fall. Witliff also received Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award in 1996.
Robert Duvall has been trying to get "A Night In Old Mexico" made into a film since 2004. Bill Wittliff wrote it in the 70's and the script has achieved almost mythic status amongst writers in the entertainment industry. Originally, the plan was to shoot almost exclusively in Mexico, however Duvall was quoted by The Wrap as stating, "you can’t really make this kind of movie about that area near the (U.S./Mexico) border anymore – it’s too dangerous. The problem is, in Texas they’ll give you money if you want to make a movie about religion, or if you want to make Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3. Anything else, they’ve got all that money down there, but they’ll just sit on it." The location managers eventually decided on Texas standing in for Mexico.
Open Casting Call Details
The casting director is hiring local Brownsville, TX area people for acting roles, and paid background extras. No experience is necessary. Here are some specific needs:
• Stand-ins and Photo Doubles for lead actors
• Experienced Waiters and Waitresses
• Mariachi Musicians
• Federales and Police Officers
• Men with military experience
• Dia de los Muertos parade participants ("Day of the Dead" Mexican holiday)
• Burlesque and Exotic Dancers
• Families – kids, teens, parents and grandparents
• Men with pickup trucks
• Flight Attendants
• People with interesting faces
Casting should take between 15 - 30 minutes. You will fill out a talent form with your personal and contact information, so bring a pen. Be prepared to have two digital photos taken of you (and your family if coming in a group). You will be given an information sheet with details about what to expect if hired. The casting team will begin the audition and hiring process Tuesday July 17, 2012.
1 Dean Porter Park
Brownsville, TX 78520
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Saturday July 14, 2012
10:00am – 12:00pm for Camille Playhouse Actors and Talent
1:00pm – 4:00pm for general public locals
Sunday July 15, 2012
10:00am – 3:00pm for general public locals
If you live within reasonable driving distance of the Brownsville, TX area but are unable to attend the open casting call, you can register online at the following website:
"A Night In Old Mexico" (aka Skydance) Extras Registration
Upload 1-2 recent color photos and include your phone number. Online registration is open to all interested extras and actors. It is not necessary to pay for the "active" upgrade account.
Brownsville, TX area filming will take place from July 24 to August 20, 2012.
Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Texas and in the United States.
The Austin Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Texas and the United States:
• Child Labor Laws in Texas
• Summary of the Texas Child Labor Law
• Texas Child Labor Law FAQ
• Texas Limitations on Employment of Child Actors
• Texas Application for Child Actor - Performer Authorization
• Texas Application Exceptions for Child Extras
• Texas Workforce Commission Teen Application for Certificate of Age
• Texas Child Labor Complaint Form
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
In addition to the following Austin Actors Resources:
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Austin Casting Directors List
• Austin Extras Casting Directors List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Austin Talent Agents List
• Austin Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• Austin Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Austin Resources
• PDF Users Guide
The Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.
Principal Actor Casting
See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.
Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.
117 S. Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX 75069
Talent agents submit to casting director Ed Johnston in Austin, Texas.
On Location Casting
117 S. Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX 75069
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.
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Robert Duvall - Titus "Red" Bovie
Red Bovie is a guy who loses his Texas ranch on a foreclosure, and his grandson Gally coincidentally shows up that day. Red is so lost, he takes his grandson down to Old Mexico for one night in a brothel. They find themselves trying to escape Mexican drug runners, with a bag of ill-gotten gains they inadvertently got from them. In the process they learn how to be family.