Open casting call for major film 'Race to Save Nome' actors and extras

Race to Save Nome Open Casting Call

Filming on 'Race to Save Nome' will take place January 14, 2013 - April 4, 2013.
AB Media Publishing, LLC

Freedom Films in association with Nome Productions are now in pre-production on the upcoming true story adventure feature film "Race to Save Nome," based on the Great Race of Mercy - also known as the 1925 serum run to Nome. An open casting call is scheduled for all types, ages 8 - 70, males and females. There are some speaking roles being cast, as well as numerous extras. Shooting will take place from January 14, 2013 through April 4, 2013 in the Morley, Alberta area of Canada which is about 30 miles from Calgary. Second-unit production filming will also take place in Alaska. The reason for shooting the film in Alberta is because the production involves the construction of the town of Nome, which would present a significant logistical challenge in Alaska, particularly without roads to deliver the setpiece.

The film tells the true story of a deadly diphtheria outbreak that occurred in Nome in the dead of winter 1925. Since the fastest way to deliver the serum was by dog sled, 20 brave mushers and their dogs battled horrific arctic conditions in a relay to save lives in Nome, which was was dubbed the "Great Race of Mercy". The story especially centers on Norwegian Leonhard "Sepp" Seppala and his lead dog Togo, who were the true unsung heroes of the run as together they covered the longest and most hazardous leg - 91 miles from Shaktoolik to Golovin. Sepp had become something of a legend for his athletic ability and rapport with his Siberian Huskies. His lead dog Togo was equally famous for his leadership, intelligence, and ability to sense danger.

Starring in "Race to Save Nome" is two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee Brian Presley as Leonhard "Sepp" Seppala; Golden Globe Award nominee Kurt Russell plays Dr. Curtis Welch, Nome's sole doctor; Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank is Sepp's wife Constance, and Dr. Welch's head nurse. Also in the film is Primetime Emmy nominated Giovanni Ribisi; two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Sam Elliott; Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee William H. Macy; and Golden Globe Award winner John Goodman.

In addition to starring in "Race to Save Nome," Brian Presley is also producing and directing from a screenplay that he wrote with Warren Davis. Presley is CEO and partner of Freedom Films, which specializes in the development and production of studio quality, independently financed motion pictures. Presley is set to produce over $200 million worth of film projects over the next four years through a highly promising slate of films. Freedom Films Head of Production Scott Robinson will executive produce.

Open Casting Call Details

The film is re-creating Nome, Alaska back in 1925, therefore the town consisted of Aboriginal people and Caucasian people. The location casting directors are seeking men, women, and children, ages 8 to 70, to work as fully paid background performers on the film. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition to hundreds of extras, there are some speaking roles also being cast, and the principal actor casting director will be present at the open call. People chosen to work on the film will be notified in December. Transportation from Calgary to the set will be provided.


Marlborough Mall
3800 Memorial Dr E
Calgary AB T2A 2K
Click Here for directions.


Saturday November 24, 2012
10:00am - 6:00pm

Please bring a pen or pencil, as you will be filling out an application and having your picture taken.

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.

Los Angeles:

Kellie Gesell
Anne McCarthy
P.O. Box 1859
Venice, CA 90291

Alberta, Canada:

Rhonda Fisekci
Rhonda Fisekci Casting
P.O. Box 55143
7196 Temple Drive NE
Calgary, AB T1Y 3N1

Extras Casting

Alberta, Canada:

Classic Casting
Alyson Lockwood
Box 345, #300,
8120 Beddington Blvd. NW
Calgary AB T3K 2A8

Crew Members

Alberta, Canada:

People available in the Calgary area who are interested in working as film crew members can send a resume to the following:


Production Companies:

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.

Nome Productions, Inc.
2323 32nd Avenue NE
Suite 100
Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3

Freedom Films, LLC
15300 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 508
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Executive Producer: Scott Robinson

Producer: Brian Presley

Director: Brian Presley


Brian Presley - Leonhard "Sepp" Seppala
Kurt Russel - Dr. Curtis Welch
Hilary Swank - Constance Seppala
Giovanni Ribisi - Gunnar Kaasen*
Sam Elliott - Governor Scott Bone*
William H. Macy - Mayor George Maynard*
John Goodman - William "Wild Bill" Shannon*


Race to Save Nome is based on the incredible events in 1925, when a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through the secluded, forgotten city of Nome, Alaska. The local doctor Curtis Welch (Kurt Russel) discovers that he has no antitoxin and without this, more children will die, possibly in the thousands. The life-saving serum is 674 miles away, the port is completely icebound and planes are not able to withstand the blizzard-like conditions. The only hope of getting the serum to Nome is by means of dog-sled. Through treacherous conditions and with little chance of survival, a team of mushers relay the serum to the desperate city. One man, Leonhard "Sepp" Seppala (Brian Presley), and his dog Togo took on the most difficult and longest route of the relay. Never truly credited for their heroism, this is the true, courageous and heart-warming story of Sepp and his dog, Togo.