Open casting call for indie Rock 'n Roll film 'CBGB The Movie' extras

CBGB The Movie Open Casting Call

"CBGB The Movie" will film in Savannah, CA and New York this Summer, 2012.
AB Media Publishing, LLC

The indie film company Unclaimed Freight Productions is gearing up to start shooting the true story film "CBGB The Movie" in Savannah, GA and New York beginning on June 25, 2012. The casting director in Savannah is holding an open casting call seeking people interested in working on the film. They are looking for all types with a focus on music lovers, musicians, motorcyclists, 70′S car owners, & people with a 70′s look. Email submissions are also being accepted.

"CBGB The Movie" tells the real-life story of Hilly Kristal who dreamed of having a club on the lower Eastside that catered to Country, Bluegrass and Blues music (thus the name of the club "CBGB"). When he had difficulty booking those genre of bands, he opened his doors to the acts that other venues had rejected. Living on the couch in the back of the club for the first two years, Hilly could barely make ends meet. Nevertheless, he had one demand of the acts he booked - they must agree to perform their own original music. No top 40’s, no covers. The club became known as the starting point for the careers of such punk rock and New Wave acts as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Television, and Blondie.

The film has a great starring cast that includes two "Harry Potter" alumni - Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, and Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome who achieved fame as a guitarist for Rocket From the Tombs and the punk rock band, The Dead Boys. Malin Akerman is playing Debbie Harry of Blondie; Stana Katic portrays Genya Ravan the former lead singer of The Escorts, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, and Ten Wheel Drive.

Filmmaker Randall Miller will direct "CBGB The Movie" from a screenplay that he co-wrote with his Unclaimed Freight Productions partner/spouse Jody Savin. One notable previous success the husband and wife dynamic duo have written and produced is the 2008 American comedy-drama film "Bottle Shock", also starring Alan Rickman. That film cost a mere $278,000 to make and has grossed over $4.04 million in the U.S alone.

Open Casting Call Details

All types of people are needed. Here are some specific needs:

1970's looks-

• Music lovers
• Musicians
• Motorcyclists
• 70'S car owners

Download the following forms prior to attending the open casting call or submitting via email:

"CBGB The Movie" Extras Welcome Form


Meddin Studios
2315 Louisville Road
Savannah, GA 31415
Click Here for directions.


Tuesday June 12, 2012
11:00am - 8:00pm

If you are located within reasonable driving distance of the Savannah, Georgia area but can not attend the open casting call, you can submit a recent color snapshot, all clothing sizes including hat and show, where you are located, and all contact information.

First download the following form and read it carefully:

Submit to be an Extra on “CBGB”

Then email everything to:

Put "I read how to submit for CBGB The Movie" in the subject line of the email.

Talent must and be legally eligible to work in the state of Georgia and the United States.

The 2012 Atlanta Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work on film and television productions in the State of Georgia:

• Georgia Child Labor Entertainment Employment Information Sheet
• Georgia Child Labor Summary Sheet
• Georgia Employment Certificate Guide for Minors Under 18
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following Atlanta Actors Resources:

• Atlanta Casting Directors List
• Atlanta Extras Casting Directors List
• Atlanta Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Atlanta Acting Classes and Schools List
• Atlanta Actors Unions and Professional Organizations
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Atlanta Headshot Photographers List
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

For the New York portion of filming, both the Atlanta and New York 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.

Los Angeles:

Richard Pagano
Pagano/Manwiller Casting
3815 Hughes Avenue
3rd Floor
Culver City, CA 90232

Extras Casting

Savannah, GA:

Abba Charice Carmichael
ACC Enterprises
Tucker, GA 30084

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.

Film CBGB, LLC (Production Office)
2315 Louisville Road
Savannah, GA 31415

Unclaimed Freight
556 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
Suite 101-212
Pasadena CA USA, 91105


Don Mandrik
Jody Savin
Randall Miller
Brad Rosenberger


Randall Miller


Alan Rickman - Hilly Kristal
Rupert Grint - Cheetah Chrome
Stana Katic - Genya Ravan
Malin Akerman - Debbie Harry
Joel David Moore - Jeffry Hyman/Joey Ramone
Julian Acosta - John Cummings/Johnny Ramone
Richard de Klerk - Taxi


CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal's (Alan Rickman) New York club from its origins as Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock 'n roll and punk. Kristal, a fan of Country and Bluegrass dreamed of having a club in the lower Eastside that catered to that kind of music, when he had difficulty booking those bands he turned to other kinds of rock music. Hilly had one demand of the acts he booked, they could only play their own original music. No top 40's, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost.