Open casting calls now scheduled for Walt Disney Pictures feature film 'McFarland'

Disney Open Casting Call McFarland

Walt Disney Pictures "McFarland" will film in San Joaquin Valley, California.
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Update 10-16-2013: NEW open casting call in Santa Clarita, CA has been scheduled for October 17, 2013 seeking athletes. Details below.

Update 9-9-2013: NEW open casting call in Los Angeles has been scheduled for September 15th. Details below.

Mayhem Pictures is now set to begin filming the Walt Disney Pictures sports drama feature film "McFarland" in Bakersfield and Los Angeles beginning in October, 2013. Top industry casting veteran Dixie Webster-Davis has scheduled a new open casting call in Los Angeles seeking latino men and women ages 18 and above to work as general extras and possible featured background actors. The production also needs people who have 1980's era vehicles. Mark Ellis, the sports coordinator for the film, is looking for about 100 men, ages 18 to about 28, to serve as extras in the film playing cross country runners. An open casting call is scheduled for October 17, 2013 in Santa Clarita, CA. These are fully paid non-union positions, no is experience required. As in all legit Disney casting calls, there are no fees whatsoever to attend or be cast.

The film "McFarland" tells the true story of Jim "Blanco" White, a high school track and field coach who inspired his team to greatness on and off the field. Gary Smith of Sports Illustrated wrote, "No one can figure it out, how the runners with the shortest legs and the grimmest lives began winning everything once Blanco took over the program in 1980. Jim and his wife Cheryl invested endless time and love in the youth. They did much more than was required of them so the boys could receive what they otherwise would not. They were always there for them, pushing them on and always taking them on trips, to movies in a town with a theater, and on fishing trips.

Jim White's students all were from families who were from Mexican farm worker families, and faced tremendous challenges in their personal and academic lives. McFarland, population 8,011 in 1990, is something closer to a village transplanted from south of the border. Nine in 10 residents are of Mexican descent. One-third come from the village Huanusco, in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico.

Starring in "McFarland" is two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner playing the role of Coach Jim White. Costner has seen a career revitalization starting with the miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys", for which he garnered a Primetime Emmy Award. He then played Jonathan Kent in "Man of Steel". He recently completed starring roles in "Jack Ryan" with Keira Knightley and Cris Pine, "Draft Day" with Jennifer Garner, and "Three Days to Kill" with Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld. Costner is no stranger to sports related films, having starring in "Bull Durham," "Field of Dreams," "For Love of the Game," and the previously mentions "Draft Day". Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Maria Bello will also star in "McFarland" playing Coster's wife Cheryl.

Critically acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro is directing "McFarland" from a screenplay written by Grant Thompson, based on the 1997 Los Angeles Times article titled "A Labor of Love for Boys of McFarland". Caro wrote and directed the Academy Award nominated film "Whale Rider" starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, and also directed the Warner Bros. Pictures film "North Country" starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, and she wrote/produced/directed the fascinating romantic film "The Vintner's Luck" starring Academy Award nominated actors Vera Farmiga and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Caro also penned the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film "The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky," based on the true story of a boy who died in the 1988 Pam Am Flight 103 airline terrorist bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Mayhem Pictures' Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing "McFarland". Ciardi and Gray previously produced three Disney sports drama feature films - "Miracle," "Invincible," and "Secretariat". They also produced the Walt Disney Pictures films "The Game Plan," "The Rookie," and the upcoming film "Million Dollar Arm" and "Wish List". The sports film productions by Mayham Pictures is in part due to the fact that Mark Ciardi is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played one major league season for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1987.

'McFarland' Open Casting Call Details (new 10-17-2013 open casting call details below)

The following was given to me directly by the casting director Dixie Webster-Davis.

A major studio feature film inspired by the true story of the McFarland High School cross country team from a predominantly Latino town that won nine state championships in the 1980s. Seeking Latino Men and Women ages 18 and over, No experience necessary!

Specific types we are looking for are:

• Migrant workers and their families
• 1980s cars

Filming in the McFarland area in October.

**BRING PHOTO ID- Driver’s license, State ID, etc.

There are NO SIGN-UP FEES!


The Moose Lodge of Glendale
357 West Arden Avenue
Glendale, CA 91203
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Sunday September 15, 2013
9:00am - 6:00pm

NEW Disney Feature Film "McFarland" Open Casting Call Details

Mark Ellis, the sports coordinator for "McFarland" has scheduled an open casting call seeking approx. 100 men, ages 18 to about 28, to serve as extras in the film to play the opponent cross country runners that will run against the McFarland teams. It is NOT a requirement to be cross country or track runners, however they do want athletes especially with running experience. There will be a lot of running scenes. Athletes under college scholarship for cross country or track should not try out for the film, since the compensation they would receive could present a compliance problem as far as the NCAA is concerned.


Pete Reese Athletic Field
The Master’s College
21726 Placerita Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91321

Click here for directions to Pete Reese Athletic Field.


Thursday October 17, 2013
9:00am - 1:00pm

All talent including minors and foreign actors MUST be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.

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Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit to casting directors for acting roles.

No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles & Bakersfield:

Vanessa Rodriguez
Walken/Jaffe Casting
6671 Sunset Blvd.
Building 1509
Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90028


I highly recommend that your 8x10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. If the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


"Project Name"
"Role of _______"

Extras Casting

Los Angeles & Bakersfield:

Dixie Webster-Davis
Dixie Casting
4924 Balboa Blvd.
Suite 432
Encino, CA 91316
Registration Line: (818) 920‐9900
Register as "inactive" for free account.

Film Crew and Production Staff

Experienced film crew members and production staff available to work in the Bakersfield area can submit 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.

McFarland Production Office
5K Productions
27420 Avenue Scott
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Mayhem Pictures
725 Arizona Ave
Suite 302
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Walt Disney Pictures
500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Producers: Gordon Gray, Mark Ciardi

Writer: Grant Thompson

Director: Nikki Caro


Kevin Costner - Jim White
Maria Bello - Cheryl White


Football coach Jim White has hit rock bottom in his volatile career, and gets a gig at McFarland, a wretched, ill-equipped school in a rural area of central California, where the student body is dirt poor and 100 percent Mexican-American. Jim soon realizes that while his students are too slender for either football or basketball, they have near-infinite physical endurance and can run like whippets. Sensing that cross-country might be a path out of his exile, Jim starts to coach an all brown team in a state where the champions have traditionally been all-blond.