Open casting call in New York for 'We The Animals'

The independent feature film "We The Animals" will film in upstate New York this Summer, and there is an open casting call scheduled for May 28, 2016. There are starring and supporting roles for both adults and children. There is no previous acting experience necessary to audition. The film, based on the best-selling novel "We the Animals" by Justin Torres, tells the story of the harsh, yet loving dynamic of a mixed-race, working-class family, seen through the eyes of the youngest son as he discovers his artistic identity.

Emmy Award nominee Jeremiah Zagar will direct "We The Animals" from an adapted screenplay that he wrote with Dan Kitrosser. Jeremy Yaches will produce. This is a passion project for Zagar, who has been developing this film for several years with the support of the Sundance Institute and the Independent Filmmaker Project.

We The Animanls Open Casting Call Details

All talent are required to be legally eligible to work in the entertainment industry in New York and in the United States. The 2016 New York Actors Resource Guide eBook contains the information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film productions in New York. All Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

The following roles are available:

DUSTIN: Ages 12-14, Caucasian male, a skinny quirky kid who lives with his grand father on a farm not far from Ma and the kids. He’s an outsider and inwardly lacks confidence, but puts on a bit of bravado to cover it up.

PREGNANT WOMAN: Mid 20’s to mid 30’s, female, 7-8 months pregnant by August.

OLD MAN: Ages 60-80 years old, Caucasian male, interesting character face, a farmer in upstate New York, Dustin’s grandfather, practical and unsentimental, not unkind but quick to run the kids off his land when they make trouble.

GEORGE: Late 40s to early 60s, a large bulky Caucasian male, at least 6'2", preferably taller, he’s the security guard whose shift follows Paps’ night shift at the factory where they both work.

TOWN WOMAN: 20’s to 30’s, female. Resident in town.

CONCERNED CITIZEN: 40’s - 60’s. A nice small lady. Concerned for the boys’ well being after she almost hits them in her minivan when they are playing in the street.

SCHOOL BOYS: 3-4 Caucasian boys. Ages 12-14. Tough kids from school. Group of friends welcome.

HAGGARD MAN: 30’s – 70’s, male. Dirty hair. Quirky. Is collecting change with a cat on his lap when the boys walk by.

KEVIN: Ages 25-55 male. Owner of a drug store in town.

Open Casting Call Time & Location


City Hall
1 Kennedy Plaza
Utica, NY 13502


Saturday, May 28, 2016
10:00am - 5:00pm

If you are unable to attend the open casting call, email your headshot and resume to the following casting director:

Marlena Skrobe

Open casting call for speaking roles in the feature film "Dog Years"

Mandt Brothers Productions in association with Dog Years Productions has scheduled an open casting call for both speaking roles and extras. The open casting call is in Knoxville, TN where filming will take place beginning on June 6, 2016. Roles are available for adults and minors. People of any ethnicity are welcome to attend the open casting call.

"Dog Years" centers on a bitter, curmudgeonly old B movie star named Vic Edwards, who reluctantly flies to Philadelphia to be presented with what he thinks is a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at an international film festival, only to find himself at a very low-rent, though passionate, affair put on by a bunch of geeky and adoring fans. After leaving the "festival" in a drunken rage, Vic winds up going with his driver, Lil - the festival organizer's sister - on a journey of his old haunts, including where he grew up in New York City and a visit with his beloved first wife, now in a nursing home, suffering from Alzheimer's. Along the way, Vic comes to understand the nature of a long life lived well - or maybe not so much - and the value of humility, grace, forgiveness and love.

Starring in "Dog Years" is Academy Award nominee Burt Reynolds, four-time Screen Actors Guild Awards winner Ariel Winter, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Kiernan Shipka. Adam Rifkin is directing "Dog Years" from his own original screenplay. Producers are Neil Mandt, Michael Mandt, Orian Williams, Gordon Whitener, Jarred Hoffman, and Gore Verbinsk.

Dog Years Film Casting Call

The feature film "Dog Years" is holding the following open casting call. This is for both speaking roles and for extras. Please bring a headshot and resume (if available) along with a sheet of paper with the following information written on it large enough for it to be seen in a photo (the producers will be taking a photo of you holding the sheet of paper). Filming of this will be taking place in Knoxville, TN beginning on June 6, 2016.


West Town Mall (at the amphitheater near J.C. Penney's)
7600 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919


Saturday May 21, 2016
2:00pm - 5:00pm

If you are unable to attend the open casting call, email 2 recent color snapshots (one from the chest up, and one full length, your age, height, weight, location, and all contact information to:

Los Angeles Principal Actor Casting (speaking roles only)

For LOS ANGELES actors only, email a headshot and resume to the following,, and put "Dog Years Casting" in the subject line:

Brandon Henry Rodriguez


Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for talent agents here. However, if you are not signed with an agent and wish to self-submit, 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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Absolutely NO actor or extras submissions to this email address, they will be discarded.

Production Company:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions (see above).

Mandt Brothers Productions/Dog Years Productions, LLC
6910 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038


Neil Mandt
Michael Mandt
Orian Williams
Gordon Whitener
Jarred Hoffman
Gore Verbinsk


Adam Rifkin


Burt Reynolds
Kiernan Shipka
Ariel Winter


An aging B movie star begrudgingly attends what he thinks is a Lifetime Achievement award celebration and gets in a drunken rage when he learns it's low-rent gig. He spends an evening with his young driver as they both learn a lot about life from each other.