Release Date: May 11th, 2007 (Cinema Village) by Kino International.
Directed by Barry J. Hershey.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about auditions for three female roles in a dramatic film.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Casting About gives a raw, straight-forward and compelling look at the experiences that actress have while auditioning for a role. Director Barry J. Hershey originally intended to make the dramatic film, but when that failed, he chose to use the footage of 184 actresses who auditioned for the three female parts. These actresses come from Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles and as far as Berlin. By not including any narration or introduction as to what the dramatic film itself is about, Hershey adds some mystery which forces you to listen carefully to the auditions. It’s amazing how many special “moments” the camera captures as these actresses do their best to impress. It wouldn’t be the same if these “moments” were staged like in a mockumentary. Some of the actresses seem open, lively and free-spirited while others seem more reserved. Not surprisingly, Hershey asks them if they’re comfortable with nudity and their very interesting responses vary. The camera captures all of the body language with occasional close-ups, so especially if you’re an aspiring actor or actress, it’ll be fun to pay attention to the wide range of talent. By excluding any other scenes other than the auditions, Hershey wisely forces you not only to be the observer, but the judge as well.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Raw, lively and compelling, but lacking insight.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater
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