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'Beautiful Days, Bloody Nights...'

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Company

Sweeney Films
Robert Sherwin, writer/prod./dir.

Production Description

Casting a 30-minute documentary, "Bright Days, Bloody Nights – The Dark Past of Greenwich, Connecticut," which explores the earliest days of what became the most affluent community in America being filled with deception, turmoil, and bloodshed. The film tells the violent history of the founding of Greenwich culminating in the massacre of a 700 Indians by a Dutch/British strike force in February 1644.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Shoots mid-April at a TBA location.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

No pay, but transportation, meals, and copy provided.

Auditions

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Video, Chapter 1: A town is born

sample sides - Dutchman

Dutchman or Scandanavian accented English:
ADRIAEN VAN DER DONCK, late 20's early 30's lawyer/diplomat, early chronicler of the New World, and of native Americans (with permission from the publisher of his journals):
"Their appearance and bodily form are well proportioned. No lunatics or fools are found amongst them. They can run very fast for a long time. The men and women have broad shoulders and slender waists. Their hair is jet black, sleek and uncurled. Their women are well favoured and fascinating. In the Indian languages, they have no word to express drunkenness. Drunken men they call fools. They observe no stated times for their meals. They suppose it best to eat when they are hungry. Sometimes they build their houses over a 100 feet long but never more than 20 feet wide. They place long slender hickory saplings in the ground. Those sapling poles are bent over toward each other in the form of an arch, and secured together. For covering they use the bark of ash, chestnut and other trees, leaving an open space of about a foot wide in the crown, to let out the smoke. From 16-18 families frequently dwell in one house. The fire kept in the middle, the people lay on either side. Whenever a native female is pregnant, they depart alone to a secluded place near a brook where they can be protected by the winds, they await their delivery without the company or aid of any person. After their children are born, and if they are males, although the weather be ever so cold and freezing, they immerse them some time in the water, which, they say, makes them strong brave men, and hardy hunters. After the immersion they wrap their children in warm clothing and pay them great attention from fear of accidents, and after they have remained several days in their secluded places, again return to their homes and friends."

Video, Chapter 2: Indian Ghosts in the neighborhood

sample sides - Indian Squaw

The following is a visual description of the Indian Squaw's role:

Whenever a native female is pregnant, they depart alone to a secluded place near a brook where they can be protected by the winds, they await their delivery without the company or aid of any person. After their children are born, and if they are males, although the weather be ever so cold and freezing, they immerse them some time in the water, which, they say, makes them strong brave men, and hardy hunters. After the immersion they wrap their children in warm clothing and pay them great attention from fear of accidents, and after they have remained several days in their secluded places, again return to their homes and friends.