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  • Interview

    Indie Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan on Balancing Acting and Directing

    The Film Independent Spirit Award nominee speaks about “shutting off parts of her brain” to play actor and director, her different approach to sex scenes, and keeping it all believable.

  • Interview

    3 Reasons to Apply for a Film Independent Grant

    Film Independent President Josh Welsh talks about this year’s grant winners, what the committee looks for in applicants, and why writing applications (even when not awarded a prize) can help you in the future.

  • News

    8 Chances to Land a Role

    Here are eight upcoming auditions for L.A. and NYC actors including a short film, a pilot, a feature film starring Michael Fassbender, and theater production on both coasts and Colorado.

  • News

    9 Texas Film Festivals Accepting Submissions

    The Lone Star State’s status on the film map is growing and these festivals are providing outlets for creatives and actors alike.

  • News

    5 Chances to Land a Role

    Here are five casting notices from Backstage to get you in the audition room, including a short film about a couple that wrote an Oscar-winning screenplay, a theater production in San Diego, and background work on a series starring Kevin Bacon.

  • J.K. Simmons’ 1 Requirement for Any Role

    The SAG Award nominee spoke about his controversial role in the buzzy indie “Whiplash,” working with a first-time director, and what Arnold Schwarzenegger said about his triceps.

  • News

    30th Annual Artios Award Film Nominees Announced

    The Casting Society of America has announced nominees for the Artios Awards’ feature film categories with CD Francine Maisler snagging the most nods with four for her casting in “Into the Woods,” “Captain Phillips,” “Birdman,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

  • News

    6 Chances to Get Cast in 2015!

    Start 2015 off on the right foot with these casting notices, which include a short film set in the ’70s, a Tony Award-winning musical, a horror film about a maniacal stalker who believes he’s “Santa’s Helper,” and the stage adaptation of “Ever After.”

  • Interview

    Nikki Reed on Making Female Characters More Than an ‘Accessory’

    Thrust into the spotlight with her controversial 2003 film “Thirteen,” Nikki Reed has since made herself a household name, and an advocate for strong female characters.

  • News

    Sundance 2015 Sees Funny Actors in New Light

    Comedians such as Sarah Silverman and Jack Black are taking on dramatic roles in the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 22–Feb. 1 in Park City, Utah.