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ACTORFEST 98: CASTING CUES - An Inside Look at the Motion Picture Audition Process

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Moderator: Jerold Franks, CSA

Jerold Franks served as president of the Casting Society of America in 1992 and 1994, having previously served for three consecutive terms as vice president. In addition, Franks was formerly executive in charge of talent and casting at both 20th Century Fox Television and Columbia Pictures Television, prior to joining the Long Beach Civic Light Opera as artistic director. A consultant for network daytime and episodic programming and for feature films, Franks' casting credits include Bagdad Cafe, for which he received an Artios Award, the TV series Barney Miller and Fame, and numerous MOWs. He is also the author of the book So You Want to Be an Actor Act Like One.

Panelists John Badham

Director John Badham guided John Travolta to worldwide fame in Saturday Night Fever in 1978, which went on to become one of the top-grossing films of all time. Following this film, Badham directed the Broadway plays Whose Life Is It Anyway? with Richard Dreyfuss and Dracula, starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier. He returned to film in 1983 with two of the season's biggest hits, WarGames and Blue Thunder. More recent credits include American Flyers, Short Circuit, Bird on a Wire, Stakeout, Point of No Return, Drop Zone, and Nick of Time. Badham executive-produced the HBO film Rebound, the story of Harlem basketball legend Earl "The Goat" Manigault. Badham holds an graduate degree in directing from Yale University.

Mindy Marin, CSA

Mindy Marin began her career in casting in 1978 at Paramount television and later moved to Warner Brothers, serving for two years as manager of talent and casting. In 1989, Marin formed her own company, Casting Artists, Inc. Since then, she has cast more than 20 films, including: L.A. Story, Miss Firecracker, Cliffhanger, Clear and Present Danger, The Net, If These Walls Could Talk, Face/Off, The Postman, and The General's Daughter. In addition, she formed the production company Bluewater Ranch Entertainment in 1992, which has acquired and developed as a feature The Night of Weeping Women by Lawrence Naumoff.

Stephen Rice

Stephen Rice, currently an agent with Christopher Nassif and Associates, Inc., has been an agent representing actors in both the motion picture and television industries since 1990.

Beau Flynn

Beau Flynn and his partner Stefan Simchowitz created the production company Bandeira Entertainment in 1994. Their first feature film, Scott Silver's johns, starring David Arquette and Lukas Haas, premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, where First Look Pictures/Overseas Film Group picked up worldwide rights. Bandeira returned to Sundance in 1997 with The House of Yes, which was picked up by Miramax along with Bandeira's next feature, Little City. Upcoming releases include Life During Wartime with Stanley Tucci and Kate Capshaw, Starf*cker with Jamie Kennedy and Loren Dean, and Judas Kiss with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Bandeira recently signed an overall first-look deal with Dreamworks SKG to produce films with larger budgets. Flynn, a graduate of NYU Business School, broke into the business as an assistant to producer Scott Rudin.

Debra Zane, CSA

One of the premier casting directors in the business, Zane is the head of Debra Zane Casting, whose recent credits include Wag the Dog, Washington Square, Men in Black, Tracey Takes On ('95-'97 seasons), The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Get Shorty, The Last Supper, Fear, and The Last Seduction

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