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Casting call for feature film “Love, Barack”(Los Angeles, CA)

PROJECT: SAG MODIFIED LOW BUDGET FEATURE FILM “LOVE, BARACK”
CASTING CALL CATEGORY: FEATURE FILM AUDITIONS
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, CA

STORY LINE:

Volunteer Coordinators for opposing camps during the election of 2008, Aretha Gupta and KYLE FRANKLIN become romantically involved.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

KYLE FRANKLIN
African American, in his late 20s to early 30s, great-looking and super-fit, Kyle is the Volunteer Coordinator for McCain headquarters in Atlantic Palms, Florida. Intelligent, driven, focused and hard-working, he is a lawyer with his own firm that specializes in family law, but is working over-time, hopefully helping his candidate win the election. Immediately attracted to Aretha, Volunteer Coordinator for the Obama election headquarters, Kyle is not about to let politics cloud the issue when it comes to romance. Initially rebuffed by Aretha, the tenacious and very charming Kyle soon wins the lady’s affections, but not without some fallout when one of his campaign workers seeks to use the secret affair to unsettle things in the political arena. LEAD

SHIRLEE
African American, 55, pretty and plus-size, she is Aretha’s mother, a vivacious, energetic woman, who’s decided to leave her husband for some long overdue time to get in touch with the “real me.” She packs her bags and moves across town to live with her mother. She’s soon involved in the Obama election efforts, flattered when an aging hippie, also working on behalf of Obama, takes an interest in her. Galvanized by newfound friendships and a sense of purpose, Shirlee realizes how much she misses her husband and asks if she can come back home. LEAD

VIJAY
58, East Indian, nervous and whippet-thin, he is Aretha’s father, Shirlee’s despondent husband, clearly upset that his wife has suddenly decided to be an independent woman. The owner of an Indian restaurant, he is a hard-working, struggling restaurateur who rents out his back room to the Obama election campaign workers, even if he is a McCain supporter. Overwhelmed and pained with anxiety, he exclaims, “My restaurant has been invaded by lefties, my son is a bum, I have nonstop heartburn, and (my) wife won’t return (my) calls.” LEAD

MARVIN
Early to mid 20s, half East Indian, half African American (but looking more African American), he is Aretha’s brother, a wannabe filmmaker who still lives at home and makes deliveries for his father’s Indian restaurant. Dressed a bit faux gangsta, Marvin is a pessimist, a serial pot smoker with a lazy streak who hides his feelings beneath a veneer of jive-talk. Clearly pleased when Aretha asks him to shoot some footage for the campaign efforts, he steps up the plate, demonstrating real talent. He’s also attracted to one of the election workers, the fine by feisty Bianca. LEAD

CHELSEA
Mid 20s, pretty, Chelsea is Aretha’s best friend from high school, an outspoken livewire and self-professed women’s libber. Also a die-hard Democrat who wouldn’t give a Republican the time of day, she’s intrigued, although a bit befuddled by Aretha’s interest in Kyle. Not one to be needy especially when it comes to men, she falls hard for Terrence Miller, Organizer for the Obama election headquarters in Atlantic Palms, Florida. She later confides in Aretha that she’s pregnant, and that she’s decided to keep the baby. LEAD. PLEASE SUBMIT AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

TERRENCE MILLER
35, nice looking, in an academic way, he is the Organizer for the Obama election headquarters in Atlantic Palms, Florida. Easy-going, but clearly committed to the cause, he’s quick to see in Aretha a natural ability when it comes to organization. Impressed by her intuitive ideas about how to win votes, he offers her the job as Volunteer Coordinator. Delighted with her efforts, he’s understandably bummed and disheartened when a video surfaces showing her in a compromising position with Kyle Franklin, Volunteer Coordinator for the McCain election headquarters. LEAD. OPEN ETHNICITY. PREFERABLY ASIAN, LATINO, EAST INDIAN.

CLARISSA JORDAN
Late 60s, African American and diminutive, she is Aretha’s outspoken, good-hearted, effusive grandmother. Energetic, the type of woman who speaks her mind, she’s soon involved in the efforts to help Obama win the election. Shes’ also soon involved with fellow campaign worker, Carlos. Seen moments after casting her vote on election day, an overcome Clarissa says that she can now die a happy woman. LEAD

BRENT MURPHY
40, Caucasian, husky, he is the Office Organizer for the McCain election headquarters in Atlantic Palms, Florida. Upbeat, driven, but a bit crass, he can’t help but oggle the lovely Aretha, eager to know if Kyle has scored with her yet. Later, Brent opts to take the low road when he decides to videotape Kyle and a very drunk Aretha out on a date. 9 speeches & 4 lines, 4 scenes

GLEN
62, an “old hippie agitator who lives in a trailer,” he is one of the election workers. He’s impressed by the energetic Shirlee, and the two become close friends. 1 speech & 9 lines, 6 scenes

BIANCA
Mid to late 20s, “well-assembled” and haughty, she is a hard-working election worker for the Obama camp, but teeming with attitude, and hardly a people person. She constantly rebuffs Marvin’s overtures, much to his confused irritation. 3 speeches & 4 lines, 5 scenes

EVAN & PHIL
In their late 20s, they are a pair of good-looking jocks. A gay couple, they are committed to seeing Obama elected. 6 lines, 7 scenes. 1 speech & 8 lines, 7 scenes respectively

IVY HENDERSON
Mid to late 40s, glamorous and grand, she is Aretha’s boss at the New York marketing firm where Aretha works. Gushy, but to the point, she explains to Aretha why she’s firing her, couching the whole thing in positive terms, urging the younger woman to do something “to change the world” so that she will have ammunition to hire her back. 4 speeches & 3 lines, 1 scene. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES. THINK ROLE OF WILHELMINA IN “UGLY BETTY.”

DARIN
Mid to late 20s, hip and good looking, in an unmade bed sort of way, he is Aretha’s boyfriend, an out-of-work actor/waiter who’s gotten used to Aretha picking up the tab for pretty much everything. He’s clearly surprised when she dumps him. 3 speeches & 1 line, 1 scene

MELANIE
In her 40s, she is a stressed-out motormouth with a head of unruly curls. Snide and self-protective, she becomes unhinged when Terrence opts to adopt some of newcomer Aretha’s ideas. 2 speeches & 4 lines, 2 scenes. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES.

CARLOS
An elderly Cuban man, he is a worker for the Obama campaign. He and Clarissa are soon an item. 3 lines, 8 scenes

SONIA
In her late 20s, pretty and bubbly, she is Aretha’s roommate of three years. Oblivious to Aretha’s discomfort and shock, she tells Aretha that she and her boyfriend are getting married, and that he’s moving in, so Aretha will have to find a new place. 3 speeches & 1 line, 1 scene. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES.

RAHEEM
20ish, African American, in Malcolm X glasses and a skinny black tie, he is an Obama supporter, attacked by a pair of rednecks. He’s grateful but surprised when Kyle comes to his aid. 2 speeches & 2 lines, 5 scenes

BIG ED
Mid to late 30s, Caucasian, brawny with a chrome dome and a knock ’em dead attitude, this electrician is working for the Obama election headquarters. 1 speech & 2 lines, 2 scenes

JONAH
In his 20s, schlumpy and nerdy, he is the office techie for the Obama headquarters. 1 speech & 2 lines, 2 scenes

WAITER
Seen in hokey Seminole Indian dress, this waiter is not easily amused. 1 speech & 3 lines, 2 scenes

HOST (REX)
In his 30s – 40s, male, this personable radio host chats on-air with Kyle about the rivalry/competition between the Obama and McCain camps. 2 speeches & 1 line, 1 scene

LIZ MOORE
She is a savvy local news anchor who speaks with Aretha about the videotape fiasco. 5 lines, 1 scene

NEWS ANNOUNCER
Heard over the radio, this news announcer brings us news of Senator McClain’s decision to return to Washington to help with Wall Street bailout negotiations. 4 speeches, 1 scene. VOICE OVER

MAX
Seen wrapped in a towel, he is Sonia’s fiance, excited about having just gotten engaged. 2 lines, 1 scene

CABBIE
This friendly cabbie gives Aretha a lift from the airport to her family home in Florida. 2 lines, 1 scene

KATHLEEN
Mid to late 20s, cheery, coiffed and conservative, she is a campaign worker for the McCain headquarters in Atlantic Palms, Florida. 2 lines, 1 scene

STYLIST
This beauty shop stylist is giving Shirlee a new look. 1 line, 1 scene

MERRY CHRISTIAN
This wholesome teen girl with a beatific smile is part of a group called the “Merry Christians.” They are McCain supporters. 1 line, 3 scenes

TV REPORTER
This TV reporter would like to get a statement from Kyle about a fight that broke out at the rally. 1 line, 1 scene

REPORTER
Female, this reporter is anxious to get footage of Aretha washing the “opponent’s” car at an election fund-raiser car wash. 1 line,. 1 scene

LOCAL ANCHOR
Seen on TV, this local anchor brings us news of election returns. 1 speech, 1 scene

REDNECK
This angry bigoted redneck gets into a brawl with Raheem at an election rally. 2 lines, 1 scene

PROJECT: SAG MODIFIED LOW BUDGET FEATURE FILM “LOVE, BARACK”

CASTING CALL CATEGORY: FEATURE FILM AUDITIONS

LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, CA

CONTACT: ATTN: MICHELLE ADAMS, LOVE BARACK CASTING, C/O BIG TIME PRODUCTIONS, 12210 1/2 NEBRASKA AVENUE, WEST LOS ANGELES, 90025

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