CASTING NOTICES | Baited (Working Title)

15 Dec CASTING NOTICES | Baited (Working Title)

Production title: Baited (Working Title)
Union / Non-Union: Union & Non-Union
Production Type: Independent  / self-funded
Project length: Short Film (15 minutes)
Project format: 16:9 HD Anamorphic
Posted on: Monday, December 7, 2015
Production location: NYC
Production Company: VidiVici Films
Company website: http://vidivicifilms.com/
Director: Angelita Mendoza
Producer: Victor Capiz
Shooting Location: Manhattan
Email: casting @vidivici.tv (Please include BAITED, and the role you’d like in the Subject Line)
Compensation: Meals, transportation, credit, & copy. For Union Members the minimum required by SAG of $100/day.

KEY DATES

Auditions:
December 14 6:00 – 8:00 PM
December 15 6:00 – 8:00 PM
(Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window. For those away for the holidays, we will be accepting headshots, resumes, & reels. We can make an appointment when possible.)
Call Backs: January 9, 2015 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
Rehearsals: Week of January 20th

Shooting Starts: January 30, 2015
Shooting Ends: February 2, 2015

Synopsis:
“Baited” is a twisted love story set in the underground world of prostitution and drug trade, set in New York City. Jhen is a young woman who was brought to this country from Colombia as a child by her uncle, Hernandez. Hernandez makes his living as a low level drug dealer and pimp. He finds young girls and manipulates them into prostitution. As soon as Jhen came of age, he did the same to her. Jhen has fallen in love with David and sees him as a way out of this life. The story is a psychological trip. We see everything through the eyes of David, a young, naïve, Latino New Yorker who is desperately in love with Jhen. But can he trust her? And most importantly, how did he arrive at his current location, an interrogation room.

There is a mix of suspense, drama, and horror in our story. We will be shooting with vintage lenses in Anamorphic. The vibe is 70s & 80s Italian Horror/Giallo, in a modern setting.

Character BIOS

[JHENNIFER] [GENDER: FEMALE] [LATINA] [AGE: 18-25]

Jhen is a young Latina woman that was brought to this country illegally as a child by her uncle, Hernandez. At an early age, Hernandez began to pimp her. She wants out of this life. She is in love with David and sees him as the only hope and light in her life.

[DAVID] [GENDER: MALE] [LATINO] [AGE: 20-25]

David is a young, naïve, Latino man. He is completely in love with Jhen. He is aware of her struggles and feels the need to protect her. He truly believes in happily ever after. He grew up in a tough, low income neighborhood so he understands what people have to do to survive. He doesn’t judge Jhen for what she has to do but he would do anything to save her.

In present time, David wakes up in an interrogation room, unaware of how he got there or how long he’s been there.   He is being pressured by 2 detectives to tell them what happened in the last 24 hours.

[HERNANDEZ] [GENDER: MALE] [LATINO] [AGE: 40-60]

Hernandez is Jhen’s uncle. He has been traveling between Colombia and New York for over 20 years. He is a drug dealer and pimp. In his own twisted way, he loves Jhennifer. But he still sees her as his property. He deals with humans the way he deals with drugs, as a source of income. He plans on selling Jhen off to a man from Texas who wants her as his prize girl until he grows tired of her.

[DETECTIVE 1] [GENDER: MALE] [ANY ETHNICITY] [AGE: 30-45]

Detective 1 is your typical New York Detective. Kind but direct. He’s a patient man and knows how to ease information out of suspects. He’s a human lie detector. He can read people’s reactions and responds appropriately. He’s working with Detective 2 to get information out of David.

[DETECTIVE 2] [GENDER: MALE] [ANY ETHNICITY] [AGE: 30-45]

Detective 2 is a no bullshit, tell it to me straight, ex-gangster kind of detective. You can tell he’s had it rough and he knows how to deal with thugs. He’s not afraid and he wants the truth. He has some information on David and he’s trying to piece together what happened in the last 24 hours. He wants to know what David did.

[OLD MAN] [GENDER: MALE] [ANY ETHNICITY] [AGE: 55-80]

Older New Yorker. He’s seen this city at its worst and its best.   He has no patience for the dark side of the city. He fought his war and is tired of seeing the city slip back into decay.

[911 OPERATORS] [GENDER: FEMALE & MALE] [ANY ETHNICITY] [AGE: 30-65]

We need several 911 Operators. This is mostly for VO.

In addition to these roles we need extras to play bar patrons, pedestrians/onlookers.

*There is NO NUDITY

If you are interested in David, Hernandez, or Detective 2, please let me know if you have any stage combat experience.