A lyrical, feature documentary that explores the captivating experience
of casting actors. From the point of view of a film-maker, we see
and hear many of the 350 actresses who audition for three roles
in a dramatic film. Casting About includes footage from audition
sessions held in several cities Ð weaving together actor interviews,
monologues, and scene work to create an impressionistic collage
of the casting experience.
In late 2000, Barry J. Hershey set out to cast actresses for a
dramatic film that he had co-written and intended to direct. The
plan was to incorporate some of the casting footage into the fiction
film, an idea arising from Hershey's first experience with casting
at film school. After reviewing the more than seventy hours of casting
tapes, a decision was made to shape this rich material into a film
of its own.
The viewer sits in the filmmaker's seat, watching the actors at
work and learning about their lives, vulnerabilities, fears and
dreams. The film presents footage of 184 actresses - many of whom
perform monologues from the work of renowned contemporary playwrights
such as Eric Bogosian, David Hare, Susan Miller, Nina Shengold and
Over the centuries Cork city has grown out from the two forks of
the river Lee. It slowly expanded and looked outwards and in many
ways was shaped by what came in from the sea. The city was and is
always turning, moving and adapting, shaped by many influences but
perhaps developing a personality and character of its own.
Cathair Chorcaí is a documentary that explores the physical
and spiritual characteristics of Cork city. It's a meditation on
how the city has been shaped and how it stands before the world
today gathering in a sense of the city rather than concentrating
on any chronological history.
The story of the city is told through people who have an intimate
knowledge of Cork. Through these characters we hear both personal
stories of life as lived in the city and also the background that
has shaped the city we see today. We explore the Lee and how it
interacts with the city, the impact of the docks and centuries of
trade and the impact of the English and Gaelic worlds on its development.
In November of 1995, with the lucky call of a number in a lottery,
three hundred and fifty people became modern day pioneers. They
were chosen to be the first residents of Celebration; the latest
version of the American Dream, built in the swamp of central Florida
by the master of make believe Walt Disney. A beautiful, pristine
and crisp town with pre 1940's architecture that takes you back
to a safer, more comforting place where neighbours greeted neighbours.
Almost ten years later it is the home of eight thousand residents.
Yet behind the beautiful facades and white picket fences is a real
place with real people.
The film shows six couples in search of utopia. It was Disney that
attracted them to Celebration. They all remember their first time
to Disney World, a magical and care-free world. Walt Disney always
said that dreams can come true.
Is Celebration a dream come true in a world gone wrong?