Monday, December 27, 2010
JON BENJAMIN HAS A VAN, (Role of Italian Man and Woman)
AFTRA / Comedy Central Agreement, please see notes below
1/2 hour sketch comedy show for Comedy Central, debuts Summer 2011
Producer: Jon Mugar for Absolutely
Casting Directors: Sherrie Henderson / Dan Velez Casting
Interview Dates: This week
Shoot Dates: 12/16, 12/17 and/or 12/20
Pay Rate: AFTRA Comedy Central Scale
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Casting Director: Dan Velez
SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY ASAP
IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE SUBMIT ACTOR'S ONLINE DEMO CLIPS ALONG WITH EACH ACTOR SUBMISSION.
AFTRA COMEDY CENTRAL SCALE NOTES:
Summary of AFTRA Working Conditions under the Comedy Central/ AFTRA Master Agreement for Live- Action Non- Dramatic Programs 1. Live-Action Non-Dramatic Programs Covered: The Comedy Central/ AFTRA Master Agreement covers live-action non-dramatic programs in any of the following genres: ( i) standup programs; ( ii) sketch-comedy programs; ( iii) variety programs; ( iv) political specials; ( v) talent- opportunity programs; ( vi) game shows; ( vii) clip shows ( i. e. , hosted or narrated programs featuring a substantial amount of excerpted material) ; and ( viii) all other programs featuring performances ( including "hosting" duties) by professional comedians ( including, without limitation, roasts and panel discussion shows). NOTE: Awards programs and news and magazine programs ( including "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report") are considered live- action non- dramatic programs under the Comedy Central/ AFTRA Master Agreement, but such programs have separate terms which are not included in this summary. Working conditions for other types of programs covered by the Comedy Central/ AFTRA Master Agreement ( i. e. , live-action dramatic programs, animated programs, and off- camera promotional announcements and promotional announcements recorded by Performers employed to work on covered Programs) are summarized separately. 2. Term of Agreement: Expires March 14, 2010. 3. Minimum Wage Rates1/ Minimum Call: 80% of the minimum wage rates set forth in the AFTRA Network Code. Rates for Background Actors and stand-ins are at 100% of the minimum wage rates set forth in Exhibit A to the AFTRA Network Code. Minimum call for each Performer classification is set forth below. (a) Principal Performers: 80% of the Program Fee set forth in the AFTRA Network Code. ½- hour Program Fee covers 10. 5 included hours over 2 included days. 1-hour Program Fee covers 19 included hours over 3 included days. Minimum call is 4 hours. ½-Hour Program $650 + 10%.
"Jon Benjamin Has a Van" is a newsmagazine-style sketch show starring Benjamin as an investigative reporter hitting the streets in his custom van to do human interest stories. Series will premiere on Comedy Central, Summer 2011. The series will be blending "real and concocted" segments leaving people guessing which parts are scripted and which are not. Looking for improv/sketch and stand-up talent who can deliver understated performances. NOTE COMEDY EXPERIENCE IN YOUR SUBMISSION NOTES, PLEASE.
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT TALENT WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN SEEN BY THIS OFFICE FOR THIS PROJECT IN THESE INITIAL ROUNDS.
[ ITALIAN GUY ]
Male, 35-60, Authentic Italian. This man man is panicked beyond belief when he is the first one to hear that a vicious turf war is about to start on the streets. He rushes in to tell NINO, and hopefully prepare for the biggest battle of all time. We are looking for an authentic Italian man from the old country, not New York Italian. U/5 Role, 4 Lines, 1 Scene
[ ITALIAN WOMAN ]
Female, 35-60. She lives in Little Little Italy and is part of the group who first see Jon when he gets there. Looking for authentic italian women. U/5 Role, 1 line, 1 scene.
NOTE: WE WILL BE CASTING ADDITIONAL ROLES FOR THIS EPISODIC FOR THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The governing council of British Equity has removed the prerequisite of nited Kingdom residency to become a member of its union.
Prior to the July decision, non-European Union nationals could only appy for a limited status s visiting artists.
Any international performer can aply for ful membership, either working on a British Equity contract or holding current membership of a sister union in the USA
see the British equity web page:
Thursday, October 7, 2010
At last Saturday night's GIAA Film Festival, we presented the Best Actor Award to Vincent Pastore for his performance in the science fiction comedy Alienated, directed by GIAA President Emeritus Paul Borghese.
Pictured are GIAA President Carlo Fiorletta, Festival Director Mara Lesemann, and Vincent Pastore holding his trophy.
More photos will be posted soon at www.giaafilmfest.com
Monday, October 4, 2010
Please see the message I received from Al's Writer/Producer Joe Vulpis. Joe has put a lot of effort into this project to make Al's final recordings available to all of his fans. He has now taken on another task and will be doing the initial distribution.
By overwhelming demand it is a pleasure to announce that we will
start taking orders for the new, full Al Martino 10 song "Thank
As every penny is going right back into promoting Al, the first 2000
Cd's will be sold directly to avoid paying a distributor.
We will be taking orders via Check/Money order.
Cd's are ready to ship now. Please allow 2-4
weeks for delivery.
US orders/ Please mail $17.50/per cd made out to JV Songs and mailed to:
Joe Vulpis / 1225 River Rd. / Suite 12 D / Edgewater, NJ 07020
Outside Us/ Please mail $19.50/per cd made out to JV Songs to: Joe
Vulpis / 1225 River Rd. / Suite 12 D / Edgewater, NJ 07020
Please include your phone number, email (if possible) and complete
Thank you for your continued support,
Joe Vulpis, Writer/Producer.
The information for the radio tribute to Al:
NEWS: Al is being honored Sunday, October 10 by Mr. John LaBarca on station WSTC in Connecticut. His show airs east coast time from 9AM- Noon. I will be participating in this tribute along with Al's son, Al Jr., Michael Nigro, Al's drummer for 26 years, Andy Seminazzi his fan club president and current fan contact for the Al Martino web site. Also Joe Vulpis, Al's last record producer will be in studio. Mr. LaBarca was a dear friend for many, many years and sponsored several of Al's Connecticut concerts. We are very appreciative of this tribute and look forward to it. It can be heard by connecting through the internet.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
(A new high-tech wireless charging device that will be on the market later this
"What The Bleep?!"
PRINCIPAL TALENT RATES: $500 (+10% if submitted by an agent) per principal and
"hand model role" - includes one day shoot, a fitting and 2 year usage for TV
USAGE: Initial buyout for 2 year internet and TV usage is included in the $500
DIRECTOR: MANU BOYER
CASTING DIRECTOR: AMY GOSSELS
CASTING ASSOCIATE: ELIZA KHAN
AUD: TUESDAY 10/5 AND WEDNESDAY 10/6
SHOOT: WEDNESDAY 10/13 OR THURSDAY 10/14
LOCATION: NYC Area
SUBMIT ONLY NON-UNION NY BASED TALENT ELECTRONICALLY ASAP THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR
THE CASTING SESSIONS ON 10/5 AND 10/6 AND THE SHOOT ON 10/13 AND/OR 10/14!!!
OTHERWISE, HARD COPIES CAN BE SENT AND MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY 10/4 TO:
AMY GOSSELS CASTING
1471 3RD AVENUE
(AT 83RD STREET)
MARKED: " POWERMAT"
CONCEPT: THIS NEW HIGH TECH WIRELESS CHARGING DEVICE IS A MAT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO
PUT ANY OF YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON IT (PHONE, IPOD, ETC...) TO RECHARGE. IN
THIS COMEDY CAMPAIGN, WE WILL SEE A VARIETY OF PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT SCENARIOS
BASICALLY SAYING "WHAT THE F&*%?!" WITH THEIR EXPLETIVE BEING BLEEPED OUT AT
THEIR AMAZEMENT OF HOW COOL THIS NEW DEVICE IS, WHICH GIVES OFF A BLEEP SOUND
ITSELF WHILE CHARGING... 1/2 of the roles are for Americans, and the others are
for "Foreigners" as listed below.
[ ITALIAN SPEAKING BUSINESS TRAVELER ]
30-50 year old ITALIAN SPEAKING Male. Handsome AND suave! Must speak FLUENT
Italian (with Italian as his first language or be 100% bi-lingual)as this role
is IN ITALIAN (NOT English). However, there are only a couple of lines, so if
someone speaks Italian with a PERFECT Italian accent, that's fine too. Should be
the upscale type you would see in the business class lounge at an airport. All
roles are speaking roles, so we are seeking seasoned actors with some dry
comedic ability, yet who are very natural on camera.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Forward your name to Gary to get on the list
"Morgenstein, Gary (NBC Universal)"
At the Producers Club 44 st off 9th ave nyc
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
WHAT: Documentary-style series that features a group of out-
going and dynamic characters, all working in challenging jobs
(an understatement!) that consistently test their patience,
will power and sanity! We’re looking for fluently Italian
older female and male to play parents who can think quickly on
their feet (improv) to work with our main characters in
WHEN: Thursday September 30th in NYC. Must be available for 3 hours. Paid $100 cash at end of shoot.
**PAID GIG**Short fun easy gig!
If you'd like to hear more about the opportunity, please
contact me directly and I can fill you in and give you all of
the details. Also, please feel free to pass it along to anyone
who might be interested in learning more. Please send recent
photo and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
(212) 920-3637 Office
(646) 216-4292 Fax
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Untitled Independent Short
Auditions will take place on Saturday September 18th: The Nutley Public Library, the Conference Room 93 Booth Drive Nutley, NJ 07110 between 1:30-3:30PM
Bring a headshot/resume and Please prepare either a 1 min monologue, or be ready to read from sides
Received from John Anello, aka Johnny Mandolin:
The Centanni Broadcasting Network is a digital high-definition radio network, broadcasing from NYC and Los Angeles, to the world.
We broadcast at 44.1 hKz (CD-Quality) and have several interesting programs, including some focused on Italian-American themes and issues..
GIAA members are invited to our live broadcasts on Mondays & Tuesdays,
which broadcast live from
1567 Lexington Ave
(Between 100 & 101st Streets)
New York NY 10029
DUE ARTISTI with DJ John Lombardi,
featuring two selected CDs of Italian and Italian-American Artists
Mondays 5 PM EST
The Bill Russo Show
Italian-American Cultural Affairs
Mondays 7 PM EST
The Johnny Mandolin Show
Entertainment & Business talk show
Tuesdays 7 PM EST
You can also hear the shows live or instantly ON-DEMAND form our archive website at
John Anello Jr (aka Johnny Mandolin)
Centanni Broadcasting Network
Monday, September 13, 2010
IT’S DIRECTORS NIGHT ON PURPLE HAZE!
FILM DIRECTOR DECLAN O’BRIEN AND THEATRE DIRECTOR CARLO FIORLETTA WILL BE EXCLUSIVE GUESTS ON
MEDIABLVD’S PURPLE HAZE RADIO SHOW
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, AT 9PM
New York, NY – September 13, 2010 – It’s Directors Night on Media Blvd’s Purple Haze radio show when film director Declan O’Brien, who has helmed movies such as Wrong Turn 3, Cyclops, and the eagerly anticipated Sharktopus, and theatre director Carlo Fiorletta (A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx) will be the exclusive guests Sunday, September 19, at 9PM/ET.
Purple Haze is available at blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd, 347-205-9801.
Airing Saturday, September 25, at 9PM (ET/PT), Sharktopus stars award-winning actor Eric Roberts (The Expendables/The Dark Knight) as a research scientist who, with his talented daughter (Sara Malakul Lane/Belly of the Beast), develops a secret military weapon -- a hybrid shark/octopus. But when the controls break down, the monster goes on a killing rampage at the resort beaches of Mexico. Sharktopus is produced by Roger Corman and Julie Corman.
Carlo Fiorletta directed Mara Lesemann’s Fertility Factor at the Producers Club and Acts of Contrition at the Houseman Studio. He wrote and directed two award-winning short movies: Nipple Nazis and Calamity 666. His film The Last Supper is currently in post-production. Fiorletta is President of the Guild of Italian American Actors.
And the following week, Sunday, September 26, at 9PM/ET, actor William Sanderson (True Blood, Deadwood, Blade Runner, Newhart) will be the exclusive live guest!
Purple Haze is hosted by NASA contractor Dr. Kenn Gold, conservative author Gary Morgenstein (Jesse’s Girl), and liberal screenwriter/journalist Frederic Germay.
Morgenstein’s new play, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx, will premiere in New York’s Producers Club from September 22-September 26. The play will be directed by Carlo Fiorletta and stars Simcha Borenstein; Donna Castellano; Troy Dane; Bruce Levy; Alyson Linefsky, and Jessica Renee Russell.
MediaBlvd is a premiere entertainment portal featuring unique celebrity interviews and news and reviews from the world of pop culture. The online edition of MediaBlvd Magazine receives more than 2 million global unique IP visits per month, and the site features multiple live audio segments bringing celebrities together with listeners for a unique interaction experience. MediaBlvd also hosts the official websites for several celebrities. MediaBlvd was founded in 2003, and has it’s origins in the fan website crashdown.com, which promoted the show Roswell, and was responsible for bringing the show back twice with mail in campaigns, and for raising over $270,000 for various children’s charities.
Kenn Gold 720-841-6331 email@example.com
Friday, September 10, 2010
Sunday 9/19 at 2pm and 3:45 pm
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Click the link above to read a terrific column in the NY Daily News about GIAA's Dr. Rico Simonini, who has been starring as Smiley Manone in "Brooklyn USA" in Los Angeles. There are plans to bring the play to NY in the spring.
Three men from very different walks of life set about re-opening an abandoned restaurant in the old Italian section of Williamsburg. Each of these men has a stake in the old place, and each of them has something from which they want to hide. Behind the dusty storefront's still-shuttered door, they will not allow one another to escape as they are forced to face the secrets & the fears which stalk them all.
Funny, poignant, and cutting...this is a story about the complexities of calling a place home.
The play stars Steven Randazzo, Enrico Ciotti, and Dan Shaked
Tickets are $18, and available through http://www.ps122.org/ or http://www.ovationtix.com/
Further information at http://www.thesullivanproject.com/ and http://www.1stirish.org/
Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
President Emeritus Paul Borghese and I ask that any GIAA member who can attend a table to hand out flyers or business cards or answer questions about GIAA please arrange with us a time to do this. Or those with families in the area can attend and join the fun. Grazie.
Friday, August 13, 2010
www.latinusafilmfestival.org , is organizing a writers’ database and a bi-monthly screenplay contest. She has supplied the following information:
Please go to the site and join the contest database, this database is available to 25 production agencies affiliated with Big Idea and is FREE to join and WILL CREATE work opportunities for you. Go to www.BigIdeaWritersChallenge.com on the Prizes Page and Join Now!!!!!
The Past Project from Big Idea was hosted at Madison Square Garden and Presented by NBC and Telemundo. Pupi Avati and CineCitta Studios were big
supporters as well. The website received 300,000 hits! ..This is a great opportunity for ALL!! Join Now!!
If you have a Script, TV Movie script, or query letter you can submit to win prizes and exposure. If you want to simply write an Essay, The THEME This month is: " All Things Italian" it will cost only $ 5 dollars to enter. One of the prizes is a showcased article about the author of the Essay on the Web site of the Modern Italian Network (500,000 members). This
is a great opportunity for exposure and a chance to support our fellow Italians!
Alessandra Sarro - Founder & CEO
Big Idea Writers Challenge, Inc.
Latin USA Film Festival & Expo.
243 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The DEADLINE is almost here! Don't miss the Friday, August 13 deadline to register and attend the InkTip Pitch Summit.
See below for an article about the Pitch Summit by journalist Christina Hamlett.
At the typical pitching event, you only pitch to 10 to 15 companies and that's just not enough. We're focused on getting your scripts sold, so we're changing the writer / company ratio so you pitch to an average of 35 companies in a single day and for about the same price.
InkTip guarantees a 100% refund if you're not completely satisfied with the experience.
This will sell out, so I wanted to make sure you had a chance to attend. You can go herre to register:
Some of the nearly 200 companies attending include:
Let me know if you have any questions.
IS YOUR SCRIPT READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP?
FIND OUT AT THE INKTIP PITCH SUMMIT
By Christina Hamlett
When you step into the noisy, cattle-call throng of most film pitch festivals, it's hard not to hear the opening lyrics from A Chorus Line running through your head:
God I hope I get it!
I hope I get it.
I've come this far, but even so
It could be yes, it could be no,
How many people does he....?
I really need this job.
You start to question whether you've worn the right outfit. You stress as you mentally rehearse the spiel you've so carefully rehearsed, only to realize that you now can't remember a single thing past, "Hi, my name is -". You panic that your appointment is just before lunch and the rep is distracted with thoughts of where to go eat. You panic that your appointment is right after lunch and the rep is going to be grump from an upset stomach. You freak out that everyone else around you looks so cool and calm and confident because they just their their scripts are potential blockbusters. Is your script that good? You're now if full crisis mode that this script is the worst thing you've ever written and that you really should have stayed up all night finishing that other script you started six months ago about mutant eels.
While the staff at InkTip doesn't have magic wands to make your angst vanish, they do promise two days of exciting opportunities this September to share your work with film industry pros that have the power to make dreams come true. The InkTip Pitch Summit is a natural extensio of the unique services they've been providing to writers, agents, and production companies for over ten years. To date, more than 100 movies have been produced as a result of connections made through its website, magazine, and e-newsletters in addition to hundreds more writers that have been hired, repped and had scripts optioned. It's a track record the company is proud of and it's now taking things a step further by bringing reps from nearly 200 companies to Universal Studios Hilton on September 25th and 26th to meet talented writers like you in person. The enthusiasm of participating studios such as Lionsgate, Creative Convergence, Popart Film Factory, Runaway Productions, Sogno Productions and Tower 17 Productions is understandably high; they've already taken InkTip scripts to the silver screen and can't wait to see more!
If you've attended pitch events in the past, you've probably come away with the impression that the sponsors' goals were not only to shoehorn as many attendees as possible into a room but that any interest in successful outcomes lasted about as long as it took to process the entry fees. Nor were you likely to talk to more than a handful of reps while you were there - a pretty poor return for the investment of transportation, lodging, meals, and parking.
This is where InkTip takes a major departure from the herd. For one thing, the event is specifically targeted to writers have completed a polished, feature-length script. As has been my own experience on either side of the consultation table, too often the glamour of rubbing elbows with the industry pros has attracted individuals that don't know the first thing about writing a screenplay, much less respectfully and efficiently pitching one. This not only limits the amount of quality time available to writers that are committed to their craft but is a turn-off to reps that have to sit through boatloads of copious drivel with a pained smile on their faces. Is it any wonder that their heads are hurting by the time it's your turn to talk to them? InkTip's protocol in getting out the word to serious screenwriters has enabled them to attract such a high caliber of representation, they know their five minutes of one-on-one sessions aren't going to be wasted. The response to this approach has been so fantastic that owner/founder Jerrol LeBaron is expected at least five feature films to be produced and a slew of options, hires, and reps as a result of this one event.
Secondly, writers attending the Summit will be able to pitch 35 different companies instead of the 8 or 10 which is customary at other pitching events. InkTip has also ensured that the company reps that will be on hand are actual decision-makers and development execs that read screenplays for a living and not just someone expendable from a studio's accounting office. Last but not least, follow-up is another important component of this event, InkTip's commitment to you and your career doesn't end when these two days are over.
In addition to rpivate pitch sessions, there will be expert panel discussions and various other seminars. A full schedule is available at http://www.inktippitchsummit.com . The first reistration deadline is August 13th but passes are expected to sell out prior to that date. In the coming weeks, I'll be kproviding tips on how to make the most of your InkTip Pitch Summit experience as well as sharing insider insights from the company reps that will be in attendance.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The play got a nice mention in today's NY Post:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Broadway Camp, Long Island - Only a Few Spots Left
Announcing Fall & Winter One-Day Workshops & Classes
Don't get shut out of classes! Register Now for NYC, NJ & Long Island Programs
VIRTUALLY ME! Theatre NON-EQUITY TOUR $460/wk plus per diem
Director: Jeremy Dobrish Casting Director: Jen Rudin, CSA
Auditions in NYC: Week of August 9 Developmental Readings: August 16 & August 23 in NYC First Rehearsal: September 13 in NYC First Performance: September 27 Final Performance: November 23
PLEASE NOTE: We are looking for actors of all ethnicities who are very funny and highly charismatic with basic dance/movement skills. The four students play one or two other roles, so they should each have the flexibility to speak in at least one comically believable foreign accent.
ALL ACTORS MUST BE A LEGAL 18 YEARS OLD BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2010.
PLEASE EMAIL PHOTOS & RESUMES TO VIRTUALLYBEARSCASTING@GMAIL.COM ASAP.
ZEKE: Looking for an actor to play 15 years old. Our master of ceremonies, he's a techno wiz with a degree of "geek-chic". Incredibly funny and kid-friendly, the supremely confident Zeke is always cooking up some sort of scheme, masking any doubts with his signature laid-back, devil-may-care coolness. Of course, when Zeke's online empire crumbles, the big-talker whimpers like a schoolgirl. He's no captain-of- the-football-team type, rather his "coolness" comes from the comfort he has in his own skin. Rock/Pop - Tenor (top G3)
LINDSAY: Looking for an actress to play 15 years old. A lovably superficial fashion- plate, i.e., "a head cheerleader with heart." Lindsay is likable despite a ditzy materialism infused with a likable, comic cheeriness. Brimming with hottie confidence, Lindsay doesn't put on airs-in fact, it's this raw, honest quality that breaks our hearts when things turn against her. Indie Ballad - Mezzo (top F#4)
CHLOE: Looking for an actress to play 15 years old. The cynical "best friend." Chloe is a brainiac with a serious texting addiction. Quick with her trademark dry wit and well-honed snarkiness, she is ten times smarter than everyone else. Chloe's an
organizational genius and might just be president of every club at school. Quasi Latin Pop - Mezzo (top D4)
JASPER: Looking for an actor to play 15 years old. The new kid in school. A good- looking, corn-fed innocent who's much more comfortable being Zeke's Wingman than being in charge. A very sweet kid who follows his heart and is always about a quarter- step behind in conversations, Jasper needs to learn to stand up for who he truly is. Pop - Tenor (top G3)
P-WIGS (Principal Wiggins) AND OTHERS: Looking for an actor to play 30-35 years old. A very flexible, comic character actor whose primary role is the slightly doofus-y P-Wigs, the friendly neighborhood principal who, when push comes to shove, reveals himself to be a tough-minded and warm-hearted authority figure. In addition to P-Wigs, this actor portrays a few broad comic characters, including Señora Jones (the Spanish teacher), Blue Collar UPS Guy, Lunch Lady Leona, Coach Lunkbaum and a few other assorted quick changes. Able to slip into and out of character types at will. Oh, and bonus points for a bona fide bald spot. Non-singing role.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Below please find a notice declaring the above-referenced companies unfair and a “do not work” order issued to all AFTRA members and AFTRA franchised talent agents. This notice can also be found on the AFTRA website at www.aftra.com/EE8E93D204CE41BFB97DDBCED0765807.htm
We respectfully request your support, including a notice to your members, as members of the Four A’s, not to accept employment with these companies until such time as they have met their obligations and are removed from the unfair producer list by AFTRA.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact AFTRA Los Angeles Local Executive Director Bill Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org), or AFTRA National Counsel Tom Carpenter (email@example.com).
Thank you for your assistance and support.
Kim Roberts Hedgpeth
National Executive Director
5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Here is the link to the website: www.preytheplay.com
You can either purchase tickets in advance (this is the best way since you might not find seats if you purchase at last minute) at
www.preytheplay.com and click on Tickets
or loggin directly on Ticket Link: http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/Search.action?query=Prey+Fringe
I Hope to see you there!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Complete information is available at:
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Follow contact instructions specified within casting notice
Casting Notice Details:
Categories: Union/Nonunion Film, Film/TV Crew
Production Personnel: Tim Martin Crouse, filmmaker.
Approximate production dates & locations: Shooting Aug. 20-Sept. 30 in upstate NY.
Pay: No Pay
Male/female role: Male
Age Range: Thirties (ages 30-39), Forties (ages 40-49), Older (50-65), Senior (66+)
Ethnicity: Caucasian/White, African-American/Black, Latin/Hispanic/South American, European
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Seeking— "Guido" Guy: male, think DJ Pauly D and RONNIE FROM The Jersey Shore, the more "guido" you are the better. The project notes, "We are not looking for people to come in this character however. We want real guys that tan, gel their hair, work out a lot, and have a Jersey Shore vibe to them."
Auditions will be held by appt. only July 20-23 in Los Angeles, CA. To apply, click the "submit online" link below or visit www.realitywanted.com/call/7863-commercial-casting-for-guido-guy. Callbacks will be held July 28 & 29. Pay provided. Nonunion.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It's with great sorrow that we announce the recent passing of GIAA President Emeritus Lea Serra. In addition to serving as President, Lea was also the Secretary/Treasurer of the Italian Actor's Union (former name of GIAA) for 25 years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
We will again meet at the home of Jordan Auslander, 321 w. 24th st (at 8th Ave), Apt 21 J.
expect business to be discussed from 630-7,
'A Tomato Can;t Grow in the Bronx'
by Gary Morgenstein
call back read 7-8
Jordan one act to be read 8-830
Tomato candidates who do not want to stick around after their read can leave no problem...
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Celebrities expected to attend include but aren't limited to ARMAND ASSANTE, TONY DARROW, VINCENT PASTORE, MICHAEL RISPOLI, DOMINIC CHIANESE, JOE GANNASCOLI, VINNY VELLA, TONY LIPP and more!
For more information or to offer yourself and your talents for consideration please email Paul at PaulBorghese@aol.com
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Performances are Sat June 5 at 7:30, Sun June 6at 3:30, and Monday June7 at 7:30. A $7 donation is suggested. Reservations are essential and can be made via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 212-838-5680.
Issues discussed were as follows:
4A’s: Mara Lesemann represented GIAA on the ad hoc committee that was formed to review the jurisdictional dispute between AGMA and Equity regarding which union would represent the performers in the current Broadway show Come Fly With Me.
The next 4A’s meeeting is scheduled for May 26. Carlo Fiorletta will attend; members
interested in attending as well should contact him at email@example.com
Equity: Rachel Caccese and Alyson Linefsky are eligible to join Equity. Once they have submitted their application, they should inform Mara Lesemann so that she can provide Equity with the required documentation. Simcha Borenstein has been through the process most recently and can provide color on the experience.
Theater production: Gary Morgenstein’s play You Can’t Grow Tomatoes in the Bronx, which was read at a meeting a few months ago, was not accepted by the NYC Fringe Festival this year. We’re exploring the possibility of putting it up separately as a GIAA production; members will be kept informed of progress on that subject.
Elections: No competing slate came forward during the nominating period so the vote was to approve the slate below. Carlo Fiorletta made a motion for a vote, Gary Morgenstein seconded, and it passed unanaimously.
President: Carlo Fiorletta
1st Vice President : Carson Grant
2nd Vice President : Debbie Klaar
Secretary/Treasurer: Mara Lesemann
Councilor: Lou Nargi
Councilor: Elaine LeGaro
Councilor: Ron Piretti
Alternate Councilor: Simcha Borenstein
Alternate Councilor: Lauren Cozza
Reading: The reading of guest artist Dan Fiorlella’s screenplay Hitler’s Script was well received by those in attendance.
Following an informal discussion of the script, the meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
RALLY & MARCH ON WALL STREET with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Quick Event Info Reference
Begins: April 29, 2010 at 04:00 PM
Ends: April 29, 2010 at 06:00 PM
Monday, April 12, 2010
The meeting will include:
1. The previously-announced election of officers to a new 3 year term
2. The reading of a new screenplay entitled Hitler's Script by guest artist Dan Fiorella.
Please send an e-mail to MaraL824@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Seeking—Italian Male: 20-30; Spanish and/or Italian Males: 25-35, light-skinned; Attractive Females: 18-28, all ethnicities; Caucasian Males: 50-65; African-American Males: 25-45. Note: No experience necessary.
Auditions will be held April 7, 5-8 p.m. at Shetler Studios, 544 W. 54th St., 12th fl., PH1, NYC. You will be sent to one of three casting stations at PH1. Deferred pay, plus credit provided.
Email: SUBMIT ONLINE - Click here to apply to this project with your multimedia resume (recommended!)
Casting Notice Details:
Categories: Nonunion Film, Nonunion TV/Video
Production Personnel: Chris Selletti, co-prod.
Approximate production dates & locations: Rehearses in April; shoots late April.
Pay: Deferred Pay
Male/female role: Male, Female
Age Range: Toddler (ages 2-5), Child (ages 6-12), Teen (ages 13-17), Young Adult (ages 18-29), Thirties (ages 30-39), Forties (ages 40-49), Older (50-65), Senior (66+)
Ethnicity: Caucasian/White, African-American/Black, Latin/Hispanic/South American, Asian, Native American, European, Middle Eastern, Indian/South Asian, Other
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
We're pleased to welcome Ink Tip as a sponsor of the Full-length Screenplay Competition portion of the 4th Annual GIAA Festival of Short Films and Videos.
Submissions are welcome through Without A Box or by using the application form on the festival's website:
Ink Tip will be awarding the following prizes:
i. Grand Prize and Best in Genre Winners can place their winning script on InkTip’s password-protected website marketplace for 6 months free (a $60 value). To redeem this prize, winners must at least place their winning title, logline and synopsis, and can opt to place their script and/or treatment.
All winning titles and loglines that are listed with InkTip will also be featured in one of InkTip’s weekly newsletters emailed to entertainment professionals (a service not available to the public)..
The Grand Prize winner will also receive a free title and logline listing in the InkTip Magazine mailed to nearly 4500 entertainment professionals and e-mailed to thousands more (a $40 value).
*The winning title, logline and synopsis (at least) must be listed with InkTip
Monday, March 29, 2010
Troy Dane (left) and Simcha Borenstein (center) starred in Calamity 666 by Carlo Fiorletta (pictured at right). The movie premiered Saturday March 27 at the 2nd Annual Backyart International Film Festival in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn (www.backyartbrooklyn.com )
The festival is a collaboration between Backyart and the Attic Studio (www.theatticstudio.net ) in Dublin, Ireland. Filmmakers had 78 hours to produce a short that included the sentence "Don't make me go out there!"
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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New York City Opera 20 Lincoln Center
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Rediscover New York City Opera
Spring Season 2010
Chabrier’s L’Étoile: March 18 – April 1 / Abridged Family Matinee: April 3 Puccini’s Madama Butterfly: March 19 – April 18
Handel’s Partenope: April 3 – April 17
Tickets, video, and more at www.nycOpera.com
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010, 11:47 AM Pacific
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CASTING ASSOCIATE: Julie Schubert
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***THIS ROLE SHOOTS FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010***
[ ITALIAN MAN ]
50–80 years old, native Italian, must speak fluent Italian. Knowledge of the card game Briscola a plus.
> Italian-Americans to the arts, especially literature and
> the visual
> arts. The day’s events will include readings by the five
> from the Art Center’s Contest in Italian-American Short
> Fiction; the
> winner will also be announced that day and awarded a $200
> Award-winning Italian-American fiction writer, poet and
> Paola Corso, will read some of her own work at the
> Festival. An
> exhibit of artwork by Italian-American artists will be
> presented in
> the downstairs Studio.
> Tickets are $7 and include entry to the readings and art
> Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Delicious Heights of
> Heights. You may purchase tickets securely using PayPal
> from our
> Ticket Reservation page. For more information call
> 908-753-0190 or
> e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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> Freelance Writer, Editor and Photographer
> (212) 781-9009
> (917) 270-6390 (cell)
> or email@example.com
Thursday, March 18, 2010
> Subject: Press request public german TV
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Dear Dear GIAA/Team,
> this is a exceptional press request: My name is Miriam, I am a reporter
> for the huge public german TV Station "Deutsche Welle"
> (http://www.dw-world.de). It is broadcasting worldwide and comparable with BBC
> At the moment I do a complicated research and thought that you could
> probably help me. We want to make a small movie on the rough thesis,
> that within the crisis more and more Americans try to find out their
> European or other foreign roots. In mind that they probably get the
> possibility to get a second passport and dual citizenship in hope that
> they have better, or additional job-chances in the country of their
> For that I am looking urgently for someone who is applying for a dual
> citizenship to work in Europe. For example an Italian-American who wants
> to work in Italy. I thought probably you could help me and know somebody
> over your network?!
> I am a videojournalist, which means it’s not a big deal with a whole
> camera-crew – it’s just me and a small handheld-camera who would like to
> meet the person.
> Thank you so much for a reply, even when it’s negative – then I can
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Monday, March 15, 2010
Elections for GIAA officers for a new 3 year term will take place on Wednesday May 5 at 6:30 PM at the home of Jordan Auslander, 321 W. 24th St (at 8th Ave), apt 21J.
Write-in and e-mailed votes will be accepted; votes can be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com.
GIAA president Carlo Fiorletta is running the following slate; anyone wishing to run an opposing slate should communicate that by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 24.
President: Carlo Fiorletta
1st Vice President : Carson Grant
2nd Vice President : Debbie Klaar
Secretary/Treasurer: Mara Lesemann
Councilor: Lou Nargi
Councilor: Elaine LeGaro
Councilor: Ron Piretti
Alternate Councilor: Simcha Borenstein
Alternate Councilor: Lauren Cozz
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The UFT Italian-American Committee Theatre Group presents
A Dramatic Reading from Yesterday’s Sky
a novel by Angela Rago
performed by Frizzi & Lazzi the Olde Time Italian-American Music and Theatre Company
Friday March 26, 2010 4:15-7:30 p.m. at the downtown UFT-HQ 52 Broadway 2fl NYC Admission is free
Reception to follow
The UFT Italian-American Committee celebrates Italian-American women during Women’s History Month 2010 with a reading from Angela Rago’s latest novel, Yesterday’s Sky The novel explores the daily lives of various Italian women in a small town in Southern Italy, how they struggle to survive, to improve their situations and harbor their dreams of emigrating to America. Reading will be performed by the Frizzi & Lazzi Theatre Company. Readers include Paula Minichino, Angela Rago, Emelise Aleandri, Josephine Maietta, Melissa Russo, and Fiorentina Russo.
Angela Rago, actress, playwright and artist, was born in Bari, Italy, has a B.A. in Literature from Brooklyn College and pursued Advanced Studies in Italian Literature at NYU. She has written and directed extensively for the Italian-American theatre. Her comedies in the Molese dialect, among them L’Amante Vedova, played very successfully in Brooklyn and Manhattan. As an actress she was featured as Shake's Mother in the film, Sleepers, and performed in several Italian Radio commercials and plays with the ICN Network, and Italian voice-overs for the Children's Museum in New York.
GIAA's Dr. Emelise Aleandri is Chair of the UFT Theatre Committee and Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi. Her books, The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City (Arcadia) and (Edwin Mellen Press), were presented at the UFT in 1999 and 2006. She has produced and performed in numerous UFT theatre productions.
For further information call George Altomare: (212) 598 7771
Thursday, March 11, 2010
GIAA member, conservative author, and playwright Gary Morgenstein is teaming with liberal model/actor Frederic Germay in a weekly BlogTalk Radio program called Purple Haze. They'll discuss news, politics, and pop culture from their very different political & generational perspectives at 9 PM on Thursdays.
Listen, call, and talk back here:
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
. Jon Jerrico, dir. Shoot starts mid-Mar.
Seeking—Male #1: 20-30, Italian, must be in good shape, big arms, Jersey Shore type, a player, will appear in a tank top; Male #2: 25-30, to play married guy that has cheated on wife; Male #3: 25-40, to play homosexual; Male and Female: 18-25, to play young couple; Female: 40s-50, to play "Cougar." Note: All roles are Caucasian.
Email pix, résumés, and desired role to email@example.com or mail to "Commercial," 17822 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92647. To get an idea of what the commerical will look like, visit www.stdtestexpress.com/std-stories. For more info, visit www.ocstdcenter.com. No pay, but copy, credit, and meals provided.
Email: SUBMIT ONLINE - Click here to apply to this project with your multimedia resume (recommended!)
Casting Notice Details:
Categories: Commercials & Industrials
Production Personnel: Jon Jerrico-director
Approximate production dates & locations: Mid to late March-exact date TBD
Pay: No Pay
Male/female role: Male, Female
Age Range: Young Adult (ages 18-29), Thirties (ages 30-39), Forties (ages 40-49)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Not With A Bang (Non Con Un Bang)starring GIAA member Carlo Giuliano will have its US premiere on Feb 21 at the Soho International Film Festival
The movie had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2000, but this is its first US screening.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The horror short Foreclosed will have its premiere at the Media (PA) Film Festival on Friday night, February 26.
Foreclosed had its first reading at the Sept 2009 GIAA meeting, and features numerous GIAA members: it was written & produced by Mara Lesemann, and stars actors Carlo Fiorletta, Julie Kilzer, Troy Dane, and Alyson Linefsky.
You can read more about the movie on its web site: www.foreclosedthemovie.us
Friday, February 5, 2010
We will once again meet at the home of Jordan Auslander, 321 W. 24th St., #21J.
We'll be reading Mara Lesemann's new full-length screenplay, Surviving Family.
There are many roles for a wide range of ages, so please e-mail MaraL824@yahoo. com
if you can attend.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Volunteers are needed to judge & rate both movies and screenplays. Judges will be recognized on both the program and the web site (www.giaafilmfest.com).
It's a great opportunity to see what your fellow writers, actors, and filmmakers are doing, both nationally and internationally.
If you're interested in participating, contact Festival Director Mara Lesemann at MaraL824@yahoo.com
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The fest will take place Friday Oct 1 through Oct 3; movies with a running time of up to 30 minutes are welcome in 4 categories: fiction, animation, documentaries, and music videos. Awards will be presented for the best movie in each category, and Delicious Italian Gifts - www.deliciousitaliangifts.com - is providing great baskets of Italian goodies for the winner of the Audience Choice Award at each screening.
There is also a screenplay competition for both short and full-length screenplays; Final Draft - www.finaldraft.com - is a sponsor again and the best short and the best full-length screenplay will each win a download of Final Draft 8.
We will once again present the Italian American Heritage Award to the movie or screenplay that best exemplifies the Italian American immigrant experience.
Finally, we're pleased to announce our first-ever cash award: the best movie AND the best screenplay (either short or full-length) will receive a $100 cash prize.
E-mail filmfest@giaa. us with any questions.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Seeking—Jimmy: 37-47, Italian, native New Yorker; Robert: 40s, from Riverdale in the Bronx; Lorraine: 40s, Italian or mix, Lauper-esque, '80s style, native New Yorker; Johnny: 40-50, Irish or Greek, Jets fanatic, Queens-born, native New Yorker; Stacey: 40, Nassau native, Miami vibe. Also seeking—Parents: 60, small roles. Note: Actors must fit the descriptions for one or more of the above roles to apply. Especially seeking Italian-Americans and native New Yorkers/New Jersey. No experience necessary, but must be available for a serious commitment.
Email pix & résumés to firstname.lastname@example.org. No pay, but expenses provided.
Categories: Nonunion Film
Production Personnel: M. Farina, writer-dir.
Approximate production dates & locations: Shoots approx. Feb. through March in NY, plus possible additional dates.
Pay: No Pay
Male/female role: Male, Female
Age Range: Thirties (ages 30-39), Forties (ages 40-49), Older (50-65)
Friday, January 22, 2010
GIAA's Gary Morgenstein will do a reading from his newly-published book How To Find A Woman...Or Not (Volume 1) on Thursday February 11 at 8:45 PM at Local 269, a bar on Houston and Suffolk Sts in Manhattan.
The book is available on Amazon.com.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Anthony Allesandro* Steven Hauck*Kate MacCluggage*
Athena Masci Kate Kearney-Patch*
Set in backwater Middletown, USA - STUCK tells the tale of two twenty-three-year-olds, Lula and Margaritah, best friends since they were five years old. They work at a dead-end job at a local video store during the day and hang out in the car at night, wishing they could get out of Middletown. Stifled by their environment, the joy and excitement that the girls once found in their friendship has sadly waned. Margaritah falls in love with an Argentine wheeler-dealer whose politics are as mysterious as his business agenda. Lula hits the bars and ends up with the man of no one's dreams. Both affairs end in despair, and each girl grows increasingly determined to escape the drudgery of their lives. But the price will be higher than either imagine. Try as they might, they may just be STUCK - for good.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The reading will be at the home of Jordan Auslander, 321 W. 24th St., #21 J.
We still need 2 women to read, so please e-mail Mara Lesemann at MaraL824@yahoo.com or Gary Morgenstein at email@example.com if you're interested and have not already replied.
The reading will be followed by a discussion of the play and feedback for the playwright.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Do you love Cacciatore and Pasta ? Do you love being Italian ?
Did you grow up like I did where dessert was another piece of lasagna ?
Boston Casting is seeking Italian families with BIG PERSONALITIES who want to loose weight . We are looking for both parents and kids who need to loose weight.
The star trainer Jillian Michaels from the " Biggest Looser" will move into your house for a week, that's right I said star trainer Jillian Michaels will move into your house for a week and transform your lives. "Who's better than you ".
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG
If interested send photos with name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org