SUNDANCE 6 | FRI NOV 9 | 9:10 PM
Director: Tom Donahue
Cinematographer: Peter Bolte
Editor: Jill Schweitzer
Composer: Leigh Roberts
Cast: Marion Dougherty, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Lane, Jon Voight, Bette Midler and John Travolta
Running time: 89 min.
Casting By puts the spotlight on an unsung creative force in feature filmmaking — the casting director — revealing the key role this figure has played in the last half century of Hollywood history. The film marshals powerful evidence, through film clips and interviews with a stunning array of movie actors who testify passionately on her behalf, that one particular casting director, Marion Dougherty, had an unprecedented impact on the New Hollywood. With exquisite taste and gut instincts, she promoted a new kind of leading man and lady for film and television (actors like James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall, and Gene Hackman), driving a final nail in the coffin of
the old studio system and its traditional typecasting.
The film explores the history of the casting profession and its other leading professionals, including Dougherty’s influential contemporary Lynn Stalmaster and the many women, including Juliet Taylor, who learned at Dougherty’s feet. Through an investigation of the Hollywood power dynamics that continue to belittle their work, this film seeks to grant casting directors the credit they have long been denied.