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Unsung heroes, the casting directors get their time in the spotlight in the film event Casting By

By Ridgefield Playhouse

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It it weren’t for the casting directors, the memorable characters that make movies worth going to would not be as notable. Casting By, a Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society: Documentary Film Series event, at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m., will shine the spotlight on the unsung heroes who make the right calls for movie roles. The last 50 years of Hollywood history will be profiled including the box office sensations Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde. After the screening, Director Tom Donahue, Executive Producer?John Balis, Producer?Ilan Arboleda, Casting Director TBA and Film Editor Jill Schweitzer will be on hand to answer audience questions. This event is underwritten by Cohen and Wolf, P.C. and The Ridgefield Press with media sponsor WSHU Public Radio Group.

Casting By explores the work of movie casting pioneers Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped them challenge the system and usher in the New Hollywood. They broke away from traditional typecasting and brought a fresh perspective on leading men and women to the screen.?Clint Eastwood, Robert DiNiro, Al Pacino and Robert Redford take part in the film to lend their opinions on the importance of casting directors.

For tickets ($10 adults, $7.50 seniors & $5 students by calling the box office), call or visit the box office at (203) 438-5795, or order online at The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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