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Friday, May 4, 2018

Bad Samaritan in theaters this weekend!

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

We are thrilled to announce Bad Samaritan hits the theaters this weekend! We loved working on this film. Be sure to check out these amazing Pacific Northwest actors!

Lorraine Bahr, Jacob Resnikoff, David Meyers, Tony Doupe, Sofia Hasmik, Delpaneaux Wills, Bob Pescovitz, Hannah Barefoot, Danny Bruno, Dana Millican, Jerry Bell Jr, David Withers, David Hogan, Emily Kimball, Brenda Braxton, Alex Donnolo, Jared Q Miller, Sam Bangs, Austin Fullard-Leo.

 

Watch the trailer here:

 

“Dean Devlin is a masterful director and does a fantastic job of slowly and mercilessly building tension scene-by-scene. The entire cast gives strong performances including Kerry Condon as Erendreich’s prisoner Katie (who delivers what is probably my favorite line of the film). David Tennant is unrelentingly intense and razor sharp as Cale Ehrendreich.” – Casey Walsh, GWW

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Trailer & Poster for "Rid of Me": A ‘Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults’

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The staff of Lana Veenker Casting will soon be taking off to New York City for the world premiere of a film we cast, James Westby’s Rid of Me, starring Katie O’Grady, Theresa Russell (Black Widow, Bad Timing), Storm Large, Art Alexakis (of Everclear) and more.

Check out the trailer and poster!

Can’t wait to see Oregon take Tribeca and the Big Apple by storm!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Show business is booming in Oregon…and FREE screening tickets!

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Casting Director Lana Veenker joined KATU’s Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson on AM Northwest to talk about the latest productions and what all the activity means for Oregonians.

For more information on the productions and how to get involved, see our previous blog post below.

SUPPORT OREGON FILM & GET A FREE SCREENING TICKET TO “MEEK’S CUTOFF”

Excited about all the movies and TV shows shooting in Oregon? Want to help us make sure these clean, green, high-paying jobs keep coming in, not only for local film industry professionals, but for individuals and small businesses all across the state?

We need you to show your support of extending the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF), the successful incentive program that has attracted all of these productions to Oregon.

2011 is projected to be our busiest year ever for film and TV, and we want to keep the momentum going!

The program is due to sunset in 2012. Without your help, it could all go away, so please join us!

HOW? WHERE? WHEN?

Join us in Salem on March 15th at 4:00 pm, when a conceptual video about the program will be taped on the Capitol steps. We want your presence and your stories, to help raise awareness of the powerful economic and cultural impact of the film and video industry in Oregon.

SPECIAL OFFER!

RSVP for the video shoot, and you’ll get a FREE ticket to the exclusive 7:00 pm screening of “Meek’s Cutoff” that follows at the Historic Elsinore Theatre (normally $20!).

“Meek’s Cutoff,” directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams, was filmed in Eastern Oregon and has been shown at Venice, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals.

The individuals and businesses below have made an extraordinary show of support by donating the cost of the tickets AND bus service from Portland so that you can go, because they understand the value of this legislation to our state.

Free tickets are limited, so RSVP now at OMPA.org. Be sure to mention that Lana Veenker Casting referred you, so that your ticket comes from our allocation!

CAPITOL STEPS EVENT
Tuesday, March 15th
Oregon State Capitol Building
900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
2:00 pm: Arrive at OMSI, if taking the bus from Portland
4:00 pm: Be ready at Capitol steps
RSVP at OMPA.org
Be sure to mention Lana Veenker Casting in the “Who Referred You?” box!

EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF MEEK’S CUTOFF
Tuesday, March 15th
The Historic Elsinore Theatre
170 High Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97301
6:30 pm: Doors open
7:00 pm: Screening
Free ticket when you RSVP for 4:00 pm Event

Can’t make the 4:00 pm video shoot? Buy advance tickets to the screening at Tickets West, The Elsinore Theatre or the Oregon Film office.

Hope to see you there!

Thank you to ticket sponsors Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Bent Image Labs, David Cress, Koerner Camera, Kamp Grizzly, Gearhead Grip and Electric, @ Large Films, Picture This Production Services & Stage, Bonnie Roseman, Rose City Realtors, Funnelbox, Gales Creek Insurance, and Pacific Grip and Lighting.

 

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Friday, September 4, 2009

James Westby’s new film "Rid of Me" is a thriller

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Check out the trailer for the latest James Westby film, shot in Oregon and starring Katie O’Grady, John Keyser, Storm Large and Theresa Russell:

Please support Oregon filmmaking and spread the word. Be sure to comment on YouTube as well. Those hitcounts count!

(Stay tuned for the “Rid of Me” comedy trailer….)

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Two Van Sant films turn up on Hollywood Reporter Top-10 Lists

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The Hollywood Reporter film critics’ top-10 lists are in and two of Portland’s own Gus Van Sant‘s films make the cut:

Milk,” the biopic starring Sean Penn, and “Paranoid Park,” which we cast!

Congrats to all involved.

Film critics’ top 10 lists all over the map
‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ ‘Milk’ among THR favorites
By Kirk Honeycutt
Dec 28, 2008

When it comes to crafting our annual Top 10 Films lists, The Hollywood Reporter’s movie critics have a time-honored tradition of casting a large and wide net, and 2008 is no exception. The picks here display an ample range of films, so much so that no single film appears on all six lists. Every list contains at least one film not found on any other list. And each critic has a different best film.

The “winning” film, appearing on five of six lists, is “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle’s Mumbai medley of magic realism and breathtaking romanticism, which is shaping up as one of the most lionized films of 2008.

Three other films occur on four lists. These are Christopher Nolan’s marvelous crime melodrama “The Dark Knight,” Gus Van Sant’s political biopic “Milk” and James Marsh’s documentary “Man on Wire.”

After that, it’s wonderfully wild, ranging from that head-scratcher (for some of us at least) “Synecdoche, New York” to the oldsters-as-songsters doc “Young@Heart.” Gus Van Sant’s other 2008 release, “Paranoid Park,” turns up on one list. Such little-seen films as Fatih Akin’s German-Turkish drama “The Edge of Heaven” and Werner Herzog’s documented travels to Antarctica, “Encounters at the End of the World,” make appearances.

Link to full article.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Columbian casts light on Casting Associate Eryn Goodman

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Our own Eryn Goodman, Associate Casting Director of our commercials division and Casting Assistant of our film division, is featured in this story on SW Washington’s The Columbian website:

She casts light on local talent
December 5, 2008
by Mary Ann Albright

Eryn Goodman has helped cast some major movies since joining Lana Veenker Casting in Portland more than three years ago, including “Feast of Love” with Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear, “Management” with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, and Gus Van Sant’s “Paranoid Park.” But the Portland resident and 2000 Vancouver School of Arts and Academics graduate recently saw perhaps her biggest project yet come together at a red carpet event for the vampire hit “Twilight.”

“Twilight” was filmed in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and Goodman, 26, was a casting assistant. She worked with agents and held casting calls to fill 10 small roles.

“We look for really talented people who are going to showcase the Northwest as best as possible,” she said.

Giving local actors the opportunity to break into the movie business is an aspect of her job Goodman particularly enjoys. Her work as an associate casting director for commercial projects at Lana Veenker Casting gives her even more opportunities to discover fresh talent.

“It makes you so proud,” she said of seeing actors from the greater Portland area on television and the big screen.

Link to full article.

Kudos, Eryn!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

"Milk" wins three New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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Gus Van Sant’s biographical film, “Milk,” about the politician Harvey Milk was named best picture, Sean Penn won best actor and Josh Brolin won best supporting actor, as reported in the New York Times.

Congrats, Gus! Well deserved.


Link to article.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Gus Van Sant’s "Milk"

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Go see this film!


Milk” starring Sean Penn, directed by Gus Van Sant

Truly wonderful. Kudos to Gus and all the cast and crew.

PS: Funny that a lot of the cast has been up in Portland over the past year or so: Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch working on “Into the Wild,” Joseph Cross starring in “Untraceable,” and Josh Brolin (visiting his wife Diane Lane) during “Untraceable.” Not to mention Gus.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Oregonian Movie Review: "The Auteur" Hits Bottom in Portland

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A film we helped cast, which has screened at festivals around the world, finally opens in Portland this evening! We can’t wait!


Oregonian Movie Review: “The Auteur” Hits Bottom in Portland
by Marc Mohan, Special to The Oregonian
Thursday December 04, 2008, 7:07 PM

Arturo Domingo is an artist. In his medium of choice, he crafts unique, personal works with a style all their own. Unfortunately for Arturo, his medium of choice is hard-core pornographic film, so critical respect and wide public acclaim have largely eluded him, not to mention personal happiness.

All that just might change, though, on a trip to Portland for a retrospective of his films and a chance to reconnect with the one bright spot in his otherwise fairly pathetic life. “The Auteur” is an inspirational story about finding out what’s really important in life: true friends and lots of on-screen nudity[…].

Link to full article.


WANT TO SEE “THE AUTEUR”?

Get your tickets from Cinema 21. (Warning: Not suitable for all audiences. Hilarious comedy, sweet love story, but lots of nudity. I mean LOTS.)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

KATU: Vampire Fans line up for "Twilight" Premiere

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Joe English of KATU News hits the “Twilight” premiere party at Rocket on Thursday night, before heading to Lloyd Center Cinemas where fans wait in line for the midnight screening.

PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the most anticipated movies of the year is hitting the silver screen and fans could not be happier.

Twilight, based on a best selling book series by Stephenie Meyer, is about a 17-year-old girl who moves to a small town in the Northwest and falls in love with a mysterious classmate, who turns out to be a vampire.

The movie holds a special interest for folks in our neck of the woods because many of the scenes were shot in Oregon and Washington. And a lot of the cast and crew are locals, like 7-year-old Catherine Grimme from Portland, who played the main character Bella as a little girl.

Link to full article.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Portland Monthly Attends Oregon "Twilight" Cast & Crew Party

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“Twilight’s” Portland Premiere
Portland Monthly
November 20, 2008
by Stacey Wilson

You’d have to be a member of the undead to not know that the movie version of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer’s juggernaut book series about lost boys and the girls who love them, opens nationwide today. But you may not know that scads of Portland locals worked on and acted in the film, which was filmed in various Oregon and Washington locales earlier this year. They celebrated their collective achievement Thursday night at an exclusive party hosted by local casting director Lana Veenker. Custom cocktails were consumed (the non-alcoholic “Edward’s Tears” was a favorite among the youth set) and stories were swapped. At a midnight screening the crew and its biggest fangs –-er, fans-–bit into Hollywood’s made-in-Oregon ode to vampires.

Photos by Kim Nguyen.

Link to full article.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

KATU’s Cover Story: The NW Premiere of "Twilight"

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KATU interviews Actress Ayanna Berkshire and Casting Director Lana Veenker about the Northwest premiere of “Twilight.”

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

KGW: "Twilight" Puts Oregon Center Stage

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KGW News Channel 8’s Joe Smith calls “Twilight” the “Harry Potter for the new generation” and a boon to Oregon’s film industry.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twilight Premiere in LA

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For Lana’s full report of the star-studded LA premiere of “Twilight” on Monday night, head over to Shawn Levy’s Mad About Movies blog.

Been trying to sit down to write this post all day, but my cell phone has been ringing and beeping non-stop since 7:00 am: “OMG, how did it go? Tell me everything!”

Friends, family and staff, many of whom are die-hard “Twilight” fans (otherwise known as “Twi-hards”), couldn’t wait to get the scoop on last night’s premiere at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles. Never mind that I got home from the after-party at around 2:00 am. […]

Link to full article.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Toronto, Portland is King!

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For our update on how three Oregon films fared at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, hop over to Shawn Levy’s “Mad About Movies” blog on the Oregonian website.

Toronto: You (Aren’t) There
Posted by Shawn Levy September 10, 2008 08:02AM

Portland casting director Lana Veenker, our gal on the go, files this report from the Toronto Film Festival, where three films shot in and around Portland have been playing this week.

Link to full article.

In the meantime, here are a few photos from the premiere of “Management“:

Actors Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston, and director Stephen Belber participate in the Q&A following the world premiere of “Management” at the Isabel Bader Theatre at TIFF’08.
Zerofootprint CEO Ron Dembo, casting director Lana Veenker and actors Steve Zahn and Katie O’Grady at “Management” premiere.
Actors Katie O’Grady and Gavin Bristol, director Stephen Belber and casting director Lana Veenker at “Management” after-party at the Spoke Club in Toronto.
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