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Monday, December 15, 2014

PHOTOS: Portland’s ‘Wild’ Cast & Crew Screening

by ranielle

If you attended Portland’s Wild cast and crew screening on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Hollywood Theatre, or just want to see fabulous photos from the event, this is the blog post for you! This is just a sampling of photos taken on the night. You can find the full gallery of photos here.

Photo Credits: Nathan Coltrane & amber smith with SpokenRAD

Lights, camera, action at the Hollywood Theatre!
Casting Director Lana Veenker, author Cheryl Strayed, Casting Director Eryn Goodman, and Casting Associate Ranielle Gray.
Actors Jeffree Newman and Robert Alan Barnett.
Actor Randy Schulman with author Cheryl Strayed.
Agent Mary Dangerfield, author Cheryl Strayed, and actress Jeanine Jackson.
Ranger danger? Ranger awesomeness!
Actors Greg James and Jerry Bell.
Author Cheryl Strayed with actor Jerry Carlton.

Full gallery of photos here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Portland ‘Wild’ Premiere and Red-Carpet Madness on AM Northwest, KINK FM

by admin

On Monday, December 8th, Portland’s Cinema 21 welcomed actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, director Jean-Marc Vallée, author Cheryl Strayed, and producer Bruna Papandrea at the red-carpet premiere of Wild.

AM Northwest producer Tammy Hernandez was on hand to talk to all of them (as well as our own Lana Veenker) about the joys and benefits of shooting the film in Oregon.

Update: Catch also this segment on the Portland Wild premiere by Sheila Hamilton on KINK FM:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TIFF 2014: “Wild” Premiere & CSA Rising Stars

by admin

It was a whirlwind trip to Toronto for Lana earlier this month!

First stop was the Rising Stars mixer hosted by the Casting Society of America on the rooftop of the TIFF Light Box Building. The Rising Stars initiative is similar to Shooting Stars, which Lana attends each year at the Berlinale as a member of the International Casting Directors Network.

Rising Stars takes four up-and-coming Canadian actors each year, selected by a Festival jury. These four are then immersed in a series of public events and private industry meetings at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Casting directors, agents, high-profile actors, producers, studio executives, distributors, press and festival programmers turned out for a lovely brunch and a press Q&A moderated by actress Sandra Oh.

Lana Veenker and Actress Orianna Herrman at TIFF
Lana Veenker and Actress Orianna Herrman at the Rising Stars Mixer
Sandra Oh introducing the TIFF Rising Stars
Sandra Oh introducing the TIFF Rising Stars

Next up was the “Wild” reception, but not without a bit of help from hair and make-up first!

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Lana enjoyed reconnecting with Author Cheryl Strayed, Director Jean-Marc Vallée and other members of the “Wild” creative team at the reception on the Garden Terrace at the Shangri-La Hotel.

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Lana Veenker with Director Jean-Marc Vallée
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With Producer Bruna Papandrea
Lana Veenker and Cinematographer Yves Bélanger
With Cinematographer Yves Bélanger
Actress Laura Dern and Casting Director Lana Veenker
With Actress Laura Dern
Lana Veenker and Author Cheryl Strayed
With Author Cheryl Strayed
Actress Orianna Herrman and Screenwriter Nick Hornby
Actress Orianna Herrman and Screenwriter Nick Hornby

Finally, it was time for the highly-anticipated premiere of “Wild” at the sold-out, 2630-seat Roy Thompson Hall!

Actors Jeffree Newman, Orianna Herrman, and Braden Paes with Lana Veenker
Actors Jeffree Newman, Orianna Herrman, and Braden Paes with Casting Director Lana Veenker at the “Wild” premiere
Roy Thompson Hall
Roy Thompson Hall at TIFF
The seats are beginning to fill up!
The seats are beginning to fill up!
Can you tell we are excited?
Can you tell we are excited?
Jean-Marc Vallée thanks his cast and crew.
Director Jean-Marc Vallée thanks his cast and crew
The team behind "Wild"
The amazing team behind “Wild”

The film turned out as fantastic and full of heart as hoped! True to the spirit of the book, while also standing on its own.

Cast Iron Studios was responsible for casting around 30 of the supporting roles in “Wild,” and our actors did great! But don’t take our word for it:

“An extraordinary supporting cast” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Great performances across the board, even from actors with one or two lines” – Variety

“The supporting cast is stuffed with fine actors” – We Got This Covered

Bravo to everyone involved!

“Wild” is scheduled for release in theatres in December 2014.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

“Wild” Feature Film Casting Call

by ranielle

Wild Films, Inc. is looking for talent to fill a number of roles for the feature film “Wild”, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed and starring Reese Witherspoon.

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Interested talent must be based in Oregon or Washington, able to work as a local in Portland, and be available for an audition on Friday, September 20, 2013 in Portland and a possible callback on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in Portland.  Shoot dates are October 5 through November 25, 2013 (though roles will likely only work one day in that date range).

Boy, 5-8 years old.  MUST HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BOY SOPRANO SINGING VOICE!  A solemn, somewhat odd child, he’s walking on the trail with his grandmother, Vera, as they go looking for their lost llama, who’s managed to find Cheryl.  He speaks in a rather formal, proper manner, telling Cheryl that his grandmother is looking after him because “I have some big problems that I don’t want to talk about with strangers.”  Kyle seems to take to Cheryl, and sings a song for her—The Red River Valley—beautifully and with feeling.  Auditioning children should be prepared to sing a portion of The Red River Valley.

Male or Female, 30s to early 40s.  Heavily inked tattoo artist doing matching tattoos on Cheryl and Paul is startled to learn that they’re getting a divorce, and tries to do a little marriage counseling.

Male, 20s.  This angry guy in dreadlocks storms out of the Ashland Oregon Post Office, furious at his treatment by the woman behind the counter.

Wardrobe for all roles: Casual
Rate for all roles: SAG-AFTRA Scale

Qualified talent who fit the above specs should attend our OPEN CALL:

Friday, September 20, 2013
Cast Iron Studios
1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100, Portland 97214