'Casting By' Documentary Plotting an Oscar Qualifying Theatrical Run
Following a debut on HBO earlier this year, the documentary Casting By, an informative chronicle of the work of casting directors over the years in Hollywood, the film is being prepared for a theatrical release. Why would a documentary that already premiered on cable head to theaters? Well, THR reports Submarine Deluxe is picking up the US theatrical rights to the film from director Tom Donahue in order to help the film qualify for a potential Academy Awards nomination in the Best Documentary category. The film would open in New York and Los Angeles in November and then expand into other cities eventually. More below!
Here's the trailer for Tom Donahue's documentary Casting By, which premiered on HBO:
The film follows veteran casting directors like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster as they recall how their work in the 50s and 60s went largely unrecognized for the longest time. The most interesting parts are their stories of how they got certain actors cast in some of their most iconic roles. Examples include Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy, Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and more. There's plenty of interviews with the actors including Hoffman, Voight and others like Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Bette Midler, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Robert Redford and more, all giving much of the credit for their big break to these casting directors. The documentary is fascinating and a great watch for any fans of going behind the scenes of feature films. Hollywood does like congratulating themselves with awards, so this one could end up getting a nomination out of this theatrical bow.