Casting: Non-Union Feature: Detained in the Desert

NOW CASTING
 
DETAINED IN THE DESERT
(based on the play by Josefina Lopez)
This dramatic story was written in protest to the anti-immigrant/racial profiling laws in Arizona and is a stand against hate talk and hate crimes. Help us tell this story.
(A low budget independent feature, NON-UNION)
 
(There is no pay just credit and meals)
 
If interested please email your photo and resume to RWHCStudio@gmail.com or drop of or mail it ASAP to CASA 0101 Theater, 2009 E. First St., L.A., CA 90033
 
 
Character Breakdown
 
MAIN ROLE:
SANDI SANCHEZ / LEAD / FEMALE / LATINA / 27
Stubborn, hot headed and outspoken, Sandi is a second- generation Latina who does not speak Spanish, but is dark skinned and looks almost native American. She just finished her Master’s degree, and for a large part of her life, has denied her Mexican heritage.
FEATURED CAST:
 
J.C. / FEATURED / FEMALE / LATINA / 20s
Raul’s sister and also one of Lou’s kidnappers.
 
SAUL / FEATURED / MALE / LATINO / 20s
Raul’s brother and one of Lou’s kidnappers. He’s the most austere out of the three kidnappers.
CHUY / FEATURED / MALE / LATINO / 20s
Raul’s brother and the third kidnapper.
 
KEN BEAVERS / FEATURED / MALE / ANY ETHNICITY / 37
The ambitious and no nonsense radio producer of “Take Back America.”
DORIS / FEATURED / FEMALE / AFRICAN AMERICAN / 40s
An African American correctional officer at the Eloy Detention Center. She sympathizes with Sandi but at the same time is strict and believes in her job.
 
ARTEMIO HERNANDEZ / FEATURED / MALE / LATINO / 40
The ghost of a man who was murdered in the desert. Looking for a male with darker skin and indigenous features.
MILAGROS / FEATURED / FEMALE / LATINA / 27
A first generation Mexican immigrant who befriends Sandi at Eloy. Spanish must be first language, looking for someone that speaks English with an accent.
ELI / FEATURED / MALE / CAUCASIAN / 17
JAMESON / FEATURED / MALE / CAUCASIAN / 17
DAVID / FEATURED / MALE / CAUCASIAN / 16
One of three white, working class teenagers who commit a violent hate crime against a Latino immigrant in the streets of Phoenix, Arizona. Looking for teens that are 18 but look younger and are comfortable performing in a violent scene.
RAUL MORENO / FEATURED / MALE / LATINO/ 23
A young, bilingual Latino man that is the target of the hate crime committed by three white teens. Looking for someone with a darker skin tone, who is also bilingual.
CARL DUNLOP / FEATURED / MALE / CAUCASIAN / 40
A middle-aged white male who is a leader of the racist, “Minuteclan” group. He is a firm believer that immigrants are toxic, and is an active protestor and “defender” of the Border. His group pokes holes through the gallons of water that Ernesto provides.
DONALD DAVIS / FEATURED / MALE / CAUCASIAN / 35
A racist talk show radio host that fills in for Lou and eventually replaces him.
 
MR. MARTINEZ  / FEATURED / MALE / LATINO / 40
Sandi’s put together Latino professor who teaches a Latino studies class. Educated, slightly hipster.
 
DEENA / FEATURED / FEMALE / CAUCASIAN / 45
Eli’s mother, a white, working class woman that condones racism.
 
ELDERLY WOMAN / FEATURED / FEMALE / CAUCASIAN / 60s-70s
An avid protestor against immigrants in the Phoenix protests.
 
LINDA SANCHEZ / FEATURED / FEMALE / LATINA / 50
A third generation Latina who participates in the anti-immigrant protests. She has a deep hatred against her own kind and isn’t afraid to voice her anti-immigrant sentiments.
 
YOUNG SANDI / FEATURED / FEMALE / LATINA / 11
Looking for a Latina girl to play Sandi as a young girl. Will play two roles in Sandi’s dream sequences and also in a flashback where she denies her Mexican identity.
YOUNG MILAGROS / FEATURED / FEMALE / LATINA / 11
In Sandi’s flashback while she’s at Eloy Detention Center, Sandi remembers a Young Milagros in her school who was teased by the white children but Young Sandi didn’t stand up for her.
BACKGROUND ACTORS
 
MALE POLICE OFFICER / FEATURED BACKGROUND / MALE / ANY ETHNICITY / 35
While Matt tried to find out where Sandi was detained at, the police officer refers him to ICE.
*SPEAKING ROLE*
TALL BLONDE / FEATURED BACKGROUND / FEMALE / ANY ETHNICITY / 40
A news reporter for Phoenix’s Fox 10 News who speaks about illegal immigration.
*SPEAKING ROLE*
 
SCHOOL NURSE / FEATURED BACKGROUND / FEMALE / ANY ETHNICITY / 35
During Sandi’s flashback, the school nurse checks Sandi’s head for lice, which the children believe was passed around by a Mexican child.
*NON-SPEAKING ROLE*
WOMAN ON THE GROUND / FEATURED BACKGROUND / FEMALE / LATINA / ANY ADULT AGE
In Ernesto’s flashback of the most impacted death he has witnessed out in the desert, he remembers a woman lying on the ground with a snake slithering out her mouth.
*NON-SPEAKING ROLE*
LATINO MAN / BACKGROUND / MALE / LATINO / ANY ADULT AGE
Lou sees a Latino man walking down the street as he makes a phone call.
 
PROTESTORS / BACKGROUND / ANY GENDER / ANY ETHNICITY / 40-75
Four to five protestors hold signs and participate in a mock protest against illegal immigration. Wardrobe: overly patriotic wear.
LATINO CHILDREN / BACKGROUND / ANY GENDER / LATINO / 8-12
Four young Latino boys and girls stand in line as they wait their turn to be checked by the school nurse.
WHITE BOYS / BACKGROUND / MALE / CAUCASIAN / 9-12
Three boys tease Young Sandi, Young Milagros, and other Latino children in school. *One boy will have a speaking role*
FEMALE DETAINEES / BACKGROUND / FEMALE / LATINA / 20s-50s
Various Latina women of varying looks to play immigrant detainees at Eloy detention center