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Inspired by filmmaker Barry Hershey's attempt to find an actress for a student film he was making at USC School of Cinema over two-decades prior, Casting About allows those unfamiliar with the sometimes arduous casting process the opportunity to experience firsthand the intensity of choosing the right actress for the right part. In the fall of 2000, Hershey assigned casting directors in five cities the task of finding actresses for his dramatic period film "Moving Still." Having remembered the profound affect that the casting process had on him as a young aspiring filmmaker,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This revelatory documentary lets us see what it's like to be an actress at an audition."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Slowly evolves beyond highfalutin concepts like 'the craft of acting' into universal questions about surface beauty, inner depth and the double-edged sword of following a dream."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"Casting About is less a documentary than a lyrical tribute to women in general. Strong women, confident women, nervous women, goofy women, beautiful women and just normal-looking women. This film adores them all."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"This film stands as a tribute to the actresses who put their hearts on the line."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Casting About may be a definitive account of the cinematic audition process."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"I thought I'd enjoy this, but it wound up giving me the creeps."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A simultaneously dispiriting and inspiring portrait of the auditioning process that will be of great interest to actors and casting directors."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Casting doesn't couch its message."
‑ , Los Angeles Daily News
"A ready-made DVD special feature"
‑ Kent Turner,
"A fascinating and surprisingly involving film."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"I admired it and felt a little ground down at the same time."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Those viewers who tend to regard glasses half empty rather than half full will be appalled at what could pass for outright exploitation by the filmmakers."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"a wretched snooze"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
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