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The Star Telegram "Lone Star Film Festival recommendations"
DFW.com "Lone Star Film Festival shines again"
The MungleShow "Organic, powerful, emotionally authentic"
THE WRAP "Headed to St. Lawrence International Film Festival (Exclusive)"
Starpulse "St. Lawrence International Film Festival 2015 - 'What To See' "
St. Lawrence International Film Festival Filmmaker Interview with Matt Herron
The TwoOhSix PDXFF15 Film Review
TWITCH "Portland 2015: Festival Announces Lineup And The SonuvaZombiefilmmaker!"
INDIEWIRE "2015 Portland Film Festival Announces Full Lineup"
Filmmaker Magazine "Matt Herron Talks Audition"
THE NEXT GEN insider "Meet Matt Herron"
indieWIRE's Project of the Day: 100 Actors "AUDITION" for the Perfect Role
Sirius Satellite Radio - Davey Mac Sports Program (email for password)
The Indie LIfe: Film
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STICKERS OF NYC
milesperhour_ is proud to present AUDITION, an exciting new award-winning feature film that incorporates elements of reality-based competition into a compelling, character-driven story. Seamlessly intertwining the performances of one hundred actors into the portrayal of two main characters, the film blurs fact and fiction as it moves between the narrative plot and the audition process. Both innovative and captivating, AUDITION is a film that pushes the cinematic boundaries of characterization, representation and narrative, appealing to a broad audience ranging from art-house enthusiasts to the average moviegoer. At its heart, this film is really a tragic love story-that familiar, yet timeless plot that drives so many great movies. And by combining a raw, visceral depiction of this romance juxtaposed with the very real process of the actors' struggle to embody the characters, AUDITION creates a world of cinematic complexity that is both thought provoking and engrossing. As each scene of the film unfolds, the viewer becomes increasingly entangled in emotional identification and empathy with the characters, moving closer and closer into the intimate space of the film. Mirroring this progression, the pool of auditioning actors is increasingly distilled after each major act, continually highlighting the best performers until only two actors remain to play out the final terrifying act.
A romance is portrayed by one hundred actors who audition for the two lead roles and the chance to perform the final terrifying act.
What is real love? New York filmmaker Matt Herron spent over 15 years peeling back layers of expectations and disappointments to uncover the raw essence of this inescapable emotion through his powerful new award-winning film, AUDITION. Set in the midst of a real-life acting competition, this cautionary narrative within a documentary takes us on a provocative journey into the heart of one of the most profound questions most of us will ever face.
A romance is portrayed by 100 actors who compete for the two roles and the chance to play out the final terrifying act. AUDITION is a narrative film and acting competition combined. Each of 100 actors plays one of two roles, MAN or WOMAN, and all but two actors are gradually eliminated based on the strength of their performances. Each scene plays out once using a combination of the best performances, with the location, sound design, and story remaining consistent. The story follows a man and woman who meet at a crowded New York City party and immediately hit it off. They soon fall overwhelmingly in love, but a sudden change of heart leads to a powerful altercation.
There are three rounds to AUDITION.
The first five scenes are covered collectively by all 100 actors (50 couples). Each actor completes one of the five scenes.
The next three scenes are covered by the 10 actors (5 new couples) chosen to continue in the film. Each actor completes all three scenes.
The next scene is completed by the four selected finalists. Each will act with both actors of the opposite sex.
The final act of the film is performed by the two actors awarded the lead roles.
AUDITION was shot chronologically over the course of one week in New York City in August 2012.
In August 2012, AUDITION was shot chronologically over the course of one week in two separate lofts located in one building in New York City.
Two crews were used for principal photography. The narrative film crew consisted of camera and sound teams who recorded the scripted action on-set during production. Using narrative film techniques, they shot the scenes in real-time as the actors realistically portrayed the story. The documentary crew consisted of multiple documentary producers who freely recorded behind-the-scenes moments of actors in the waiting area and on set.
All the interviews and behind-the-scenes footage captured was unscripted, and in total over 250 hours of footage was shot.
"CASTING & MARKETING"
To raise awareness of AUDITION, its crowd-funding efforts and for the New York casting calls, the crew of AUDITION engaged in a year long street and digital marketing campaign, personally putting up thousands of stickers and posters throughout the streets of NYC, the United States, and world. Stickers as small as 4”x6 “and as large as 8’x10” were constantly seen in all areas Manhattan and New York City. Many remain today. All of this was photographed consistently and used to create awareness and excitement on all social media platforms.
With the help of the street campaign, social media, and acting forums––word of AUDITION spread. Over 15,000 headshots were submitted by the acting community. Over the period of a year, the casting team auditioned nearly 1000 applicants before deciding on the final 100.
All the actors in AUDITION were non-union at the time of filming.
WINNER - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
AUDITION wins "BEST DOCUMENTARY" at the LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL!
THE STAR TELEGRAM
The Star Telegram calls AUDITION "INVENTIVE," "IMPRESSIVE," and asks "Is it a documentary or a straight-faced mock-doc that just looks like one?" on DFW.COM!
The MungleShow calls AUDITION "ORGANIC, POWERFUL, EMOTIONALLY AUTHENTIC" on @themungle!
LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection of the LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL!
STARPULSE says AUDITON is "UNIQUE" and "WHAT TO SEE" at the St. Lawrence Film Festival!
ST. LAWRENCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection of the ST. LAWRENCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
Press announcement from THE WRAP covering Hollywood and the St. Lawrence International Film Festival's full lineup.
PORTLAND WORLD PREMIERE
Official Selection of the 2015 PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL!
INDIEWIRE announces Portland Film Festival lineup.
TWITCH WORLD PREMIERE ANNOUCEMENT
TWITCH announces 2015 Portland Film Festival full lineup.
We are thrilled to be featured in FILMMAKER MAGAZINE!
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO
So excited for our project and director to be featured on The Davey Mac Sports Program on the Opie & Anthony Channel broadcast by Sirius Satellite Radio. Live international radio here we come!
See the full cast and crew on IMDb!
MATT HERRON (Writer/Producer/Director)
Matt Herron is the Vice President, Executive Producer of Viacom’s Catalyst: Creative + Strategy group. He oversees the creative direction of a diverse range of award-winning video and motion graphics projects for Viacom's channels and internal departments.
CHRISTOPHER ERNST (Director of Photography)
Christopher Ernst is a filmmaker, media artist, and musician whose work spans multiple genres and areas of the media industry. He received his MFA from the University at Buffalo Department of Media Study, where he studied with Tony Conrad as a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Arts & Sciences, and received his BA from Hampshire College. He is a video producer for Viacom’s Catalyst creative and strategy group and, when not busy there, Chris finds time to develop music videos, films, and other media projects through his independent production house, Studio E.M. Chris is also Part-Time Faculty at The New School in the Department of Media Study, where he frequently teaches graduate courses in cinematography. He is a member of the band BELLS≥, an instrumental group he founded in 2008 with former Jawbox drummer, Zach Barocas. Chris’ recent work as Director of Photography on the feature film “Buried Land” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, and his feature debut as Director, the experimental narrative “In Carcosa,” premiered at Anthology Film Archives in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Becca, and daughter, Isobel.
ANU SCHWARTZ (Production Designer)
Anu Schwartz has been Art Directing and Designing in the film, television, and commercial industries for over a decade. Films include The Reader, After.life, Awake, The Savages, Desert Flower, and, most recently, David Chase's Not Fade Away, Wayfare Entertainment's The Europa Report and Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. Studios include: Fox Searchlight, HBO, The Weinstein Company and Paramount. Anu has worked on countless commercials from M&Ms, Toyota, JC Penney, and Motorola, as well as Public Service Announcements. He has worked with commercial production houses such as Partizan, Washington Square Films, Hungry Man, and Anonymous Content. .
ANGELA WENDT (Costume Designer)
Angela Wendt is a New York/Los Angeles based costume designer working in theater, film, opera, music videos, and commercials. Angela received the American Theater Wing Design Award and a Drama Logue Award for the Broadway musical RENT, for which her ground breaking design was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Dora Movar Award, and an Italian Musical Theater Award. Angela has designed music videos for L.L Cool J, C&C Music Factory, Sheila E, Right Said Fred, Nina Hagen, Seven Dust, and many more. She designed the world premieres of the operas A Flowering Tree, directed by Peter Sellers, and I Fioretti in Musica, directed by Gian Marco LoForte. Angela has also designed dozens of plays at The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, the Roundabout Theater Company, and New York Theater Workshop. Her feature film credits include Love Ludlow, an Audience Award winner at Sundance Film Festival, Katya, a short film directed by Mako Kamitsuna, and many more European projects. She designed the Emmy award winning TV series We Are New York, and has an extensive list of commercials clients which includes Coca Cola, AT&T, and McDonalds. Angela studied Set and Costume Design at the University of the Arts in Berlin, and is now an adjunct professor for Costume Design at Pace University. .
TODD THALER (Casting Director)
Todd Thaler is a New York-based Casting Director whose credits include more than 100 films and television shows. Thaler's films include Billy Madison, Mad Dog & Glory, Maid In Manhattan, Cop Land, Running on Empty, and The Professional, in which he cast Natalie Portman in her first film role. He cast Marcia Gay Harden in her Oscar-winning role in Ed Harris' Pollock, and Jackie Earl Haley in his Oscar-nominated role in Todd Fields' Little Children. Thaler also worked with Barbra Streisand on The Mirror Has Two Faces and John Turturro on Romance & Cigarettes, Mac, and Illuminata. Thaler was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series for Ed.
SABINE SCHENK (Co-Producer/Line Producer)
Sabine Schenk is a producer and line producer based in New York City. Among the dozens of projects Sabine has produced over the past decade, she served as co-producer on the documentary Ferry Tales, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, and as a line producer (with the New York unit) for the Academy Award winning The Reader.
MICHAEL BOCZON (Technical Producer/Special Effects)
Michael Boczon's early career as an award-winning advertising art director at TBWA led him to pursue filmmaking and editing as a career and art form. As a pioneering digital filmmaker, Michael partnered up with the Beastie Boys to shoot the ground breaking music videos Triple Trouble, Right Right Now Now, and Open Letter to NY, as well as their futuristic Sundance award winning feature film Awesome; I fucking shot that!. He has worked on many short films (A Day in the life in of Nathaniel Hornblower, starring David Cross), and documentaries (Jenny McCarthy, Jerome Bettis, Jenna Jameson, Morgan Webb). He has had recent work exhibited in Mr. Brainwash's Art Show 2011, Los Angeles and is featured on the cover of the book Stickers: from Punk Rock to Contemporary Art (Rizzoli). Michael currently works as Technical Producer in Viacom’s Catalyst creative and strategy group, where has worked on such prestigious projects as March of Dimes and Hope for Haiti. Michael earned a B.A. from the University of Kutztown in 1998 and currently lives and works in New York City as an artist and filmmaker.
JARED J. SMITH (Co-Producer/Casting Producer)
Jared J. Smith is an associate producer and editor with Viacom’s Catalyst creative and strategy group. At Viacom, he has worked on dozens of projects, including those for the March of Dimes, Chabad's Children of Chernobyl, and the award winning 9/11 "I Will" campaign. He completed his B.S. in Cinema & Photography at Ithaca College, and was a featured filmmaker at the 2006 Queens International Film Festival. Before joining Viacom in 2009, Jared worked as a producer and editor for CBS On-Air Promotions and has also worked as a camera operator for live stage productions in the New York area. Additionally, Jared has written, directed, and produced numerous short films and web videos.
JOHN COMO (Editor)
John Como is a New York City based editor who has worked with a variety of clients including Viacom, MTV Networks, the National Hockey League, the March of Dimes, and acclaimed director Doug Liman. John has worked on a number of feature films, most notably Albert Nobbs and Fair Game, and has a BA in Communications from Duquesne University and a Masters in Media Studies from The New School. John is currently writing, producing, and directing his own webseries Eating In.
MATT BOCKELMAN (Documentary Producer)
Matt Bockelman is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and cinematographer. In 2011 he was awarded a Cinereach Film Fellowship to create "You Have the Right to an Attorney," a documentary about public defenders in the South Bronx. Previously, Matt produced and shot the documentary series "Meet the Gardeners" for Madison Square Garden and "The Unofficial House Band," a short doc about the rehabilitative power of art and music inside Sing Sing Prison. His freelance camera work has been featured in museums and festivals around the world and has been broadcast on PBS, MTV, The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, ESPN, NBC, The Sundance Channel, Trio, NYCTV, and BCAT (Bloomington Cable Access Television).
KELLY LOUDENBERG (Documentary Producer)
Kelly Loudenberg is a producer and director based in New York City. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Journalism and Cinema Studies in 2006. Kelly's short-form documentaries explore and illuminate the pursuits of mavericks, visionaries and seekers, and feature personal interviews that aim to portray the human condition. Kelly's work has screened at the Guggenheim Lab, Exit Art, AIA SF and Albuquerque, SIFF, the Architecture and Design Film Festival NY & Chicago, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Kelly has produced and directed documentaries for HULU, Morgan Spurlock, Audi, Columbia University, Vice TV, CNN, Viacom, BBC, Reuters, Current TV, Elizabeth Arden, Louis Vuitton, and L'Oreal. Currently, Kelly is working on her first feature-length documentary on the suburbanization of poverty in America.
GENEVIEVE VINCENT (Music Supervisor)
Genevieve Vincent is a music producer, film composer, and music supervisor based in New York City. With several years at New York music houses and a degree from Berklee College of Music in Film Scoring and Composition, Genevieve has gone on to score and supervise short and feature films and work as an in-house Music Producer for New York based music licensing and original music company Search Party Music. Her feature film credits include her Leo nominated score for Jeff Chiba Stearns' "One Big Happy Family" and music supervision on Alan Browns' "Five Dances." Notable short film scores include the 2011 WEBBY award winning Ode To A Post-It Note and "Yellow Sticky Notes" named by New York Magazine in the top 5 short films at Tribeca Film Festival 2008.
TODD LEONG (Co-Producer)
Todd is a writer, editor, and producer with many years of experience in print and broadcast journalism. He began his career working for NBC News as a field producer and for Thomas Lennon Films as an associate producer on Bill Moyers' epic PBS documentary series Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. His documentary short Office Lady Dreams screened at the Los Angeles and New York Asian American Film Festivals. Currently, Todd is running a culinary marketing company called LUCKYRICE with his wife Danielle Chang. They produce the annual LUCKYRICE Festival, which celebrates Asian culture through cuisine. He studied documentary film production with Jon Else (The Day After Trinity, Cadillac Desert) at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Todd also holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University.
REBECCA RAZZALL (Co-Producer)
Rebecca Razzall has produced a wide spectrum of global film content. Her projects range from a pro bono short film promoting education for girls in India, to video ad campaigns for Jim Beam, Rockstar Games, Fab.com, Atari, and Canon. In total, her clients have entrusted her with managing over $50 million of resources. Razzall is also currently a core team producer on Wyatt Neumann's upcoming feature Time It Was.
NAOMI BROCKWELL (Co-Executive Producer/Casting Producer)
Naomi is a performer and filmmaker originally from Western Australia. She studied business at the University of Western Australia, received a Bachelors Degree in Acting from Curtin University, received an Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre from the WA Academy of Dance and Drama, completed the Musical Theatre program at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and studied Classical Music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, majoring in Opera studies. She is currently continuing her Opera training in New York City where she is working under the direction of world-acclaimed Soprano and voice specialist, Ruth Falcon. Along with setting up her own film production company in Australia, Rainsworth Productions, she was also one of the founding members of another Australian based production company, Holland Street Productions, and a Toronto based company, Vaudeville Productions. She is currently working on several short and feature length screenplays, which she plans to put into production in 2012 and 2013.
TEMUR MAMISASHVILI (Stunt Coordinator)
Temur Mamisashvili is a martial arts actor, action director, and stunt coordinator based in New York City. A former Soviet wushu martial arts team member with 26 years of training experience, Temur has worked in China and the Uniter States on a variety martial arts movies and television shows, including The Last Kung Fu Monk, Blooming Flowers, and the CBS crime drama Unforgettable.
AMANDA PECHARSKY (Title Design/Visual Effects)
Amanda Pecharsky is a Motion Graphics Designer based in New York City, as well as the Senior Video Designer for Viacom’s Catalyst creative and strategy group. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts Computer Art Department, her animation Modern Romance won an Outstanding Achievement Award in Computer Art from SVA and went on to be selected for Siggraph MetroCAF 2005, among other international film festivals. Amanda has created animations for Lavazza Coffee, Crunch Gym, Minute Maid, and Miller Lite, and with Viacom she has worked with a range of clients including (RED), Hope for Haiti Now, and March of Dimes. She also designed and created the opening title sequence for the award-winning feature film Sneakers & Soul by Emergency Poncho Productions.
BEIGELMAN, FEINER & FELDMAN, P.C. (Legal Counsel)
Beigelman, Feiner & Feldman, P.C., will serve as production counsel for the Film. The firm has an extensive background in representing independent feature-length films, including, Academy Award nominated film Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman), Academy Award winning film Sling Blade (written, directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton), Academy Award nominated film In The Bedroom (written and directed by Todd Field), Then She Found Me (written, directed by and starring Helen Hunt), and the critically acclaimed film Junebug (starring Amy Adams, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award). As production counsel, the firm will oversee all legal aspects of the production and financing campaign.