CASTING BY

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The Emmy-nominated CASTING BY went a long way in helping the casting profession get the respect it deserves.  Five days before the film aired on HBO, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the addition of a casting branch (something casting directors had fought for for 33 years).  In 2014, the TV Academy awarded the film’s chief subject, Marion Dougherty with its highest honor, the Governor’s Award.

A fast-paced journey through the last half-century of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective, CASTING BY focuses on two casting pioneers - Marion Dougherty & Lynn Stalmaster.  Marion Dougherty's exquisite taste and gut instincts helped change the old studio system and usher in the New Hollywood through her casting of landmark films like Midnight CowboyButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Bonnie and Clyde. Lynn Stalmaster did the same with movies like The Graduate and Deliverance.  They were iconoclasts that broke away from traditional typecasting and brought new kinds of leading men and women to the screen, among them Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman.


CASTING BY was the winner of the Gracie Award for Best Documentary and the National Board of Review also called it one of the best documentaries of the year.  


Director: Tom Donahue
Producers: Kate Lacey-Kiley, Ilan Arboleda, Tom Donahue, Joanna Colbert
Executive Producer:  Steve Edwards, John Balis, Ed Durkin
Co-Executive Producer: Margaret Whitton
Cinematographer: Peter Bolte
Editor: Jill Schweitzer
Composer: Leigh Roberts