A pitch-perfect, elegant love-letter to the craft of casting, — Courtney Howard
and a fitting tribute to a master that’s a higher honor than any award.
Marion Dougherty helped usher in the New Hollywood through her casting of films like “Midnight Cowboy,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” Lynn Stalmaster did the same with movies like "The Graduate" and "Deliverance". They brought new kinds of leading men and women to the screen, such as Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman.
Marion Dougherty plucked several now-iconic actors out of obscurity, among them James Dean, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close, giving them their first break in front of the camera. With strong, original opinions about authenticity and a knack for discovering unique talent, she turned the old Hollywood system on its head by using actors with a nuanced sense of character and individuality, rather than depending on typecasting, and broke racial barriers by pairing Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the “Lethal Weapon” series.
CASTING BY was presented at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2012 New York Film Festival and the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, and won the Audience Award at the 2013 Sebastapol Film Festival.