CASTING BY

 

Marion Dougherty made some of the most beloved Hollywood legends-- James Dean, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close - yet you may have never heard of her. Casting By, the company’s second feature film directed by Tom Donahue, pieces together more than 230 interviews and 50 years of archival footage to tell the story of the female-dominated casting director profession in the entertainment industry. The film explores the legacy of these unsung professionals who discovered some of the biggest names in Hollywood and made big talents soar, while they themselves were left unrewarded. Through a close-up look at the career contributions of pioneers Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, Casting By marks the pivotal role of these women, whose gut instincts signaled the end of the old studio system and ushered in the New Hollywood. Afforded unprecedented freedom through the new medium of television, they broke away from traditional type-casting and brought actors like Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, and Gene Hackman to the big screen.