Chicago Casting Call

(example of reference images from the civil rights era)


Artist Leslie Hewitt, cinematographer Bradford Young, and producer Karin Chien, with the support of three major art institutions, will be creating a series of short silent (non-linear) film vignettes that will point to themes of migration, integration and ultimately the envisioning of a contemporary American landscape.

This series is in response to the Adelaide de Menil Carpenter and Edmund Carpenter photography collection, which documents aspects of 20th century American race‐based cultural and political life through the eyes of photographers Bob Adelman, Leonard Freed, Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon, Dan Budnik and Elliott Erwitt and the selection criteria of the collectors.

Hewitt and Young’s film installation will be exhibited in 2012 at the following supporting art institutions:

The Menil Collection            

MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The Des Moines Art Center


Hewitt in collaboration with Young want to address the limits of still photography and the photojournalistic model explored in the collection through the creation of a film-based project. This project will focus on the personal, yet political and the public, yet private worlds that were often missed by the traditional camera lens.

If you are interested in participating, please reply to with the following:

  1. Full Name:
  2. Age:
  3. Sex:
  4. Phone number(s) including area code:
  5. Email:
  6. Height:
  7. Race/Ethnicity:
  8. Clothing/Shoe sizes:
  9. After reading about the project, please describe what personal connection you may have to the theme of civil rights in Chicago?:
  10. Your availability to shoot for 4-5 hours on each of the following dates (starting in the morning/daytime hours)…

a) Friday, November 18th = please advise?
b) Saturday, November 19th = please advise?
c) Sunday, November 20th = please advise?

Please also reply with 3 recent photographs of yourself:

  1. Full length, frontal pose
  2. Frontal profile picture (from chest up to top of head)
  3. 3/4″ side profile shot (from chest up)Casting 19-30 year old Males and Females  in the Chicago area:
    • Must be available to shoot in Chicago for 4-5 daytime hours between November 19– 21st, 2011
    • $75 per diem



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