Cucalorus + SAG present: The Inside Scoop on Indie Casting


Mark and Lisa Mae win Emmy Award in 2012 for "Homeland"

Mark and Lisa Mae win Emmy Award in 2012 for “Homeland”

Local filmmakers and actors will have a chance Thursday afternoon to learn what it takes to snag a gig on productions ranging from big-budget Hollywood blockbusters to smaller, independent films from top casting directors.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation and the Cucalorus Film Festival are proud to present a panel featuring four long-time film industry casting directors at 1:30 p.m. at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Art in downtown Wilmington. The directors will school attendees on the casting process and the ins-and-outs of film production, including navigating budgets, negotiating contracts and perfecting auditioning techniques. Panelists include:

Brad Gilmore
Recent film credits include “Burying the Ex,” directed by Joe Dante, “The Automatic Hate,” directed by Justin Lerner, and “Default,” directed by Simon Brand. Gilmore was nominated for the 2012 Casting Society of America’s Artios Award for outstanding achievement in casting for “A Bag of Hammers.”

Paul Schnee
Recent projects include “The Judge,”Dallas Buyers Club” and “August: Osage County.” In addition to casting for film, Schnee is a theater director in New York.

Christian Kaplan
Kaplan is Senior Vice President of Feature Casting for 20th Century Fox Film. Some credits include “The Fault in Our Stars,” Wilmington-filmed “The Secret Life of Bees,” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Lisa Mae Fincannon  Working with the creative team of Fincannon and Associates in Wilmington, N.C., Fincannon has amassed an eclectic body of work, including: “Ender’s Game,” “Looper,” “Red,” “Homeland,” “The Walking Dead,” “Eastbound & Down,” and “From The Earth To The Moon.” She boasts four Emmy nominations, three Emmy wins and five Artios wins.

Fincannon, who is based in Wilmington with her husband Craig Fincannon, and his brother, Mark, got her start almost 30 years ago when studio executive Frank Capra Jr. and film producer Dino De Laurentiis were lured to the North Carolina coast for Stephen King’s “Firestarter.”

Now, the Fincannon casting agency has grown to more than 180 agents from its start with four employees during “Firestarter.”

For more information on the panel or to purchase tickets online, click here.