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Feature film shooting in Buffalo seeks diverse cast of day players, extras

A new feature film that will be shooting locally in July is hosting a large open casting call for both day players and background extras from noon to 5 p.m. June 24 in the Park School Auditorium (4625 Harlem Road).

"Bashira," directed by Nickson Fong, is about an electronic musician and aspiring singer who are haunted by nightmares that intrude on their waking lives. According to, already cast in the film are Liam Aiken ("A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Stepmom") and Kiki Sukezane ("Lost in Space," "Heroes Reborn").

The casting department is seeking at least 16 day players (see specifics below). Auditions are open to both SAG-AFTRA members and non-union actors. Bring your headshot, resume and audition sides. Links to the sides can be found here.

Background extras are needed in all ages and ethnicities, "with a special focus on Asian ethnicities." Those interested in being an extra should email:

Here is the detailed list of day-player roles.

Dani, 28 to 35 years old, Caucasian, female. Very attractive and fashionable, she’s an entitled gold digger who thinks the world revolves around her. She’s straight out of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." She married her current husband John for his money and is always battling his daughter Lela for supremacy of the household. She takes every chance she can get to put Lela in her place and let her know who is boss. She wants John all to herself so she can assert control.

Karter Hughes, 18 to 23 years old, Caucasian, male. Handsome and physical, he’s your typical jock and frat boy bully. An athlete in high school, he thinks his muscular physique gives him the right to push around anyone smaller. He’s intimidating, and when he smells fear, it’s like a drug that makes him feel superior. He’s not afraid to use it to get what he wants.

Billy "Dutch" Grant, 18 to 23 years old, Caucasian, male. Handsome and physical, he’s cut from the same cloth as his best friend Karter. Typical pretty boy bully and all-around jerk who uses physical intimidation to push people around.

Brynlee Vallon, 18 to 23 years old, all ethnicities, female. Attractive, entitled and stuck up, she’s one of the popular kids and she knows it. She zeroes in on people she considers weak and relishes in humiliating them. She flaunts what she’s got to either get what she wants or to show those who are beneath her what they’ll never have. The truth is, she’s insecure and only lashes out at people she doesn’t understand.

Michihisa, 13 to 17 years old, Asian, male. Preferably of Japanese descent. Beneficial if bilingual, but not necessary. Son of Kazuo, the head priest of Shimomura, he’s a follower, not a leader. Although he respects, and even fears the village customs, peer pressure is a stronger motivating force. He follows the defiant Kenji to a taboo place in the forest and suffers a fate similar to his misguided friend.

Kenji, 13 to 17 years old, Asian, male. Preferably of Japanese descent. Beneficial if bilingual, but not necessary. He's a rebellious alpha who doesn't have patience or reverence for the customs of his home village of Shimomura. He scoffs at their archaic beliefs and openly challenges the number one taboo in order to impress one of his lackeys and a girl he's harassing (but secretly has a crush on). Unfortunately, he pays for his ignorance.

Mr. Oates, 65 to 75 years old, all ethnicities, male. Crusty old building manager with an incontinence problem, he considers his tenants family. He’s stern with the rules, but if he likes you, he’s willing to bend them just a little. However, don’t think you can take advantage of him because he’ll eat you for breakfast.

Shin Nguyen, 30 to 35 years old, Asian, male. Club promoter and manager, not opposed to shady methods to keep his business going. He admires the passion Andy has for his music and craft, having watched him go from busboy to DJ opener. It’s because of the potential he sees in Andy that he’s willing to stick his neck out and try to help the kid succeed. He doesn’t do that for just anyone.

Edwin Solomon, 40 to 50 years old, all ethnicities male. Geeky by nature, his passion is taking old, discarded things and uncovering the treasures that they really are. He got it from his father, who opened up an antique shop when he was a little boy. Now the shop is his, and he finds no greater joy than helping someone find that rare item which makes their lives complete.

Sharon Monrovia, 45 to 55 years old, Caucasian female. Andy’s mother is frail and sickly, no longer able to fully take care of herself. Very caring, but a fraction of what she once was, her memory is fading fast.

Young Yoko, 12 to 15 years old, Asian, female. Preferably of Japanese descent. Beneficial if bilingual, but not necessary. Chased by bullies.

Driver, 45 to 65 years old, Asian, male. Preferably of Japanese descent. Beneficial if bilingual, but not necessary. A loyal and caring chauffeur who witnesses the death of a friend.

Teddy Gunner, 30 to 35 years old, all ethnicities male. Trendy hipster and EDM record producer, he has his finger on the pulse of underground nightlife. Instead of catering to pop stars, he prefers to find undiscovered raw talent and develop them from the bottom up. He thinks he can mold Andy into something with his guidance.

Professor Rei, 40 to 60 years old, Asian, female. An expert in Eastern Culture, very eccentric, short and stout.

Little Lela, Preferably of Japanese descent. No dialogue. An innocent soul who just witnessed the death of her mother.

Village priest, 40 to 70, male, Asian, preferably of Japanese descent. Must speak Japanese — all dialogue sung in Japanese. Beneficial if bilingual. Sings a Japanese prayer.

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