Casting Call for Austin, Texas HD Independent Short Film “Lazarus, Cool Thy Tongue”
Production Title: Lazarus, Cool Thy Tongue
Studio/Independent/Student: Independent
Union/Non-Union: Non-Union
Project Type: Short Film
Project Format: HD
Production Location: Austin, Texas
Production Start Date: October 01, 2012
Shooting Schedule: 1-1/2 – 2 weeks
Production Wrap Date: November 31, 2012

Producer: Stephanie Martens, Carver Irish, Curtis B. Lokey
Writer: Carver Irish
Director: Carver Irish

Synopsis: A recently-executed and revived gangland snitch struggles with the sex workers of an illicit after hours massage parlor in order to obtain a baptism intended to save his soul from hell.

Character Breakdowns:

  • Male, mid-30’s, thin, Italian-American, one-time sniveling gangland snitch turned holy vessel.
  • Male, early 40’s, thin, Italian-American, veteran enforcer, articulate, introspective, and Shakespearean aspirations.
  • Male, early 40’s, brutish, gruff, heavy-breather, Italian-American veteran enforcer. A lummox with brief periods of insight. Dumb though purposefully brighter than general audiences. Well-worn face used to various expressions.
  • Male, mid-20’s, “blinged out”, Italian-American club kid-type goombah, naive, confidence and false-bravado turns into tears, vomiting, shaking, and sudden self-awareness.
  • Female, mid-40’s, aging Asian stereotype, beauty with an air of proprietorship. Manager of an illicit mob-owned massage parlor, Rough Asian-English. Hard-nosed and quickly threatening. Frustrated with westerners.
  • Female, mid-20’s, pregnant, blonde, pep squad-type who still carries fear, religious conviction, and compassion though working in an illicit mob-owned massage parlor. Tired though bubbly demeanor.
  • Female, mid-20’s, first-time massage parlor new hire, ex-business-type, logical and well-adjusted though naive on what to expect at her new job. Rolls with the punches well. Not easily surprised. Excels in crisis situations.
  • Female, mid-30’s, massage parlor veteran, haughty, crass, self-centered, proud, hostile, territorial and exploitative. Will fight man or woman at the drop of a hat. Easily swayed.
  • Female, mid-30’s, brunette, girl-next door, massage parlor veteran, pragmatic, goes with the flow, there only to earn money. Sensible. Skeptical. Well-thought. Shocked out of her character.

Paid/Non-Paid: Paid, Deferred

Other/Additional Compensation: Film Credit
Meals/Lodging/Transportation Provided: Meals, Snacks and Beverages, Lodging
Production Company: Eat Politik LLC
Film/Production Company Website:

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Special Notes for Potential Cast/Crew: Additional Casting Calls are on Wed., July 18, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, Tx- 6p-9p;  Sat., July 21, A Premium Blend, School for Performing Arts, Georgetown, Tx: 10a-4p.  Shooting will last one and a half to two weeks sometime between the beginning of October and end of November.
Audition Date: July 14, 2012
Audition Start Time: 10:00
Audition End Time: 02:00
Audition Location/Address: Dougherty Arts Center

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