CASTING  CALL

WHAT TO SUBMIT:

1. Head shot or recent selfie

2. Resume or acting reel.

3. Indication of which role(s) you are interested in.

WHERE TO SUBMIT: casting@sinsofthefatherfilm.com

DEADLINE: Submission materials are due by Noon (CST) on Wednesday, March 3rd.

 

WHEN:  Auditions will be held Saturday, March 6th, with additional time slots being added if needed.

If selected, we will respond with a Sign-Up Genius link to sign up for an audition slot. You will also be provided with character sides and an audition form with important questions pertaining to the film's schedule and filming requirements. 

 

Due to COVID, auditions will be held via Zoom! You will log into the provided Zoom link a few minutes before your read. You will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and to read the side for us. We hope to make the process as similar to an in-person casting call as we can, and thank you in advance for your patience! 

All roles in 'Sins of the Father' will be paid a stipend and be given gas, food, and credit for their time and talent.   This is a Non-Union film.

DIRECTORS NOTE:  Hi, I'm Vanessa M. H. Powers, the founder of the Oxford Comma Film Cooperative, and the director of the upcoming Horror Feature, 'Sins of the Father!' I am what you could call an 'actor's director.' One of my absolute favorite parts of the filmmaking process is the opportunity to work with actors to craft memorable performances that make a good story into a great one. That being said, I, like all of you, am PUMPED for the casting process of 'Sins of the Father.'

 

Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns regarding auditions to info@sinsofthefatherfilm.com

 

And remember; plant, cultivate, sacrifice, repeat.

CHARACTER DISCRIPTIONS

ADEN (16 - 20) // 

Aden is a quiet, moody teenage boy. His estranged father has just died, and he is handling it about as well as can be expected. He is a survivor of abuse and struggles with depression and dissociative episodes. Despite this, he has a kind of charm to him, and a certain confidence in who he is. As the film goes on, we learn that there is more to Aden than meets the eye.

 

LIZ (16 - 20) // 

Liz is a fairly typical teenage cool-girl. She loves her phone, her friends, and even her whacky moms, when it comes down to it. Liz is headstrong and intelligent, and compassionate when the occasion calls for it. Her friendship with Aden grows as the film unfolds, and she begins to see him in a different light.

 

SARAH (30s - 40s) // 

Sarah is Aden’s mother. She was young when she married Josef and gave birth to Aden.  An unwilling member of her husband’s family cult, she endured the abuse and separation as long as she could bear. When the opportunity for escape came, she took it. Delicate and motherly, Sarah has done a lot of work to put what happened behind her. In an attempt to leave behind her old life for good, she agrees to visit the site of her and Aden’s abuse to cut her last ties to her past.

 

The role of Sarah requires WIDE emotional range and the ability to cry.

 

MADELYN (20’s - 30s) // 

Sarah’s younger sister (half-sister?) - eccentric and stubborn, Madelyn is the yin to Sarah’s yang. She was too young to stop Sarah’s marriage, and her guilt over that led her to help Sarah to escape years later. She loves Aden like a son and will do anything to protect Sarah and Aden from the cult that did them so much harm.

 

JORDAN (30s - 40s, pref POC + LGBTQ actress) //

Sarah’s best friend. Jordan is ex-Navy. She is strong, capable, laid back, and a loyal friend. Jordan didn’t hesitate in agreeing to haul her family out to the middle of nowhere to help Sarah put her old life behind her.

 

The role of Jordan is a physically demanding role, and will require a performer who is in good shape.

 

RACHEL (30s - 40s, pref LGBTQ actress) //

Jordan’s wife, and a friend to Sarah. Rachel is a doctor. She’s funny, smart, and unflappable. She loves her family more than anything, and is dedicated to their happiness above all. Her dedication to Sarah is based on her dedication to Jordan, but she is a loyal and helpful friend, and happy to be part of the efforts to put Sarah’s life back on track.

 

The role of Jordan is a physically demanding role, and will require a performer who is in good shape.

CULT LEADER (30’s - 50’s) //

The Cult Leader is the patriarch of his family and the leader of the Seven Families that make up the Cult. He is stern and serious, with dark charisma that allows him to lead with power and purpose. He uses a fatherly touch to manipulate Aden, but employs any methods necessary to maintain control of his people - drugs, whippings, and other abuses. He leads the ceremonies, and should have a powerful voice and a big presence.

 

JOSEF (30s - 40s, the actor should be VERY thin) //

Sarah’s husband and Aden’s father, Josef is the disgraced patriarch of his family, represented by the deer. Presumed dead, he has spent the last year being punished/atoning for his wife and son’s exile. 

 

CULT MEN (20s-60s) //

The patriarchs of their respective families, represented by the Bear, Boar, Fox, Wolf, Hare, and Badger, these men are farmers, fathers, and loyal members of the cult. They genuinely value the sense of family and community that the cult provides and are eager to welcome Aden back into their fold. They kill only as dictated by the cult, but some find some sense of pleasure in it as a sort of religious fulfillment of purpose.

 

CULT WIVES (20s-60s) //

The matriarchs of their respective families, represented by the Bear, Boar, Fox, Wolf, Hare, and Badger, these women are farmers, mothers, and loyal members of the cult. They genuinely value the sense of family and community that the cult provides and are eager to welcome Aden back into their fold and to bring Liz into their sisterhood.

 

OTHER ROLES (All ages) //

There are more specific roles within the Cult Members category, including Characters with specific fight scenes and dialogue and the Matriarch and Patriarch of each family. We are also casting for 2 Police Officers, A Waitress, and other Extra roles, including a Scream Queen at the top of the film who gets killed right away, but has a cool scene first.