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Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging/Interdisciplinary Media, Documentary, Producing and Film Music.

In this video from the 2021 Directors Lab, Feature Film Program Deputy Director Ilyse McKimmie leads a discussion with veteran Casting Directors Maribeth Fox, Jodi Angstreich, Richard Hicks and Eyde Belasco. They explain what draws them to a project, the right time to bring a casting director on board and the search process. They also provide insights into discovering new talent and collaborating with directors to find the best fit for a role.

Other conversations in this ongoing series include those with editors Michelle Tesoro, Joi McMillon, Teri Shropshire & Dylan Tichenor; cinematographers Stephen Goldblatt, Robert Elswit, Brad Young and Charlotte Bruus Christensen; writer/director Miguel Arteta, writer/director Walter Salles, writer/director Randa Haines and more.

Casting Director
As a casting director, Eyde Belasco has worked on the independent feature films MONOS, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, MORRIS FROM AMERICA, BREATHE IN, THE WORDS, LIKE CRAZY, PARIAH, HERE, LYMELIFE, DON’T LET ME DROWN, and HALF NELSON, all of which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently in film, she cast Drake Doremus' newest film ENDINGS, BEGINNINGS. In television, she cast the CBS All Access series INTERROGATION as well as TRANSPARENT and I LOVE DICK for Amazon. more...
Richard Hicks
Casting Director
Films include GRAVITY, HELL OR HIGH WATER (directed by David Mackenzie), ZERO DARK THIRTY and DETROIT (directed by Kathryn Bigelow), THE MUSTANG (directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnere) which was a 2015 Sundance Lab project, ON THE ROAD (directed by: Walter Salles), LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, Christopher Guest’s FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION and A MIGHTY WIND, Ken Loach's BREAD & ROSES, HAIRSPRAY, and IGBY GOES DOWN.

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