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"The Gay 20s", Role Pays: $250   - Project ID # 1615225
Project Type   Feature Film Submission Type   SRN
Location   New York City, NY Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   $250.00 per n/a Release Date   08-09-20
Audition Date   Submission Deadline   09-06-20
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Feature Film - Short Film
Market(s)   Hartford, CT>Philadelphia, PA

An independent film about the forgotten queer history of the 1920s. Our crew is mostly people who are queer, nonbinary, or POC, and/or all of the above. We are a very thoughtful crew who'd like to shed light on this forgotten history, by highlighting the talents of people today. We want to recreate performance scenes with each performer, one at a time, with no audience, in a fully Covid-19 protected venue in Manhattan. We'll play with projections of archival footage and images from the past into the present performance. It'll be a half-day shoot in total.

Role # 1 - Gladys Bentley Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
A celebrated pianist and singer in Harlem in the 1920s who was famous for performing in tuxedos, and singing saucy songs about dating women. She identified herself as someone who 'inhabited that half-shadow no-man's land which exists between the boundaries of the two sexes' and also referred to herself as a lesbian. She married a woman in the 1920s. Gladys didn't have the language then, but based on her masculine-presenting appearance on and off stage, and this comment about existing between the sexes, we wonder if Gladys might have identified as a trans man by today's standards, or maybe as nonbinary. We're not sure if we'll ever know, but Gladys Bentley as a performer and queer icon is something of a forgotten treasure. Ideally, the person would play piano, and physically look similar to Gladys, as well as be able to lip-sing or perform a song live. Because Gladys' gender identity is a bit ambiguous, this role could go to someone who is nonbinary, or a drag king. Piano playing a plus

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 22 to 38
Ethnicity: Any - African American -

Role # 2 - Gene Malin Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
GENE MALIN | Male or Female | Any Ethnicity | Age: 22 - 38
Gene Malin was a famous drag queen from the 1920s. He sang songs like the cheeky "I'd Rather Be Spanish than Mannish," and the somber "That's What's the Matter With Me," as well as acting and performing in films. We're looking for someone who might either already perform as Gene Malin, or who might be interested in performing two songs lip-synced to one of these tracks.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 22 to 38
Ethnicity: Any -