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"Fatal Insomnia"   - Project ID # 1623519
Project Type   Feature Film Submission Type   SRN
Location   Greenbrier, AR Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   04-26-21
Audition Date   Submission Deadline   06-01-21
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Feature Film - Low Budget/Independent
Market(s)   Little Rock, AR>Memphis, TN

In this psychological horror based on a true story; Ricard Saigain is a struggling immigrant living in rural United States with his adolescent son, Palu. After suffering an illness and not having the money for a doctor, Ricard bums a prescription off of his boss; an antibiotic called Ciprofloxacin. The pill works, but with one horrible side effect: he loses the ability to fall asleep. Without sleep he experiences horrible hallucinations as his mind and body deteriorates over time All while his son, Palu, can only watch in terror…

Role # 1 - Ricard Submit yourself for this role
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Ricard is a wiry, glasses-wearing immigrant trying to make it big in the United States. He works as an artist at a tattoo parlor, which is how he is barely able to scrape by. He loves his son and works hard to provide for him, but is ultimately frustrated by him. He soon becomes very sick throughout the film; vomiting, night terrors, and even having bizarre and vivid hallucinations. Although he tries not to show it in front of Palu, he is at his core a very nervous and terrified man, caught in the clutch of something beyond his control.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 30 to 40
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Palu Submit yourself for this role
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Palu is a grumpy adolescent who resents his new living situation in America. Although he is not clear on why he is there with only his father, he harbors these frustrations against him for dragging him here. While he still clearly loves his dad, he is upset with him for pitting them into this situation. While his dad's situation gets worse, Palu can hardly do anything to stop the affliction that is taking over his father's mind and body, and can only react in fear.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 16
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Annisa Submit yourself for this role
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Annisa is the ex-wife of Ricard and mother of Palu. She is back in their home country because she did not share Ricard's dream of living in the United States. She only appears in phone calls and in a picture frame, and exists for the purpose of exposition.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 39
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Ricardo's Boss Submit yourself for this role
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Ricard's Boss is the old biker that owns the tattoo shop Ricard works at. He is the one that gives RIcard his old prescription of Ciprofloxacin.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 50 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Mrs. Del Rio Submit yourself for this role
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Mrs. Del Rio is the last character introduced in the film, she has no speaking lines, and is only there to serve as a reminder that Ricard's struggle, while tragic, is not unique and will happen again.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 30 to 39
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 - The Silhoutte Submit yourself for this role
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The Silhouette is the name given to Ricard's delusions, an entity kept mostly in shadow, speaks Ricard's native tongue, and whose voice sounds like a hundred whispers at once. Who is this ethereal being? Is he even real?

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -