Crow City

Production Company
Paracosm Studios
Producer(s)
Adam Bullied
Director(s)
Adam Bullied
Casting Director(s): 
Adam Bullied
Union Status
Union (TBC)
Project Type
Film
Student Production
No
Compensation Details

As an as-yet-unfunded indie film, we are currently unable to be specific with compensation, but it is our intent to compensate the cast and crew appropriately.

Audition Date(s)
September 14 2024
Audition Location
TBD in Vancouver
Shoot / Performance Date(s)
Late Spring/Early Summer 2025.
Shoot / Performance Location(s)
Various locations in East Vancouver
Submission Deadline
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Submission Instructions

Please submit a resume and and photo to plazmodeus@hotmail.com. We'll contact you with sides and the location of the first read if we think you're a fit for one of the roles.

Project Synopsis
The Friends first moved to East Vancouver in the nineties, back when it was still an 'ethnic' neighborhood, as they attended university and favored themselves as 'bohemian' left-wing radicals. After graduating and starting their careers they stayed and built their lives here. As the years passed and they crept into the middle classes and middle age, they remained a tight group, or so they insisted, even calling themselves 'the east van crows', a reference to the Crow Highway that flies over the Drive each night. They declared that they were friends for life. Until one day a particularly beautiful house on a particularly desirable side-street was listed for sale, and each of them was determined that they would sacrifice anything to own it.
Additional Information & Safety Protocols: 

There are several intimate scenes in the film and we will consult with the cast and an intimacy coordinator to assure that everyone involved is comfortable and well respected.

Watch the trailer of Crow City: https://youtu.be/A5vj420Ih3Q
Paracosm Studios: https://www.linkedin.com/company/27161759/
Adam Bullied: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-bullied-a65138/

Character 1
Chloe
Age
Late Forties
Gender
Female
Description
Chloe was raised in a conservative Chinese immigrant family and was told that because she was a girl that she would never be anything other than a housewife or a teacher, and she had spent her life fighting against that. In university she became involved in women's rights movements, particularly those in developing countries. She met Walter and eventually they married and had a daughter, Zhia. She started a business importing ‘fair trade’ goods made by women and has built a successful, profitable business.
Character 2
Jerome
Age
Late Forties
Gender
Male
Description
Jerome’s mother died when he was young and he was raised by his single father who preached hard work and self sacrifice. Jerome rebelled against this by embracing new age spirituality and self-focused hedonism. While studying to be a social worker in university he became involved in environmental causes and attended eco-rave protests. His father died while he was still in school and left him with enough money to buy a house in East Vancouver which he divided into rental suites, the income from which allowed him to live an easy life of working part time and frequently attending workshops and retreats. He is a vegetarian, doesn't drink, is a lifelong yoga practitioner, is still involved in the electronic music scene, and says that his spiritual path has precluded any long term relationships.
Character 3
Rossi
Age
Early Fifties
Gender
Male
Description
Rossi was born to a wealthy mercantile family in Chile during the seventies, and was sent abroad to private schools for his education. He came to Canada to attend a university art school and cultivated a Bohemian painter persona. He met Jerome and became nominally involved in the Latin American anti-right wing political protest movement. After university he leveraged his artistic skills and his family money into a successful design company. He was involved with a partner for almost two decades but she left him and took their home when she found out he was having an affair with a younger waitress.
Character 4
Cassy
Age
Late Twenties
Gender
Female
Description
Cassy moved to Vancouver from The prairies in her early twenties and began work as a bartender in the city's bar scene. She became bar manager at Infinite Juiced, a late night drinking hole where she received a lot of attention from male patrons. Over her twenties, after several bad experiences with men, she became more cautious about her romantic affairs, being disillusioned with men who only valued her for her sexuality. She became friends with Rossi, a frequent patron who she felt treated her with more respect and took interest in getting to know her. Eventually they started an affair, despite her misgivings that he wasn't fully separated from his former partner. Cassy has recently turned thirty and she is starting to think about her future beyond the late night bartender lifestyle. She would eventually like to be with a partner whom she could consider having a child with and wonders whether Rossi can give her that.
Character 5
Martin
Age
Late Forties
Gender
Male
Description
Martin came out as gay when he was in university studying communication and cultural studies, and he soon became involved in AIDS-era advocacy work. He also started an academic journal concerned with issues of media criticism and cultural literacy and continued publishing it after he graduated and began teaching at the post secondary level. While the journal and his work was well respected, and he became known as a fierce critic of corporate news media, it required a great deal of work and was never particularly lucrative work. He met Bruce at a friends wedding and they have been a couple for almost ten years. Recently, he was approached by a large news chain with a deal to start publishing articles from his journal in their newspapers.
Additional Characters

Grant (Early Fifties) - Grant was raised in a working class Ukrainian family and was the first to attend university. He has a strong social conscience and has made a modest career making social issues documentaries.

Bruce (Mid-late thirties) - Bruce was the oldest son of a conservative Catholic Philippine family. Excelling in his studies, he was sent to Canada to attend University and he came out as gay in during his studies, and then graduated in health care administration. He became a citizen and established a career in a large Vancouver hospital. Despite identifying as queer he was not interested in a liberal lifestyle, and longed for a more traditional family oriented lifestyle. He met and fell in love with Martin and after a few years together he wants to get married and start a family by adopting a child from his home country.

Coco (Late Twenties) - Coco comes from a middle class family, and got into a party-girl lifestyle in college. She met Cassy when she got a job working at Infinite Juiced while still in school. She graduated with a degree in marketing and began working in the field, while still working at the bar to make extra money and for the lifestyle. All the while she was too busy for a serious relationship and got used to casual encounters when she felt the need. After school, as her career took off and took more of her time, she continued to turn to dating and hook-up apps to find partners, and eventually turned to more specialized kinds of encounters for satisfaction.

Olena (Late Thirties) - Olena was born in Bulgaria just before the collapse of communism. Her family emigrated to Canada when she was young and she had a ‘typical’ Canadian upbringing, strongly internalizing western materialist values. She studied biochemistry in university and could have pursued a career in that field, but decided that she would struggle to make enough money. She got a real estate license and began practicing as an agent. Her intelligence and strong work ethic made her successful and prosperous, she feels like she is ‘living the good life’.