LOS ANGELES, CA – Legendary casting directors Lynn Stalmaster, Juliet Taylor and Mike Fenton will be saluted and will discuss the evolution of their profession and the casting director’s essential role in filmmaking with “Perfect Choice: The Art of the Casting Director” on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The event will be hosted by Casting Directors Branch governors Lora Kennedy, David Rubin and Bernard Telsey.

The program will include film clips and in-depth discussions with Stalmaster, Taylor and Fenton as well as conversations with actresses Annette Bening and Geena Davis and directors Richard Donner, James L. Brooks and Norman Jewison on how casting directors help them create distinct, vivid on-screen characters.  Special video messages from Woody Allen and John Travolta will also be presented.

Highlighting the work of legendary casting directors Lynn Stalmaster, Juliet Taylor and Mike Fenton

Hosted by Academy governors Lora Kennedy, David Rubin and Bernard Telsey

With additional special appearances by: Annette Bening, James L. Brooks, Geena Davis, Richard Donner, Norman Jewison, and others.

Acclaimed casting directors Lynn Stalmaster, Juliet Taylor and Mike Fenton will sit down with the governors of the Academy’s Casting Directors Branch to discuss the evolution of their profession and the essential role the casting director plays in the movie-making process.

We’ll hear from actors and filmmakers how the special relationships they have with their casting directors help them create the characters that we ultimately see on screen.

Lynn Stalmaster, a pioneer in the field, was the first casting director to receive a solo main title credit on a feature film (1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair). He helped bring to light some of the greatest ensembles in film history, including Judgment at Nuremburg, West Side Story, The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Tootsie and The Right Stuff. He enjoyed long-term collaborations with many directors, including Robert Wise, Billy Wilder, Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby and Sydney Pollack.

Juliet Taylor has worked with some of the leading directors of our time, including Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, Steven Spielberg, James L. Brooks and Nora Ephron. She has cast more than 90 films, with more than 40 for Woody Allen. She has also been credited with casting Meryl Streep in her first feature film, Julia (1977).

Mike Fenton, in his work on such films as American Graffiti, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Chaplin, has helped launch the careers of such stars as Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Drew Barrymore and Robert Downey Jr. One of the founders of the Casting Society of America (CSA), Fenton has worked with many of Hollywood’s biggest directors, including Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Mel Brooks and Ridley Scott.

The evening’s program will include film clips spanning the careers of these giants in the casting field, in addition to appearances by a select group of their friends and admirers.

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