Casting short film NY


Casting notice posted on, casting location: TBD/ By Appointment Only

Written and Directed By 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Award Winner Melanie Schiele


A narrative short film exploring the transition from unprotected childhood to adulthood. This piece is a drama about one teenage girl’s struggle to come to terms with a history of sexual abuse as well as an unusual expression of grief over losing the one safe haven she has ever known.

LOGLINE: An impoverished but headstrong teenager embarks on a potentially self-destructive path when she attempts to sell sexual favors to support herself in Rockaway, Queens, NY.


TERESA- A petite powerhouse with delicate features. Teresa had escaped to live with her grandmother within the past couple of years after being sexually abused by her stepfather unbeknownst to her mother. Her grandmother has just died and she now faces the struggle of supporting herself while grieving a great loss.
(Female, Caucasian, 17 in appearance, partial nudity required, sexual situations)

DONOVAN- Local deli store worker. He is in love with Teresa but their age gap and her unpredictable behavior has interfered with him having the nerve to openly express it. His affection runs deep for her but Teresa takes advantage of his good heart when desperation sets in.
(Male, Caucasian or Mixed ethnicity, 25-30)

MITCH- A lonely bar owner and divorcee, he becomes the object of Teresa’s misguided efforts to raise money in exchange for sex. His natural charm and honesty is refreshing. (Male, Caucasian, Irish/Italian preferred, 30s to 40s, partial nudity required, sexual situations)

CARL- Teresa’s stepfather who had a sexual relationship with her without her mother’s knowledge. He has offered Teresa money hoping she will remain silent about their secret and guilt.
(Male, Caucasian, 30s to 40s)

MIKE- A local, privileged delinquent. He spends his time trying hard to impress his friends who are all good skateboarders. Teresa toys with him and ends up being humiliated instead. (Male, Caucasian, 15-17)

EXTRAS- Experienced skateboarders. (Male, Caucasian, 15-17) Bar patrons- (any ethnicity/age)

Performance Schedule:
November 15-22, 2010

Contact Information: Melanie Schiele, Writer/Director
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Casting Location: TBD/ By Appointment Only
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