An Industry That's Evolving with Producer, Director, Writer & Casting Director Valerie McCaffrey - Ep #72
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The TV & Film Industry is changing. Streamers filled a need during the pandemic, but theatrical releases are still an important aspect of the industry. On thing is for sure, the industry is adapting and it's changing the way filmmakers find funding and create their art. In this episode, Leslie talks with Valerie McCaffrey who has had a long and successful career as a Casting Director and now is finding success as a producer/writer/director.
"Dirty Bomb!" Writing, Producing and Financing a Period Film with Valerie McCaffrey - Ep #5
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How the heck do you get a period piece financed as an Independent Filmmaker? Well Writer/Producer/Casting Director Valerie McCaffrey knows and in this episode she shares her secrets with Leslie in a frank discussion about the creative business of filmmaking. But wait, she's also a Hollywood casting Director? That's right, and a very successful one. Don't miss this episode.From April 1994-2000, Valerie held the position of Vice President of FeatureFilm Casting for New Line/Fine Line Films. During her tenure at New Line/Fine Line, Ms. McCaffrey cast scores of films, developing strong relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms. Among the many highlights of her career, she cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema’s AMERICAN HISTORY X which Edward Norton was nominated for an Academy Award. While at Universal Studios, she also cast BABE which garnered James Cromwell an oscar nomination for his performance as the pig farmer produced by George Miller.She co-directed and co-produced a cancer documentary called “Cancer it’sin the System”, with Cindy Pruitt. It’s goal was to give a overall education ofthe dreaded disease and introduce alternative methods of cure. It starsMelissa Etheridge and Trish Cyrus. They (McCaffrey and Pruitt) made itavailable on you tube so that the public would have access to it without having to pay.Since 2000, Valerie has cast independently and cast the critically acclaimedHARD CANDY(she put Ellen Page in her first American film). To date, shehas cast close to 90 films and have worked with the biggest directors in thefilm industry. She just finished shooting “Dirty Bomb” a short film whichchronicles a Jewish prisoner who manipulates the manufacturing of the V2bomb, saving lives, yet sacrificing his own. The short film called “DirtyBomb” which shot in Fresno, Clovis and Mt. Pino. It got accepted into TheAmerican Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase in Cannes, showing onMay 15, 2018 and went on to win various awards.She also co-wrote ‘Sick” and directed a webisode which chroniclesteenagers in a mental institution. It stars West Duchovny who is DavidDuchovny’s and Tea Leoni’s daughter.
A very interesting episode of BEHIND THE LENS as we take a look at an important moment in history thanks to our special guest, writer/director VALERIE McCAFFREY, who joins us at the mid-point of the show talking about her new short film – DIRTY BOMB. Based on true events of WWII involving the V-2 rockets and sabotage by prisoners at Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp who were forced to manufacture the bombs, this is a little known story but one with personal resonance for Valerie. A renowned casting director, Valerie continues to dip her toe into the waters of writing and directing telling impactful and important stories. DIRTY BOMB is one of them. Listen as Valerie talks about her personal connection to this story, her research process in order to attain historical accuracy in story and in visuals, securing locations, seasonal shoots, production design and costume authenticity, and casting, particularly in casting Ido Samuel. But before Valerie joins us, take a listen to our exclusive interview with writers/directors SCOTT BECK & BRYAN WOODS as we go in-depth talking about the twisted and terrifying HAUNT! http://behindthelensonline.net http://eliasentertainmentnetwork.com
12/4 9:45am pst! Casting Director/Writer/Director Valerie McCaffrey joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about her powerful film,
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ABOUT VALERIE MCCAFFREY Valerie has cast over 80 films but now uses her knowledge to a directing/writing capacity. She wrote and completed the short film called “Dirty Bomb” which completed post in November 2017, inspired by her uncle who served in the “Battle of the Bulge.” In addition, she directed a film called WISH YOU WERE DEAD distributed by Icon Entertainment International which starred Cary Elwes, Elaine Hendrix, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Sally Kirkland. From April 1994-2000, Valerie held the position of Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line/Fine Line Films. During her tenure at New Line/ Fine Line, Ms. McCaffrey cast scores of films, developing strong relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms. Among the many highlights of her career, she cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema’s AMERICAN HISTORY X which Edward Norton was nominated for an Academy Award. Previously, she was a casting executive at Universal Studios, amongst scores of films including BABE, which also garnered James Cromwell an Oscar nomination for his performance. Having an eye for talent in the indie world, she cast Ellen Page in her first American film, HARD CANDY. Valerie also directed and produced an award winning documentary called “Cancer, it’s the System” in which she self financed. She wrote a screenplay called EVERYTHING IS GOING TO POT which she is planning to direct. In 2012, she produced a film LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan. She also produced and cast an awardwinning film entitled NEO NED, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. She also has several films in development including MEN OF GRANITE, a true story of the first generation Americans from Eastern Europe who were stopped from playing basketball because of their economic status and the color of their skin but they later went on to win the state championship in basketball.
Independent Casting Director Valerie McCaffrey joined host Janeane Bernstein June 5, 2017
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VALERIE MCCAFFREYAs an independent casting director coming from the studio level, Valerie uses her knowledge and her eye for talent to the producing capacity as well. She recently produced a film called LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan and she alsocompleted an award winning cancer documentary “Tumor, It’s in the System” in which she co-directed and co-produced. She also produced an award-winning film directed entitled NEO NED, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. Along with producing, Valerie also cast the critically acclaimed HARD CANDY(she put Ellen Page in her first American film),THE DUKES, WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW!?, and HERO WANTED with Ray Liotta and Cuba Gooding Jr. She also has worked with Academy Award director Guisseppe Tornatore on the film “Legend of 1900” starring Tim Roth. From April 1994-2000, Valerie held the position of Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line/Fine Line Films. During her tenure at New Line/Fine Line, Ms. McCaffrey cast scores of films, developing strong relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms. Amongthe many highlights of her career, she cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema’s AMERICAN HISTORY X. Mr. Norton received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his gripping portrayal and Mr. Furlong’s performance was heralded as the best of his career. From 1985-94 as a casting executive at Universal Studios she cast JamesCromwell in BABE, earning him an Oscar Nomination. She cast such films as HARD TARGET (John Woo’s first American Film) DARK MAN (Sam Raimi’s first studio film) among scores of others. She has scores of films in development, “Tad,” “Men of Granite” and the “Rene Caisse Story.” While at Universal Studios, she taught drama to inner city kids forthree and a half years for the LAPD Gang Prevention Program. She served on the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America and is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also on the Board of Directors for the World Children’s Transplant Fund, which provides life-saving organs to children.