Casting By is a documentary by Tom Donahue that features Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Lane, Jon Voight, Bette Midler and John Travolta all discussing Hollywood’s unsung heroes – the casting director.
Synopsis: The doc is about the history and impact of the Hollywood Casting Director featuring the accomplishments of the “one-woman casting revolution” Marion Dougherty. One of the last of the true Hollywood originals, legendary casting director Marion Dougherty had a career in movies and television that spanned 50 years. Marion Dougherty’s legacy, well-represented in over 100 motion pictures and over 1000 television programs, brought to the screens, large and small, the likes of Al Pacino, Glenn Close, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Richard Gere, Christopher Walken, Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Robert Duvall, Diane Lane, Brooke Shields, Brendan Fraser, Martin Sheen and Bette Midler, and enduring, timeless movie unforgettables such as The Sting, Midnight Cowboy, Slaughterhouse-Five, Lenny, Pretty Baby, The Last Picture Show, The Killing Fields, A Little Romance, The Great Gatsby, The Man Without A Face, Lethal Weapon and Batman.
HBO Documentary Films has just acquired U.S. rights to the film and plans to premiere it in the near future.