Tucson singer-songwriter and budding filmmaker Linda Chorney is looking for a few Tucsonans to help her with her latest film, "When I Sing," a full-length autobiographical feature that she's shooting around town from now through early February.
She's holding a casting call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Southern Arizona Video Productions, 911 S. Tyndall Ave., for the following roles:
• Makeup girl: Looking for a 20- to 30-year-old woman, preferably with a New York accent. (Think Marisa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinney.")
• Young Shirley: A woman 50 to 60 years old, with blue eyes and a curvy, full figure.
• Frank: A 50- to 70-year-old male with an authentic Boston accent.
To audition, send a photo and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chorney and her film crew have already begun filming around Tucson, setting scenes at downtown's Penca Restaurante, Chicago Music Store, the Mineral and Fossil Co-op and Miss Saigon on Ina Road near Interstate 10, where she is shooting an outdoor scene at the restaurant's tiki patio that will sub in for a Key West, Florida, bar.
“There’s so many things you can shoot in Tucson," said Chorney, whose film is based on her 2013 book “Who The F$%# is Linda Chorney," which recounted the independent singer's improbable 2012 Grammy nomination for best Americana album.
Chorney last year filmed "Opening Act," a documentary showing what an independent artist goes through to pursue their career.
"When I Sing" will have a couple known-name actors with a handful of Tucsonans. Chorney is playing herself “because I don’t have to pay myself. It’s the biggest role and I don’t think anybody can capture the obnoxiousness of me.” she said.
"Because it’s such an ultra low budget film because I’m an independent … it’s the story of the 99 percent of us artists who struggle to survive," she said.
Chorney is working with Harry Findysz of Southern Arizona Video Productions, who shot Chorney's music video "The Cantina." She said ocal cast members include KOLD News 13 anchor Dan Marries, Mark Irvin, Jeff Eagle, Kalena Shoman, Geg Teesdale, Gia Gerardo, Rogelio Camarillo Jr, Christopher Hokin, Ali Wood and Sara Jackson. Behind the scenes: director of photography and award winning filmmaker Evan Grae Davis, sound engineer Marten Cardona and editor Jovany Hernandez.
The majority of "When I Sing" will be filmed in Tucson. Chorney said she hopes to wrap up filming in early February.