Feature Film Supporting Actress: Rape Victim's Advocate Counselor
$200 - $300 per day
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
We are casting for the supporting role of Jenny Price, a Rape Victim Advocate and Counselor for our feature film entitled, To Avenge. Contingent on the success of our crowdfunding campaign, projected start date to begin filming is Spring/April 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: We will be filming on the East Coast in Ocean City, Maryland and the surrounding resort towns of Fenwick Island, Slaughter Beach and Lewes, DE with additional scenes shooting in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE.
"To Avenge" tells the story of two women, Vera and Taarna and the aftermath of a terrible crime.
Character background: Vera is a young woman who is sexually assaulted during an off-season visit to the shore. Returning to her family's small beach house one evening, she is followed and brutally attacked by a group of four men. Her physical wounds are few and heal fairly quickly, but in the weeks and months that follow the assault, she feels victimized again as her attackers are caught then released due to "lack of evidence". Behind the scenes political influence exerted by the accused men's wealthy parents, results in the charges being dropped. It becomes a "he said, she said" scenario and Vera is stunned to learn her attackers will go free.
Vera is a strong woman who's fiercely independent and after a short stay with her parents, she returns home and to her job - looking to regain her life and some sense of normalcy.
Unknown to Vera, someone is watching - a mysterious woman who believes what happened is unacceptable and wants to make things right by any means necessary. She refuses to live in a world where people like Vera's attackers commit terrible crimes then go free with a smile on their faces. Over the course of the film, while Taarna takes bold action, Vera shows her strength and resilience in a more subtle way. While she was the victim of a unspeakable crime, Vera chooses to not remain so. We see her slowly, but progressively leaving her "dark place" behind, opting to live again and regain that part of herself she had buried beneath the pain.
Character Description: Rape Victim Advocate/Counselor, Jenny Price
Jenny Price started her career as an Emergency Room nurse. After too many years of seeing scores of women come through the revolving doors of the ER as victims of sexual assault, Nurse Price decided to return to school to get training as a Rape Victim Advocate and counselor. Afterwards, she feels she is better prepared and equipped to help women through the painful process that comes with reporting a sexual assault - from the ER visit, to the doctor's examination, the "rape kit" and dealing with the authorities as they show up to take the victim's statement. The process can be rough and Jenny Price's job is to help make things go as smoothly as possible for the women in her care.
Jenny Price is, above all, well meaning. From her decision to go into nursing to later becoming a Victim's Advocate, it was always her goal to help people. For many, Jenny is a welcome presence bedside after an assault. She offers a soft voice, answers questions, will run out for coffee or a soda, fluff a pillow and basically lend a sympathetic ear. She's often prone to the "seen it all before" mentality that leads her to believe since she has everyone's best interests at heart, that she also knows what's best for everyone as well. She's used to telling everyone the importance of getting into counseling after such an assault because she has seen it help so many women over the years.
In the case of Vera, Jenny runs into a bit of a snag. Immediately after her assault, Vera - as a fiercely independent young woman, goes into self-preservation mode. Other than treatment for her physical condition, feels no need for psychological or spiritual counseling. When Jenny begins to tell her about the wonderful group counseling sessions that her womens' advocacy group runs, Vera has no interest.
Jenny explains that she has "seen this all a thousand times before" and that young women often try to make it all go away by pretending it didn't happen. Vera assures her she knows what happened to her and isn't trying to pretend it away. Jenny doesn't let the matter drop and continues to explain that many women try to repress their feelings which can have devastating effects.
Vera thanks Jenny for her concern, but assures her she's not doing anything of the kind. She's not pretending it didn't happen and she's not trying to repress her feelings - It's simply her personal belief that she wouldn't benefit from sitting in a room full of other rape victims listening to their horror stories and recounting her own. "What good can come of that? Vera asks? It's not going to change what happened - it's not going to make me feel better to recount my story every week - and it won't make me feel any better to hear the horrors other women have suffered through... If your counseling helps other women - great, but it's not for me".
Unfortunately, Jenny doesn't let it drop there and continues to school Vera on the importance of group sessions. When her parents arrive in the ER, Vera asks Jenny to leave them alone. Finally, Vera is rid of the advocate who she felt was a bit too pushy - to the point of making a nuisance of herself with her well intentioned intervention. About a week after going home, Vera is surprised to hear from again as Ms Price "follows up" with a phone call, again encouraging Vera to get into a group session for rape victims' counseling. There's a heated exchange of words between the two as this time, Vera feels the nurse has fully overstepped her bounds and was now attempting to bully her into something she repeatedly said she did not want to do. Vera puts the nurse in her place and requests that she not bother her again.
Qualifications: Must be comfortable with and capable of handling the subject matter of sexual assault. You must be able to convey a professional (nurse/counselor) demeanor consistent with a healthcare/mental health professional who deals with severely traumatized young women. Anyone with experience in the healthcare and/or paramedical fields will be given priority consideration.
We are open to actors of all experience levels, but It's crucial that the acting for Jenny Price be believable and "feels real".
Pay level will be determined based on experience and audition performance.
Please submit if interested!