PROJECT: Port Authority
TYPE: Feature Film
GENRE: Drama
STUDIO: Madeleine Films (Paris)
DIRECTOR: Danielle Lessovitz
CASTING DIRECTORS: Damian Bao and Kate Antognini
SHOOT DATES: Starts June 2018 for 4-6 weeks
PAID OPPORTUNITY: $$$ will be discussed when talent moves to the final round

New York. A teenage boy’s life is thrown into disarray when he is forced to leave his aunt’s home in a small Midwestern or Southern town and move in with a cousin he’s never met before in New York City. After not being picked up at the Port Authority bus station, an abandoned Paul is thrust into brutal city life battling means of survival and morality. Finding salvation in the form of his love for a beautiful woman of color from a vibrant dance community in the Bronx, NY, Paul is left alone to face the discomfort of navigating a romance as he grows into his own identity.

Casting Directors Damian Bao and Kate Antognini are excited to announce the nationwide open call for award-winning director Danielle Lessovitz’s first narrative feature film, “Port Authority.” Ms. Lessovitz was trained in documentary filmmaking at Northwestern before heading to New York to do a Master’s in Film at NYU. Her short films and video installations have won awards and shown at 40 film festivals worldwide. She currently is the Head of Film Lab and a film professor at Rutgers.

Damian Bao and Kate Antognini are casting directors based in New York City with over 10 years of experience contributing to the casting of the world’s top fashion shows, advertising campaigns, national and international commercials, and award-winning films. Along with working with the world’s top models and actors, they are known for specializing in real people casting by discovering talent organically in the streets. They have contributed to projects for Conde Nast, Vogue, Teen Vogue, GQ, Tory Burch, Nike, NFL, Levi’s, Lowe’s, Amazon, Cadillac, DKNY, Gucci, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, HP, Michael Kors, Mercedes-Benz, DVF, H&M, Burberry, Desigual, CNN, 20th Century Fox, and Vice.

All actors and non-actors are welcome to submit to the Online Open Call. Acting experience is not required to be considered.


  • For the lead role of Paul, which is open to talent in all 50 U.S. states, click here.

  • For leading and supporting roles open to NYC locals, please click here.

  • To submit to be an extra in the movie, click here.