Education in Acting—Frank Zuniga, former head of the New Mexico State Film Office, founder of the SouthWest Institute of Film and Television and longtime film director for Disney, is starting up a series of Red Thunder Film Academy Workshops at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The first is a yearlong Film Acting Workshop starting Saturday, Sept. 17. This 12-week program will explore the spectrum of acting techniques and disciplines used in film acting. Character analysis, subtext, voice, body control, breathing techniques and sense memory will all be integral parts of the introductory program. A comprehensive approach is emphasized in this workshop and participants will walk away with an understanding of agents, lawyers, managers, auditions, networking and other important facets of the actor's life. The fee for the workshop is $200 a month and will be limited to 24 participants. Workshops will take place in the Roy E. Disney Center for the Performing Arts at the NHCC (1701 Fourth Street SW). For more information, contact Frank Zuniga at 898-5838.
Casting Call—Mali Finn Casting is seeking young boys and girls to play opposite Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson in a feature film to be shot on location in New Mexico this fall. The movie, a psychological action film titled Seraphim Falls, takes place during the post-Civil War era. All characters must have a Victorian look. According to the casting agency, these characters have lived hard lives and their faces and bodies reflect that. The agency is currently searching for actors in two roles. Charlotte is described as: Female, Caucasian. Must be 18 or older to play 16. Scrawny, dirty and tough. Not classically ’Hollywood beautiful.' Strong and able to take care of herself. Nathaniel is described as: Male, Caucasian. Age 9-11. Scrawny, wily and mischievous. Has grown up without a mother, so he looks to his sister Charlotte for guidance. Interested actors or parents are advised to forward a recent photo with name, address, phone number, age and height on the back of the photo to 8284 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood, CA 90046. Send it attn: SF Kids. You can also e-mail digital photos and info to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit sfallsmovie.com.
Latin Jazz on Screen—A documentary by award-winning filmmaker and broadcast journalist Aracely Chapa featuring the life and music of internationally renowned conga musician Poncho Sanchez will screen at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18. Poncho Sanchez: Keeper of the Flame will show at 2 and 7 p.m. both days in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $5.