From time to time, Senior Planet receives requests from casting agencies looking for help in finding senior subjects for film and television, as well as other requests for seniors to get involved in projects of various kinds. In our new occasional Bulletin Board feature, we’ll pass along any that look worth following up. (We haven’t fully vetted these opportunities; click on the links at the end of each entry to draw your own conclusions.)
Later Life Lovers for TV Show
Matador, a media company headquartered in NY and LA that creates documentaries, series, specials and other programming for TV (recently, “Banksy Does New York” for HBO, “Country Buck$” for A&E), is looking to cast a couple age 55-plus for a TLC Network show.
“It’s a feel good show about two people who happen to find love later on in life,” Matador casting director Cynthia Magana writes. Matador is seeking a “fun, outrageous and exciting” older couple who are dating and/or engaged to be married. The crew will follow the couple to the altar – or not, if marriage isn’t in the cards.
[update] Matador is now offering a $500 finders fee to anyone who can help them find the right couple.
How to respond If you’re that couple or know a pair of fun, older lovebirds in a fairly new relationship:
- Contact Magana at Matador by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Put “Couples” in the subject line
- In the body of your email, include your name, age, a photo, a short account of your love story and your contact information.
Older Man for a Short Arthouse Film [Update: This role has been filled]
Adán Aliaga is a Spanish independent filmmaker known for quiet, sensitive films and TV series. His next short film, “The Walker,” will be shot in late January in NYC.
The production is seeking a senior man to play Jeff, the walker. Director Aliaga prefers to work with non-actors, so no acting experience is necessary.
Aliaga’s assistant director Mario Aranguen sent us this character information: “Jeff is quite a character. In his 40 years as a postman he never lost a letter. Jeff is a nice and talkative person if he likes the person who is in front of him, but if he doesn’t he won’t hide it.”
More on the film’s theme from Aranguen: “It’s the story of a man who wants to feel the pleasure of walking, being in contact with the ground, walk to meet with people on the road, to rediscover the world under his feet.
“Walk for pleasure, walk to forget and to remember, to find the way, to feel free. Walk to be happy. Regain the feeling that anything can happen. Every day is a different adventure that you never know what will come next. Enjoy the smell of wet soil, a night bath, the sound of birds, fresh wind in the face.
“He does not know yet, but the Mateo’s way has just begun. Ahead, 12,000,000 steps, 10 pairs of shoes, hundreds of conversations, feelings, laughter and tears. He will walk, make photos, and build their “emotional” map of the city of NY.
How to respond This role has been filled.