Santa Fe, N.M.—October 7, 2013— Midthunder Casting, a New Mexico–based casting company with a pulse on the entire Southwestern region, is collaborating with Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) and has recently opened an office in the Film School. Midthunder chose to work with SFUAD to take advantage of the university’s on-campus Garson Studios, the availability of fresh talent, and potential collaborative opportunities through the Film School.
“In the short time since we opened our office on campus, we’ve been delighted by the students’ refreshing enthusiasm and wonderment,” said Angelique Midthunder, CSA, the company’s casting director. “Being a part of their first auditioning process through our open casting calls has been rewarding, and we look forward to passing along our knowledge and experience through workshops and internships. We are honored to be a part of SFUAD, and we look forward to future collaborations with this next generation of filmmakers.”
Midthunder Casting has already encouraged SFUAD students to attend open casting calls for a New Mexico Department of Tourism commercial; Big Sky, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) feature film; and a still-untitled SAG feature film written and directed by Neil LaBute.
“Midthunder Casting is dedicated to supporting fresh talent and offering specialized assistance to SFUAD filmmakers,” said Paula Amanda, associate chair of The Film School at SFUAD. “Besides auditioning for appropriate roles through Midthunder Casting, students will have the opportunity to meet with Midthunder Casting for casting and acting advice, internships and participation in various workshops.”
The Film School at SFUAD has plans to introduce other industry partners—who will all have on-campus office locations —before the end of the year.
About Midthunder Casting
Midthunder Casting is dedicated to the art of the casting process and to showcasing the vibrant blend of talents that make up New Mexico’s multicultural communities. Based in Santa Fe, with a pulse on the entire Southwestern region, Midthunder Casting understands the importance of finding fresh faces and presenting the best seasoned talent. Midthunder has a reputation of preserving integrity in cultural casting while recognizing the value of creative freedom. Company director Angelique Midthunder, an Emmy-nominated member of the Casting Society of America, is joined by Jennifer Schwalenberg, former deputy director of the New Mexico Film Office. Midthunder Casting provides principal cast members for feature films, television series, commercials, and print ads. For more information, visit www.midthundercasting.com.
About The Film School at SFUAD
The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers a relevant, hands-on BFA curriculum that emphasizes production skills, business savvy, and storytelling across multiple film and video platforms. Films such as True Grit and Cowboys & Aliens and TV dramas such as Longmire have been shot at the university’s Garson Studios, where students have the opportunity to intern on professional productions on two motion picture soundstages—at 14,000 and 7,500 square feet. The Film School also has its own 2,200-square-foot soundstage and green screen, as well as a professional set from The Sunset Limited. The Screen, a popular destination within the Garson Communications Center, shows some of the greatest works of world cinema daily for students and the public.