Seattle Local members joined with film industry insiders to host a panel highlighting the challenges and opportunities of diversity in casting at a recent panel discussion. Titled Casting Equity, the May 28 panel was part of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival Forum Series.

SAG-AFTRA member and local casting director Nike Imoru assembled a team of award-winning Seattle and L.A.-based filmmakers and invited the group of producers, directors and screenwriters to share their views on casting diversity, how it informs their own work, and how they view both the independent and mainstream approaches to casting. An African-American, Asian-American, LGBTQ and black British filmmaker each shared their views, voices and experiences. 

The lively, 90-minute discussion drew a diverse contingent of performers from the Seattle Local who participated in brief scene readings, demonstrating how unconventional and bold casting choices can change the dynamics of the dramatic process and bring added depth and impact to on-screen storytelling.

The SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival. Click here for more. 

Photo: Back row, form left, Rachel Glass, Nike Imoru, LaChris Jordan, James Grixoni, Aaron Washington and David Natale. Front row, from left, Bao Tran, Wes Hurley, Kathy Hsieh, Clyde Peterson, Tee Dennard.


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