Casting Cesar Chavez: An American Hero

Cesar Chavez: An American Hero

FEATURE FILM BIOPIC PAID SAG-AFTRA
Directed by
Producer(s)
Prod. dates Apr 30, 2012 - Jun 15, 2012 (approx.)
Location(s) Mexico & USA
Starring Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera
Union/Rate SAG-AFTRA fully paid.

Synopsis
CHAVEZ depicts the struggle of the produce workers in Southern California and their united effort to overcome racial injustice and economic discrimination. Cesar Chavez was a dedicated family man, a devote catholic, and a true humanitarian at heart. Charismatic and genuinely kind, the call to help his fellow man was undeniable. His calling led him to the grape fields of Southern California where working conditions were extremely poor and often hazardous. Chavez soon recognized the need to unite these workers on a vast scale, and soon, with the help of his closest friends, formed the National Farm Workers Association. Despite physical, mental and financial hardships, Chavez continued to garner support from the Hispanic community.

With perseverance, tenacity and a union with over fifty thousand strong, Chavez effectively implemented a series of nationwide strikes and boycotts on California produce. These strikes eventually enabled Chavez’s organization to renegotiate contracts with the Growers and insured workers’ rights and wages for years to come. His achievements and accomplishments exemplify that of a hero, but his peaceful methods and absolute integrity render him nothing less than a legend.
Read the Wikipedia entry on César Chávez.

Screenplay by Keir Pearson.

Lead roles

CLOSED Male

César Chávez:

35-40, (Latino/Hispanic)
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Supporting roles

CLOSED Female

Helen Chávez:

30-35, (Latino/Hispanic)
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CLOSED Female

Dolores Huerta:

30-35, (Latino/Hispanic)
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CLOSED Male

Tony Orendain:

35-45, (Latino/Hispanic)
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CLOSED Female

Sylvia Chávez:

14-16, (Latino/Hispanic)
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Small/Featured roles

CLOSED Female

Susana:

50-75, (Latino/Hispanic)
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CLOSED Male

Foreman:

30-50, (Caucasian/white)
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CLOSED Male

Senator Murphy:

50-70, (Caucasian/white)
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CLOSED Male

Kennedy Staffer:

25-35, (Caucasian/white)
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CLOSED Male

Deputy Galen:

25-40, (Caucasian/white)
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CLOSED Malefemale

Reporters:

30-50, (Caucasian/white, African, Ethiopian)
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CLOSED Malefemale

Farm Workers:

18-65, (Latino/Hispanic, African, Ethiopian, Asian Chinese, Asian...)
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Casting by

Heidi Levitt, CSA

Audition deadline

Apr 11, 2012 Check time

Auditions accepted from

Mexico, United States

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