We’re currently casting for a short film treatment of White Nights, Black Paradise in the L.A. area, looking for diverse Black women 30s-60s, queer, trans, straight (and a few white folk):
Taryn Strayer, an African American accountant in her late 30s. Intelligent and reserved.
Hy Strayer (Taryn’s younger sister), sharp, irreverent but slightly unfocused young woman in her early 30s.
Jess McPherson, a 40-something African American woman and therapist who is also Taryn’s lover. Worldly, confident, calculating.
Ida Lassiter, mid 50s, African American journalist and activist. Regal, tough, a critic of the Temple.
Ernestine Markham, 60-something, African American English teacher, long time Temple member and politicized “race woman” who is loyal but also selectively skeptical.
Devera Medeiros, a Black Latina transwoman and journalist for the Peoples Forum newspaper who is in her late 30s. A Temple true believer, conscious, discerning, keen sense of fairness.
Zephyr Threadgill, a fifty-something African American woman who enjoys her unofficial role as Temple “prosecutor”.
Reverend Jim Jones, a white man in his late 40s. Volatile, insecure, devious, solicitous, endearing.
Carol, a white woman in her early 30s. Shrewd, realist, right hand woman/lieutenant to Jones and mother of one of his children.
Please send queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org