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Actor For Hire

Being a BALD, out of work actor and desperate to be seen, Jesse discovers the power of persona in the form of a cheap wig. Wearing a part to play the part can be hairy business in this industry satire where status, celebrity, and friendship are all on the line.

  • Marcus Mizelle
    Director
    The Reliever, Aloe Blacc's I Wanna Be With You, Half Empty, Eastbound and Down, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, 21 Jump Street, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
  • Marcus Mizelle
    Writer
    The Reliever, Aloe Blacc's I Wanna Be With You, Half Empty, Eastbound and Down, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, 21 Jump Street, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
  • Marcus Mizelle
    Producer
    The Reliever, Aloe Blacc's I Wanna Be With You, Half Empty, Eastbound and Down, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, 21 Jump Street, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
  • Jillian Longnecker
    Producer
    End of Watch, Undefeated (Oscar winner), Snitch, The Quiet Ones, The Woman in Black 2, A Walk Amongst the Tombstones, Parkland
  • Jesse O'Neill
    Key Cast
    Ted 2, Steve Aoki- Singularity
  • Jandres Burgos
    Key Cast
    Reclaim, Eastbound and Down, Rules of Engagement
  • Najee De-Tiege
    Key Cast
    Power Rangers Samurai
  • Greg Perrow
    Key Cast
    Sleepy Hollow, Anger Management, One Tree Hill
  • Hollie Shay
    Key Cast
    Significance, Secrets in the Snow
  • Jesse C. Boyd
    Key Cast
    The Walking Dead, Constantine, Sleepy Hollow, Veronica Mars
  • Joel Hogan
    Key Cast
    Into the Deep, Caged, Travis Jenkins
  • Brittany Finnamore
    Key Cast
    Glee, 2 Broke Girls, Rizzoli & Isles
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    14,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Dances With Films
    Hollywood, CA
    June 1, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Laugh or Die Comedy Fest
    Chicago, IL
    June 6, 2015
    Best Music
  • Temecula Independent Film Festival
    Temecula, CA
    June 11, 2015
    Best Holly-Com
  • Studio 35 Cinema Comedy Film Festival
    Columbus, OH
  • Connecticut Film Festival
    Bethel, CT
    June 17, 2015
    Select Screening
  • Warwick Drive In Film Festival
    Warwick, NY
    July 23, 2015
  • SAFilm - San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio
    August 1, 2015
    Texas Premiere
  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
    Vancouver, WA
    August 8, 2015
    Northwest Premiere
  • MiddleCoast Film Festival
    Bloomington, ID
    August 15, 2015
    Indiana Premiere
  • Film Festival of Columbus
    Columbus, OH
    August 18, 2015
  • Mosaic World Film Festival
    Rockford, IL
    August 28, 2015
  • Cincinnati Film Festival
    Cincinnati, OH
    September 12, 2015
  • New Haven International Film Festival
    New Haven, CT
    September 24, 2015
  • Other Venice Film Festival
    Venice, CA
    October 9, 2015
    Opening Night Film
  • Comedy Cluj International Film Festival
    Cluj, Romania
    October 17, 2015
    European Premiere
  • The Valley Film Festival
    North Hollywood, CA
    October 25, 2015
    Closing Night Film
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    October 23, 2015
    Florida Premiere
    BEST ENSEMBLE
  • Virginia Film Festival
    Charlottesville, VA
    November 7, 2015
    Virginia Premiere
    STAFF PICK, BEST NARRATIVE nom
  • Cucalorus Film Festival
    Wilmington, NC
    November 13, 2015
    NC Premiere
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    January 21, 2016
    BEST NARRATIVE/Monthly Select
  • International Film Festival of North Hollywood
    North Hollywood, CA
    May 1, 2016
    Closing Night Film
  • FilmShift Festival
    Somerville, MA
    October 17, 2015
    MA premiere
    Closing Night Film
Director Biography - Marcus Mizelle

Marcus is a multi faceted, Los Angeles based film and music video director, writer, producer and editor. He has directed several music videos for Interscope recording artist Aloe Blacc, Kevin Gates, Roach Gigz, Kreayshawn, Poet (Black Eyed Peas) and more. He has directed over 30 short films including the award- winning comedies The Reliever, The Buck Johnson Story and award winning crime comedy feature Half Empty. Marcus just wrapped production on his latest comedy feature Actor For Hire and now in pre production for the next feature "The Slice is Right".

With 7 years in the lighting and camera department on over 50 major productions across the US including 21 Jump Street, Eastbound and Down, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Snitch, Marcus is a technical minded, story-first director with emphasis on strong performance and theme within a comedic framework.

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Director Statement

I grew up in a quiet, conservative area of eastern North Carolina but was blessed with a father who opened my eyes to being a true individual, whether he knew it or not. Having bi-racial relationships, he showed me there was no need for discrimination in a world where there was clearly a ton. He also taught me about humor. I learned comedy by listening to his funny and sometimes terrible jokes. My Dad wasn’t as funny as he thought he was, but that made me laugh even harder. He showed me some of the most subversive films as a 7 year old. Comedies such as Eddie Murphy's "Boomerang" and “Coming to America” come to mind. You know, those really good, broad comedies with heart they don't quite make anymore.

Now, having had experience working in independent and major studio films, I've not only gotten to sharpen my craft but I've also been able to witness firsthand a class structure in Hollywood. This is what brought me to “Actor For Hire.” From a simple conversation with friend and LA neighbor Jesse, who being a white male, one would think has no discriminatory problems, the concept and twist of a struggling actor in Tinseltown was born. Since women, LGBT and other minorities are more accepted now, I realized one of the remaining discriminated groups still in the Entertainment Industry is…the poor, young, white, male…bald mother-fucking-actor!