The Audition

A-List African American actor, Anthony, is convinced by his agent, Scott, to audition for a slavery role that is sure to win an Oscar and get Anthony recognized on a major scale. During the audition, the script becomes all too real as Anthony soon realizes that he is nothing but a modern day slave on Hollywood's auction block.

  • Everett Mason
    Director
    Happy Birthday, Getting To Know America
  • Everett Mason
    Writer
    Happy Birthday, Getting To Know America
  • Everett Mason
    Producer
    Happy Birthday, Getting To Know America
  • Carlos Solorzano
    Producer
    Getting To Know America
  • Austin Uku
    Key Cast
  • Laurent Andruet
    Key Cast
  • Darrin Giossi
    Key Cast
  • Joe Kelly
    Key Cast
  • Giovanni Savoia
    Key Cast
  • Christopher A George
    Director of Photography
    Happy Birthday
  • Carlos Solorzano
    Director of Photography
    Happy Birthday, Getting To Know America
  • Hayet Gessese
    Boom Operator
  • Everett Mason
    Editor
    Happy Birthday
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The People's Film Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
  • Black Web Fest

    United States
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Verge Film Awards

    United States
    Best Short Film
  • Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards & Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Hewes Pictures
    Country: United States
    Rights: Ship
  • Kweli TV
    Country: United States
    Rights: Pay Per View
Director Biography - Everett Mason

Everett was born in the Philippines and raised around multiple cities in southern California. Being a Navy brat, he also bounced around from school to school. He was forced to constantly make friends of different ethnicities and make friends from different social classes. This helped shape him as a writer. His films are though provoking, edgy, abstract and will spark conversation. His goal is to spark more creativity and tell the untold stories.

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Director Statement

One night after watching 12 Years A Slave, I became frustrated. Another movie telling me about how my ancestors were just slaves for 2 hours. I immediately went home and wrote this script. I knew why the big studios created these movies, but I wondered why black actors kept accepting these roles. I specifically focused on the scene in 12 years a slave where slaves are inside the house being auctioned off as slave owners have a "look around." I then thought to myself, how can I show a modern day auction block of black actors in the entertainment industry? An audition.

The goal of this film is to show that we need a change in the industry, and we need it now. My generation has two options when it comes to film making: Continue the path of creating the same stories, typecasting, withhold truth, and create 40 remakes of the same movie, or do the opposite and start a new wave.

It's important to know that although my focus on this film is with African Americans, I'm also speaking about other ethnicities accepting stereotypical roles, as well as the major film industries constantly offering those roles, and those roles only.