Putting the spotlight on filmmaking's unsung hero – the casting director – "Casting By" takes us on a fast-paced journey through the last half century of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective. Pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were iconoclasts whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped put the final nail in the coffin of the old studio system and usher in the New Hollywood with movies like "Midnight Cowboy", "The Graduate", "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Bonnie and Clyde".
Marion Dougherty helped usher in the New Hollywood through her casting of films. Lynn Stalmaster did the same with movies like "The Graduate" and "Deliverance". They brought new kinds of leading men and women to the screen, such as Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman. Marion Dougherty plucked several now-iconic actors out of obscurity, among them James Dean, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close, giving them their first break in front of the camera.
With strong, original opinions about authenticity and a knack for discovering unique talent, she turned the old Hollywood system on its head by using actors with a nuanced sense of character and individuality, rather than depending on typecasting, and broke racial barriers by pairing Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the “Lethal Weapon” series. "Casting By" was presented at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2012 New York Film Festival and the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, and won the Audience Award at the 2013 Sebastapol Film Festival.