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HBO Pilot Film Casting Call Draws Hundreds To Hastings

A long line of actors and residents lined up for Central Casting's open casting call in Hastings.
A long line of actors and residents lined up for Central Casting's open casting call in Hastings. Video Credit: Danny LoPriore
Maryann Kenehan, left, and her daughters Cailin and Mary Kate filled out forms for the open casting call in Hastings.
Maryann Kenehan, left, and her daughters Cailin and Mary Kate filled out forms for the open casting call in Hastings. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Members of a Hastings martial arts academy were on the casting call line.
Members of a Hastings martial arts academy were on the casting call line. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Hundreds showed up in Hastings for a chance at being in the upcoming HBO television pilot "The Leftovers".
Hundreds showed up in Hastings for a chance at being in the upcoming HBO television pilot "The Leftovers". Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Hundreds of aspiring actors and actresses lined up along Main St. in Hastings before 8:30 a.m. Saturday for Central Casting's open casting call for an HBO pilot film, " The Leftovers", to be filmed in the village in July.

Cailin and May Kate Kenehan and their mother Maryann stood in line and filled out forms for a chance at being an extra in the television pilot. The girls said they have been in some school plays but never a casting call.

"They've never done this before," Maryann Kenehan said. "It's going to be in Hastings, so we wanted to try." Central Casting Director Brittany Gischner conducted the "call" that drew professionals (Screen Actors Guild union members) and locals who were hoping to be chosen for several scenes to be shot in the village.

"We need approximately 2,000 background and extras for the cast at this point," Gischner said. "This is a good turnout for a small village like Hastings. We like filing in these venues because people are welcoming and the community enjoys it. We hope to use as many people from the community as we can."

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