Masterwork: Industry Conversation with Casting Director Sarah Clark

Monday, September 28, 7:00PM CST

A program of Chicago Filmmakers

General admission: $15
Free for Reeling all-access passport holders

Introducing Masterwork: Industry Conversations, a new series of interviews with long established and award-winning filmmakers to learn in-depth details about their journey in the filmmaking world, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Join us for Sarah Clark on Masterwork: Industry Conversations September 28, 2020 at 8 PM ET, 7 CT, 6 MT, 5 PT. Sarah Clark is the casting director at Compass Casting, an Emmy-nominated producer, and award-winning director. She’s been fortunate to work on films like AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, TO THE WONDER, RUDDERLESS, and many more. Sarah has worked with thousands of actors for hundreds of commercials for clients such as Ford, Nike, and Corona. She’s also a proud member of the Casting Society of America.

She started casting eleven years ago and moved to Chicago to work with our city’s amazing talent and to start her own business, Compass Casting. She’s passionate about being an advocate for actors and working hard to make the best possible projects for filmmakers.

In 2018, Sarah founded Blue Door, now The Forge, as a way to continue to teach and help actors hone their on-camera craft. She realized that while there are amazing acting studios in the city, none are solely for on-camera talent. So Sarah started the studio to fill that void. She didn’t realize the business would grow as fast as it did.

When the acting studio outgrew its small office in 2019, Sarah mounted an Indiegogo campaign to help build a new space to not only continue fostering the growth of the talent pool in Chicago, but also to give out-of-town production companies a place to cast and work. The campaign reached 101% of its goal. The Forge is now part of the Cayce Family collection of small businesses committed to fair pay for their employees, gender and racial equality and leaving their community better than they found it. It includes Compass Casting, Plain White Mug, a production company and many more. Her students have landed work on network shows, feature films, and national commercials.

When she’s not working, Sarah says she is trying new coffee brands and planning her wedding with her brilliant wife-to-be.

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This event is a Production of Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling.