Andrea James

Casting Pearls

“Casting Pearls” is a short comedic film which illustrates the difficulties transwomen face in Hollywood. Calpernia Addams stars as The Actress, and we follow her on a hectic series of auditions. Despite all the horrible, funny and cruel things said by various Hollywood industry people, The Actress carries on with plucky determination and professionalism, showing that decades of bias can’t hold back the artistic contributions of transgender people in the media.

Premiered at Frameline on 21 June 2007.

Runtime: 00:06:41
Country: USA
Language: English
Format: High Definition Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.77 : 1 (widescreen letterbox)

  • Starring Calpernia Addams as “The Actress”
  • Director: Andrea James
  • Director of Photography: Lisa Wiegand
  • Written by Andrea James and Calpernia Addams
  • Off-camera voices: Andrea James
  • Produced by: Andrea James, Calpernia Addams, Ron Nyswaner
  • First AC: Joe Zovko, John Orphan
  • Second AC/Video Playback: Emily Langner, Christopher Smith
  • Gaffer: Shane Reed, Mike Roy
  • Audio: Hope Vinitsky
  • Editor: Debra DeSilva
  • Hand model/Set stud: Peter Foltz
  • Music: Andrea James
  • Filmed at: The Complex, The Syndicate, Big Time Picture Co.
  • Edited at: Big Time Picture Co., Ren Mar Studios






Casting Pearls photos

Festival screenings

Frameline 31, San Francisco, CA, June 21, 2007

Outfest 25, Los Angeles , CA, July 20, 2007

Gender Odyssey, Seattle, WA, September 1, 2007

Fresno Reel Pride, Fresno, CA, September 21, 2007

Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, Austin, TX, September 29, 2007

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Albuquerque, NM, September 29, 2007

Gay Days Anaheim, Anaheim, CA, October 5, 2007

Woodstock Film Festival, Woodstock, NY, October 12, 2007

Sacramento Int’l LGBT Film Festival, Sacramento, CA, October 13, 2007

Reel Pride Michigan, Royal Oak , MI, October 16, 2007

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Seattle, WA, October 20, 2007

Click List: Best in Short Film, Logo Network, October 24, 2007

Rehoboth Beach Society Ind. Film Fest, Rehoboth Beach, DE, November 9, 2007

TrannyFest, San Francsico, CA, November 9, 2007

MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York City , NY, November 16, 2007

BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, London, March 27, 2008

Media coverage

Casting Pearls news

“Pariah” Leads The Pack of Outstanding Shorts at Outfest ’07.
by Kim Adelman. July 18, 2007, IndieWIRE

Scene: Los Angeles Oufest

by Karman Kregloe
August 16, 2007

Outfest Wednesdays Favorite Girls’ Shorts, Saturday.
Staff report, September 22, 2007, LA Weekly

Outfest Wednesdays Favorite Girls’ Shorts, featuring Andrea James’ Casting Pearls, Rebecca Feldman’s My First Time Driving, Christy Wegener’s Long Ago, Nicola Marsh’s Last Exit, Melanie McGraw’s Pitstop, and Dee Rees’ Pariah, winner of the Outfest 2007 Audience Award and Grand Jury Award for Dramatic Short Film.

Out There

by Roberto Friedman
September 20, 2007
Bay Area Reporter