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Introducing: The Casting Work of New Member Susan Shopmaker
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Susan Shopmaker
Casting Director

For over two decades, Susan has been a recognized name in the world of independent film for her work as a casting director on numerous award-winning films. From large ensembles to small-scale intimate dramas, here are a few of the key titles from the new Casting Directors branch member that show off her ability to perfectly match an actor and role.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch
2001
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John Cameron Mitchell’s big-screen adaptation of his smash hit stage musical charts the wig-heavy, titular East Berlin rock singer on an odyssey through low-rent music gigs that lead to a very unique kind of love story.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene
2011
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Elizabeth Olsen’s breakthrough indie performance anchors this unnerving look at a young woman’s attempts to put her life back together after being brainwashed by a cult. Each carefully chosen actor fills out a significant piece of this chilling psychological puzzle—from its searing lead performance down to the tiniest bit parts.

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Beach Rats
2017
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A gritty slice of life, Eliza Hittman’s visually stunning second feature looks at the subculture of drugs, hookups, and the challenges of growing up around Coney Island. The film calls for a wide array of ages and body types to create this convincing world, which almost feels at times like a documentary.

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First Reformed
2017
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Before working with director Paul Schrader on this year’s The Card Counter, Susan first teamed up with him for this powerful, Oscar-nominated character study featuring Ethan Hawke as a tormented minister considering an act of extremism. Razor-sharp casting choices across the board help bring this story of internal conflict to life, including successful casting against type for Amanda Seyfried and Cedric the Entertainer.

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Sound of Metal
2019
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Nominated for six Oscars and a winner of two, this unforgettable character study received nods for two of its players, Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci. However, the whole cast—including a group of unforgettable children—make an impression in this haunting look at a rock drummer’s attempts to cope with his sudden and rapidly escalating hearing loss.

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