Writer / director Kyle Laursen’s live-action short Josiah examines problems in the creative process of a casting room, breaking down unconscious stereotypes and complex power dynamics based on race, class, and gender. Outstanding actors include Kevin Dunn (VEEP), Luke Forbes (Crown Heights), Melanie Chandra (Code Black) and Mather Zickel (Better Things). This latest film will soon be screened at the Oscar Qualifying Bogota Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival and the St. Louis International Film Festival.
Brandon, a talented actor who has not yet broken through, is auditioning for yet another stereotypical part of a historic television series. Being the only black guy in a Hollywood setting isn’t uncommon for him, but if something unexpected happens in this casting session, Brandon and three other perspectives in the room must battle for a role that could actually change his life.
Kyle Laursen graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received a BFA in film production and a BA in film studies. Kyle completed his MFA in Directing from UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, where he wrote, produced, and directed several short films that have been shown at film festivals across the country. Kyle received the Hollywood Foreign Press Award and the Stanley Kramer Directing Award for his film work. He spent three years as development manager at Plan B Entertainment and is currently producing television for Big Beach. Kyle wrote, directed, and produced Josiah.