Background Actors And Extras Needed Today, Tomorrow For New Brighton Beach Movie


Are you Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian or Ukrainian? Do you live in Sheepshead Bay or Brighton Beach and have long dreamed of being in a movie? Well, thanks to filmmaker David Gutnik, you can have your chance today to be an extra in his film “Original Love,” a story about a gangster’s son who is involved in a deep family crisis.

Gutnik, a Southern Brooklyn local who ran a successful Kick Starter campaign to get his movie funded, put out a call for extras and background actors on Craigslist. Here are the relevant details for those who want to participate.

Background Actors Needed for a Russian Family Drama Movie.

Think vodka, sequin dresses, stilettos, and fur. Set in a Russian nightclub in Brighton Beach, this production promises to be fun, sexy and exciting.

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We need male/female extras of ALL AGES of EASTERN EUROPEAN DESCENT – Russians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Armenians, Albanians, Serbs – you name it! IF you do not fit this category you are still welcome to join!

The scene is an upscale evening anniversary party at the National restaurant. Extras will need to bring their own wardrobe (well dressed party clothes), and do their own hair and makeup. We are seeking all ages, both men and women, primarily of Russian or eastern European descent. They will be needed Monday April 22, and Tuesday April 23, from roughly noon-10pm, but exact times may be flexible. If you find anyone please get contact information and as much information about their availability as possible. They will be unpaid but some food will be provided. Also, they must be willing to sign an appearance release.

Shoot days for Background Actors
Monday April 22: Noon – 9pm
Tuesday April 23: 11:00am – 10pm

Background Actors will be unpaid, and will supply their own wardrobe and makeup, but food will be provided.

If you are available and interested please email OLBACKGROUND@GMAIL.COM with your name, age, availability, and contact number

Here is some important information for you to know:

1. Location — National Restaurant
273 Brighton Beach Ave
Brooklyn, New York 112351
(718) 646-1225

*You can take both B and Q Trains to Brighton Beach

2. We need you to be on time.
Monday, April 22 11:30 AM
Tuesday, April 23 11:30 AM

*We promise to let you go as soon as we can. Our days are currently scheduled to wrap at 9pm.

3. You should come dressed for a Russian anniversary party. For ladies, think fun, sexy, elegant dresses and high heel shoes. Dressed to impress. Please have hair and makeup done so that it will last all day. We ask that you stick to a dark, jewel-toned palette. Additionally, please bring a second option if possible. Finally, if you have an overcoat that you would wear with your outfit, please bring along.
4 Should you have any changes in your schedule or availability please email us ASAP

5. If you have friends or family members that would like to participate have them sign up by emailing us at The more the merrier!!

6. And lastly, it’s a party, so bring the fun and your positive energy!!!


Sounds very interesting and a lot of fun for those who want to be involved. Good luck to the producers of the movie and to everyone who goes down to check it out. If you do find yourself getting involved in the film’s production, drop us a line and let us know what your experience was like.

  • policeluvr

    Amazing they need extras for shooting in that place. One would figure that it would already be filled with the local police accepting their weekly “thank yous” from people of questionable character and nefarious means.

  • winson

    wish i was of European descent :(

  • NBCS

    Discriminating against AMERICANS. SHAME ON YOU. You can take your film and stick it where the sun don’t shine!!!!!!!!!!

    • BrooklynBus

      They said eastern European descent. Didn’t say you had to be Russian. It’s a Russian movie so what would you expect them to advertise for?

    • nyckat

      Hater- IF you bothered to look any closer it also says”IF you do not fit this category you are still welcome to join!” Hello, anyone home NBCS?? all you have to do is dig out your best clothes dress, up and show up and you too can get in a movie!! READ before you write a slander!

      • NBCS

        We are seeking all ages, both men and women, primarily of Russian or eastern European descent. LEARN HOW TO READ, IDIOT!!!!!!!!

        • ShadowLock

          American is European descent……… we have more Europeans in America, then in actually Europe! :D

  • ShadowLock

    No Pay?

    Don’t think i’m ready to miss a day of paid work for this……..

  • Andrew Kent

    I think they were looking for a stereotype but with some diversity that dosn’t challenge the authenticity. A table full of flower children might be a bit out of place, and I’m wondering if they would be accepting of people of color no matter how they were dressed.. But, hey, this is a casting call for a movie. It’s art, and, unless it will reflect badly on the neighborhood or the folks who live here, it should be supported, because local filmmaking is good for the city’s economy.