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Hello, my name is Bruce James Bales, and I am a filmmaker from the Quad Cities. I am reaching out because my production company DEFT is casting for a short film set in the Quad Cities, and I was wondering if you could share the casting notice with some of your students.

I plan on making many more films and to build a network in Iowa and the Midwest, so I appreciate any assistance you can provide. 

The poster for the film is attached, the casting notice and a company bio are below. 

Thank you for your time. All the best. 



DEFT Productions is an independent production company based in Des Moines, Iowa focusing on commercial work, music videos, and films. DEFT has screened films at the Boston Underground Film Festival, the Interrobang Film Festival, the Muscatine Independent Film Festival, and the Snake Alley Festival of Film. DEFT's film "Marmalade" received an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Interrobang Film Festival. DEFT is set to release their newest short, OMW, in Fall 2017. 






Casting Notice - UNDERTOW


Basic Information:

Production Title:  Undertow

Union / Non-Union: Non-Union

Production Type: Independent Drama

Project Length: Short Film (8-13 minutes)

Posted on: August 30th, 2017

Production Location: Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa 

Production Companies: DEFT and Anatomical Heart Films 

Director: Jack Meggers 

Director of Photography: Bruce James Bales

Filming Locations: Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa 

Compensation: Credit, Copy, Lodging, and Meals


Key Dates:

Filming dates: October 6th-10th, 2017



After a close friend’s suspicious overdose, Cyrus is caught in the current of a drug ring. Surrounded by addicts, money envelopes, and eviction notices he succumbs to the darkness.


Character Bios:

Cyrus (Male, Age range: 18 to 28)

High school dropout, lives with his mother, desperate 


Anthony (Male, Age: 21 to 31)

Charismatic, laid back, secretly operating a drug ring


Janis (Female, Age range: 35 to 50)

Cyrus’ mother, addict, absent 


Gary (Male, Age range: 35 to 50)

Janis’ boyfriend, addict 


Harry (Male, Age range: 35 to 50)

Landlord and maintenance man, sheepish 


Aaron (Male, Age range: 18 to 28)

Cyrus’ longtime friend and drug runner


Oscar (Male, Age range: 21 to 35)



How to Submit:

Email:  Send headshots and clips / reels to 



Bruce James Bales
Filmmaker/Producer, DEFT

Editor, The Iowa Connection

Cell: 563-650-3643




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