JAKE VALORE (35-40) - Lead. An alcoholic private detective who's been living at the bottom of a whiskey bottle ever since falling from grace
as a police detective and losing the love of his life (Lana). A wise cracking bulldog who can take a punch, when Jake sets his mind on something
he can't let it go. He accepts that the world is corrupt, but in his heart he believes in redemption, justice, and true love. Stunt fighting
experience a big plus. Involves kissing, and must be comfortable being scantily dressed in one scene.
LANA PRICE (25-35) - Lead. An independent woman who had a good job as a city employee until she dated Jake and fell from grace along with him. After a dark period, she embraced the punk music world and everything in it. Complex and guarded, she can switch to either side of an issue in a heartbeat. She always acts in her own best interest, but she's capable of love in her own way. Involves kissing, and must be comfortable being scantily dressed in one scene.
DET. MELVIN MORELAND (35-45) - Strong supporting. Jake's best friend who also suffered from Jake's downfall, but he's a family man and keeps his nose clean. He's' loyal and fair, and honest as long as it serves the greater good.
DET. CLARK ROGERS (30-35) - Strong supporting. A crooked cop who's on the take. He's a hothead but knows how to put on a good front, and he always ends up on the winning side of any fight.
PAULA STEINBACH (40-50) - Strong supporting. A tough, foul mouthed New Yorker who migrated west for adventure and ended up owning a punk music club. She likes the music but she’s all business and stays away from the darker side of the punk scene.
MANDY F-BOMB (20-30) - Strong supporting. The stylish lead singer of a punk band. She's good at marketing herself as the “diva” of the punk world, but she can always go back to her family's home in Malibu for cash.
SCUMMY TED (18-21 to play 17) - Strong supporting. A skinny homeless street kid who cleans up at a punk music club in exchange for a place to sleep. He's a thief who has a long rap sheet even at his age, and he's an outsider who knows how to keep things to himself. Despite his small stature and lack of money, he's a survivor.
CHANCE (40-50) - Strong supporting. The sound engineer for a punk club and music producer at a low-rent recording studio. He's elusive and shifty, skims money from studio business and drug traffic, and thinks he's god's gift to the planet. He's on a different drug every day.
JIMMY RIVA (30-35) - Strong supporting. A sadistic enforcer for the mob. He talks loud and is good at manipulating people, and relies on his partner Carlo for extra muscle. He's a rising star in the mob, always looking to make a move in his own interest. Stunt fighting experience a big plus.
CARLO AMATO (35-40) - Supporting. Big and tall, over 6'2" and pure muscle. The type you can see taking on six people at once and winning easily. A non-speaking role but his intimidating presence is felt throughout the movie. Stunt fighting experience a big plus.
VINCENZO ALTIERE (60-70) - Supporting. A mob boss who's been at the top for over 20 years. In recent years he's become isolated, slowly losing his mind due to estrangement from his only son Ludo, along with increasing drug abuse. He's an amateur musician and a big Elvis fan.
MARCY MORELAND (25-35) - Supporting. Melvin's wife and mother of their two children. She has a natural intuition about people that serves her well. She despises Jake for the trouble he's caused, and just wants her husband to be safe.
KELLEN (45-55) - Supporting. The bartender at a cop bar. He keeps his ears closed and his eyes on his work. He's a survivor. He likes punk music.
LARRY (25-30) - Supporting. The facto leader of a group of three street punks along with Darryl and Other Darryl. Sports a Mohawk and tattoos. A failed musician with a criminal mind, he's tough, sarcastic, and good with his fists. Stunt fighting experience a big plus.
DARRYL (25-30) - Supporting. A member of Larry's street punk gang, but smaller than the others and the type to carry a switchblade. Piercings, tattoos, and a smart mouth. Stunt fighting experience a big plus.
OTHER DARRYL (25-30) - Supporting. A member of Larry's street punk gang, he's more impulsive than the others, wears a dog collar, and is the type to throw a bottle at a musician at a punk music show. Stunt fighting experience a big plus.
LOUIS (35-45) - Supporting. Bartender at a punk music club. A little chipper, he's a surprisingly sweet guy in a hardened world. He has a crush on punk music diva Mandy.
CAPTAIN HARRIS (55-60) - Supporting. A hardened police captain who is firm but fair. He still has a chip on his shoulder from a divorce years ago, but has a paternal attitude toward the men under his command that surfaces on occasion.
T.V. NEWS REPORTER (35-50) - Supporting. News anchor for network television. Classic on-camera presence.
CORONER SIMMS (40-50) - Minor Supporting. A guy who's seen everything and isn't phased regardless of how brutal the crime scene is. Dry, a bit smarmy, and very seasoned, he finds offbeat humor in his work and takes a good natured poke at the cops now and then.
GAVIN PISS (35-40) - Minor Supporting. Scottish lead singer of a punk band. Must have authentic Scottish accent.
SKINNY CAB DRIVER (55-65) - Minor Supporting. An overworked cabbie who just wants to listen to punk music on his radio and get through his shift without incident. A short fuse.
CAB DRIVER (45-55) - Minor Supporting. A cabbie who'd rather drive by a faire than make the money. Cautious.
ARTHUR HOROWITZ (50-60) - Minor Supporting. Long time mob lawyer, with an alpha lawyer mentality and a sleazy underbelly.
VARIETY OF FEATURED CHARACTERS (21-65) - Featured speaking roles with a line or two of dialogue who will double as background: Guitarist, Bassist, Drummer, Sax Player, Old Punk, Uniformed Policeman, Desk Sergeant, Fight Club Punks, Doorman, Bouncer.
December, 2018: We are pleased to announce that Dane Bowling is the winner of the 2018 Kleer Bros. Story to Screen Award for the screenplay Punk Noir" written by Dane and his writing partner Ethan Stanislawski. These writers worked very hard during the mentoring phase of the award to complete their screenplay at a high level of excellence. It's not easy to take a story from synopsis to completed script in only three months, but Dane and Ethan took on the task with enthusiasm, and guided by mentor Kirk Ryde they have produced a script that Kirk believes will lead to a film of lasting beauty.
Dane and Ethan are great writers," says Kirk, "collaborative, creative and open minded, and they showed consistency of effort throughout the writing phase of the award. I'm excited to be producing "Punk Noir" and look forward to premiering this film at AOF Megafest 2019. See you all in Vegas!"