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Victor Rasuk is an exciting talent who has amassed a strong body of work and is continually expanding as a versatile artist. Rasuk most recently appeared opposite Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as the pivotal role of José Rodriguez in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Currently, Rasuk is filming the highly anticipated sequel, FIFTY SHADES DARKER and just completed filming Sonya Goddy’s independent feature, HOLY NEW YORK.
For his feature film debut as the title character in the Sundance Film Festival hit RAISING VICTOR VARGAS (2003), Rasuk garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance. His acclaim continued with a celebrated performance as skateboard legend Tony Alva in TriStar Pictures’ LORDS OF DOGTOWN, directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Based on Stacey Peralta’s documentary DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS, the film co-starred Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, and Johnny Knoxville. In 2008 he co-starred in Kimberly Peirce’s STOP LOSS with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum, and co-starred in Steven Soderbergh’s CHE with Benicio Del Toro. Recent work includes BEING FLYNN alongside Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, JOBS with Ashton Kutcher, and GODZILLA with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
On Television, Rasuk is best known for his award-nominated work in HBO’s “How to Make it in America” as series lead Cam. He also had a recurring role on the final season of the seminal drama ER and starred in Kevin Williamson’s CBS drama, “Stalker.” Rasuk can most recently be seen in the USA series, “Colony.”
A native New Yorker, Rasuk began acting at age 14. In 1998, he starred in “Five Feet High and Rising,” Peter Sollett’s short that garnered awards at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. Rasuk went on to study acting at the Professional Performing Arts School and HB Studios in Manhattan before collaborating with Sollett again on RAISING VICTOR VARGAS.
Stars Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana could attend
A decade after the release of his debut feature film, “Haven,” writer-director Frank E. Flowers is bringing some of the cast and crew of the movie back to the island for the Cayman International Film Festival.
The final lineup is not yet confirmed but could include mega-stars Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana. The festival will feature a screening of a previously unreleased director’s cut of the movie, which was shot entirely in Grand Cayman.
Mr. Flowers, currently working on a biopic of basketball star LeBron James, said, “The cast and crew fell in love with our beautiful island, and even though the event is still in early stages, a handful of the actors have already confirmed their attendance.”
He said he could not confirm individual appearances at this stage, but is hopeful the key players will be involved.
“For us, it’s about getting the whole gang back together. It was a privilege to work with such a talented group of people, some of whom became lifelong friends.
“Everyone had such a beautiful experience, we want to bring them back and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film,” he said.
The director believes the film industry in Cayman has come a long way since he broke new ground, shooting the entire movie on the island in 31 days.
“At the time it was a real community effort. We had a mix of Hollywood professionals and people who just stepped up to help. People opened up their homes and businesses to us, that’s what made it so special.”
He said events like the film festival, which will take place in July and will also feature cast and crew from the new “Star Wars” movie, show the progress that had been made.
A new film industry is emerging around a community of young artists who are taking movie making to the next level in Cayman, Mr. Flowers said.
Mr. Flowers, who recently co-wrote Sundance award-winning movie “Metro Manila,” would like to bring another feature film or television show to Cayman.
“With the right story and the right script, I’d love to do it,” he said.
“Haven,” described as a story of seemingly unconnected lives that intersect on a Caribbean island with violent results, was produced by Academy Award nominee Robbie Brenner, who also produced “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Its cast includes Orlando Bloom (“Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”), Zoe Saldana (“Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek”), Bill Paxton (“Titanic,” “Aliens,”) Anthony Mackie (“8-Mile,” “Captain America”) and Ky-Mani Marley (“Shottas”).
Festival Director Tony Mark said, “This movie is such an important part of Cayman’s film history for many reasons. It was the first movie shot entirely in the Cayman Islands; it was the catalyst for the launch of the local film industry; it opened the eyes of aspiring Caymanian filmmakers and indeed the people of Cayman to the possibility of Cayman being a world-class filming destination; and most of all it was done by one of Cayman’s very own, a native son.
“This is a time to celebrate ‘Haven’s’ artistic contribution to the Cayman Islands and the legacy it has created for future Caymanian actors, directors, writers, producers, and more over the past 10 years.”
CayFilm takes place from July 1-4 and includes daily film screenings, question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops and two celebrity gala events. The closing gala will feature an awards ceremony where an award for best local filmmaker, named after Frank E. Flowers, will be presented for the first time.
For those that missed his amazing panel last year, you will have another chance to hear him talk about the early days of Pixar and computer animation. This year we will be honoring Loren by naming the Animation award after him.
Here is his bio
He is a co-founder and was the chief scientist of Pixar Animation Studios.
Loren Carpenter revolutionized the entire film industry through inventing cinema-quality digital image synthesis for animation and visual effects. In 2001 he and 2 colleagues were awarded the only Oscar statuettes ever given for computer science. Following Disney’s acquisition of Pixar, Carpenter became a Senior Research Scientist. He recently transitioned from his position in Disney/Pixar’s research division to that of a visiting scholar at the Institute for Noetic Sciences. In addition to his award-winning work in computer animation, Loren and his wife Rachel have explored new concepts in interactivity and computer art through their own company, Cinematrix, Inc.
It is a pleasure to have Loren here to present the award for the best animated film submitted this year!
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