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Top Film Producer and President of Entertainment Company to Return To CayFilm

Gary Lucchesi, film producer, President of Lakeshore Entertainment and President of the Producers Guild of America, will make good on the promise he made to return to Cayman for the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival. He will be here for the 4th staging of the event which takes place from 30 June to 3 July.

Last year, Lucchesi accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival for his exceptional contributions to motion picture arts and sciences and outstanding service to the film industry. At that time, he said he believed that CayFilm can attract the biggest names in Hollywood, and expressed interest in filming movies on the island, and being a part of the film academy that the Festival is establishing.

Lucchesi began his career at The William Morris Agency as an agent, representing such artists as Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Michelle Pfeiffer and John Malkovich. He served as both Vice President and Senior Vice President of Production at TriStar Pictures before becoming President of Production at Paramount Pictures. Following his time at Paramount, Lucchesi founded Gary Lucchesi Productions, where he produced the Oscar nominated film Primal Fear. He was also President of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Film Co., producing the film version of the hit musical Cats. In 1997, he was asked by Lakeshore Entertainment Founder, Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg to run Lakeshore.

Founded in 1994, Lakeshore Entertainment is a leading independent feature film production, finance and distribution company which has produced more than 60 films including the Academy Award® winning Million Dollar Baby as well as the Underworld franchise, The Lincoln Lawyer, Runaway Bride, The Ugly Truth, The Gift, She’s The Man, Arlington Road, Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Mothman Prophecies. Recent releases include The Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively,

Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn, The Boy starring Lauren Cohan and American Pastoral starring Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, as well as Executive Produced HEATHERS for Paramount Television.

“We are so excited that Gary has decided to come back to CayFilm this year,” said Festival Director Tony Mark. “He is a titan in the film industry, and to have him speak so highly of the Festival, Cayman and the vision we have for this event is truly humbling but also exciting because it means we’re on the right track. We look forward to welcoming him back, and learning from his years of experience and expertise.”

CayFilm 2017 takes place from June 30 to July 3, 2017 and welcomes an elite roster of film producers, directors, actors, experts and influencers each year. The exclusive, interactive weekend features demonstrations, panel discussions, special events, and unique networking opportunities — all in a beautiful, elegant and welcoming Caribbean environment. The annual gathering is set amidst the Cayman Islands’ magnificent Seven Mile Beach and is hosted in partnership with Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
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Local Filmmakers To Showcase Their Work At Cayman Film Festival

CayFilm, Cayman’s premier film festival, is a few weeks away, and local filmmakers will be showcasing their work on the big screens along with films from 50 other countries. Twenty films, created and produced in the Cayman Islands, have been selected to show during the Festival which takes place from 30 June to 3 July at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

“We are honoured to be able to screen these homemade films at our Festival, and we thank the filmmakers for entrusting us with their creations,” said Festival Director Tony Mark. “I hope that the Cayman public will come out and support our local talent, and that CayFilm will provide new opportunities for the filmmakers.”

Six of the films will be vying for the Frank E. Flowers Local Filmmaker Award which was introduced last year and presented by Frank E.

Trevor Murphy has two films in the festival this year, “Hotel” and “Reunion”, both nominated for awards. The latter is a completely improvised short film. It was shot with the actors each having a secret that they have not shared with one another but each secret is revealed over the course of the weekend as the film is being shot.

Malcolm Ellis, director of last year’s crowd favourite “Tripping Through”, is returning to CayFilm this year with a psychological thriller short film entitled “Sacrifice” (nominee). The film explores the story of an abused wife who is struggling to remember an incident involving her husband and the psychiatrist trying to help her.

The winner of the 2016 Young Image Maker’s award, Grace Ruby, has come back to the Festival with her inspiring documentary short “Nikki’s Voice” (nominee). The film follows Nikki Christian and Grace’s father Scott Ruby – the first duo team in the Cayman Islands – on their journey through a gruelling race in Cayman.

Young Caymanian filmmaker Heath Harris’s thrilling film “Paper Palaces” (nominee) will also be screening. Paper Palaces is a film about a teenage boy named Charlie (played by Emmy winning actor Austin Trace), during the onset of schizophrenia. Tormented and unable to tell reality from fiction, Charlie begins to believe his mother is out to get him. Taking matters into his own hands, he finds a gun in the spare bedroom.

Harris was born and raised in Cayman, and began her entertainment career working on Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games while earning her undergraduate degree at NYU. Since then Heath has worked with various global youth entertainment labels. She currently studies directing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is an active member of BAFTA’s Newcomers Program.

Pascal Pernix’s film “Unwritten” (nominee) will also be shown. The film follows a best-selling author who discovers that his unknown daughter has begun a journey to meet him for the first time. “Unwritten” has been doing well on the festival circuit. It is a film close to Pernix’s heart.

“As a dad of two young daughters, I truly am passionate about the complexity of the daughter/father relationships, and I found myself writing quite a bit about it until “Unwritten” came to life”.

Pernix says the complex shooting nature of the film driven by the plot was a motivating factor in making this specific film.

“I wanted to challenge myself in creating a moving movie (and Lea’s road trip) that could take place anywhere, enhancing the universality of the main subjects of the film: fatherhood and search of identity.”

“A Plastic Ocean” is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past four years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions. Tanya Streeter is a British-Caymanian-American world champion free diver who was inducted into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame in March 2000.

Other local films screening at CayFilm Festival this year include “Flawless Victory” “Metamorphosis – The Great Transformation” and “Outside the Lines”.

The CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival takes place from 30 June to 3 July, and includes daily film screenings, question and answer sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, an exclusive premiere screening, a celebrity gala event and an awards ceremony. Both Early Bird VIP and General Admission tickets are on sale and available at Cathy Church’s Photo Centre and online at cayfilm.com.

CayFilm 2017 is sponsored by Audi Cayman, Ministry of Tourism, Department of Tourism and is made possible with a grant from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.
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Breville joins sponsorship lineup for CayFilm 2017

Breville is joining the illustrious list of sponsors for the 2017 edition of CayFilm, The Cayman Islands’ International Film Festival celebration of Film, Food and Fashion.

Festival Director, Tony Mark stated that he is “thrilled to welcome Breville to this year’s prestigious list of sponsors. Breville has become such an important brand on the Cayman Islands’ and plays such a key role in celebrating the best in food and culinary traditions here in Grand Cayman. We are delighted that they will be joining us to contribute to the success of this year’s festival.”

The CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival is an annual multi-day event that promotes the beautiful Cayman Islands as a world-class filming destination and incredible place to visit and do business. Red carpets, celebrity gala events, exclusive premiere screenings, question and answer sessions with filmmakers, daily film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, a fun awards show, sun, sea and sand…there is something for everyone at CayFilm!

About Breville

Breville loves food. We believe there’s no epicurean challenge that a bit of thought and a love for good food can’t solve. Our product designers start and end in the kitchen, with every detail obsessed upon by a team that never stops thinking or learning about food. We aim to design appliances that deliver innovation and insight that empower people’s potential to do things more impressively or easily than they’d ever thought possible in their own kitchen. We call it ‘Food Thinking’.

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CayFilm showcases American Masters: Chefs in Flight at their celebration of Film, Food and Fashion

052017The Cayman Islands International Film Festival launches its’ celebration of Film, Food and Fashion on June 30th. During the four-day celebration, the festival will feature three films from the American Masters: Chefs in Flight documentary series. The three films are American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie, American Masters: Jacques Pépin – The Art of Craft and American Masters: Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution all being shown on July 3rd at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

A Question and Answer session with Peabody and three-time James Beard Award winning Producer and Director, Peter Stein will follow the showing of American Masters: Jacques Pépin – The Art of Craft on July 3rd. . Festival Director, Tony Mark “is extremely excited that Peter Stein has agreed to join us at this year’s festival, Peter is a very accomplished documentary producer who has produced numerous projects. He is very generous with his time and is excited to share his knowledge and expertise with new talent and emerging producers.”

This year’s celebration of Film, Food and Fashion is an opportunity for CayFilm to showcase the island’s talent and emerging markets. Festival Director, Tony Mark, “is very excited to be celebrating the Cayman Islands’ at their best and to be welcoming world-class and award winning producers of the culinary world to this year’s festival.” In addition to the American Master Series, celebrated chef, television host, and multi award winning Chef Eric Ripert – seafood master and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City and Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will be headlining the festival.

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