The film Haven, directed and written by Caymanian Frank E. Flowers, is planned for limited release from Friday, 15 September.
Haven, filmed in Cayman during 2003, was originally due for release in April, however Mr. Flowers said it was put back to September to avoid coinciding with the release of the blockbuster movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
Haven, the director’s first full length feature, will initially be shown in eight cities across the US, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Miami before expanding to 40 cities by the end of the theatrical run. Mr. Flowers said that they are also working with the local cinema in Cayman.
‘It is a big priority for us to have a screening in Cayman,’ the director said.
Plans are currently under way for a Cable and Wireless sponsored screening to be shown in Cayman during September. At the time of going to press C&W were unable to confirm any details.
The film, which cost in the region of US$6 million to make, involves a shady US businessman (Bill Paxton) who flees to Cayman to avoid federal prosecution. At the same time a Romeo-and-Juliet style love affair is chronicled by Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana.
Haven has had numerous mentions in the international press, thanks to Orlando Bloom.
‘He has been very supportive of the campaign and is very excited about the film,’ the director said. ‘Obviously he is very proud of Haven and small films need support like this.’
Since the filming of Haven wrapped up, Mr. Flowers has branched out into the music industry. He directed the music video Road to Zion, with Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, featuring Nas, and most recently a music video for Ziggy Marley’s latest single Love is my Religion.
The director is also working on a script for his second film, The Trespasser, for 20th Century Fox.
Both movie making and music videos are proving equally fulfilling to Mr. Flowers.
‘Music videos are very satisfying as they turn around very quickly – you shoot one week and about 10 days later the piece is on MTV. Movies take a much longer time to reach audiences and have many steps; theatrical, DVD, cable, all of which have their due process.’
Commenting on the film, Mr. Flowers reflected: ‘Haven was especially inspiring as it was such a mammoth undertaking for my first film. To have it out in the world, especially in Cayman, is such an honour, to see a slice of Cayman’s culture on the big screen. I am excited to see how it all goes over.’