Caymanian filmmaker Frank E. Flowers has garnered the Caribbean Heritage Organisation’s Rising Sun award for excellence in filmmaking.
The award is given to a person of Caribbean heritage that is a rising star within the entertainment industry. Iconic screen actress Cicely Tyson has scooped the CHO Legacy Award.
The CHO was formed in 2007 and aims to celebrate the rich and diverse contributions of Caribbeans and Caribbean-Americans to international society through conservation and education of Caribbean arts and culture.
Commenting on his win, Mr. Flowers said he was honoured to be recognised for his work.
‘You work hard for your craft so it’s nice when you are recognised.
‘However, you have to take it all with a grain of salt. I am very appreciative, but I can’t let it be the driving force. You have to do things because you like doing them.’
The award is just one of many that the young director and writer has garnered in his 10-year career. He recently won the HBO Director to Watch at the 2006 Black Movie Awards, held in Los Angeles, which was later aired on TNT.
Commenting on his success in the notoriously competitive filmmaking industry, Mr. Flowers said it takes hard work and dedication.
‘It’s a long hard road, and for me it has been a 10-year journey. You have to be really committed.’
Mr. Flowers left Cayman at 17-years-old to pursue screenwriting at the University of Southern California. The filmmaker made his debut in 2003 at the Sundance Film Festival with the award winning short film Swallow. In 2004, he showcased his first feature film – Haven – at the Toronto Film Festival. The first feature film to be shot entirely in Grand Cayman, the film has a prestigious cast, including Orlando Bloom, Bill Paxton and Zoe Saldana.
Mr. Flowers is currently working on a number of projects, including a remake of the Century 21 1981 film Taps and a short film based on the novel Lucy, by Jamaica Kincaid.
An award ceremony date is due to be scheduled later this year.