Caymanian filmmaker Frank E. Flowers was awarded with the Rising Son award by the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Los Angeles, California at the end of June, which was Caribbean American Celebration Month.
The prestigious award is given to Caribbean people who work abroad in the arts and have displayed a promising start in their respective careers.
Mr. Flowers first heard of the award a year ago, he said.
‘They were selecting recipients and working out scheduling conflicts as to when the presentation would be,’ he explained.
‘I have not worked with the organisation before but I did meet some of the organisers when I got the HBO Director to Watch award in 2006.’
On 27 June, 2009 Mr. Flowers attended the awards ceremony, and was delighted by a welcoming surprise.
‘The best thing about the evening was arriving to find a beautiful congratulatory ad from the Cayman Islands government and Department of Tourism,’ said Mr. Flowers. ‘It really made me feel at home and I was lucky to have a number of my friends from the island who are living or working in Los Angeles joining me.’
Mr. Flowers went on to express his appreciation for the ongoing support that government has shown his efforts in the filmmaking industry.
‘Minister Bush has always been so supportive, from way back when we were trying to film Haven on the island, and it makes me proud to see that support continue to this day,’ he said.
At present, Mr. Flowers is working on the remake of Taps with 20th Century Fox. The original 1981 military drama helped to launch the careers of Tom Cruise, Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn.
Mr. Flowers is also currently developing an adaptation of the book Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid. The novella follows a young West Indian girl, Lucy, who moves from the Caribbean to the US to work as an au pair for a family there. Well-known Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana is slated to produce and star in the project, said Mr. Flowers.
Mr. Flowers considers himself a representative of the Cayman Islands when writing and directing in Hollywood, he said.
‘I bring my voice, which is very much a Caymanian voice, to all the work I do,’ he said. ‘The dialogue, the worlds, even if a story has nothing to do with Cayman specifically it will have some vibe of my perspective.
‘Like every writer, I often work in quotes or characters inspired by people that I know or have grown up with on the island.’