Screenwriter Schrader gets film fest nod

The man who co-wrote American movie classics “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “The Last Temptation of Christ” will be presented with an award during the Cayman Islands’ first international film festival June 18 to 21.

It was announced this week that Paul Schrader, 68, would be the recipient of the inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting at the CayFilm International Film Festival and that the award will bear his name in subsequent film festivals held in Cayman.

The tribute to Mr. Schrader is set for June 20 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The festival is the brainchild of local photographer Tony Mark. The organizers hosted a launch party last year at The Ritz-Carlton, which included appearances by actor Terrence Howard and film director Jonathan Chu.

Mr. Mark has said the international film festival is meant to create “a buzz” about the Cayman Islands as a world-class film locale. The festival will include screenings, including an exclusive premiere, question and answer sessions and panel discussions with filmmakers, as well as two gala events.

The festival is also working to set up a Cayman Media Academy to offer classes for various careers in the film industry. The ultimate goal is to have a full-time associate’s degree program at the University College of the Cayman Islands, Mr. Mark said.

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