The celebrities just keep coming, as we enter the final weeks before CayFilm officially begins. Award-winning film actor and producer Wesley Snipes has now joined the roster of industry names flying to the Cayman Islands to celebrate the second annual film festival, slated to run from July 1-4.
He has starred in many films of note over the years, including the popular Blade franchise, where his considerable martial arts skills were on full display. Some may not know that Snipes began training in martial arts when he was 12 years old.
Although his earlier films like “Wildcats” with Goldie Hawn and the cult favorite “Major League,” starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen and Rene Russo, had him playing comedic roles with great success, he soon turned his hand to a wide variety of characters with ease. From romantic leads to dramatic parts and action-packed blockbusters for which he became very well known, Snipes was clearly willing to test his acting chops through a range of genres without fear.
Remember him as Noxeema in “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar”? It’s hard to pigeonhole the man.
“Certain roles are more challenging than others, but I haven’t come across one yet that I can’t tackle,” Snipes was once quoted as saying. “[My advice to aspiring actors is that] they should be very versatile. Versatility is what’s going to give them the longevity. The world is opening up and a lot more stories and a lot more interesting scenes to portray in film. Versatility will help them. They must be able to see the world, learn the world, and bring it to their craft.”
Organizer of CayFilm, Tony Mark, was very happy to confirm that Snipes would be coming to the 2016 festival. “We are continuing to prove that there is significant international industry interest in CayFilm,” he said. “We are only in our second year, and yet the caliber of talent we’re already attracting shows what a huge tourism boost this could be for Cayman now and in the future. The film festival industry is thriving, so now is the time to put Cayman on the map as an important player in the game.”
Tickets for CayFilm can be purchased online at www.cayfilm.com. VIP tickets are US$500; General admission tickets are US$62.50 and student passes are US$31.25. All schedules and information can be found on the website.