Alumnus to screen debut feature for Cass film students
Date: 12 March 2013
Calloused Hands: Byrd (Andre Royo), photograph copyright Martyna Przybysz
Cass Film Production alumnus Jesse Quinones will present his debut featureCalloused Hands to an audience of Cass Film students next week, fresh from its premiere at the Miami Film Festival. After the screening, Jesse and Fabio Dominguez, the film's cinematographer ( and fellow Cass alumnus) will answer questions about the project.
The movie stars Andre Royo, best known for playing the character Bubbles in critically acclaimed US TV Series The Wire and was inspired by Jesse's real life Childhood experiences.
The film tells the story of 12-year-old Josh, a promising baseball player who is mentored by his mother’s boyfriend Byrd (Andre Royo), a flawed adherent to-and victim of- the American Dream but then forges his own path in life thanks to a long lost relative.
Since graduating Jesse and the company Woolfcub he founded with his brother Daniel has enjoyed a string of successes including documentaries such as Cagefighter ( made as a student project), Shoeshine Girls and The Cable and dramas including Cold Calling and Arthur Cant .
Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, "We're delighted Jesse has offered to share Calloused Hands with us- and proud of his success-completing a feature film is a massive acheivement. It's an exciting year for the film production area at The Cass- there are at least two other alumni debut features coming out in 2013."
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