Thursday, November 11, 2010

Locally shot film, Beneath the Blue has its Bahamas premiere

 Special guests of the Bahamas premiere of Beneath the Blue, left to right: Betty Bethel, Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism; Mr and Mrs. Gregory von Hausch of FLIFF (along with their daughter); Leah Eneas, actor and her mother; and Donna Mackey of the Bahamas Film Commission for Grand Bahama Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
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Freeport, Bahamas - Thanks to a collaboration between the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) and the Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism a Bahamas premiere screening of Beneath the Blue, a family film shot in Grand Bahama Island was held on November 8th at the Regency Theatre.

Beneath the Blue is the sequel to Eye of the Dolphin, and Bahamian Leah Eneas, one of the actors attended the screening, along with one of the film's producer's, Paul Mockler. Mockler is a resident of Grand Bahama and world renown for his underwater camera work. The film is visually stunning with most of the scenes taking place in or off the Smith's Point area, as well as at the UNEXSO dolphin sanctuary.

Bonnie Adams, Senior Program Director,FLIFF and Gregory von Hausch of FLIFF and their daughter arrive at the Regency Theatre on November 8th, 2010 Photo: The Bahamas Weekly 

 A third sequel is expected in the future and there is also talk of a TV series.

President and CEO of FLIFF was also present along with his wife and daughter. Future collaborations between FLIFF and the Film Commission of The Bahamas are expected. ABOUT THE FILM
Alyssa Harker, an 18-year-old dolphin researcher works with her famous scientist father Hawk on Grand Bahama developing a dolphin language. Beneath the Blue picks up where Eye of the Dolphin left off, showing Alyssa's powerful bond with the wild dolphin Rasca. Having assimilated to the island, the research center and the dad she never knew, Alyssa is now tested when she meets a somewhat mysterious tourist named Craig.

Paul Mockler, producer; and Leah Eneas, actor. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly

 BENEATH THE BLUE features Paul Wesley, who stars in the smash CW hit television series “Vampire Diaries." He was recently named one of Cosmopolitan’s “Fun Fearless Males of 2010". Caitlin Wachs (Alysssa) was named one of People Magazine’s “20 Teenagers Who Will Change The World” and received the Young Star Award from The Hollywood Reporter. David Keith (Hawk) is currently starring in the new hit Fox TV Series “Lonestar”, and is best known for his work in “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Behind Enemy Lines”. The majority of the shoot took place in the quaint, friendly town of Smith’s Point, Grand Bahama, where Director Michael D Sellers worked creatively intertwining the actors and story with the Bahamian community both on land as well as beneath the ocean. Sellers captured researched developments of human-dolphin interaction while bridging fictional elements with actual ongoing supreme court rulings.

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