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Award-Winning Independent St. Croix Filmmaker Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz Wins Award In The Dominican Republic

CHRISTIANSTED — Cane Bay Films is pleased to announce that filmmaker Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz’s recent short film, Soléne won the Special Jury Award at the International Outfest Film Festival, Dominican Republic!

Bermúdez-Ruiz stated, “It was truly a great honor to receive this award and we are sincerely grateful to Outfest for the recognition within a field of some of the most prolific films curated in their film program.”

We were delighted to have introduced new audiences to breathtaking St. Croix, and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea. The region is perfectly suited for creating visionary cinematic films and providing strong production value to the local and international film industry.

ABOUT | Soléne: (2018, 15 mins): A Hollywood starlet, returns to her Caribbean home in quest for love and romance with Camilla, a reigning Stand Up Paddle (SUP) athlete. Will their love survive the wrath of a discriminating and vengeful stalker?


OTHER EXCITING NEWS | Soléne Guyana: Soléne was featured in Guyana at the Timehri Film Festival (TFF) during the first week of June 2019. This film is an annual Guyanese and Caribbean film festival, aimed at showcasing the work of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers in the Region and Diaspora.

New York City: Cane Bay Films has a special opportunity for a Fall screening – stay tuned, we look forward to bringing Soléne excitement to New York City with a special screening, location to be announced soon. Soléne On Demand the Series Coming Soon: Cane Bay Films had been awarded a grant from the Virgin Islands Council of the Arts to further develop Soléne into a Video On Demand (VOD) series. “This grant award is invigorating for us as it provides an opportunity to seek collaborations with a range of writers to draft a compelling romantic – thriller series. It will also support the development of a sponsorship platform to seek additional funding to make Soléne a great series”, Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz. LINKS Web: Vimeo: IMBD: Like Us: Instagram: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Soléne would not have been a success without the following businesses and individuals: Caribbean Cinemas, U.S.V.I Department of Tourism, Sand Castle on the Beach Hotel, Liberty Place, Eclipse Marketing, Breathless Occasions, University of the Virgin Islands-Caribbean Cultural Center (HBCU), Southern Glazers and all of the small businesses, Family and Friends. Special recognition | Soléne’s cast and crew: Actors Natalia Villarejo, Vanessa Ayala, and Michael Baiamonte who chose our short film as one of their first foray into leading roles. Emmy Nieves Majesty who was the Production Manager and Wardrobe Director. She collaborated with Debbie Sun Design Studio and designed the original clothing for the lead actresses. This short film could not have been so amazing without the beautiful sound track of Marisol y Los Drunk Dumplins, and Latin artist Yako LaPauta. Special recognition | Soléne’s Music: If you wish to listen to their music check it out here: Music Artist Marisol y Los Drunk Dumplins Music Artist Yako La Pauta: Gala Premiere | Soléne Photographer Jeffery Price Behind the Scenes | Soléne Photographer Quiana Adams, Q Studio, LLC

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