The 34th edition of Miami Film Festival, March 3-12, 2017, will present the World Premiere of Billy Boy, the first produced screenplay written by Miami native, Blake Jenner, who also stars in and serves as producer on the film. Billy Boy is one of several films nominated for the Festival’s annual Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award.
“Billy Boy is a story of a young man’s pursuit of redemption and self-discovery. Like so many of the youth of today, the film represents those who struggle to better themselves in spite of extreme obstacles,” said Jenner in his Kickstarter campaign for the film.
Billy Boy also stars Melissa Marie Benoist (“Glee”, Whiplash), and Andre Royo (“The Wire”). It was directed by “Glee” and “American Horror Story” veteran, Bradley Buecker.
Born and raised in Miami with Cuban roots, Jenner honed his skills as a performer as a member of the Miami improv group “Impromedy” and in stage productions at The Roxy Theatre Group in Miami. Once he relocated to LA, Jenner won the second season of the Oxygen reality competition series “The Glee Project” and landed the role of Ryder Lynn, star football player/lead vocalist on the FOX hit “Glee”.
Jenner’s profile in the independent film world is rising sharply. In 2016, he starred in both Richard Linklater’s comedy Everybody Wants Some!! and Kelly Fremon Craig’s acclaimed The Edge of Seventeen. He will next be seen in the upcoming drama Sidney Hall, which makes its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017.
Other Films competing for the award are:
The One Eyed King
The Summer is Gone
Are We not Cats
Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award recognizes and supports artists in their careers as professional screenwriters. It was created by the South Florida family of Jordan Alexander Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter and Cornell University film studies graduate who, during his brief entertainment career, held production positions with the Tony award-winning Broadway hits 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal and Jersey Boys.
How To Get Tickets:
The 34th Miami Film Festival will take place March 3-12, 2017. Tickets go on sale February 3 to Members of Miami Film Society, and on February 10 to the General Public. For membership opportunities or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-237-FILM (3456).