FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 48TH ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TO HONOR SEAN YOUNG WITH THE REMI CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
OPENING NIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL, APRIL 10, 2015
The Opening Night Film “Leaves of the Tree”
Filmed in Houston and Sicily by Houston Filmmakers
Executive Producer/Lead Producer David Healey & Executive Producer Rebecca Healey
Stars Eric Roberts, Sean Young, Armand Assante and Federico Castelluccio,
Kresh Novakovic, Marisa Brown, introducing Sarah Sebastiana
(LOS ANGELES, CA – April 1, 2015) The 48th Annual WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival, which takes place from April 10th through April 19th 2015 will honor Sean Young with the Remi Career Achievement Award at the April 10 screening of her new movie, the festival’s opening night film, “Leaves of the Tree,” announced J. Hunter Todd, the festival’s Chairman & Founding Director.
The Remi Achievement Award is presented in recognition of Sean Young’s outstanding body of work, memorable roles, great performances and continued contributions to film and stage. Previous recipients include Catherine Deneuve, Randal Kleiser, Timothy Dalton and Michael York. Remi Awards are named after Frederick Remington, the famous sculptor and painter of the Old West.
In “Leaves of the Tree,” a mystical tree, shrouded in religious lore, leads a once powerful lawyer sidelined by a life threatening disease, to remote Sicily to discover the secret of the tree's medicinal leaves. “The Tree" intersects faith, doubt and belief for all those that come into contact with its unique ability to heal.
“Sean Young was a pleasure to work with and have on set and on location. She mentored the young actors and her professionalism and talent were instrumental in the making of the film," said David Healey, Executive Producer/Lead Producer.
The film was shot throughout Sicily, including at Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani, Erice and the Temple and Amphitheater at Segesta, and features beautiful locations with ruins, castles, olive groves, and villages visited by a dying man, portrayed by Eric Roberts, whose character struggles to discover the secret of the leaves; also starring with Roberts and Young are Armand Assante, Federico Castelluccio, Kresh Novakovic, Marisa Brown, introducing Sarah Sebastiana, with Patrick Gorman, Ozman Sirgood, Gaetano Sciortino, Colin Walker, Tyler Hollinger, and Sewell Whitney.
“Leaves of the Tree” is the feature directorial debut of Ante Novakovic, from a screenplay by Executive Producer/Lead Producer David Healey and Novakovic, based on Healey’s book “Kindness for the Damned: Intrigue, Love, and Redemption in Sicily.” Presented by Gogi Productions LLC in association with CICI Films, also executive produced by Rebecca Healey and Marc Jacobson, and produced by Donna McKenna, Joanna Lu, Perla Montemayor, Ante Novakovic, and Kresh Novakovic and co-produced by Claudio Colomba.
“Leaves of the Tree,” which also filmed in Houston with locally based actors and crew, will be the opening night film at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for its Texas premiere, in the hometown of the Executive Producers, David and Rebecca Healey. With four more festivals over the next two months with more to come, the film is striking a chord with festival programmers and audiences. The filmmakers are seeking distribution for the independent film, which has been rated PG by the MPAA.
About WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
WorldFest, founded in 1961, is the third oldest International film festival in the United States. This annual event has evolved into a competitive Independent International film festival showcasing the rising stars of tomorrow! WorldFest gave first honors to Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Randal Kleiser, Ridley Scott and Francis Ford Coppola. WorldFest Houston is a non-profit educational and cultural organization with a 501-(c)-(3) status. For more information about WorldFest, its annual competition, and past winners, visit www.worldfest.org .
Photos, clips, interviews available upon request. A private screener link is also available for review purposes. Please contact:
David Roberson, Roberson Public Relations
Photo: Sean Young as “Sweetness” in “Leaves of the Tree.”