Lucian Kyvon Edwin in film at prestigious Cannes Film Festival
Still from the film Crush
Kyvon Edwin's co-produced short film Crush has been selected for the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner, slated to take place between May 20 to May 25. The film, which was also co-written, and co-stars Edwin alongside Shai Frumkin, portrays the story of a young woman living in New York City, who unknowingly dodges an opportunity to find what could be true love.
21-year-old Edwin, who is known in the Saint Lucian art community for his early stints in theatre and independently produced online series “K-Talks” is currently enrolled in the Method Acting Program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in NYC. Edwin told Loop this week that Crush is his second short film. His first, Telescope, was screened at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (LSTFI) Film Festival last year.
Speaking to his reason for dabbling in filmmaking Edwin explained, “It's to fuel my whole creative drive. This year, I wanted to do something special for the festival. I mean, as much as my passion is acting first and foremost, filmmaking is also a passion of mine, spoken word also, and anything within the creative arts is very gratifying to me. So any opportunity I get to express a story, a voice and do something creative, I always grab at it...”
Shai Frumkin and Kyvon Edwin as co-stars in An Enemy of the People (Image Bjorn Bolinder)
Edwin and Frumkin, who is an Israeli national, connected nearly a year and a half ago through mutual friends before playing alongside one another as the leading characters in the staged play An Enemy of the People. “We connected very well,” Edwin said, “And when we saw that the Strasberg Film Festival was coming up, we knew that we wanted to work on something together, creatively.” Following a number of brainstorming and writing sessions between the two, the roughly eight-minute long short-film came to be.
Crush, which was directed by LSTFI alum Giacomo Gex, was recently screened privately at the LSTFI Film Festival where it received the awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and the coveted “Best of the Fest” award.
Come June, Edwin will round out his stint at the institute with a conservertory production staged for an audience of industry executives and other professionals in the United States' art and entertainment scene.