Zachary Laoutides

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Zachary Laoutides
Zachary Laoutides in 2019.jpg
Laoutides at an event for Black Ruby in 2019
Born (1986-12-13) December 13, 1986 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois, US
OccupationActor, writer
Years active2005–present

Zachary Laoutides (born December 13, 1986) is an American film actor and writer based in Chicago, Illinois. He was nominated as Best Actor and Best Screenplay writer at the Bel Air Film Festival in 2014 for his work in Adios Vaya Con Dios. He was also the finalist out of Chicago for Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment nationwide talent search for new actors. He is the co-founder of Ave Fenix Pictures an independent and international film company based in Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico, [1] and is the founder of the La Raza filmmaking movement.[2]

Biography[edit]

Laoutides was born in 1986 in Chicago where he studied media and journalism. He spent his early years working in community outreach and introducing the performing arts to youth at risk.[3] He resides in Chicago and is still active in community outreach working with Mónica Esmeralda León.[4]

He is of Sephardic, Greek, Turkish and Slovenian heritage.[5][6][7] Laoutides surname originates from the Arabic musical instrument oud; his paternal grandmother's family was from the Aegean Islands and the Biblical town of Smyrna, the Mizrahim Sephardi-proper communities of Turkey modern day Izmir.[8] His Eastern European ancestry were ethnic minorities from the Austrian Empire and Russia Empire; Slovenian with some Polish and Scandinavian. His Jewish heritage traces back to Levite rabbinical families Halevi and Benveniste of the 11th to the 15th century in Barcelona. His background includes, Moroccan Jewish, Indian Jewish and distant Latino roots from his father’s grandmother.[7]

Career[edit]

Laoutides debuted in Adios Vaya Con Dios, the film was released worldwide by Indican Pictures on January 19, 2016.[9] Laoutides starred in the film and wrote the screenplay while living in an urban Latino neighborhood, about a half white and half Mexican gang member trying to leave the barrio.[10] Adios Vaya Con Dios was the first movie cinematically to use real gangs and streets artists.[11] Laoutides was nominated as Best Actor and Best Screenplay writer at the Bel Air Film Festival where Adios Vaya Con Dios earned an Official Selection and Runner-up for Best Audience Feature Film.[12]

Laoutides was a musician on the Adios Vaya Con Dios soundtrack, composing and producing several songs. The movie was first to integrate a British and Mexican rock soundtrack over a Latino urbanized film.[13]

In 2014 Laoutides co-founded Ave Fenix Pictures with Mónica Esmeralda León.[14] Ave Fenix Pictures is the first Latino film studio in Chicago.[15]

In 2016 Laoutides wrote and starred in Arise from Darkness an official selection at Film Invasion L.A. based on true events in the early life of psychic Lazaro Ruben Torres, who was declared clinically dead five times .[16][17] Laoutides composed and produced several tracks for the movie's soundtrack.[18] Laoutides was nominated for Best Screenplay and shared in the nominations for Best Feature Film and Best Director.[19][20] The film received three four stars reviews from Examiner.com, Inquisitr and The Levity Ball with critics comparing Laoutides performance to the opening of Javier Bardem's character Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men (film).[20][21]

In 2017 Laoutides premiered the film Black Ruby at the London Independent Film Awards. The movie was the first to be shot with an iPhone 7. He earned nine nominations in London.[22] and Rome.[5] Laoutides also changed his eye color, skin tone and hair color for his role in the movie.[5] His performance was compared with Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando.[23]

The Los Angeles Film Forum Awards critics called him "the best natural independent actor of 2018 and a master at subtlety."[5] He was named one of the Top Indie actors to look for in 2019.[5]

Acting style[edit]

Laoutides being referred as a “method actor”, whose schooling was in journalism and sees acting as an extension using research to create his characters.[8] He was compared to a young independent dark version of Ryan Gosling at the Los Angeles Film Forum Awards.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2014 Adios Vaya Con Dios Rory King Bel Air Film Festival Best Audience Feature Winner

Bel Air Film Festival Nominated Best Jury Feature Film Directing

Bel Air Film Festival Nominated Best Actor

Bel Air Film Festival Nominated Best Screenplay

Also, Writer/Actor/Director

2016 Arise from Darkness Lazaro Ruben Torres Nominated Film Invasion L.A. Best Director

Nominated Film Invasion L.A. Best Narrative Feature

Nominated Film Invasion L.A. Best Actor

Nominated Film Invasion L.A. Screenplay

Also, Writer/Director

2017 - 2018 Black Ruby Louis Katz 2017:

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Director

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Actor

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Screenplay

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Feature film

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Feature film

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Trailer

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Soundtrack

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best International Actor

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Kiss

Also, Writer/Actor/Director

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Actor

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best International Film

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Director

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress or Actor in Support of a Female Protagonist or Female Perspective

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Feature

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Writer

Nominated Rome Film Awards Choice Movie Love Scene

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Music

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Foreign Actor

2018:

Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Actor

Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Feature Film

Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Independent Spirit Award

Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Feature

Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Original Dramatic Score

Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Trailer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Award-winning Latino filmmakers thrive in Aurora ABC 7 Chicago Retrieved August 25, 2016
  2. ^ "Art with Purpose: Interviewing Ave Fenix Pictures". Mogul. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Former Joliet man hoping to inspire young people through film he wrote and shot The Herald News Retrieved August 25, 2016
  4. ^ La actriz, productora y directora Mónica Esmeralda León unificando artistas alrededor del mundo Huellas De Mexico Retrieved August 25, 2016
  5. ^ a b c d e f Chavez, Renee (July 12, 2018). "Napkins to Prospects: Zachary Laoutides peaks indie actors to watch in 2019". Medium. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  6. ^ STAFF, BAE (May 19, 2016). "Zachary Laoutides The Emerging Performance". Bae Daily. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "'Race, religion and violence haven't been more poetic and amusing.' Talking Diversity with Zachary Laoutides". Mogul. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Performing instincts alongside Zachary Laoutides". odysseyonline. December 18, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  9. ^ Producers credit the people of Aurora for movie's success Chicago Tribune Retrieved August 25, 2016
  10. ^ La Revolución en las Calles de Zachary Loutides Huellas De Mexico Retrieved August 25, 2016
  11. ^ The first ever award winning film made by Chicago Latino gangs Costa Rican Times Retrieved August 25, 2016
  12. ^ The dynamic young founders of Ave Fenix Pictures, which entertainment folks describe as one of the first Latino film studio in the Chicago area Chicago Tribune Retrieved August 25, 2016
  13. ^ Adios Vaya Con Dios Soundtrack as compelling as the movie AXS Retrieved August 25, 2016
  14. ^ Laoutides ha estado en las noticias recientemente, es un actor y escritor cuya asociación con Ave Fenix Pictures Huellas De Mexico Retrieved August 25, 2016
  15. ^ One of the nation's most successful Hispanic production companies is thriving in the Western Suburbs ABC Eyewitness Retrieved August 25, 2016
  16. ^ "Chicagoland's own Latino film studio making its mark in cinema". WGN-TV. October 13, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Crosby, Denise. "Fox Valley shooting for new film fest, more local movies". Aurora Beacon-News. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  18. ^ 'When my Eyes go Dark' has a soundtrack that will keep you awake AXS Retrieved August 25, 2016
  19. ^ Crosby, Denise. "Fox Valley shooting for new film fest, more local movies". Aurora Beacon-News. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Arise From Darkness: The Voices of Psychic Lazaro Torres Releases Worldwide 2017 | The Costa Rican Times". www.costaricantimes.com. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  21. ^ "Arise From Darkness: The ominous life of a psychic captured through voices and soundtrack". AXS. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  22. ^ News, Bdaily Business. "Production company joins forces Manchester, Glasgow, Chicago". Bdaily Business News. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  23. ^ Akorede, Shakir (March 12, 2017). "Brando And Montgomery Clift Performances In First Iphone7 Film". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 18, 2018.

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