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Lead Actor of Award-Winning Film Bella Speaks at Regent

| November 28, 2007

L to R: Eduardo Verastequi, Regent Professor Mark Paladini

Eduardo Verastequi is an artist who hopes to uplift and inspire lives through the art of filmmaking. As co-producer and lead actor of the Toronto Film Festival's award-winning redemptive film Bella (2006) — described as a film about friendship, family and love in face of the unexpected — he is fulfilling this goal.

Dean Michael Patrick of Regent University's School of Communication and the Arts introduced Verastequi, a recent guest speaker at the school, as a man who "speaks through his art and uses his art in a way that impacts other people."

The impact of Bella was visible in the size of the audience that came to hear Verastequi speak — they packed the room. Verastequi talked about how films and the media have the ability to significantly impact lives.

"Art [can] govern a nation over politics because art has the power to affect how people think and perceive," Verastequi said.

Verastequi said that his heart for the industry was in the wrong place during his early acting career, which included five years as a Mexican soap-opera (telenovela) star. "I was using [my] talents in a selfish way," Verastequi explained. "[They were for] superficial reasons — for fame and pleasure."

As a result, Verastequi described his life as empty, confused and lost. He used an analogy of a greyhound dog to illustrate: the dog chases a rabbit made of metal, and bites it, only to bleed and suffer pain. "That dog never races again," Verastequi said. "He is chasing a lie for the rest of his life...that was me, chasing fake dreams and delusions."

Verastequi's opportunity with Bella came after a miraculous string of events, which linked the virtually unknown actor to his own production company, "The Three Amigos," as well as with the financial support of entrepreneur Sean Wolfington and executive producer Steven McEveety (The Passion of the Christ).

"I'm so grateful for this country opening up my dreams," Verastequi said with a smile. "Lives are being changed with this film."

For more information on Bella visit http://www.bellamoviesite.com/


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