Film Raro has announced the final team for its May challenge, Hollywood producers the Stone Brothers, Robert and Webster.
The brothers were producers on Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, Dominic Sena’s Gone In 60 Seconds starring Nicolas Cage, and F. Gary Gray’s The Negotiator with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey.
Challenge organiser Stan Wolfgramm said the team checked with the brothers “to make sure they hadn’t confused Rarotonga with some oil-rich emirate in the Middle East.” Happily, they hadn’t.
The Stones’ challenge film will be inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story The Offshore Pirate, for which Robert Stone noted, “Rarotonga seemed ideally suited as a setting.”
The Stones also expressed excitement about the concept behind the challenge – to put the Cooks on the filmmaking map – saying, “If you can’t take your class to ‘Hollywood’, get ‘Hollywood’ to come to your class! We fully support that this Challenge is, first and foremost, about creating an opportunity for the Cook Islands.”
The Challenge starts 13 May and concludes with a public screening of teams’ completed films on 25 May.