On June 21, 2014, Examiner.com had the opportunity to "follow" Austin Graham on the movie set of "The 4th Letter of Ponce de Leon." Graham, out of St. Petersburg, with family in surrounding areas, is an official descendant of Juan Ponce de Leon!
Graham is the 14th great-granddaughter to Mr. Ponce (as he is called in the film). As a result, and due to her being an actress, this young woman is part of the film being shot in Naples and Marco Island. June 20-22 a film-related trailer is in the process of being shot to help with their fund raising campaign on Indiegogo.
Richard Watts, the writer and producer of the film, has been front and center when it comes to the film's production. Working side by side with Watts have also been director of photography Ernesto Lasso de la Vega, production coordinator Margaret Bishop, media director Erik Krefeld, and others.
Frangiemil Malgarejo is the name of the character that Austin Graham portrays in the film. Her wardrobe is amazing. The gown belongs to her real life cousin Crystal Solana Bryan.
In addition to the gown, Graham's training and experience in the entertainment industry help reflect who she is. Graham is also a professional model and actress with many credits under her "Spanish belt." She even instructs students on runway modeling, creating an image and facts and terms of the industry as well!
More about the film, itself, includes the fact that this is a new indie and is currently being development in Naples. The area, being a tropical town and located on the Gulf of Mexico in SW Florida, makes it a perfect location to shoot such a the film.
According to Richard Watts, the film's story is based on certain aspects of the discoveries of the legendary Juan Ponce de Leon in the New World during the early 1500's. Erik Krefeld thinks the project has the right combination of elements to appeal to a wide audience.
Some of the fellow actors Graham has been working with on set are Miles Christian-Hart (Mr. Ponce), Jared DeAngelo, Val Kuffel, Rebecca Hollifield, Zara Amarani, Ty Landers, Asia Danielle Johnson, Margaret Bishop, Benjamin Jacob, Richard Watts, Arielle Watts, Cora Anne Williams, Jasmine Harvey, Laurie Gutstein, and many talented others.
When asked about her recent work on this film set and what advice she might give, Austin Graham had this to say.
"I'm in a constant state of appreciation for this experience, and I feel very grateful to be working with such a professional and high energy group. My advice to anyone with a dream - just live it!"
Fans can enjoy "all things related to filming" through photos of Austin and others in slideshow and on websites. Thanks go to Austin for her magnificient input and grace on "The 4th Letter" film set!