Making Progress: Latina Cast in a Non-Latina Role

Actor Claire Risoli heads to the Big Apple for the world premiere of "Puncture" at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 21

Published on LatinoLA: April 16, 2011

Making Progress: Latina Cast in a Non-Latina Role

Latina actor Claire Risoli prepares to hit the red carpet for the premiere of her most recent film project Puncture, making its world premiere at the 10th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2011.

Brothers and first-time directors Mark and Adam Kassen bring this real-life story to the screen with all the urgency and passion of the subjects themselves. The result is an effective issue-driven drama that finds its footing in a contemporary David and Goliath story. In her supporting role, Risoli plays Nurse Karen Brown, a no-nonsense nurse, head of The Texas Nurses Association. On being cast in a non-Latino role Risoli states, "We (Latinos) as a community are building a solid foundation in entertainment and that is being reflected in casting more and morePuncture is an example of that."

Puncture stars Chris Evans as Mike Weiss, a talented young Houston lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (co-director Mark Kassen), his longtime friend and partner, is the straight-laced and responsible yin to Mike's yang. Their mom-and-pop personal injury law firm is getting by, but things really get interesting when they decide to take on a case involving Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), a local ER nurse, who is pricked by a contaminated needle on the job. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, a health care and pharmaceutical conspiracy teeters on exposure and heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense. Nurse Karen has a pivotal exchange with Weiss that steers him in the direction to build his case. Out of their league but invested in their own principles, the mounting pressure of the case pushes the two underdog lawyers and their business to the breaking point.

Puncture was selected as one of 33 films in the Spotlight section that highlights the works of a wide array of both established and rising talent as well as recognizable subjects. "This year's Spotlight is a mixture of carefully selected festival favorites from around the globe, highly anticipated releases, a number of new works by high profile filmmakers and films with subjects of special note," said Genna Terranova, Senior Programmer.

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