The International Television Festival in Hollywood has given the multi-talented Isabel Cueva a "Best Actress" for her breathtaking and realistic portrayal of Lisa Meyers, an American soldier held captive in Iraq, and a "Best Writer" nomination for her debut screenplay of her multi-award winning film, In the Name of Freedom.
Isabel Cueva, wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this heart wrenching drama. Since its debut, In the Name of Freedom has been invited to more than 16 festivals and events, and generated buzz and honors on the film festival circuit. ITV fest will screen the film August 10th at 4pm at the Laemmles Sunset 5.
Out of the gate, In the Name of Freedom won a "Best Short Film" Cine Golden Eagle. It's a first award honor Cueva shares with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Ron Howard. It then received the "Best Short Film" kudo from the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival. And received an Imagen Award nomination under "Best Short Film" category.
In the Name of Freedom is a tough, gritty, uncensored war film that pushes the envelope of emotion and proves that even in the worst predicaments, conscience must prevail over culture.
Isabel can be seen later this year in Jack the Reaper, a top winner at the Cannes Independent Film Festival earlier this year and opposite Danny Trejo and Douglas Spain in the recent release of American Flyer (Distributed by Emerge Filmworks and Arc Entertainment.) She also stars in another festival award winning film, Goofyfoot, opposite Jim Hanks.
Cueva has recently completed her first feature length screenplay Brothers and Enemies, a film inspired by In the Name of Freedom and is set to star in several independent features this fall, 2011.