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JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS FROM HAITI TO HOLLYWOOD!

Co-presented by

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD + FILM + Q&A

An intimate evening with the successful Haitian-American actor in Hollywood: Jimmy Jean-Louis!

Screening of the film DESRANCES, followed by an intimate talk about his career paths and secrets of success. Moderated by FABIENNE COLAS, Actress, Filmmaker, MIBFF Presdient & Founder Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis grew up in the slums of Pétion-Ville until age 12, to become a Hollywood celebrity. Earlier in his career, Jimmy worked as a dancer and a model in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and England. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His credits include "Tears of the sun" (Bruce Willis), "Phat Girlz" (Mo’Nique), NBC Hit show «Heroes» , CW show "Arrow", CBS "Extant" with Oscar winner Halle Berry produced by Steven Spielberg. More recently, he was part of the cast of "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro directed by David O Russell and a regular on the TV show "CLAWS" for TNT. His most important role to date is playing the title character in “Toussaint Louverture" and won BEST ACTOR at the Pan African Film Festival. He has taken part in a series of campaigns for Haitian aid. He was an invited singer on the Quincy Jones project "We Are The World 25"to benefit humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti, after the earthquake of 2010.

BIOGRAPHY

Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis grew up in the slums of Petion-Ville until age 12, to become a Hollywood celebrity. His deep love for his homeland cause him to shift his focus from his acting career to help rebuild Haiti, ravaged by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12th, 2010. Earlier in is career, Jimmy worked as a dancer and a model in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and England. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His credits include "Tears of the sun" (Bruce Willis), "Phat Girlz" (Mo'Nique), NBC Hit show "Heroes" , CW show "Arrow", CBS "Extant" with Oscar winner Halle Berry produced by Steven Spielberg. More recently, he was part of the cast of  "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro directed by David O Russell and a regular on the TV show "CLAWS" for TNT. Jimmy is the Producer/Star of the movie Rattlesnakes, currently on Hulu. 

His most important role to date is playing the title character in  "TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE" and won BEST ACTOR at the Pan African Film Festival. He was also nominated BEST ACTOR at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012. 

With an international appeal, Jimmy has been working in many parts of the world including France, England, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico...making full use of his fluency in 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole.

In response to the disaster and to provide immediate relief to the victims of the earthquake, Jimmy joined forces with the Pan American Development Foundation and the Organization of American States. HUFH-PADF-OAS and its partners provided support to more than 300 000 people and delivered in excess of 200 tons of supplies during the first 8 weeks of the disaster. Named Pan American Development Foundation's Ambassador for Haitian Children, he testified to congress on their behalf in June 2010. Mr. Jean-Louis has taken part in a series of campaigns for Haitian aid, he was an invited singer on the Quincy Jones project "We Are The World" to benefit humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti. During Haitian Independence Month, January 2010, Jimmy received the key of Miami- Dade County. More recently during Haitian Heritage Month, May 2018, he was presented the key to the city of North Miami. 

Jimmy Jean-Louis was named Ambassador at large to Haiti by his Excellency President Michel Martelly In 2014. 

 

Presented Films

By Apolline Traoré
Narrative Feature Films
Quebec Premiere