A mob scene of real housewives from Boca Raton showed up Wednesday night to Stephane’s restaurant to glimpse of the cast members expected there for a schmoozy promotional dinner. And though Stephane’s publicist Valerie Zucker said she had commitments from all but Joanna Krupa, who is seemingly always out of town, only one Housewife-with-a-capital-H showed up: Lea Black, along with erstwhile cameo maker, drag queen Elaine Lancaster.
“We had commitments from every housewife,” Zucker told us. “Slowly, for many different reasons, each one [except Black and Lancaster] had other commitments and last minute circumstances. . . . I’d think it was a priority in helping to promote it.”
The Boca fans weren’t disappointed, though. “They couldn’t get enough of Lea and Elaine,” said Zucker.
And the winner is . . . Toussaint L’Overture, the dramatic period film about Haiti’s most defining moment told through the eyes of one of the most iconic leaders of the country’s slave revolt.
The film and Haiti-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis took home top honors including more than $25,000 in cash and prizes at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. The film was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature. Jean-Louis, who has starred in several Hollywood films and the TV series Heroes, was awarded the jury prize for Best Actor in a Caribbean Film.
Toussaint L’Overture, shot in France and Martinique, premiered in Miami in May at the Little Haiti Cultural Center to a Who’s Who of South Florida’s Haitian community. Jean-Louis says the filmmakers still hope to show the film to a larger U.S. audience.
Another Haiti-born actor who received honors was former Miami resident Guetty Felin. Her documentary, Broken Stones, born out of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, received special mention for Best Documentary Feature.