Kellan Lutz stars in JAVA HEAT, a film by Conor and Rob Allyn. Picture courtesy IFC Films. All rights reserved.
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Java Heat (2013)
Opened: 05/10/2013 Limited
|IFC Center||05/10/2013 - 05/16/2013||7 days|
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Genre: Indonesian Crime Drama
Rated: R for violence throughout, language and sexual references.
Kellan Lutz and Mickey Rourke Go Head To Head In Java Heat
Kellan Lutz (Twilight, Immortals) and Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Immortals, Iron Man 2) star in Java Heat: an exotic cross-cultural action thriller about a reckless American who teams up with a Muslim cop to stop a terrorist mastermind.
At a time when relations between the West and Islam are dangerously tense, Java Heat opens amidst the aftermath of a terrorist attack in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation. Java Heat centers on Jake (Lutz), a reckless American tough guy who becomes embroiled in the turmoil ensuing the attacks, which killed the country's much beloved Sultana.
Jake is bent on vengeance but quickly finds the world a more complicated place than he can solve with violence alone. Lost among labyrinths of religious, political and cultural havoc, Jake must ally with cerebral Muslim detective Hashim (rising Indonesian star Ario Bayu), who handles Jake more like a suspect than a partner. The uneasy friendship leads to a treacherous man-hunt for the attack's real instigator, a new breed of klepto-terrorist (Rourke), who is even more twisted and terrifying than the Jihadist terrorists he hides behind.
Java Heat was directed by Conor Allyn and written and produced by Conor and Rob Allyn. Rob is a former international political consultant and New York Times best-selling author (Revolution of Hope). Previously, Conor wrote and directed Margate House's Red & White trilogy. The trio of Indonesian war epics were among the biggest box office successes in the country's history and scored unprecedented distribution worldwide.
Margate House Films and Java Heat are repped by Alexis Garcia at WME Global, while foreign sales are being handled by Stuart Ford's IM Global.
About the Cast
Kellan Lutz (Jake Travers)
Kellan Lutz stars in the worldwide phenomenon THE TWILIGHT SAGA based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer. The fifth and final installment, BREAKING DAWN: 2, came out in November 2012. Starring alongside Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson, this fantasy-romance film tells the story of a teenage girl who risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.
From 2010-2012, Kellan starred in five movies, three of which come out this year. In February, SYRUP, based on the popular Max Barry book, will be released. He stars opposite Shiloh Fernandez and Amber Heard and the film is about a slacker who hatches a million-dollar soft drink idea, only to see it stolen away. In May, IFC will release, JAVA HEAT, which he stars opposite Mickey Rourke, In July he stars as the title character in the big budget motion capture film, TARZAN. In 2011 he was seen in LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE opposite Mandy Moore, and James Brolin, about a happy newlywed marriage counselor whose views on wedded bliss get thrown for a loop when she finds out her parents are getting divorced. IMMORTALS, where he plays Poseidon opposite Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Stephen Dorff for director Tarsem Singh. And lastly the Sony Pictures action movie, ARENA, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, where he plays a man who finds himself kidnapped and forced to fight in a gladiator type digital arena where the brutal battles to the death are an internet sensation.
In 2010, Lutz appeared in the remake of the 1984 horror classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET for director Samuel Bayer, followed by MESKADA for director Josh Sternfeld, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In April 2008, Lutz starred in Screen Gem's PROM NIGHT, where he starred alongside Brittany Snow. This thriller is the fictional story of a high school night ruined by a sadistic killer. Lutz also starred in the indie film DEEP WINTER opposite Michael Madsen. The film was produced by Glenn Zoller's Hollywood-based Gigantic Films and directed by Mickey Hilb. The story revolves around childhood best friends who want to be the first to ski a peak in Alaska. Another recent independent project he completed is THE TRIBE which was filmed on location in Costa Rico.
Kellan Lutz started his acting career as a series regular on HBO's, "The Comeback," opposite Lisa Kudrow. Kellan then went straight into production on two studio films. He was seen in Disney's STICK IT where he played a local BMX biker who befriends the lead, Missy Peregrym. Lutz also appeared in Universal's ACCEPTED in which he played one of the "Molson Twins" who joins Justin Long's fake college.
On the small screen Lutz was seen in the new CW spinoff series "90210," playing the recurring character of George Evans, one of the school's best and most arrogant athletes. Kellan was also seen in the Emmy Award winning HBO seven-hour mini-series, "Generation Kill." Lutz has also appeared on the hit NBC series "Heroes" and the WB series "Summerland."
In addition to acting, Lutz also landed several high profile modeling campaigns, including the coveted job as the cover boy of "Abercrombie & Fitch's Summer Catalogue 2004" and also appeared in a Levi's Jean ad campaign. Kellan Lutz was also the face of the Calvin Klein X Underwear campaign following in the footsteps of Mark Wahlberg.
When not acting, Lutz gives his time to three charities: PETA, the Royal Family Kids' Camp, and the St. Bernard Project. The RFKC is a nationwide network of camps for abused and abandoned children. Each camp organizes a summer camp experience for boys and girls experience difficult life situations. In 2008 there are over 180 camps participating in over 40 states and 5 foreign counties. Kellan is also involved with the St. Bernard Project, which helps to create housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. Not only is Kellan involved with fundraising, but he also contributes his time on-site, helping with the building of new homes.
Born and raised in the cold state of North Dakota, there wasn't much to do in the city besides playing games at the local arcade, going to the bowling alley, hunting, or sledding in the snow. Although he had a simple upbringing, he learned to live everyday to the fullest. He lives by the saying..."try new things, you only live once..." From sky diving to parasailing, from motor cross to white water rafting, Kellan insists on living life like an adventure.
Lutz's family was not very supportive in his decision to become an actor after graduating from high school, instead of going to college, where he was considering becoming a chemical engineer. However, their fears were alleviated as he has worked virtually nonstop since arriving in Los Angeles.
Although his dreams are coming true, Lutz still hasn't quenched his desire to learn and create. This past year he has also patented two inventions and is waiting for the prototype to be created.
Lutz is the middle child of six brothers and one sister, but this doesn't bother him because as he puts it, "I'm the tallest kid in the family!" And he never lets his siblings forget it!
Mickey Rourke (Malik)
Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winning actor Mickey Rourke recently starred in the blockbuster hits, IMMORTALS, opposite Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, and Stephen Dorff and IRON MAN 2 directed by Jon Favreau, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson and THE EXPENDABLES, opposite Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Bruce Willis.
Mickey Rourke's career is one marked by his ability to create riveting performances and to leave indelible impressions on audiences. His impressive list of feature credits include Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER, Tony Scott's DOMINO, Robert Rodriguez's SIN CITY, John Madden's KILLSHOT, Tony Scott's MAN ON FIRE, Robert Rodriguez's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO and Francis Ford Coppola's THE RAINMAKER.
More than a mere celebrity, Rourke earned a place for himself in Hollywood with his stellar ability to leave audiences with indelible impressions in earlier films, including Adrian Lyne's NINE 1/2 WEEKS, Michael Cimino's YEAR OF THE DRAGON, Stuart Rosenberg's THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE, Michael Cimino's DESPERATE HOURS, Alan Parker's ANGEL HEART, Mike Hodges' A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, Barry Levinson's DINER, Lawrence Kasdan's BODY HEAT and Francis Ford Coppola's RUMBLE FISH.
Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and wins for Best Actor for the Golden Globes, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards. The film was awarded the Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Rourke's performance in the film garnered widespread acclaim, typified by Variety's words that Rourke "creates a galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes [its] place among the great, iconic screen performances."
Rourke recently completed production on PASSION PLAY written and directed by Mitch Glazer opposite Megan Fox and Bill Murray. He also recently wrapped the Greek mythology epic IMMORTALS directed by Tarsem Singh opposite Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, John Hurt and Stephen Dorff as well as THE COURIER directed by Hany Abu-Assad opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Josie Ho.
Ario Bayu (Lieutenant Hashim)
Though spending much of his childhood in New Zealand, Ario Bayu, a Muslim-born native of Java, Indonesia, has been acting on stage and screen for over 9 years, from the Young Shakespeare Company at England's Globe Theater to starring roles in the most highly acclaimed films in Southeast Asia.
Called "one of the best" actors in Indonesia by critics and top Indonesian directors like Joko Anwar, Ario is the hottest young male lead in a vast country of 240 million. The Jakarta Post calls him "bright, talented, handsome and humble."
His career took off in 2002 at the age of 17 while at the Young Shakespeare Company, New Zealand, when he won a scholarship to attend workshops performed at the Globe Theater in London, beating out 4,500 other applicants. This gained Ario notoriety from both the theatrical world and luminaries like New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, who congratulated him personally.
Ario made his film debut in horror/thriller Ward 13 (2005), but his breakout role came in Time (2007) where he plays Eros, a gay detective trying to solve a mysterious arson case, a role for which he received much critical praise.
"Ario Bayu steals every scene he's in, giving a multi layered performance..." says TwitchFilm magazine. The film went on to receive international recognition, winning Best Film at the Berlin Asia Hotshots Film Festival and a jury prize from the New York Film Festival.
Though only 26, Ario has played significant and often difficult roles in nine major Indonesian productions, including the 2010 box office hit Margate House Film Blood of Eagles as Yanto, a manipulative traitor who sells out his freedom fighting countrymen to the Dutch.
Cast by top Indonesian director Riri Riza in 2008's The Rainbow Troops, one of the most successful and widely acclaimed Indonesian films of all time, Ario also stars in the soon-to-be-released update of the 1987 Indonesian cult classic, Boy's Diary, where he will play a mechanic/illegal street racer fighting for the affections of a girl outside of his social class.
About the Crew
Conor Allyn (Writer, Producer, Director)
Conor Allyn is the co-founder of Margate House Films one of Hollywood's newest and most elite production companies, A gifted screenwriter and director, Conor most recently helmed the action thriller JAVA HEAT, starring Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Iron Man 2). The film was shot on location in Indonesia and will be distributed in the US by IFC Films with a nationwide theatrical release slated for May 2013. JAVA HEAT has also sold worldwide with international sales handled by IM Global (Insidious, Safe, Dredd).
As a producer for Margate House Films, Conor oversees development and production of the company's projects worldwide. Additionally, he has created, written, produced and directed several films as well as dozens of TV ads and other mixed media including the documentary HUNGRY IS THE TIGER, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. Conor also performs a number of executive and operational functions within the corporation including handling of international banking, corporate and legal structure for various film entities and day-to-day financial duties.
Prior to JAVA HEAT, Conor wrote and directed the biggest film project in the history of Indonesia, the RED & WHITE Trilogy; a series of epic war films following a band of Indonesian guerilla fighters who struggle for their freedom against Dutch oppression in the late 1940s. The films are entirely in the original Dutch and Indonesian languages and were a huge success inside as well as outside of Indonesia, breaking domestic box office records and achieving record international sales including distribution in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and across Asia. Critics praised Conor as a "new star" who brought "dynamic narrative power and kinetic energy" to the "greatest epic film and most professional in the nation's history," cheering his directorial debut as "colossal...a treat...meticulously done...a delight to watch...a classic war film in the style of The Dirty Dozen and The Guns of Navarone." The films were screened across the globe at film festivals in Bangkok, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Dallas.
Before beginning his foray into the film industry, Conor worked in political media. During his tenure in Political consulting, Conor handled research and writing for multiple US Senators two Mexican Presidents, the Indonesian Farmers Union, the Association of Traditional Markets and leading political parties in Latin America and Asia. Conor graduated from Georgetown University with majors in Government, History and Writing for the Screen.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Geri, but divides his time between the US and film sets around the globe.
Rob Allyn (Co-Writer, Producer)
Rob Allyn is Chairman of Margate House, the international film and TV production company he founded in 2007. Over the past 30 years, he has written, directed and/or produced three award-winning box office hit feature films, a highly acclaimed documentary, 52 TV shows and hundreds of commercials for Fortune 500 corporations, causes and campaigns.
With his son Conor, Rob spent three years in the jungles, colonial cities and islands of Java making RED AND WHITE, a trilogy of epic war dramas set during Indonesia's revolution against the Dutch. Set in 1947 and based on the Allyns' original screenplays, the three films were shot on 35-millimeter with a top-flight team of Asia's best film-makers and action experts from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, BLACKHAWK DOWN, BRAVEHEART, THE MATRIX, THE PACIFIC and WANTED, among others.
Before founding Margate House Films, Rob spent 25 years as a highly successful ad agency owner, media consultant, author and television commentator in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. He has advised presidents, prime ministers, foreign governments, Fortune 500 corporations and sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Conoco Phillips, Coca-Cola, 7-Eleven and American Airlines.
In 2002 he sold Allyn & Company, his award-winning advertising agency based in Dallas, Austin, Phoenix and Mexico City, to Omnicom, one of the world's largest advertising and media holding companies.
A New York Times bestselling author, in 2007 Rob wrote the book REVOLUTION OF HOPE with former Mexican President Vicente Fox. The Washington Post called the book "prescient...inspiring" and said "he lays down chords in the key of the American dream like a master."
Rob's first novel, the political thriller FRONT RUNNER, was published in 1990 by Crown. Represented by the William Morris Agency, he received excellent reviews and spent 13 weeks on Best-Seller lists. Critics called it, "A bare-knuckled rampage... roars along with energy and vigor...swift and filled with suspense...entertaining and fast-reading...eminently readable...breathlessly exciting, brilliantly plotted."
For more than a decade, Rob was a regular commentator the PBS shows "On The Record" and "Between The Lines," and on Fox's "4 and Against." He has appeared on CNN's "Inside Politics," the "Bill O'Reilly Show," the "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" and "Listening to America with Bill Moyers." He also has been widely quoted in The New York Times, NEWSWEEK, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Miami Herald, LA Times and USA TODAY.
VARIETY called his first feature film RED AND WHITE "a well-mounted depiction of Indonesia's birth of a nation...solid performances and strong visuals impress."
SCREEN DAILY it as "epic" as critics called it, "Vividly directed...written by Conor Allyn and Rob Allyn, the script weaves gracefully (and) boldly delivers drama and intrigue...elegant ...an epic drama combining action, romance, humor, tragedy and strong personal stories." The Jakarta Globe said it gave audiences an "unprecedented level of thrills...heart-pumping...stunning...highly entertaining... brilliant."
An Official Selection of the Amsterdam, Bangkok and LA Asia Pacific film festivals, RED AND WHITE won Best Film and First Place People's Choice Award at the Bali International Film Festival, along with Best Director and Best Actress. The film screened at Cannes and Berlin and has been to Pusan, Hong Kong and the American Film Market in Santa Monica, where the trilogy already has sold to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in a deal with European Film Partners and Universal Pictures Benelux.
Rob also created, wrote and produced the feature documentary HUNGRY IS THE TIGER, selected for the Rome Film Festival Asiatica Film Mediale. It was nominated as Best Documentary at the 53rd Asia Pacific Film Festival in Taiwan, and was an Official Selection of the 2010 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in the U.S.
The Straits Times of Singapore called it, "A beautifully filmed documentary... heartrending interviews...offers the promise of a 'White Revolution' that will turn deprived children into tigers, healthy and strong...an amazing canvas... compelling."
Rob earned his Bachelor's in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he attended the School of Foreign Service. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University and has lectured at several universities. He speaks Spanish and some German, and is learning Bahasa Indonesia.