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Gasparilla Film Fest Breaks Bad: R.J. Mitte aka "Walt Jr." aka "Flynn" to appear at Tampa event



The Gasparilla International Film Festival announced its visiting stars Tuesday, and the guest list includes one of Breaking Bad’s few innocents.

R.J. Mitte, who played meth kingpin Walter White’s clueless son on the popular television series, will accept one of three Rising Star awards presented at the festival, slated for March 19-23. Mitte stars in House of Last Things, a psychothriller making its North American premiere in competition at Gasparilla.

Joining Mitte in the Rising Star ranks will be Anna Anissimova, co-star of the opening night feature There’s Always Woodstock, and Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), attending with her short film Seasick Sailor.

Anissimova will be accompanied opening night by her co-star Jason Ritter (TV’s Parenthood and Gravity Falls). C.S. Lee, who played an eagerly oversexed forensics expert on Dexter, will accompany the Florida premiere of his movie The Red Robin.

Other notables include previous Rising Star award winners Blake Berris (House of Last Things) and Ryan O’Nan, co-star of the closing night feature Chu and Blossom, filmed around Tampa Bay.

Also attending is Sam Childers, a.k.a. the “machine gun preacher,” whose crusade to free Sudanese child slaves is chronicled in a Gasparilla documentary. Childers was played by Gerard Butler in 2011’s dramatization of events, Machine Gun Preacher. Television actors Hrach Titizian (Homeland) and Andre Holland (the upcoming Cinemax series The Knick) round out the list.

And you never know when a surprise celebrity will drop in. Last year, actor Colin Farrell attended a screening of his friend’s movie at Cinebistro in Hyde Park Village.

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