Local Filmmakers Selected for Cannes Film Festival

Source: Filmmakers Robert Wagner & Kristyl Wagner, Bragg n East Facebook.
Source: Filmmakers Robert Wagner & Kristyl Wagner, Bragg n East Facebook.

A major film festival includes an Eastern NC entry this year. Local filmmakers Robert and Kristyl Wagner’s short film, “Bragg N East”, was selected for showing at Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

The faith-based short film was shot in Raleigh and surrounding areas. The story revolves around a police officer and a hardened gang member, and is based on Officer Robert Wagner’s experiences on patrol.

Wagner has led a campaign of community policing, reviving the old idea that police are in a community to protect and serve, rather than just “arrest, arrest, arrest.” With violence in the news each day, he has promoted a style of policing which include caring, love, and respect as part of the job.

Robert and Kristyl are more than producers. They also own Vapor Market, which moved to Knightdale (861-113 Old Knight Road, behind Bojangles) from Wendell last year. Kristyl runs the shop, and serves as Executive Producer for “Bragg N East”.

The couple will travel to Cannes for the May 2014 film festival. They are looking forward to having access to the events, and believe their inclusion will help their film company make connections in the film industry. They are looking toward a future film or TV series production based on their short film.

The entrepreneurial, filmmaking couple plan to hold a NC premiere during 2014.

More information on the film festival is online at www.festival-cannes.com. Details are available April 17, 2014, after the official selections are announced. Watch for this local production in the Cannes’ Short Film Corner.


Ed. Note: The film’s Facebook page is available at www.facebook.com/BraggNEast.

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