Rising Film Star Award: David W. Ross

The multi-talented, model-handsome, openly gay David W. Ross stands in a unique position as an award recipient in the annals of QFest since the festival had to modify the category, establishing a new award name. Because of his early success as a “teen-heartthrob” as a member of the popular British boy band, Bad Boys, Inc., his “rise” came at the ripe age of 17 when he was discovered by producer Ian Levine and hurdled into fame and fortune with five top-of-the-charts singles, including “More to This World.” His stardom ultimately afforded him the opportunity to move from London to Los Angeles and realize a dream come true. There he transitioned from a musical career to professional modeling, all the while with an eye towards pursuing his interests in acting on the big screen. Landing the role of Gary in the Sundance 2006 award-winning breakout film, Quinceanero, about the gentrification of L.A.’s Echo Park and the coming of age of two teenagers, was a turning point for Ross who says that he was inspired to write his own film. He admits to teaching himself how to write from the book, "Screenwriting For Dummies," resulting in the semi-autobiographical, I Do, a “family drama” about the challenges of same-sex, bi-national couples victimized by marriage inequality and unfair immigration policies in modern day America. (He shared the fact that the making of I Do was both heartbreaking and bittersweet as he lost a lover to a harsh and insensitive bureaucratic system.) In addition to being the screenwriter, Ross stars in, and served as producer of, I Do alongside producer Stephen Israel and director Glenn Gaylord (Eating Out, All You Can Eat.). Beyond the entertainment value, he hopes that his feature film will provoke discussion, awareness and action among the LGBT community and their allies in response to laws and lack of freedoms that directly affect people’s lives. QFest 2012 is pleased to bestow the Rising Film Star Award to David W. Ross prior to the Centerpiece, East Coast Premiere screening of I Do at 7:15 p.m., Friday, July 20, at the Ritz East 1. -- Thom Cardwell

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