The Napa Valley Film Festival is excited to announce our first ever Rising Star Showcase! This year, in partnership with our friends at Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards, we are introducing an exciting new event. This beautiful winery location will serve as the backdrop for a moderated panel discussion with six talented young actors who will share their thoughts on life in the entertainment industry, and what it is like to be an actor today. Enjoy Materra’s finest wines paired with small bites while you get to know these up-and-coming stars. This event is open to Patron Circle members (Patrons, A-Listers and Movie Moguls). A limited number of tickets will be available for Pass Plus at $25.
Read more about our Rising Stars here.
Ana de Armas
Cuban born actress Ana de Armas is one of the world’s rising stars. Ana can be seen now in Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049, where she stars alongside Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Robin Wright.
Last year, Ana was seen in Hands of Stone alongside Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro. She also starred in in Todd Phillips’ War Dogs with Miles Teller and Jonah Hill .
De Armas had her first major role in America when she starred in Eli Roth’s independent film Knock Knock, which debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and starred Keanu Reeves. Additionally, de Armas recently completed production on the action movie Overdrive, in which she stars alongside Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp.
Odeya Rush is an Israeli actress best known for her leading role in Sony’s Goosebumps opposite Jack Black and Dylan Minnette. She is currently filming Anne Fletcher’s Dumplin’ with Jennifer Aniston and recently wrapped production on Simon Kaijser’s psychological thriller Spinning Man, opposite Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan and Minnie Driver. Odeya will next be seen in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.
Odedya stars in Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse’s hilarious film Coup d’Etat, playing at this year’s festival. The film also stars Sir Michael Caine and Katie Holmes.
Odeya’s other credits include The Weinstein Company’s The Giver with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, and Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green with Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner.
Following supporting turns in Steven Spielberg’s 2015 Oscar-nominated drama Bridge of Spies and 2014’s Oscar winning and Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winning film Whiplash, rising star actor Austin Stowell has several films on the horizon.
Currently, Austin can be seen in FOX Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes alongside Emma Stone, Steve Carell, and Elisabeth Shue. Austin will next star opposite Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Pena in a drama based on Doug Stanton’s nonfiction book Horse Soldiers adapted by Peter Craig and Ted Tally.
Austin was recently seen in Colossal opposite Anne Hathaway. The film was written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo for Brightlight Pictures. Austin was also seen in James Franco’s In Dubious Battle and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.
Born and raised in London, England, Gregg Sulkin is a multi-hyphenated actor who has showcased his talents across the board in the entertainment industry. He made his acting debut in 2005, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter in the coming-of-age dramedy Sixty Six. Following the film’s success, Gregg landed his first series in the Disney Channel UK comedy As The Bell Rings.
Then Gregg starred in the Emmy Award-Winning Disney channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, portraying the werewolf boyfriend of ‘Alex Russo,’ played by Selena Gomez. Immediately following the finale, he joined the hit teen drama Pretty Little Liars, in which he portrayed the character of Wesley Fitz.
Gregg most recently starred as ‘Liam’ in MTV’s Faking It. He was nominated for a 2015 Teen Choice Award for his work on the show, as Choice Summer TV Star. Gregg can next be seen starring in the highly anticipated HULU series Marvel’s Runaways, premiering this November. Based on the Marvel comics, the series is executive produced by series showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Gossip Girl).
Analeigh Tipton most recently wrapped the independent feature Monumental for director Brett Simon opposite Jeremy Irons and Maria Bello. Prior to that she shot Little Star for director Dave Schwep, as well as the independent thriller Compulsion for director Craig Goodwill.
Analeigh can currently be seen in the independent feature All Nighter opposite J.K. Simmons and Emile Hirsch for director Gavin Wiesen, and in Golden Exits for director Alex Ross Perry opposite Jason Schwartzman and Emily Browning, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Analeigh’s other recent film credits include James Franco’s In Dubious Battle alongside other NVFF rising star Austin Stowell. Tipton can also be seen in Fleck and Boden’s Mississippi Grind opposite Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn. Analeigh credits Warner Bros.’ and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra’s Crazy, Stupid, Love as her first major film.
Actor/musician Alex Wolff is one of the most sought after young actors in Hollywood with multiple exciting projects on deck. He gained international recognition at an early age when he co-starred with his older brother, Nat Wolff, in 2005’s musical comedy The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie.
Alex has appeared in Peter Berg’s Patriot’s Day, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Coming Through the Rye with Oscar winner Chris Cooper.
Most recently, Alex will star next in My Friend Dahmer, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by John Backderf surrounding Jeffrey Dahmer and his struggles with a difficult family life when he was young, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes. Next up, Alex will be seen opposite Dwayne Johnson in Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The film will be released on December 20.
At NVFF17, Alex can be seen in The House of Tomorrow, for which Alex received early critical praise. You’ll want to catch his performance which The Hollywood Reporter called “a seamless blend of adolescent self-awareness, fearlessness and vulnerability that it barely feels like a performance.”