Local Guy Also Participates
Belize has its fair share of extremely talented local artists and Berne Velasquez happens to be one. He visited the office of Ambergris Today and related to us his recent success in hitting it big time in a Hollywood blockbuster movie - The Seven Adventures of Sinbad.
Berne Velasquez is a one-man marketing team/hypeman/rapper, performer and actor. Berne is both entertaining and eccentric and has earned himself the lead role of the villain in a film called The Seven Adventures of Sinbad. It’s light science fiction entertainment that's going straight to DVD but it's a real movie, and Berne plays the lead bad guy role, Mehrak.
The Seven Adventures of Sinbad film follows a modern version of Sinbad the Sailor, a prince of Persia, who must undertake seven tasks to halt an impending disaster that threatens to wipe out all humanity and in the story there is a Somalia gang which is led by a very brutal mean guy Mehrak and Berne happens to play that role.
“We did some shooting at Sanctuary Bay, and some at Baka Bush Tours around mile 31 side towards going to Belmopan. We did some scenes right out here near the ocean actually, right out in the front of the Princess with helicopter scenes, going up to the ship and all that stuff; we did quite a few scenes right around Belize,” commented Velasquez.
The movie was produced by Asylum Production and was shot in Belize. About 40 other Belizeans had roles to play in the project including San Pedro’s very own Horacio “Chito” Guerrero and Miss Costa Maya 2007 Maria Jefferies.
Berne Velasquez is originally from Dangriga but lived for 23 years in the U.S. He was deported in 2007 after which he has worked on several documentary videos and music CD’s. Some of his work include “Life after Deportation” (DVD/CD), “Change The Game (music CD), “Evolutions (documentary) and “Destination Belize” (music CD).
“I sing about real life experiences,” commented Berne, “Most of my songs are definitely about my real life experiences and things that I am about. So when you get a taste of this album, it is going to really stare a light on Berne.
The movie the Seven Adventures of Sinbad is on sale here in San Pedro at Sea Turtle Gift Shop, Pulse Music and Movie Center and Shenny’s World.
Berne Velasquez in his role as Merhak
Local resident Horacio "Chito" Guerrero also has role in the movie