It’s not often that a dream and a passion becomes a reality, but for local Ellis Jewelers General Manager Ryan Curry, it did. Over the years, Curry has found a passion and desire for acting. That passion has come to fruition with a few acting jobs and recently his acting is gaining recognition and awards.
In 2016, Curry showed up for an open casting call hosted by A Shardi Film Production, which was seeking actors for an independent Christian film, “Provisions.” Writer, producer, and director Shorni Hardy recalls the day. “We were looking for actors to fill our lead male role and our supporting male role. When Ryan came in there was a glow about him. He read for both the lead role of Joel and the supporting lead, Kevin Armstrong, and Ryan was perfect for Armstrong. He looked the part, sounded the part, and was the part!” Curry landed the role of Kevin Armstrong, CEO of a multi-million dollar company, and fit the bill just right, according to Hardy.
The movie is about struggle and loss and, most importantly, knowing that no matter what you’ve gone through or things that have happened to you in your life, God is always there. The movie expresses and encourages you to maintain your confidence in faith because God will see you through.
Hardy was born in Jamaica and when she was 12 years old her parents migrated to Aruba for a better life. She overcame adversity and struggle because she was in a new place, a new culture, and surrounded with new people. At the age of 21, she moved to the United States where, she said, “Everything looked giant to me.” Relying on her faith in God and the support of her family, she began writing films. “God took me through the struggles to help build the experiences I have grown from and am able to share with those that see my film,” says Hardy.
“Provision” is gaining a lot of attention in the Christian film industry and has been nominated for several awards. Curry recently received an award from the Christian Film Festival as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film. Curry says, “My dream is to make a huge impact in Christian films, playing a role that touches people’s hearts and increases their faith.”
When asked what Curry’s award and role means for the film and the cast Hardy says, “In his acceptance speech he says ‘Provisions’ is like family. That’s exactly what this experience has become for all of us. We are a part of something bigger and something grand, and that’s not just our immediate family, but our family in Christ.”
Curry believes that “by winning this award, hard work does pay off.” He said, “In acting you’re always learning and improving your skills. Knowing that ‘Provision’ has been chosen for so many awards is enough of an award for me.”
Additional roles that Curry has played include a role on a Christian TV show called “Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural,” “The Longest Ride” (a Nicholas Sparks film), and an upcoming film called “Obamaland,” a political satire scheduled for release later this year.
When Curry started acting in church productions and dramas he never thought it would build to this magnitude. “I enjoy entertaining people and Christian films are my passion,” said Curry.
Hardy believes that “Provision” is a film that is perfect for everyone in the family. “When you watch it, you will walk away knowing that no matter what, God’s got you. ‘Provision’ will make you laugh, smile, cry, and be happy to see how God restores someone who’s lost everything,” she said.
If you would like to see the film you can attend the public red carpet premiere on May 27, 2017 in Raleigh, NC at Redemption Raleigh Campus 9225 Leesville Rd. which is free to attend. To view the trailer visit http://www.ashardifilm.com/.