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‘Breaking Bad’ star among honorees for Gasparilla film festival

You probably know him best as Walt Jr., son of high school teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Before he leaves Tampa, R.J. Mitte will have added Gasparilla International Film Festival Rising Star Award recipient to his resume.

Mitte is among several young actors who will be honored with the award at the festival, running March 19 to 23 at various venues around Tampa, the festival announced Tuesday. Mitte’s feature film debut, “House of Last Things,” screens during the festival March 20 at CineBistro in Hyde Park.

Other guests announced for the festival include Jason Ritter, who starred in NBC’s “Parenthood” and appears in the film “There’s Always Woodstock,” which gets its world premiere at Tampa Theatre on the opening night of the festival.

“Woodstock” co-star Anna Anissimova, and actress Marth MacIsaac (“Superbad”), whose short film “Seasick Sailor” will screen at the festival, will receive Rising Star honors alongside Mitte.

Actors Andre Holland (“1600 Penn”), Blake Berris (“Days of Our Lives”), C.S. Lee (“Dexter”) and Hrach Titizian (“Homeland,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats”) are all set to appear at the festival, as is real-life Outlaw motorcycle club member turned missionary Sam Childers, who inspired the Gerard Butler character in “Machine Gun Preacher.”

Ryan O’Nan, who wrote and co-starred in the Tampa-filmed feature “Chu and Blossom” will also make an appearance. “Chu and Blossom” will screen on the final night of the festival at Muvico Centro Ybor.

More than 100 films will screen during the event, which also features a number of educational panels, workshops and parties.

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