Filmmaker Kazy Tauginas to Kick Off 2019 Lupus Loop
With two months to go until the 28th Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run and 2.5 Mile Walk to End Lupus Now, the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter, is pleased to announce the Lupus Loop's 2019 Grand Marshal: Kazy Tauginas.
Rising star Kazy Tauginas is a former restaurateur and Golden Gloves boxer turned actor.
Growing up just outside of Chicago, Tauginas played a different sport each school year, settling on figure skating before he discovered a natural talent for boxing after college. His grace on the ice helped him in the ring, where he fought in 13 amateur bouts.
After trying his hand in the restaurant business, Tauginas turned to acting and writing, a passion that led him to the New York Film Academy, where he graduated from their Conservatory Acting for Film.
Tauginas has appeared in numerous theatre, film and television roles. His television credits include “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Sneaky Pete.”
Tauginas' film work includes “John Wick,” “The Equalizer 2,” "Sollers Point" and the upcoming "Dolemite is My Name" starring Eddie Murphy.
After writing several short films (and starring in over 20 of them), Tauginas drew inspiration from his mother's battle with Lupus, and his own boxing experience, and decided to write “Standing Eight,” a short about a boxer who is forced to retire and contend with life outside of the ring after being diagnosed with Lupus. Since its completion, “Standing Eight” has won 12 festival awards including Trinity International Film Festival’s Best Short Film and Hamilton International Film Festival's Adam Heck "Hammer" Award for most inspirational filmmaker. The film was released earlier this year on Amazon Prime and Vimeo, with proceeds going to the Lupus Foundation of America.
Beyond Tauginas' participation at the Lupus Loop, he will screen "Standing Eight" at the Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter's Annual Meeting in December, honoring top fundraisers and volunteers.
All Loop participants who raise $1,000 or more will be invited to the Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter's Annual Meeting for a screening of “Standing Eight” officially presented by Kazy.Sign up for the Lupus Loop today!