The production was spear-headed by Elvira Sanchez de Malicki, his fiery mother and mentor who would later become instrumental in stoking his passion for the creative arts. When he was seven years old, Keram landed the lead role of Oliver! in a four month run at the local Limelight dinner theatre, whose cabaret-like atmosphere and eccentric team would burn an irrevocable perception of the world in his character. Keram spent his teenage years performing radio dramas for CBC radio Canada, as well as a slew of controversial theatre productions including " Mame " and " Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You ". He spent many of his childhood years creating roles on stage at Young People's Theater in Toronto, Canada.
Among them, the box-office smash by Mordecai Richler's " Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang "and the role of Jason in Jim Betts adventure trilogy: " The Mystery of The Oak Island Treasure ", " The Haunting of Elijah Bones ", and " The Last Voyage of the Devil's Wheel ". At fourteen, Keram was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in the category of Best Male Lead in a Musical for his performance in the Young People's Theatre production of "The Prince and the Pauper". And later that year played one of the princes in the company's production of "Richard III". Shortly thereafter he began working more steadily in television and film with character roles in episodicals (CBC's: " Street Legal ", " Homefires ", " Hangin' In ", Frank Mancuso Jr.'s: " Friday's Curse ", " War of the Worlds ", "Katts & Dog", "The Edison Twins" also " Love and Larceny ", " I'll Take Manhattan " (Valerie Bertinelli, Barry Bostwick) and Donald Wrye's exxtremely controversial " Amerika " (Kris Kristofferson, Robert Urich, Wendy Hughes, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sam Neill, Cindy Pickett) among others). After beginning his band Blue Dog Pict at fifteen, he began to lead a double-life that would broaden his range into a myriad directions, including producing records, scoring films, writing novels, performance art, filmmaking, computer programming. During his eight year tenure with Blue Dog Pict Keram took on a myriad new personas which he used as vehicles to promote his radical ideas about gender politics ( Natureboy is a Drag Queen ) technology ( Robot Pride Day ) social politics ( The Systematic Slaughter of the Middle Class , Entartete Kunst , Clubfoot and Pregnant: A New Lesson in Robotics ) and culture ( The Lullaby Cabaret , Invention and Despairtion ).
The artistic community both admired and reviled his outspoken work and fans of the band showed up in full dress code, bringing their own adonemtns with which to transform the many venues the band played. Keram affectionately dubbed this community "Sky Pirates" and the world was introduced to them via interviews with the New Music on MuchMusic as well as Global TV, and CFTO. Keram and his peers published their ideas in a magazine " Natureboy " distributed to Sky Pirates and the industry alike via a newsletter which he published with his friend and co-writer Scott Montgomery. In later years Keram would be invited to speak on panels concerning technology and music for the Toronto Star and the North by NorthEast music conference among others.
While in his last year of high school at Michael Power in Toronto, Keram landed a role in a new series coming out of England called " Catwalk ". He was hesitant to commit to the project feeling that his real life music career already allowed him to delve into his musical sensibilities, and finally, after a year of holding out, decided to take a crack at the show, feeling that it would do less harm to take on the project than to pass it up. At best it helped pay for the production of his band's records as well as financing his new fangled record label. At worst, the public's ability to distinguish between his campy Blue Dog Pict personalities and his Catwalk image became a burden and he finally quit the television series after a year, feeling it had served it purpose and that it was time to move on. In 1994, MuchMusic, Canada's answer to MTV received the biggest request in its 10-year history for Blue Dog Pict's video "Tainted".
Fans of the band would not let their movement be ignored. Over the course of the next two years Keram appeared in several episodicals on television (" Tekwar ", " Nancy Drew ", "Ready or Not") and feature films, some which could be argued he took on to be able to finance his record label these include two pictures for Norstar " Boulevard " (starring Rae Dawn Chong, Kari Wurer 1995) and " No Contest " (Andrew Dice Clay, Shannon Tweed 1995). He also played a female transexual in the 1995 film " Skin Deep " which won the people's choice award at the Berlin Film Festival that year, despite the fact that it was met with great controversy wherever it opened. Recent Television and Film Appearances Keram's television appearances in 1999 included lead guest appearances in Silk Stalkings (episode: "A Clockwork Florida Orange") and L.A. Doctors for CBS (episode: "Been There, Done That"), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (episode: "Earshot" which was never aired due to the Columbine massacre), ER (episode: Last Rites). Keram plays the role of a neo-nazi skinhead in New Line Cinema's " American History X " (starring Edward Norton, Eddie Furlong, and Fairuza Balk, Elliot Gould, Beverly D'Angelo). and most recently, the role of Rupert in ' Drive Me Crazy " (Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier, Ali Larter, Keri Lynn Pratt) for 20th Century Fox.
He also played the role of Timmy in October/USA Films' feature ' Cherry Falls ' also starring Brittany Murphy (Clueless, Drop Dead Gorgeous) and Jay Mohr (Jerry McGuire, Go). The film, described as a black black black comedy by director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper) premiered on the USA Network in October 2000 and has since rightfully earned cult status with its release on DVD/VHS. In 2001 Keram played the role of Jasper in New Line's 'Happy Campers ' with Dominique Swayne (Lolita), Brad Renfro (Apt Pupil) and MTV VJ/supermodel James King. Keram also co-starred in 'crazy/beautiful' (Kirsten Dunst) for Touchstone Pictures and the role of Freddy B., a hacker who works for a cable network in Nick Cassavetes' ' John Q ' starring Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche, Ray Liotta and James Woods. 'John Q', distributed by New Line Cinema represented Keram's third project for the Time-Warner company.
He also played the role of Larry Rogow on Fox's critically acclaimed thriller '24' in the episode '2:00-3:00AM'. In 2002 Keram starred in the feature film ' Global Heresy' opposite Peter O'Toole, Joan Plowright, Martin Clunes and Alicia Silverstone. The Canadian/British co-production is about the number one band in the world taking a sabbatical at a mansion in northern England where many hijinx ensue. Keram plays the role of Flit, the band's lead guitarist and temporary lead-singer. It is available in the US under the title 'Rock My World'. Keram played the role of Lucas Farr on 'The Guardian' (CBS) in the episode 'Shame'.
2003 also saw Keram finally fulfill one of his life-long dreams - that is - not only to meet one of his cinema idols, namely Peter Greenaway, but to go to Italy to work with him, playing the role of Virgil de Selincourt in the ambitious Greenaway trilogy 'The Tulse Luper Suitcase'. Keram also placed a track on the soundtrack for the film 'Uptown Girls' (Brittany Murphy), and was then later asked by Murphy to do a cameo in her next project 'Little Black Book' (Holly Hunter, Julia Roberts). The short film 'Something In Between' directed by Zack Adler and starring Keram in the role of John Strong played at the IFP film festival in Los Angeles and later as part of the 2004 Sundance short film schedule. 2004 also saw Keram guest star as the character "Jamal" on Bruckheimer's number one rated show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for CBS, and in 2007 Keram played "Razor" on TNT's Saving Grace. In 2008 Keram shared a kiss with Winona Ryder when he returned to work for Daniel Waters in Sex and Death 101 and he will create the role of Ink in the Marvel Comics feature Punisher: War Zone for Lionsgate Films. Read more on Last.fm.
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