ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – June promises to be a very special month for film lovers as HAMA (Howard and Mitzi Allen) will premiere their fourth and most ambitious movie ‘The Skin’, a super natural thriller written and directed by Howard Allen.
‘The Skin’ is a modern story filled with Caribbean folklore about Michael and Lisa (Brent Simon & Aisha Ralph) who are a young married couple on the verge of losing their home. Their luck changes when Michael, while on a photo-shoot at the historic Betty’s Hope Estate discovers an ancient vase and sells it to an antique dealer (Jeff Stewart).
The couple gets little time to celebrate their good fortune before strange things begin to happen. They are introduced to a Jamaican mystic (Carl Bradshaw) who informs them that the ancient relic was not really a blessing but a curse.
Fans of HAMA’s work will not have to wait long as a trailer and behind the scenes footage will start airing on ABS and cable television from May 11th. This project has garnered support from the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Honourable Dr. Edmond Mansoor, says HAMA Productions represents a brand of media excellence that converges professionalism with high end creativity and captures the multiple attributes of the plural Caribbean Society.
“The Government, through the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Telecommunications, salutes Howard and Mitzi Allen for another first-class production. The Ministry is absolutely delighted to promote this absolutely creative movie”, Dr Mansoor added.
The film incorporates the sights and sounds of Antigua & Barbuda including music by Kaiso Joe, Charmain Bailey and Promise.
Howard and Mitzi are confident that this film will show how much they have grown as film makers: “I feel that the screenplay is truly a story written for the screen, it’s written from a very visual place. It’s also the first film where I had a full crew, a Director of Photography (DP), Professor Steven Torriano Berry of Howard University who also brought along his crew, film students, who concentrated on the technical side of film making. This meant that I could focus on directing instead of doing everything else from being the DP to the sound engineer.”
Working with a crew also was another learning curve as Mitzi explains: “For almost 20 years, three movies and countless TV programmes and documentaries, we have pretty much done everything ourselves and have developed our own shorthand. However, working with a full crew meant that we had to include others in the decision-making and planning. For me as a producer, it also meant that now I had to manage a team of people whilst at the same time ensure that the film was finished on time and within the budget.”
‘The Skin’ features an ensemble cast of first timers and veterans and the buzz from a preview screening in Barbados at Caribbean Tales Film Festival is that the cast and film is sensational:
“They’ve got everything, a love story, action thriller and special effects. What they have is something that will make people flock to the cinema,” says Neema Barnette, Emmy award winning producer/director and a professor at the renowned UCLA school of Film and Television.
“The Skin is a film that has found its audience. The directors first feature film The Sweetest Mango was a hit this just might be an even bigger hit,” says Kethiwe Ngcobo, Producer, Infuzion Media.