ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Skin, a supernatural thriller starring Carl Bradshaw, Aisha Ralph, Brent Simon, Peter Williams and Jeff Stewart will make its North American debut this Friday at the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase.
The Antigua & Barbuda Consulate is co-hosting the red carpet reception and premiere of the homegrown feature film made by Howard & Mitzi Allen of HAMAFilms Antigua on Friday, September 16th at Harbourfront Centre at 6 p.m. The screening follows at 7:30 with a talkback session with the filmmakers immediately after.
The Skin is one of the most highly anticipated features at this sixth edition of the CaribbeanTales Film Showcase now ongoing.
The movie premiered in Antigua & Barbuda in June and Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Hon. Baldwin Spencer, who has been following the duo’s work since their first feature, The Sweetest Mango in 2001, said, “The Skin has proven that HAMAFilms has come of age and is taking the country with it.”
This Toronto premiere is also a homecoming celebration for Mitzi Allen, who was the first black television news reporter on CFTO (now CTV Toronto) television in the 1980’s until she relocated to Antigua & Barbuda where she started her own film and television production company with her husband, Howard Allen, the film’s director.
“I am really excited to be back home in Toronto, to share the film with the community that nurtured my love for the arts”, says Allen. “The Skin is an example of how our traditional stories can become Hollywood blockbusters.”
Mitzi Allen who is also a facilitator in the Caribbean Tales incubator sessions during the Toronto Film Showcase is using the opportunity to share her experience as a filmmaker with emerging filmmakers.
The Caribbean Tales Film Showcase is in its sixth year and has proven to be an excellent platform to highlight Caribbean-Canadian creativity.
Tickets for this gala event are available at the Harbourfront Centre box office at Queens Quay.
For tickets, the schedule and general information about the CaribbeanTales Film Showcase and Market Incubator, visit www.caribbeantales-events.com.
Watch the movie trailer, see the behind the scenes video and read about the making of The Skin on http://theskinahamafilm.wordpress.com.
Contact: Nerissa Golden, Publicist