Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMAFilms Antigua and the duo behind the supernatural thriller The Skin are the guests of the Dominica Film Commission and the Discover Dominica Authority as part of DOMFESTA.
Film Commissioner Anita Bully said she’s followed the career of the couple since their first film The Sweetest Mango, and was pleased they accepted the invitation to be a part of the annual festivities to celebrate Dominica.
Writer and Director of The Skin Howard Allen credited hanging around his Dominican friends in Antigua with the idea for the movie, which is packed with Caribbean folklore about soucayants and witch doctors.
This is HAMAFilms Antigua’s fourth feature film, which was released with much fanfare last June in Antigua, and which has now been screened in Trinidad, Montserrat, Barbados, and Toronto to rave reviews.
The film stars Jamaican actors Carl Bradshaw as Vision and Peter Williams as Detective Morgan. It introduces Antiguans Brent Simon and Aisha Ralph who lit up the screen as the young couple who experience strange occurrences after unearthing an ancient vase.
Allen told DBS Radio on Thursday morning that discovering a book on magic as a child fueled his passion for creating illusions. Filmmaking, he said is just another way of doing that. His wife Mitzi, added that it was necessary to become very creative to raise the funds for the project which they wanted to take to a new level. Bully concurs and said that with the limitations on funding for filmmaking in the Caribbean, movie producers will need to follow the pattern of HAMAFilms and look at product integration. The Allen’s say that 20 percent of the film was funded from products integrated into the film.
The Skin is a mix of humour, horror and action against the beautiful backdrop of Antigua & Barbuda.
Following the screening, Howard and Mitzi will be available to meet with film lovers and those with an interesting in creating their own Caribbean stories.
The Skin will be shown at the Arawak Cultural Centre, Friday May 11 at 8pm.
You can catch behind the scene videos of their tour, photos from the production and read about the making of The Skin on the HAMAFilms Antigua Facebook page. Watch the movie trailer, see the behind the scenes video and read about the making of The Skin on http://theskinahamafilm.wordpress.com.