Barbados

Director of the Cosby Show to lead Masterclass at CTales 2011

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Hollywood film director Neema Barnette, best known for her work as one of the original directors of the Cosby Show will be coming to Barbados to lead a Masterclass in Directing at the CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival.

This event, which is facilitated by the United States Embassy, will take place on March 20th at the Island Inn, followed by a screening of her film Zora Is My Name, at George Washington House.

During her visit to Barbados Ms Barnette, who is also a Professor at the renowned UCLA School of Film and Television and adjunct Professor at NYU, will attend a screening and talk back session of her film Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers Story for secondary school students, on March 14th; and participate as a Tutor at the CaribbeanTales Intensive  Content Incubator that runs throughout the week.

Ms Barnette is a multi-award winning film and television director and NAACP award recipient, with a directing portfolio that includes such projects as the Gilmore Girls, The Cosby Show, 7th Heaven and many films.

Director of the festival, Frances Anne Solomon expressed delight at the tremendous opportunity of having such an acclaimed filmmaker on board for this years’ program. “It is an absolute honour to have Neema Barnette join us for the festival, especially since our focus this year is on producing television series. She is an amazing film maker and person, and will lend so much experience and passion to the workshops. This is really a big treat for us.”

Solomon also disclosed the details of other workshops that will take place over the week-long event. These will include Introduction to Film Making, led by Barbados Film and Video Association president Rivelino Simmons, a two-day event targeted at complete novices to the audio visual medium, who are seeking to cross-over; a workshop focussing on Adapting Literature to the Screen, led by experienced South African Producer and former commissioning Editor  Kethiwe Ngcobo; The Anatomy of A Film Score that explores the unique role and use of Music for Film led by multi-award-winning Canadian composer John Welsman, and, “From Script to Screen”, a reading of 3 scripts developed by Penelope Hynam and Beatrice HallenBarter from their “Growing Up Caribbean” series of short films on childhood.

Neema Barnette is an extraordinarily accomplished filmmaker, writer and producer, who has made ten movies for television including Zora Is My Name (American Playhouse production starring Ruby Dee) which won a Lilly Award for Exceptional Representation of African American Images in Film; Different Worlds: An Interracial Love Story (four Daytime Emmy nominations, Directors Guild of America nomination for Best Directing); Better Off Dead (Lifetime Television production starring Mare Winningham and Tyra Ferrell) which earned a Cable Ace award nomination; Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers Story (Showtime Network production starring Lou Gossett Jr.) which earned Barnette her fifth NAACP Image Award nomination); Scattered Dreams (for CBS Television Network, starring Tyne Daly and Alicia Silverstone); Sin & Redemption (also for CBS; executive produced by Dick Berg). She also directed the Emmy award winning after school special To Be a Man.

Despite her illustrious career in Hollywood and mainstream US television, Ms Barnette still calls herself  “a director from Harlem”, and has also operated her own production company, Harlem Lite Productions since 1987 and is Executive Director of Live Theatre Gang, an urban theatre and performance company.

The Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados runs from March 14- 20, 2011. The festival will include an Incubator Program for Caribbean audio-visual content development starting on March 14, a Symposium, Marketplace and Workshops as well as Screenings of films from the Caribbean and its diaspora.

A Hand Full of Anticipation for CTales 2011

A Handful of Dirt, a film by Barbadian director Russell Watson will open CaribbeanTales 2011 on Barbados in March.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival will celebrate its Gala Opening March 16th at Frank Collymore Hall, with the highly anticipated Barbados Premiere of local Film maker Russell Watson’s critically acclaimed debut feature, A Hand Full Of Dirt.

The Gala is the main highlight of a week of cultural explosion, that will take place between 14-20th March as filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the region and the world come together to celebrate Caribbean film at CT2011.

Producer of the film, Lisa Harewood expressed her pride that the production will be featured at the Opening Night Gala. “We feel incredibly honoured to have been given the opportunity to open CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011. The festival is becoming a very important link between filmmakers from the Caribbean and the wider Diaspora, so we’re looking forward to meeting and talking to our colleagues. More than anything though, we’re excited to screen the film for the cast, crew, friends, family and supporters who are based in Barbados.”

The movie has already attracted some major attention, copping a nomination for Best First Feature Narrative Director, at the hugely respected Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. This recognition being well deserved as Russell Watson and his team battled for several years against the tremendous obstacles that are commonly faced by Caribbean film makers in order to complete the film. With a minimalist budget, and a lot of determination the movie is an example that against all odds, with creativity and a will, there is a way.

Shot in various locations in Barbados and Chicago, the film tells the topical family story of 3 generations , and one plantation. The men of the Redman family – father, grandfather and son – try desperately to break with the past to pursue their dreams on their own terms. Soon though, it is made painfully clear that their lives are inextricably linked and that the past exerts an inescapable grip on the future. A Hand Full of Dirt features such local and regional luminaries as Dominica’s Alwin Bully and Barbados’ own Cynthia Wilson, Luther Bourne and Marcia Burrow.
The Opening Gala starts at 6:00 pm at the Frank Collymore Hall in Bridgetown Barbados and admission is $35 a ticket at the door. Early bird seats are available for $25.00, by emailing registration@caribbeantales-worldwide.com. Pre-registration is advised for this hugely popular event.

http://caribbeantales-events.com/ runs from March 14- 20, 2011. Not just a film festival the event will include screenings, talk back sessions, workshops, incubators, networking events, and a pitch marketplace, as well as a special Directing Masterclass by celebrated Hollywood Director Neema Barnette, known for her work on the Cosby Show. Audiences will also get to Preview the new film The Skin, the fourth feature film by Antigua’s prolific husband and wife filmmaking team, Howard and Mitzi Allen.

CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival is sponsored by: Island Inn, The Starcom Network, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications, Hall-e-wood ProductionsMorenamedia, HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Caribbean Media Corporation, US Embassy, Animae Caribe, Merville Lynch Prods, Barbados National Bank, Steinhill Studios, Blue Light Media, and Autonomous Entertainment.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution the region’s first full-service film distribution company, is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and principals are creative industries expert Dr Keith Nurse (Chair), economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and filmmaker and writer Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Business Enterprise Corporation that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.

Caribbean animators encouraged to sign up for CaribbeanTales 2011 animation workshop

Camile Selvon Abrahams - Animator

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Award-winning animator Camille Selvon Abrahams will conduct an intensive Animation Incubator at the highly anticipated CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival that runs from March 14-20, in Barbados.

Entitled “Creating a Convincing Animation Bible” this special 3-day program will take place on March 15, 16th, and 18th, and aims to teach participants how to create market-ready animation proposals using creatively innovative local characters and storylines developed especially for the medium.

Sessions will include Creating the Ideal Synopsis, Character Design, and a presentation on Creating your World which deals with environmental and background design sheets. At the end of the workshop, participants will have put together a detailed production Bible which can be used to support a pitch for funding.

CEO and Founder of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, Frances-Anne Solomon expressed her delight that Abrahams will be participating in CaribbeanTales 2011. “Camille is a pioneer and visionary who has single-handedly created the basis for a highly successful indigenous animation industry based out of Trinidad. We are delighted that she will be joining us here in Barbados to share her skills with producers from around the region and the Diaspora.

“Animation is an aspect of the film industry with huge potential for development in the Caribbean.” Solomon added

As Camille Abrahams explained: “In discussions with Frances-Anne, we decided to focus on developing storytelling skills rather than on the purely technical aspects of animation. This is really exciting for me because we in the Caribbean have so many rich stories to tell. It is the craft of storytelling that if mastered will add a whole new dimension to our Caribbean animations.”

She went on to state that “…animation is a $25 billion industry, and within the past couple of years moviegoers in England and America are craving product from the Caribbean. I know there are dozens of young talented animators around the region, and I am coming to CaribbeanTales to give back.”

In 1999, Abrahams, a graduate of Goldsmith’s in London, won the Royal Television Society Award for her film Master Peace and decided to move her 4-year old company Full Circle Animations to Trinidad and Tobago. There, in addition to producing animations for a range of multimedia services including commercials, corporate productions, and websites, she trains young animators through the BA program that she created at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

Abrahams looks forward to sharing her knowledge as she seeks to contribute to the development and creation of wonderful, funny, authentic Caribbean animated films.

“The Caribbean is now being seen as an exciting new frontier for animation, and I believe we have the versatility, creativity and passion to really make a statement on the world stage.” She said.

Camille Selvon Abrahams Animation Incubator is sponsored by Animae Caribe, and Full Circle Animations.

– Pre-Registration is required for Camille Selvon Abraham’s Animation Incubator. The cost of the 3-day program is Bdos $60/day. To register, please send an email with your cv, to registration@caribbeantales-worldwide.com. Payment is in advance by check or paypal. The Incubator is limited to 40 participants.

CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival, Symposium and Marketplace @ Island Inn is sponsored by: Island Inn, The Starcom Network, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications, Hall-e-wood Productions, Truly Caribbean, Morenamedia, HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Caribbean Media Corporation, US Embassy, Animae Caribe, Merville Lynch Prods, Barbados National Bank, Steinhill Studios, Blue Light Media, and Autonomous Entertainment.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution the region’s first full-service film distribution company, is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and principals are creative industries expert Dr Keith Nurse (Chair), economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and filmmaker and writer Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Business Enterprise Corporation that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.

10 Film Producers selected for CaribbeanTales Content Incubator

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Ten (10) outstanding producers from around the world will participate in the 1st CaribbeanTales Content Incubator due to kick off in Barbados on March 14 at the Island Inn Hotel.

“The quality of the applications was high, and our judges had very hard choices to make. The projects chosen are diverse and exciting, ranging from historical, to supernatural to contemporary. We are looking forward to seeing all these projects come to fruition.“ said CEO and accomplished international filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon.

The successful applicants are: filmmaker Maharaki from Martinique, writer Terry Lee Barrat, from Philadelphia, USA; Jhon Narvaez Escudero from Columbia; Faisal Lutchmedial, from Montreal; Alwin Bully from Dominica; Garland Holder from Trinidad; and Alison Latchman from Jamaica. Three local Barbadian producers will round off the group – photographer Douglas Newton, writer/director Marc Gibson, and writer/producer Sara Venable.

More than 50 producers applied to this year’s Content Incubator program. The unique program, part of the CaribbeanTales 2011 Festival, Symposium and Marketplace, aims to provide participants with support to develop their new projects through intensive analyses and interventions by international consultants. This year’s incubator focuses on exploring popular local characters and stories that will draw large audiences and funding. Filmmakers will also take part in other events during the festival, like the Symposium, public workshops and screenings, and benefit from networking opportunities with local and international attendees. At the event of the week, they will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a panel of buyers at the Marketplace that will take place on March 19th. Continue reading

US Embassy Barbados and CTales 2011 to host free Student Screenings

Trapped In An Elevator by Barbadian Rommel Hall

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) will partner with the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the National Library Service to host a week of free film screenings for Secondary School students across Barbados.

The screenings will be the first of a dynamic series of  film-related events that will  take place during February and March under the banner of “CaribbeaTales 2011”.

CEO and Founder of CTWD, award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon., said that CaribbeanTales is committed to the use of audio-visual content to educate and provide a positive image of people of African heritage – and by extension Caribbean people – to young people.

“We are delighted to partner with the U.S. Embassy because of the historical commonalities between peoples of the Caribbean and African-Americans in the United States. By showing Caribbean short films alongside African American films, we highlight those synergies, and also demonstrate to young people what we can achieve when we work together.”

Joseph Schaller, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, speaking about the initiative said: “People of African heritage have made profound contributions in every sphere of human endeavor within the U.S. and across the world. Black History Month recognizes and celebrates these achievements, making the films pertinent to all audiences regardless of ethnicity.”

The partnership will bring five exciting films about the African American experience, and five short films by Caribbean filmmakers to the National Library main branch, Independence Square from February 21- 25 with each day beginning at 9:00 a.m. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is the film adaptation of a CXC English Literature text that focuses on Atticus Finch, a lawyer during the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. Other films to be shown during the week are “Legacy”, “The Blind Side”, “Freedom Writers” and “Antwone Fisher”. Following the screenings, there will be Talk-Back sessions where students will have an opportunity to discuss topics related to the film.

The short films to be shown include audience favourite “Trapped in an Elevator”, by Barbadian Rommel Hall, the entertaining Trinidadian film “Directions”, by Renee Pollonais, “Trou d”Air” by Martinican filmmaker Karine Gama, The Wonderful World of Delroy Kincaid by Dominican Powys Dewhurst, an extraordinary animated tale, and “The Legend Buchi Fil” a beautiful historical fable set during slavery, by Surinamese German Gruber.

A Handful of Dirt, a film by Barbadian director Russell Watson will open CaribbeanTales 2011 on Barbados in March.

The CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados runs from March 14- 20, 2011 commencing with the Opening Night Film, “A Hand Full of Dirt”, directed by Russell Watson. The festival will also include an Incubator Programme for Caribbean audio-visual content development starting on March 14,  a Symposium,  Marketplace and workshops as well as screenings of films from the Caribbean and diaspora.

ABOUT Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc ( CTWD)

Established in May 2010, CTWD is a full service marketing and distribution company that acquires exclusive, long term rights to Caribbean-themed content for television, educational, home entertainment and Internet distribution. The company also holds marketing events through CaribbeanTales Festivals and Events, and provides co-production services to producers. ??CTWD is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. Other principals include creative industries specialist Dr Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Business Enterprise Corporation that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.