Mitzi Allen

Canadian Journalist Turned Movie Producer Premieres Film “The Skin”

Mitzi Benjamin-Allen, Executive Producer of The Skin

TORONTO, Canada – Former Canadian broadcast journalist Mitzi Benjamin premieres her feature film The Skin, in Toronto this week.
Benjamin the second half of HAMAFilms, a dynamic husband and wife filmmaking duo based in Antigua, are here for the red carpet premiere of their fourth feature film at the CaribbeanTales Film Showcase at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre this Friday. Continue reading

Montserrat loves Caribbean thriller The Skin

(l to r) Nerissa Golden of goldenmedia Montserrat, Chief Minister Reuben T. Meade and Executive Producer of The Skin, Mitzi Allen at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Friday, July 8, 2011.

LITTLE BAY, Montserrat – Movie lovers on Montserrat got a rare treat this past weekend, when they were able to watch The Skin, a Caribbean thriller from HAMAFilms Antigua at The Montserrat Cultural Centre.

Since the evacuation of Plymouth, Montserrat has not had a full-fledged cinema, however the duo behind The Skin Howard and Mitzi Allen have made it their business to bring their new movie projects to the island. Continue reading

WINAIR flies high in new Antiguan movie

winairST. JOHNS, Antigua – “They gave us wings!” says Mitzi Allen, producer of THE SKIN about Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) involvement in their latest movie due out this summer. 

During the film’s production last June, WINAIR carried the lead actors, production crew and equipment to Barbuda for some on location shooting. 

“Our partnership with WINAIR was a crucial part of the film production. The airline transported the cast, crew and equipment to Barbuda where we spent two days shooting several scenes. There were 12 of us on the aircraft. It was an adventure for the US crew who I think up until that point had never been on a small plane,” explained Mitzi Allen. 

Schena Drew, WINAIR’s Station Manager for Antigua, Barbuda and Montserrat said “Winair is very pleased to be associated with the production of THE SKIN by HAMAfilms. This was an ultimate opportunity for us to transport the production crew and equipment to our sister island Barbuda, one of our newest additions to our routes.” 

The movie, which stars Jamaican film star Carl Bradshaw, Jeff Stewart of The Bill and Peter Williams, along with Antiguan leads Brent Simon and Aisha Ralph is the fourth feature film for the husband and wife duo behind HAMAfilms Antigua, Howard and Mitzi Allen. 

Barbuda-Beach-Crew2THE SKIN, which was written and directed by Howard Allen, tells the story of a young couple who discover an ancient artifact which changes their lives and unleashes a soucayant. 

WINAIR also received some screen time and is clearly visible in the first trailer released for the movie. View the trailer on the TrulyCaribbean YouTube channel

“When it came time to get shots of the plane landing and taking off the pilots proved to be real pros. No re-takes needed. We can’t thank them enough for being so gracious in supporting an industry that is in its infancy in Antigua & Barbuda,” the producer said.

Drew says WINAIR would benefit from the additional exposure as a result of providing strategic support for the production. “This move will bring more heightened awareness to our service. We are a leading safe, viable and reliable regional carrier and with the intended viewership across the Caribbean, this is an ideal way to promote our destinations and our company. I was very happy to have met a few of the cast and Howard and Mitzi.  I wish them every success in their endeavors.” 

THE SKIN is expected to debut in cinemas around the Caribbean this summer. Visit the movie blog at http://theskinahamafilm.wordpress.com for pictures, and read production notes on the movie. 

HAMAfilms Antigua received international attention for their first and most profitable film The Sweetest Mango, followed by No Seed and Diablesse. The company also recently produced and released the drama series Paradise View, which can now be seen across the Caribbean and in the US on Caribvision. 

View the trailer on the TrulyCaribbean YouTube channel

WINAIR provides air services to the Northeast Caribbean including St Barth’s, Saba, St Eustatius, Nevis, Montserrat, Barbuda, St Maarten and Antigua. Winair will also be introducing more routes to Tortola, Dominica, St. Lucia and Barbados in the near future. 

About goldenmedia Montserrat

goldenmedia Montserrat is a public and media relations firm that has been working with young entrepreneurs and the non-profit sector in the Caribbean for more than five years. Its flagship brand is trulycaribbean.net, which is a web portal that celebrates the work of Caribbean people, and provides information and resources to boost spirit, mind and body. 

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Photo captions:

(1)   Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) uses 19-seater Twin Otter aircrafts to service the Northeastern Caribbean. The airline was a strategic partner during the production of THE SKIN, the fourth feature film by HAMAfilms Antigua coming to theatres in July 2010.

(2)  The crew captures Aisha Ralph on Barbuda’s pink sand beach for THE SKIN, coming to theatres in July 2010.