Studiofilmclub at the film festival
Two nights of screenings are carded at Studiofilmclub for the ttff/11. This year, SFC will be showing films by the acclaimed British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, including his latest, Senna, an award-winning documentary about the late Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna of Brazil.
Studiofilmclub is in the back space of Building 7 at the Fernandes Industrial Centre on the Eastern Main Road. Doors open at 7pm on both nights, and the films begin promptly at 7.30pm. Admission is free.
Thursday 29 September
Senna 2011, UK / 106′
Senna is the story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80’s, the film follows Senna’s struggles both on track against his nemesis, French world champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime and spiritual, yet on occasion ruthless, Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brazil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Tragically he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time—and in Brazil as a saint.
Friday 30 September
The Warrior 2001, UK / 86′
In feudal India, in the state of Rajasthan, is a desert region that is ruled over by a cruel and sadistic lord who, with the help of a handful of equally cruel and fierce warriors, led by Lafcadia, wage a war of terror upon those who do not submit or dare to oppose him. Long-haired Lafcadia is widowed but has a son, Katiba. Once when Katiba is by himself he befriends a young girl, who ties a raakhee on his hand and makes him her brother, and in return he gives her his amulet. When the lord asks Lafcadia to subdue the villagers of Tarang, they carry out his orders. After the raid, while Lafcadia stands by, his warriors rape and loot the villagers. It is then that Lafcadia is surprised by the very same young girl, and it is Katiba’s amulet that saves her from being killed. This incident has a deep impact on Lafcadia and he is forced to make an important decision.
Two panels + a pitch session
The ttff/11 is in full swing, and great films are on offer at the various screening venues. Yet the Festival isn’t just about film screenings—there are other exciting film-related events taking place.
Here are a few events taking place this Friday and Saturday that we think you’d enjoy. All are free of charge and open to the public.
The Second Filmmakers’ Panel
Every year the festival provides a platform for local and visiting filmmakers to discuss their craft, from the creative idea to production to the business of financing, marketing and, ultimately, distributing their films. The filmmakers’ panel provides a rare opportunity to see local, regional and international filmmakers come together in an informal setting to discuss the experience of making films within a Caribbean context. Panelists will include Elizabeth Topp (T&T), Storm Saulter (Jamaica), Shundell Prasad (Guyana/USA), Christopher Din Chong (T&T) and Guy Deslauriers (Martinique).
Friday 30 September, 10am
Jetsam Room, The Carlton Savannah, Cascade
Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion Pitch Competition
At the start of the ttff/11, an intensive three-day creative workshop for 12 selected Caribbean filmmakers was held. These filmmakers each worked on a feature film project that they wish to produce. Six of the participants have been chosen to go on to pitch their film projects to a judging panel, who will pick one overall winner. The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000.
Friday 27 September, 1pm
Jetsam Room, The Carlton Savannah
Getting It Out There: Marketing, Exhibiting and Distributing Your Film
Addressing problems and finding solutions for financing, marketing and distributing Caribbean films has always been an annual offering of the ttff. This year we give filmmakers the opportunity to hear from and interact with internationally known experts in the fields of film marketing, exhibition and distribution. Topics at this panel will include non-traditional and multi-platform distribution and marketing, including online marketing and social networking.
Saturday 01 October, 10am
Jetsam Room, The Carlton Savannah
See the films, buy the t-shirt (and the bag)
A film lasts only as long as its running time, but film festival merchandise lasts considerably longer. If you’d like to show your support of the Festival—and look stylish into the bargain—you can do so by purchasing ttff/11 t-shirts and tote bags.
The t-shirts bear the Festival’s state-of-emergency-inspired slogan “Keep calm and watch films”, while the bags bear the “You’re in focus” tag that is our trademark. Both are available at our online store, as well as at the Little Carib Theatre. T-shirts cost $100 (US$15 online) and bags $75 (US$12 online).
IMPORTANT: ttff/11 schedule updates
Due to unforeseen circumstances—including the state of emergency and the attendant curfew—a few changes have had to be made to the ttff/11 programme. As such, we have revised our film screening schedule and, therefore, our guide.
An electronic version of the revised ttff/11 guide is now available as a PDF on our website (where it says “click here to download your own copy of the ttff/11 guide”). If you had previously downloaded the PDF, please download and use the revised version.
You may also browse the revised guide online here.
As for the printed version of the guide, most of the information contained therein is correct; however, please check the website before attending any and all screenings to ensure the film you wish to see is on at the time you intend to see it.
Also, in response to online comments from ttff fans, we have revised the format of the daily calendar on the website for easier reference. The new format includes hyperlinks to all films, and links to trailers for films that have them.
Opening Film: Orisha Suite + Director Q&A
Director/writer: Nicole Brooks
Dramatic short / 34 minutes
A celebration of the spirit of enslaved Africans, who were able to preserve some of their culture and ritual practices in the new lands where they were taken to by force. Journeying through spirit to a period of ancestor reverence and ritual, a little boy experiences history on the shores of the ocean, through song, dance and rhythm. The film pays homage to the Orishas, and celebrates one of the rich cultural legacies of the Caribbean.
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Nicole Brooks has over 10 years’ experience in Canadian film, television and in the performing arts, as a filmmaker, actress, playwright, teacher and art activist. Among her credits are the critically acclaimed documentary A Linc in Time, the documentary series Echo and The Sistas Concert. Her next film is a portrait of American actress and singer, Salome Bey.
Wed 21 Sept 12.00pm + Thur 29 Sept 2.00pm, MovieTowne, Port of Spain
Event: Studiofilmclub poster exhibition
Since 2003 Studiofilmclub—founded by artists Peter Doig and Che Lovelace—has been showing independent, foreign-language and arthouse films at the Fernandes Industrial Centre in east Port of Spain. Almost from the beginning Doig has been creating posters for the films that screen at SFC, and these works of art have slowly garnered almost as much attention as the film screenings themselves.
This year the ttff—of which SFC is a programme partner—will be hosting an exhibition of SFC posters, co-curated by Peter Doig and Nadya Shah, at the ttff offices, 199 Belmont Circular Road, Belmont. The exhibition is free and runs for the duration of the Festival, from 21 September–04 October, 10am-3pm, exclusive of Sundays.
Image: Poster for the SFC screening of Apu Sansar (The World of Apu, Satyajit Ray, India, 1959)
Event: BC Pires and his top ten Caribbean films
What are your favourite Caribbean films? Journalist, gadfly and cinephile BC Pires knows his, and he intends to talk about them at an event set to take place during the ttff/11.
Titled Men from Africa, Girls from India, Conquistadors from Germany and Some Cosquelle Rebels: A Personal List of His Ten Favourite Caribbean Films by BC Pires, the event happens at The Reader’s Bookshop, 1 Middle Street in St James, on Saturday 24 September from 6pm.
Pires will embellish his talk with clips from some of the films on his list, and discuss his choices. Disputations are encouraged.
Admission is free and drinks will be available.
Note: The above photo is a still from the classic Jamaican film The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972), which may or may not be on Pires’ list.
Curfew cinema and the Friday Festival lime, part four
The final Curfew Cinema screening before the ttff/11 starts next Wednesday takes place this weekend. From 9pm this evening, Friday 16 September, to 4am Monday 19th September, you can view the ttff/10 selection The Duke of Bachata, a music documentary from the Dominican Republic, free of charge at our Curfew Cinema page.
Our last Friday pre-curfew lime also takes place today from 5-9pm, at Trevor’s Edge bar, corner St John’s and Eastern Main Roads in St Augustine (opposite Scotiabank). Come and get a free welcome drink, pick up a free copy of the ttff/11 guide, and watch trailers of ttff/11 film selections.
If you can’t make it to Trevor’s, you can swing by Drink! Wine Bar in Woodbrook, also from 5-9pm and get a free drink, and pick up a copy of the guide.
Film review: Fire in Babylon
“Richards is…a convincing vehicle for the thread of the story that the film takes as its unifying concept: cricket as a vehicle for black West Indian liberation and self-determination. It’s one of the overriding themes of West Indies cricket, but Riley gives it a Rastafarian spin: cricketing supremacy as a fight against ‘Babylon,’ the Rastafarian term for systems that oppress and discriminate against the dispossessed.”
— From Georgia Popplewell’s review of Fire in Babylon, a ttff/11 selection, in the new issue of the Caribbean Review of Books. The CRB, a ttff/11 media partner, will run a review of a film showing at this year’s Festival every week throughout September & October.
T+T film festival works with THA to develop film industry in Tobago
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) recently held an introduction to filmmaking workshop in Tobago, in partnership with the Division of Community Development and Culture, Tobago House of Assembly.
Director of the ttff Dr Bruce Paddington, Programme Director Annabelle Alcazar, and Melvina Hazard, Director of Community Development, as well as theatre, TV and film professional Tony Hall facilitated the workshop, which took place on 10 and 11 September at the Fairfield Complex in Scarborough.
Over 50 representatives from various heritage groups, village councils and youth groups, as well as persons in the field of theatre, participated in the workshop.
Topics included the history of filmmaking in Tobago and the representation of Tobagonians in mainstream Hollywood movies; the potential of filmmaking in Tobago at the grassroots level; the various stages of film production; and writing for the big screen. At the end of the session, participants came up with some ideas for films and worked on producing scripts.
The workshop was accompanied by a special screening of Kamalo Deen’s classic film Bacchanal Time, which features Tobago’s own Calypso Rose and Mighty Shadow.
This workshop is the first in a series of initiatives focusing on how grassroots oganisations working primarily in the theatre medium can make the transition from stage to screen. It also represents the beginning of a long-term training project with the Division of Community Development and Culture.
According to Glenda Rose-Layne, Director of Culture in the Division, “We are working with the ttff as part of our economic diversification and creative industry thrust for Tobago. Through this initiative, too, we are working to foster partnerships and networking throughout communities.”
Dr Paddington noted that “Our mandate has always been to expand our activities outside Port of Spain and the Tobago House of Assembly has proven to be a wonderful partner. The ttff is involved in all aspects of the local film industry, and skills training is of great importance. Tobagonians not only appreciate local films but are eager to learn how to make their own.”
The ttff began its partnership with the THA in 2010 with a series of film screenings and workshops throughout Tobago. Earlier this year, the Festival provided films for the THA’s Emancipation Day celebrations.
During the ttff/11, which takes place from 21 September to 04 October, there will be four free film screenings, in Castara, Charlotteville, Belle Garden and Calder Hall. These events will be in the spirit of true Tobago community with live performances, and food, drinks and crafts on sale.
There will also be a special two-day workshop facilitated by Prof Ika Bunting, Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), who will also present a number of ZIFF films in Tobago.