Free talk on early history of cinema at film festival office
The ttff, in collaboration with the US Embassy, is pleased to host an informal talk on the early history of cinema and the appreciation of film at its offices at 199 Belmont Circular Road, Belmont on Tuesday 17 June at 6.30pm.
Ms Leslie J Taubman, PhD, will give the talk, which is entitled “Cinema as Art: An Introduction to the History and Appreciation of Film”. The event—which will last approximately an hour—is free of charge, and everyone is invited.
Beginning in 1895, when brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière of France held the first public film screenings, cinema has entranced the world. Yet cinema as we know it now did not always exist, and the art form—considered the “seventh art”—has undergone many changes since the Lumières first showed their short, silent, black-and-white films to astonished Parisian audiences.
Interspersing her talk with fascinating clips from early film history, Ms Taubman will speak about some of the pioneers of cinema. These include not only including the Lumières but also Georges Méliès, another Frenchman. (A fictionalised version of Méliès appears in Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film Hugo, about the early days of cinema.)
Ms Taubman’s talk will take her up to the momentous year 1927—when sound was introduced and cinema changed forever.
About the speaker
Leslie J Taubman, PhD, a Fulbright Scholar in Barbados (2008-2009), developed the Film Studies programme at the University of the West Indies and was president of the jury of the Barbados International Film Festival. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and her PhD in Communications-Cinema from the University of Southern California. In 2010, Ms Taubman was a post-doctoral Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Fordham University in New York. She has written for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter. She has given talks on cinema in numerous countries around the world.
Image: A shot from Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Screening of Calypso Rose documentary for Street Arts Festival
When Calypso Rose visited West Africa several years ago, admiring audiences gave her the name “the Lioness of the Jungle”.
Eventually that name would work its way into the title of a documentary film being made at the time about Rose, born McCartha Lewis in 1940 in Bethel, Tobago.
Entitled Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle, the documentary, which is 85 minutes long, will be screened free of charge by the ttff on Friday 20 June from 7pm, at the Little Carib Theatre in Woodbrook.
The screening is sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company as part of the T&T Film Nights series, and is one of the events in the first-ever Street Arts Festival, being presented by the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries on June 21 and 22.
The Street Arts Festival is an initiative designed to promote various sectors of the creative industry, including film, fashion, music and the visual and performing arts.
Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle was released in 2011 and is an intimate portrait of an extraordinary woman, the first to win both the Road March and Calypso Monarch (then known as the Calypso King) titles.
Now 50 years into her career, Rose has composed hundreds of songs and recorded dozens of albums, and been an inspiration to countless women calypsonians and soca singers. A number of these women, like Destra and Denyse Plummer, are interviewed in Lioness of the Jungle.
Directed by Cameroon-born, Paris-based filmmaker Pascale Obolo, the film is a travelogue of sorts, tracking Rose from Paris, where she is recording an album, to her native Tobago and Trinidad. The film then follows Rose to New York, where she lives, and finally to her ancestral homeland, Africa, with which she maintains a fierce connection.
Along the way we see many facets of Rose and learn of the great personal struggles she had to overcome, and come closer to understanding the woman behind the powerful public persona.
Call for applications for RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion 2014
RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion 2014
Presented by ttff + RBC Royal Bank
23–27 September 2014
Application deadline: July 11
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), in association with RBC Royal Bank, invites applications for the fourth annual RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion.
Mission and objective
RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion is an intensive development programme that provides ten selected filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora with the opportunity to learn from internationally respected filmmakers and other film professionals. It will be held from 23-27 September 2014, during ttff/14 (16–30 September).
Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of narrative filmmaking, sharpening the skills and abilities of participants. There will be a particular emphasis on enhancing the filmmakers’ creative voice and storytelling capabilities.
Each filmmaker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length narrative film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment.
Pitch session and competition
At the end of Focus, all participants will be given an opportunity to pitch their project to a jury at a public event at the ttff/14. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a prize to be determined.
Focus is open to Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean); filmmakers of the diaspora (persons of Caribbean descent resident outside of the Caribbean who intend to shoot at least part of their prospective project in the region); and international filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean. Applicants must have completed at least one narrative film (short or feature-length), but no more than two narrative features, as a screenwriter and/or director.
All applicants must submit a maximum three-minute excerpt of a previous film (narrative short or feature) via Vimeo link, stating their role(s) on the film (writer and/or director). They must also submit their résumé and a cover letter stating, in no more than 100 words, the concept of the project they would be bringing to Focus and what makes it unique. Participants will be determined based on the strength of all three of these items.
Applications should be sent via email to email@example.com
The deadline for applications is 5pm EST on Friday, 11 July, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 01 August.
All selected participants will be provided with the materials for the Immersion, lunch, a Festival pass (which provides access to all film screenings and industry events), and invitations to Festival-related activities. Participants not residing in T&T will be allocated accommodation (inclusive of breakfast), and local transport to and from Festival-related activities.
Image: Shakirah Bourne of Barbados, winner of the 2013 RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion pitch session, pitching her eventual prize-winning project, Two Smart, at ttff/13