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WeBeat honors Earl Crosby

Since the inception of WeBeat St James Live in 2001, this year will be the first occasion on which the festival will be staged without its chairman, Earl Cros­by, who passed away in August 2016.

“It is a strange feeling to be plan­ning this year’s event without Earl,” said long-standing WeBeat commit­tee member Angela Fox. “The fes­tival’s success over the years was large­ly due to his untiring ef­forts, and res­olute willingness to forge ahead, despite the many challenges he faced during that time. So we are doing this year’s activities in his honour, even though the problems are still there.”

Crosby, who had undergone se­rious health issues a few months before last year’s staging, had this to say at the opening: “Because of my health condition, members of the committee undertook all responsi­bility for producing this year’s event, and faced even greater challenges than in past years in getting sponsors to buy into this programme that has proven its worth for over 15 years.”

The WeBeat St James Live festi­val was developed to promote the community of St James which, due to its all-day, all-night activities, is dubbed the “city that never sleeps.” The festival provides a platform to showcase the talents of local artistes while highlighting the contribution of people who have been pivotal in the development of St James and, by extension, the wider community. A most apt phrase to describe this fes­tival is ‘collective responsibility’ for within the perimeter of the rhyth­mic, are the social responsibilies of health, environment, and rewards.

TTFF to screen ‘God Loves the Fighter’ at We Beat

The award-winning film God Loves the Fighter, a gritty urban drama by US-based, Trinidad and Tobago-born filmmaker Damian Marcano, will screen at We Beat’s We Film Night on Tuesday—in tribute to the late Earl Crosby.

The free screening, at the St James Amphitheatre, is presented by the Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival (TTFF).

Hailed for its “non-conformist and thrilling voice” by the UK’s Candid magazine and for its “slick cinematography” by film magazine Variety, God Loves the Fighter played to sold-out audiences at the TTFF 2013 where it won the People’s Choice Award and the Best Local Feature Award. It also went on to win the 2014 Yellow Robin Award at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam, among others.

TTFF to screen ‘God Loves the Fighter’ at We Beat

The award-winning film God Loves the Fighter, a gritty, urban drama by US-based, TT-born filmmaker Damian Marcano, will screen at We Beat’s We Film Night on Tuesday, June 6 at 7pm in tribute to the late Earl Crosby. The free screening, at the St James Amphitheatre, is presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), courtesy its sponsor, Flow.

Hailed for its “non-conformist and thrilling voice”  by the UK’s Candid magazine and for its “slick cinematography” by the film magazine, Variety, God Loves the Fighter, played to sold out audiences at the ttff 2013, where it won the People’s Choice Award and the Best Local Feature Award.

It also went on to win the 2014 Yellow Robin Award at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam among others.

God Loves the Fighter tells the story of Charlie, a young man seeking to make ends meet on the streets of Port of Spain. Reluctantly, he takes a job from a gang leader as assistant to a drug courier. As he becomes entangled in a web of deceit, the ripple effects are felt across the city, complicating his attempts  at redemption.

Shot during the 2011 State of Emergency,  in an urgent and unflinching style, God Loves the Fighter was Marcano’s debut feature film. A Trinidadian who grew up in Morvant, Marcano moved to America at age 12, later enrolling as a pre-med student at Ohio State University, before moving to New York to become a web design programmer.

The State of Caribbean Film: Trinidad and Tobago

Cannes, France – It is safe to say that Trinidad and Tobago is leading the charge for the development of a lucrative film industry in the Caribbean Region. Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island Republic, lead for mainly two reasons: One? The best and most imaginative films have come from under T&T over the last five years. Two? As a nation, they have done more to unite the Region under one Caribbean Film banner. We have talked about this idea of a “Cariwood” on our television show The Cinemas.

#Cariwood then became a bit catchphrase that Tempo Networks (a regional television network televising our show) also adopted. Cariwood is this idea of a Caribbean Film Industry. And though it mostly exists it in theory at this point (as the Region still has a ways to go), if the race to Cariwood is on, it is looking like Trinidad and Tobago will cross the finish line to her first.

As for my first point on T&T films, there are presently two of them here at the Marche Du Cinema (the non competition marketing arm of Cannes). The first I had the pleasure of screening was a film called “The Cutlass,” directed by Trinidadian filmmaker Darisha Beresford (in an impressive feature film debut) and written by Teneille Newallo, also from Trinidad. The Cutlass is a beautiful yet harrowing tale of paradise lost (as ‘paradise lost’ is an all connecting theme and aesthetic uniting Caribbean Cinema I am finding more and more). Inspired by true events, the story centers a young woman named Joanna (played by German born and Tobago raised Lisa-bel Hirschman) who is kidnapped and whisked off into the tropical rain forest of Trinidad by a sociopath named Al (played hauntingly good by Arnold Goindhan). Al charts the rain forest leading Joanna, his prey, with a gun in one hand and a “cutlass” (or machete) in the next. His initial intentions are clear; he’s holding Joanna for ransom. He’s poor and just wants the money her family can afford cough up.

Trinidad Film Festival Introduces New Media Category – get your submissions in!

I wanted to pass along an interesting article in The Gleaner – Jamaica’s morning broadsheet – announcing The Trinidad and Tobago film festival (TTFF) has extended an invitation to experimental filmmakers, visual/video artists and creative producers from the Caribbean and its diaspora to submit works to be featured in the 2017 edition of the festival.

“Avant Garde and experimental film and video works have formed an integral part of the TTFF. This year, the festival welcomes interdisciplinary collaborations and intersections of painting, dance, literature, photography, animation, moving images, projections, installations and emerging technologies on the theme ‘Bearings’. These include but are not limited to explorations and presentations of identity, globalisation, placement/displacement, migration, contemporary politics and belonging.

God loves the Fighter comes to WeBeat

For the 6th consecutive year, we’re pleased to partner with the St. James Community Improvement Committee to bring WeFilm Night – a night of free outdoor cinema – to the WeBeat festival. God Loves the Fighter, the award winning gritty, urban drama will be shown on Tuesday 06 June 2017, at 7pm, at the St James Amphitheatre. The screening is sponsored by Flow, tfff’s presenting sponsor.

God Loves the Fighter is directed by US-based, TT-born filmmaker Damian Marcano, and  features a stellar local cast including Mohammed Muwakil, Lou Lyons, Jamie Lee Phillips, Penelope Spencer, Albert Laveau and Zion Henry among others.

Hailed for its “non-conformist and thrilling voice”  by the UK’s Candid magazine and for its “Slick cinematography” by the film magazine, Variety, God Loves the Fighter, played to sold out audiences  at the ttff 2013, where it won the People’s Choice Award and the Best Local Feature Award. It also won the 2014 Yellow Robin Award at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam among others.

The film  tells the story of Charlie (Muwakil), a young man seeking to make ends meet on the streets of Port of Spain. Reluctantly, he takes a job from a gang leader as assistant to a drug courier. As he becomes entangled in a web of deceit, the ripple effects are felt across the city, complicating his attempts at redemption.

Shot during the 2011 State of Emergency,  in an urgent and unflinching style, God Loves the Fighter was Marcano’s debut feature film. The film was written by Marcano and Executive Producer, Alexa Bailey. Marcano’s first short feature film, The Little Boy and The Ball showed at ttff/11; while two of his other short dramas, Heart of a Monster and Giants played at ttff/15 and ttff/16 respectively. His most recent project is the web series CHEE$E.

Speaking about his influences for God Loves the Fighter , Marcano notes “ I always saw the beauty of my community. I left, I went to the US, and when I began to start travelling back here on my own again, as an adult, I started venturing into the community and just meeting people. One of the problems that I see is that in our community of the hills, if you will, or just east Port-of-Spain, there’s so many territories a young man can’t go, and I didn’t grow up that way. So it was very important for me as a young man from there to team up with other young people from the same community. So this film was a joint effort of the “less desirable” places we read about in the papers. To a lot of us from there, and a lot of us currently living there, it’s a beautiful place… This film was a positive effort put forth by a lot of young people in these communities. Yes we’re taking a very unflinching look, but it’s so real, so true, and we tried to add some beautiful poetry and beautiful imagery to the story.”

God loves the Fighter is rated 18+. Admission is free and refreshments will be on sale.

 

You be the judge: apply now for ttff/17 Youth Jury

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has issued a call for all young people who love film, to apply to be a member of its youth jury and help select the winning film for the 2017 Youth Jury Award, which will be presented during the Festival in September.

Applications are open to young people between the ages of 16 to 21 years (inclusive) who are interested in and wish to develop, a critical appreciation of independent film. Applicants must be TT citizens, residents, or based in Trinidad and Tobago for at least one year prior to application.

Prospective Youth Jury members must apply by writing an essay of no more than 250 words, saying what their favourite movie is and why. Applicants must also provide their name, date of birth, gender, citizenship, residence and school or occupation.

Trinidad Film Festival Introduces New Media Category

The Trinidad and Tobago film festival (TTFF) has extended an invitation to experimental filmmakers, visual/video artists and creative producers from the Caribbean and its diaspora to submit works to be featured in the 2017 edition of the festival.

Avant Garde and experimental film and video works have formed an integral part of the TTFF. This year, the festival welcomes interdisciplinary collaborations and intersections of painting, dance, literature, photography, animation, moving images, projections, installations and emerging technologies on the theme ‘Bearings’. These include but are not limited to explorations and presentations of identity, globalisation, placement/displacement, migration, contemporary politics and belonging.

Call For Submissions For TTFF/17 New Media Showcase

The Trinidad+Tobago film festival (TTFF/17)  is inviting  experimental filmmakers, visual/video artists and creative producers from the Caribbean and its diaspora to submit works to be featured in the 2017 edition of the Festival, in September. This year’s New Media programme will showcase works that speak to the theme “Bearings” and will award a prize of $5,000TT to the presentation that best captures this notion. The winner will be selected by a three member jury of an internationally acclaimed artist, curator and  art critic.

Call for submissions for ttff/17 New Media Showcase

This is an open call from the trinidad+tobago film festival to experimental filmmakers, visual/video artists and creative producers to submit works to be featured at the ttff/17. Artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora, or artists who address these spaces and issues in their work, are eligible to apply.

ABOUT  NEW MEDIA

Avant garde and experimental film and video works have traditionally formed an integral part of the trinidad+tobago film festival. New Media highlights the expanding field of visual art that interrogates our contemporary experiences in experimental forms of presentation..  Ranging from overt activist political commentary to social and personal interrogations and interventions, the works presented deviate from conventional forms of filmmaking and visual presentations.

ttff/17 NEW MEDIA THEME:

We welcome interdisciplinary collaborations and intersections of painting, dance, literature, photography, animation, moving images, projections,installations and  emerging technologies on the theme ‘Bearings’.  These include but are not limited to explorations and presentations of identity, globalisation, placement/displacement, migration, contemporary politics and belonging.

JURY + PRIZE:

A prize of $5,000 TT will be awarded to the submission that best captures the theme. The winner will be selected by a three member jury of an internationally acclaimed artist, curator and  art critic.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All initial submissions should be made via email to submit@ttfilmfestival.com

In addition to submissions of the digital works, entrants are also encouraged to submit exhibition and installation treatments or requirements.

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY 23 JUNE. THIS DEADLINE WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED.

 

WeBeat honors Earl Crosby

TTFF to screen ‘God Loves the Fighter’ at We Beat

TTFF to screen ‘God Loves the Fighter’ at We Beat

The State of Caribbean Film: Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad Film Festival Introduces New Media Category – get your submissions in!

God loves the Fighter comes to WeBeat

You be the judge: apply now for ttff/17 Youth Jury

Trinidad Film Festival Introduces New Media Category

Call For Submissions For TTFF/17 New Media Showcase

Call for submissions for ttff/17 New Media Showcase

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