Panazz: The Story

“Panazz: The Story” gives an intimate look at the Trinidadian jazz steelpan ensemble primarily from the perspectives of four of its key players, Barry Bartholomew (leader), Dane Gulston, Natasha Joseph, and Donell Thomas. The musical phenomenon began in the early 1990s when Barry Bartholomew and Yohan Popwell formed the ensemble initially to compete in Pan Ramajay, a competition that sought to highlight the improvisational skills of individual pannists in small ensembles. After winning four consecutive years, Panazz pulled out of the competitive arena to embark on their professional journey which saw them captivate international audiences with their electrifying performances in renowned venues spanning from Boston Symphony Hall to some of the finest concert halls in Japan. At the core of the film lies the groundbreaking music produced by Panazz for its five CDs. At the heart of Panazz itself was an immense love that bound the players as a collective unit. Together, they contributed to the elevation of Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument.


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Panazz: The Story



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Adam Bartholomew


Thu 21 Sep 2023, 5.30pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 10

Sun 24 Sep 2023, 7.00pm, Cinema Under the Stars—Fatima Courtyard Q+A

Wed 27 Sep 2023, 5.30pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 01 Peoples' Choice Award

World Premiere

Adam Bartholomew

Adam Bartholomew

Adam Bartholomew is a Trinidadian studying at Harvard College and Berklee College of Music interested in biology, medicine and film scoring. He plays the cello, piano and steelpan and is fascinated by the power of music in movies. Adam has been exposed to video-making from a young age watching his father capture and edit family videos. The COVID-19 pandemic took place during his final years at Fatima College. As in-person concerts and events ceased, Adam created many virtual performances for his school’s choir and band, and made videos for his friends and family. This gave him a lot of practice in video-editing. But in making this, his first movie, he has had to navigate the world of filmmaking and realize how much more there is to it than just the creative aspects. However, in facing the challenges presented, he keeps the motto of his alma mater at heart, Nitendo Vinces – By Striving You Shall Conquer.

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