I Woke up in the Mud and Picked up a Camera because of Jonas
From August to March, I kept relapsing and trying to make this film. In January, Jonas died and it felt like NYC had become haunted by his ghost. The experimental film world had been a safe haven during my struggles and now it seemed to reflect my rocky recovery. Friends relapse and decided not to be sober, I get sober again, and then Carolee and Barbara dies. Ghostly presences, longing, uncertainty and hope sing in unison and this film is the result of this push and pull.
SCROLLS between S P A C E S
Scrolls are the various epochs of existence and experience in this magical Universe that were being summoned through gesture, gait, sound, and Light in collusion with the elements in our natural world. It is imagined and wished that this walk of Life reinvigorates the depth of field in our collective consciousness. – A k u z u r u
A documentary that uses file footage, both moving pictures and stills, to trace the long struggle of African Americans in the United Stated to gain equal rights. Major incidents in the struggles are shown.
NGC Shooting Stars Films
Shooting Stars is a secondary school film production project sponsored by the National Gas Company and coordinated and managed by the trinidad+tobago film festival. Four schools were selected to each produce a 5-10 minute short film on a social issue affecting young people. These first time filmmakers were provided with the necessary film equipment, received intensive training and completed four entertaining yet thought provoking films. The schools were: San Juan North Secondary, Holy Faith Convent Penal, Signal Hill Secondary School and Couva East Secondary School.
Central do Brasil (Central Station)
A bitter former schoolteacher supports herself by taking dictation from illiterate people in Rio de Janeiro, who want to write letters to their families, and then pocketing their money without ever mailing their envelopes. The film tells the story of a young boy’s friendship with this jaded middle-aged woman. It is a profoundly moving tale of the human spirit,
The Sound of Pan
‘The Sound of Pan’ is a short drama about steel pan music. Pan music in a huge part of Trinidad’s culture. From its inception, pan has been surrounded by controversy as to it usefulness in society. However, the playing of pan has been changing, as it is now accepted in just about all parts of T&T society. ‘The Sound of Pan’ highlights how the pan music can help young people deal with issues they face on a daily basis.
You Can Read, Can’t You?
Ananta Khemradj is a young Surinamese journalist who has been living in the Netherlands for a few years now. The news coming from Suriname is dominated by a trial against the President, regarding the murder of political opponents in 1982. Despite her education and profession, Ananta knows very little about that period. She knows almost nothing about the domestic war, but a little about the “December 8th” murders and even less about the financial crisis. Ananta decides to fly to Suriname to find out why she and her generation have learned nothing about this. Her very personal search takes Ananta past her history teacher; a minister; a Jungle Command warrior; an ex-president and politically inspired youth. Ananta and the interviewees are regularly overwhelmed by emotions; at night Ananta pours her heart on her iPhone. She hears of a history textbook that was ordered by the government to be withdrawn before distribution, and decides to find it.
Yochi, a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course.
Awards: Best Short, Belize International Film Festival; Best Film, 2018 Universal Film Festival
Who Shall Save Me
My great-grandfather gave my father a book on spirituality. This film is intended to be a filmic prayer from the past for the future. Tenuous but calming serenity.