Rain (Maria Govan/the Bahamas/2008)
Caribbean films that have screened at the ttff are enjoying significant distribution success internationally.
Recently two ttff/11 selections were picked up for distribution in the United States.
Storm Saulter’s Better Mus’ Come, winner of the people’s choice award for Best Narrative Feature at the ttff/11, has gotten Stateside distribution through Array, an offshoot of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, AFFRM. The deal comes into effect in the first quarter of 2013.
(Incidentally, the ttff/12 picks Kinyarwanda and Restless City both have US distribution through AFFRM.)
The boxing drama Ghett’a Life, also from Jamaica and written and directed by Chris Browne, will be released by MVD on DVD on 19 February, with VOD distribution through Gravitas Ventures coming soon after.
Also enjoying success is Rain, a coming-of-age drama written and directed by Maria Govan of the Bahamas, and the opening-night selection of the ttff/09. The film, which received US distribution—including broadcast on the Showtime cable network—recently crossed sales of 50,000 copies.