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Escape From Babylon screens free next Sunday

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Kearn Samuel in Nick Attin’s sophomore feature Escape from Babylon.

Escape From Babylon, the recently released local feature film by Nicholas Attin, will be showcased on December 15 at 6.30 pm by The Reel Caribbeing, at Trevor’s Edge in St Augustine. The director will be present, a release from Yao Ramesar said.


The screening, which is free and open to the general public, will be followed by a talk from Attin on producing ultra-low-budget local feature films. 


“The Reel Caribbeing, dealing solely with cinema, is a branch of Caribbeing—first developed as a Caribbean cinema aesthetic in the 1980s by local filmmaker Yao Ramesar,” the release said. “It partners Reel Trini, co-founded by Ramesar and Trevor Castillo in 2010, showcasing solely indigenous cinema fare from its location at Trevor’s Edge, itself a vibrant cultural hub and community cinematheque for over a decade. 


“Trevor’s Edge has hosted calypso legends; acclaimed Caribbean writers and artists; Songshine, a seminal talent showcase and incubator produced by singer/ songwriter Gillian Moor among many other cultural manifestations.


“Trevor’s has also played host as film location to numerous local productions including Escape From Babylon and as such is an example of the collaboration between the local film industry and local communities.”


Escape From Babylon is the director’s second completely local feature in the past three years, the first being Little Boy Blue (2010). Though produced on a shoestring budget, Attin has been able to land Escape From Babylon in cinemas in Trinidad and Barbados.


In Escape from Babylon, Randolph Briggs is an ex-cop living in Port-of-Spain. After being unjustly drummed out of the force, he now works as a taxi driver on the graveyard shift. He’s a loner who cruises the streets at night in a city plagued with crime and violence. A serial killer, posing as a taxi driver, also prowls the city at night stalking young female victims.


Stripped of his official authority but burdened with a need to protect the innocent, Randolph Briggs eventually makes the ultimate decision to follow his instincts and Escape From Babylon.


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