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TTFF kicks off 2013 with Carnival Film Series
The T&T Film Festival (ttff) will launch its programme of events for this year with its third annual Carnival Film Series. Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (TTFC) as part of the T&T Film Nights community film screenings initiative, the series showcases Carnival-themed films, and takes place from January 23 to February 5 at venues across the country. Admission is free and all screenings start at 7pm.
A release from the film festival said the programme gets underway on January 23 at Medulla Art Gallery in Woodbrook, where there will be a tribute to celebrated Carnival bandleader, Peter Minshall. The tribute will take the form of screenings of two films about Minshall and his work: Rat Race and Masman: The Complete Work, both directed by Dalton Narine.
Then on Friday 25 January calypso archivist and aficionado Ray Funk will make a presentation at the amphitheatre of the National Library, Port-of-Spain. This 90-minute event will include the screening of vintage, never-before-seen video footage of Mighty Sparrow, Lord Christo, Desperadoes, Cavaliers and others.
January 27 will see the programme move into Couva, at Holy Faith Convent. Here three films will be screened: the stickfighting documentary Mystic Fighters, directed by Sophie Meyer; Jeffrey’s Calypso, a short dramatic film written and directed by Vashti Anderson; and Centre-staging the Jamette, an interview with Machel Montano conducted by Sr Theresa Vialva.
Tobago will then get its share of the action, with a screening of Kamalo Deen’s classic comedy Bacchanal Time, featuring appearances by Mighty Shadow, Crazy, Calypso Rose and others. This takes place on January 30, at MovieTowne in Lowlands.
The programme comes to an end on February 5 at Trevor’s Edge, St John’s Road, St Augustine. Here there will be a screening of Jab: The Blue Devils of Paramin, directed by Alex de Vertueil, and a series of short films by Yao Ramesar, on traditional mas characters and the fire dance.
The ttff is held annually in September and October, is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT.
• For more information please visit www.ttfilmfestival.com or call 621-0709.
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