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Community cinema goes South, Tobago
Following a prolific and successful film festival that ended on October 1, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) will resume its community film outreach programme from October 18 - 26. The programme is sponsored by the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC).
The ttff Community Cinema series will give audiences in San Fernando, Couva, La Brea and Tobago, the opportunity to experience mobile cinema right in the heart of their communities, free of charge.
The series will feature 10 films, exploring a diversity of themes and styles. The majority of the films in this programme premiered at the recent ttff/13. Two award-winning full-length features—Pressure by the acclaimed T&T-born, UK-based director, Horace Ove, and Rain by Bahamian director Maria Govan, will also star among the series.
Melvina Hazard, director of community development at the ttff said the community outreach is aimed at inspiring audiences.
“Community cinema is an integral part of our vision and objectives at the ttff. By taking films and film-makers directly to communities, we promote the production and appreciation of local and Caribbean films, and educate, entertain and inspire audiences, while using films as a platform for social transformation,” Hazard said.
The programme rolls out on Friday from 7pm, at the San Fernando Hill Recreation Grounds with Rain, the critically acclaimed family drama about a promising young sprinter who seeks family roots after a devastating loss. The film is directed by Maria Govan of the Bahamas, and stars CCH Pounder (of The Shield and Law and Order Special Victims Unit.) This will be accompanied by The Fallen People of The Black Land, an animated short film directed by South-based filmmaker Joanne Haynes.
On Saturday the ttff series proceeds to the NGC Couva Joylanders Pan Theatre, where the classic feature by Kamalo Deen, The Panman —the saga of a young man from an affluent family turning down a scholarship to become a panman—will be accompanied by Jab In The Dark, Winner of the ttff/13 People’s Choice Award for Short Film. The film is directed by Robert Mc Farlane, who will be present to introduce and discuss his film.
Primary school students—members of the Growing Leaders Foundation (GLF) Programme in Tobago —will be treated to a series of short films at Movie Towne, Tobago on October 23.
The ttff Community Cinema Series will conclude on October 26, at the La Brea Community Centre. Held in association with the La Brea Village Council, this screening will feature Pressure, by iconic T&T director Horace Ove. The film traces the journey of a British-born younger son of an immigrant family from Trinidad who finds himself adrift between two cultures. Producer of the film, and programme director of the ttff, Annabelle Alcazar will be present for a Q&A.
NGC has been a supporting sponsor of the ttff since 2009. In 2011, the company began sponsoring community screenings throughout T&T. Speaking on the 2013 Community Cinema Series, Wynda Chandler, head of community relations at NGC, said, “When we considered the power of film to reinforce the identity of a people by giving visual expression to ideas, NGC took the leap to contribute to mining a new area of national and international talent.”
With the introduction in 2011 of community screenings, NGC was happy to get the involvement of residents of satellite districts who, owing to their distance from Movie Towne —the hub of the festival—may have found difficulty in attending screenings and also to stimulate interest in the local film industry in these communities. NGC is also happy to involve its employee volunteers who serve as hosts in the various communities.”
Admission to the ttff Community Cinema Series is free. All screenings but the Tobago screening will start at 7 pm and refreshments will be on sale. North Eleven the ttff’s official screen partner will facilitate the technical aspects of the series.
The ttff is presented by Flow; receives leading sponsorship from RBC Royal Bank, bpTT and The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company.
The list of films
October 18, 7pm, San Fernando Hill Recreational Grounds: Rain by Director: Maria Govan (PG 14) + The Fallen People of The Black Land by director: Joanne Haynes
October 19, 7pm, NGC Couva Joylanders Pan Theatre, Couva: The Panman, Director Kamalo Deen (GA) + Jab in the Dark (PG 13), director: Robert McFarlane
October 23, MovieTowne, Tobago: Children’s Short Film package
The Fallen People of the Black Land If I could Fly Tinga Tinga Tales Captain T&T Vivre
** Special closed screening for Growing Leaders Foundation students
October 26, La Brea Community Centre: Pressure, Director: Horace Ove (PG 13)*
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