ChantiMedia, in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy, and Caribbean Film Corner, will be hosting 3 days of contemporary Caribbean film screenings, at Gateways Beach Bar and Grill, in Nevis, this Easter. The screenings will be held Apr 19 – 21, at 7:00 pm each evening, and admission is FREE.
Check out the amazing lineup of films below:
A teacher asks students what they want to do when they grow up. While his classmates answer with great fun, Tom a quiet boy slips away. When it’s Tom’s turn, he speaks with humour and bewildering maturity, describing three possible life choices that will lead to dramatic ends.
For more information, visit the filmmaker’s FB page. Watch the trailer here:
On a beautiful day in the South American city of Georgetown, Guyana, a young couple drop off their daughter Rebecca and her little brother Aaron with their Grandmother before traveling on business. With parting hugs and words of love, Rebecca retrieves her favorite book, not realizing that it would be the last time she would see her parents alive. Weeks later, their days are marred by their distressed Grandmother’s harsh words and rough hands. Rebecca yearns for an escape, and finds hope in the intervention of Lindsey, a young witness to Rebecca’s plight who offers respite through an after school program.
Plagued by her own demons, her Grandmother dismisses his help. Undaunted, Rebecca soon discovers that her Granny’s violent harshness and sharp tongue hides a troubling disability and desolate past. In a small but powerful gesture, Rebecca reaches out with an offer of her own, opening the door to better days for her new family.ARVE Error: need id and provider
The Seawall is a narrative short film shot entirely on location in Georgetown, Guyana, and centers around Marjorie, a Guyanese woman, as she prepares for her 10-year old grandson’s move to America to be with his mother. Struggling with loneliness, and abandonment, audiences watch as Marjorie sacrifices her happiness for her grandson’s future. For more information, check the film’s FB page. Learn more about Mason Richards, here.
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Set against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobic crime and offering a scathing examination of the underlying hatred for gays rampant in Caribbean societies, Bahamian Kareem Mortimer’s debut narrative feature tells the stories of three very different individuals: Lena, the conservative, deeply religious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor; Romeo, a handsome young black man hiding his sexuality from his close-knit and loving family; and Jonny, the conflicted and creatively-blocked white artist in search of himself. All three head for the spectacularly beautiful and tranquil island of Eleuthera, each with a different reason for escaping current circumstances. Soon, their disparate worlds collide in unexpected and affecting ways. This uncommon portrayal of love, loneliness, tolerance, secrets and self-acceptance takes viewers on a poignant multifaceted journey that is enlightening, courageous, and disquieting all at the same time, and which shocks to the very core with its startling conclusion.
Free Swim is an award winning documentary film about the paradox of coastal people not knowing how to swim. Taking place on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas we follow a group of kids as they overcome their fears, gain confidence and reconnect with their environment by learning to swim in open waters. With fresh memories of a friend drowning and the conflicts of growing tourism, for these kids it’s not just about floating, but gaining new skills for their future.
For more information, visit the film’s website. Watch a preview here:
Written and Directed by Aiko Roudette
St. Vincent & the Grenadines, 2013
Hoghole is an award winning film short film made up of composite Super 8 and HD footage shot and based in the island of St. Vincent. The word ‘Hoghole’ refers to the specific patch of land in St. Vincent where my house stands. My family can no longer live there because of unprecedented crime levels in the island. The subtext of this film, therefore, is a reexamination of what Home means, when it, as an ideal and as a physical space, is lost, or, more accurately, forcibly stolen. It attempts to address the furious internal discord that emerged within me when this sanctuary was violated and we were forced to leave.
For more information on Aiko and her work, visit her site.
Beyond the Lens
by Kurt Wright
A historic gathering of 60+ members of the best and brightest in Jamaica’s film industry. “Beyond The Lens” is the voice of an increasingly frustrated Jamaican film making community who, despite an almost complete lack of support from their government, continue to create day after day, month after month, year after year. It was filmed over the course of 4 days in Kingston, Jamaica.
New Caribbean Cinema brought a refreshing energy to the Caribbean film scene in 2012. The collective of six filmmakers in Jamaica, with “first-world technical skills and business savvy,” but a “Caribbean world view,” came togther and created a stunning collection of short films, which was put together as one feature film, “Ring di Alarm.” The film has shown to sold-out audiences in London, Toronto and New York. Jointly produced by Storm Saulter (Jamaica) and Michelle Serieux (St. Lucia), the filmmakers worked as each other’s crew, providing technical and creative support for each other during the production of the seven shorts. The other filmmakers in the collective are Nile Saulter, Joel Burke, Ras Tingle, and Kyle Chin.
This film made our list because of the artistry and creativity present in most, if not all of the films and because New Caribbean Cinema is a wonderful example of collaboration done right. We can’t wait to see what they’re going to come with next.
For more information on Ring Di Alarm and New Caribbean Cinema, please visit their website. Watch the film’s trailer below.
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by Ken Wolff
Wake-up, an animated film, produced by Aruban artist, Ken Wolff, tells the story of an ordinary life, aspiring for the extraordinary, and is supposed to be a visual treat.
For more information, visit the filmmaker’s website. Watch the trailer here:
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Journey to Jouvert
Nevis/Trinidad & Tobago
In 2012 ChantiMedia traveled to Trinidad & Tobago armed with little more than our iPhones to film our very first Trinidad Carnival experience . We were very fortunate to collaborate with the much more professional team at Pudgy Productions ( yay ! real cameras ) and with the support of friends and family produced our very first content under the ChantiMedia banner. After a few incarnations ( Times Cover Girl , Trinidad Carnival Experience …) we realised that our love for J’ouvert really seemed to be the focal point of our story and so Journey to J’ouvert was born .
For more information, visit the filmmaker’s website. Watch the teaser here:
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Captain T&T, another masterpiece from Christopher and Leizelle Guinness, tells the story of a young, wanna-be superhero. With it’s shaky pov and sharp cuts, you’ll have to pay close attention to keep up with the rapid pace of the storytelling, but the stunning visuals, strong performances from the cast, and some pretty amazing animation, turns what could have been a run-of-the mill story, into a beautiful, heart-warming tale. For more information, visit Christopher and Leizelle’s website for their production company, Bepperton.
This award winning film, is the story told from the point-of-view of a street dog in Port-of-Spain, in relation to the world around her. As she goes through her day, she runs into adversity and forms alliances. Created by the Guinnesses, the film was a finalist in 2012 Vimeo Awards. For more information, visit Christopher and Leizelle’s website for their production company, Bepperton.
Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, this film is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a group of young friends during a sexually charged summer of exploration, revelation and change. Malik has been in love with Giselle for a long time, but never had the guts to make a move until his lothario friend Kimani gives him an extra push. Giselle’s sister Mia is in love with Dennis, a deceitful married man with a double life. When a shocking trip to the doctor exposes the secrets, lies and betrayals buried deep within the group of friends, their lives will never be the same. Nominee, Best Diaspora Feature, 2013 African Movie Academy Awards.
For more information, visit the film’s FB page. Watch the trailer here:ARVE Error: need id and provider
About the Film: Two homeless cousins desperately try to survive the streets of Port-Of Spain Trinidad. Thieves, by street credit, they routinely hunt the local market in search of unsuspecting shoppers but times are getting harder and the pickings slim. Will fortune favor the brave? Or will their desperate actions lead to their demise? Written, Produced and Directed by Shaun Escayg, the film was a semi-finalist in the YouTube’s 2012 Your Film Festival.
For more information, visit Shaun’s website. Watch the trailer below:ARVE Error: need id and provider
Doubles with Slight Pepper
by Ian Harnarine
Trinidad & Tobago, 2011
In rural Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles (Trinidad’s quintessential street food). When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.
This was Ian’s thesis film for his MFA at New York University’s film program. Upon it’s release, the film won the award for Best Canadian Short Film at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films for 2011. It then went on to win the Best Live Action Short Drama at the 2012 Genie Awards, the Canadian version of the Academy Awards; Best Film at the 2012 Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival; and the Best Short Film Award at the 2013 Bushwick Film Festival, among many others.
For more information, visit the film’s website. Watch the trailer here:ARVE Error: need id and provider
After Mas is a story of love that flourishes under the cover of darkness during J’ouvert on the streets of Port of Spain. In the cold light of day, will these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires?
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If you’re in St. Kitts & Nevis Easter weekend, here’s a great opportunity to get your Caribbean film groove on. We wish ChantiMedia all the best!