KNOCKABOUT,” a short film by Trinidad-based, US filmmaker, Emilie Upczak, was launched on Studio Anansi Tv, this past week. The film premiered at the Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival in 2013, and also played at the Belize International Film Festival and the NY African Diaspora International Film Festival in 2014, and Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival and MIPTV – Market, also in 2014.

Logline – The city streets of Port of Spain, and its varied cast of characters are the backdrop for this Trini-style-neo-noir.

Synopsis – Philo, an expat detective turns to his previous partner Monique for help in solving a current high profile kidnapping case. But where this leads them is to the past, and an old rift between them regarding the disappearance of her brother, which Philo seeks to mend.

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About Emilie Upczak

writer-director-producer-photo_knockabout-ERU-1024x768Emilie Upczak is a filmmaker and programmer, originally from Boulder, Colorado she has been living and working in Trinidad and Tobago for the past 10 years.

Emilie’s experimental video installations have been exhibited at PG Contemporary in Houston, AIR Gallery in Brooklyn and the Festival International Signes de Nuit in France. Her short films have played at a number of Caribbean and African Diasporic Film Festivals as well as at Clermont Ferrand and MIPTV markets.

Emilie is the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival spearheading the Caribbean Film Mart and Caribbean Database. She is also currently an MFA candidate in Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a Rotterdam Producer’s Lab and EAVE alumni and was a Narrative Features Juror at Slamdance in January 2015.

Emilie is currently in pre-production on her debut feature, The Moving Parts of Love (working title), to be shot in Trinidad in November 2015 and is associate producer on the feature film, Play the Devil, directed by Bahamian filmmaker, Maria Govan.