Caribbean Film Series at BAMcinématek
September 6 // 7:30pm
We are excited to announce our next screening at BAM. We will be bringing a Special Sneak Preview, of Moko Jumbie, Vashti Anderson’s first feature length film, which premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
While the film is still hot on the festival trail, we are working with Vashti to present a sneak preview the film specially for our Brooklyn audiences.
About the Film:
Synopsis: Asha is an adrift young girl living amid the ruins of a coconut plantation in rural Trinidad. Seeking her roots, she finds herself drawn to a young fisherman who shares her desire to look beyond. As their attraction deepens, she must navigate racial taboos, family disapproval, political turmoil, and mysterious hauntings from ancestral spirits. Vashti Anderson’s feature film debut, which was a selection at the 2017 LA Film Festival, is an intense blurring of reality, fantasy, superstition, and truth.
Moko Jumbie, will be preceded by the short film, Coast, by Jamaican filmmaker, Nile Saulter, part of the New Caribbean Collective’s anthology film, Ring di Alarm!
Synopsis: Patasha is called upon to make a routine delivery to a young tourist couple, but finds herself drawn into a situation that will test her morality. Meanwhile, young spear fisherman Samson also wants to make a transaction, but his is of a more sinister nature. This short film examines choices, capturing the polarity of how ugly or beautiful Jamaica can be.
Vashti Anderson is a Trinidadian-American filmmaker who holds an MFA in Film from New York University. MOKO JUMBIE, her narrative feature film, was supported by grants from Film Independent, Canon, the Chris Columbus/Richard Vague Production Award for NYU Alumni, and the Filmmaker Residency Program at the Bahamas International Film Festival. It was selected for the Filmmaker Immersion Program at the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival. Her narrative short film, Jeffrey’s Calypso, has won prizes and awards and national and international film festivals. It has been curated for special screenings and distributed by Studio Anansi Tv and WIN TV. Currently, Vashti has a project in development based on “Bored in Brementown,” a short story she wrote, which was published by Akashic Books.
Driven by the desire to showcase the good, bad and ugly elements of his diverse Jamaican homeland, Nile decided to pursue filmmaking at an early age. He moved to Los Angeles in 2001, where he studied the introduction to filmmaking. He embarked on 3 year stint in the US, moving also to Miami and New York where he furthered his film education by working on sets and also as the Asset Manager for RES magazine and the world famous RESfest. In 2004, Nile traveled to London where he received formal training with the New York Film Academy, focusing on writing and directing.
Upon returning to Kingston, where he’s currently based, Nile jumped straight into film production, working in various capacities such as Assistant Director, Second Unit Director and Director of Photography on several projects. To date he has written and directed three short films, and also does commercial work such as editing and directing commercials, short documentaries and music videos. He’s currently finishing up his first feature film script and has a slew of video art projects lined up.
About the Caribbean Film Series at BAM
The Caribbean Film Series, presents feature films made by Caribbean filmmakers, which highlight the richness, uniqueness, and viability of Caribbean cinema to Brooklyn, home to the largest population of Caribbean nationals in the United States, and to all New York City residents and visitors.
Through the series, the Caribbean Film Academy and the Brooklyn Cinema Collective, in partnership with BAMcinématek, bring films by the best emerging talent from the Caribbean, showcasing Caribbean stories and cultures.
The Caribbean Film Series, is also made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council.
Come join us! Get your tix here.