Make your contribution to Caribbean films TODAY! The Caribbean Film Academy, teamed up with filmmakers across the Region to bring some new stories to screen.
As part of CaFA’s Caribbean Film Project, 4 writers were chosen to have their scripts developed and their stories produced as short films. Over the past 2 years, the writers have worked with their writing coaches to make their scripts production ready. Now, we are ready to shoot the films, and are reaching out to you, our community, our village, to help raise some of the funds needed to make the films.
Here are the stories:
by Kojo McPherson
Adero, a brooding 30-odd year old corporate drone, is on a quest to find his true identity. His journey – through his dreams as much as in the physical world – will threaten his comfortable middle-class existence, his very sanity and what we all think we know about what is real before he comes to a more powerful realisation of self than he could ever have imagined.
To be shot on location in Guyana.
About Kojo McPherson
Kojo McPherson is a Guyanese writer, spoken word artist, photographer and director of radio, stage and short film. Kojo served on the scriptwriting team of popular Guyanese radio serial drama for 4 ½ years – 2 ½ of those years supervising the team as Senior Scriptwriter. He has written, directed and/or edited two short films, ‘Beached’ and ‘To the Night’, both of which have screened at international film festivals. A third short film, ‘Standing’ was recently completed.
Kojo is the proud father of two girls, Kinaya and Mapenzi with Guyana Prize winning playwright, Mosa Telford.
WRITING COACH: Ian Harnarine
by Klieon Jon
St. Kitts & Nevis
Logline: A timid young girl’s love for a dashing but seemingly nonchalant painter, drives her to desperation as she pays a visit to a shady obeah woman, whose real magic may not be supernatural at all.
Synopsis: JENINE is madly in love with a strapping and pleasant young house painter named Jeb. Too timid to actually approach him or otherwise gain his attention, she reluctantly resorts to visiting an obeah woman deep in the woods. She hopes Bosso can help her by “tying” Jeb with a spell. Not the friendliest person and cynical about men, who she describes as “swine,” Bosso agrees to perform the tying ritual that should cause Jeb to fall madly in love with Jenine. “When we tie, we tie for life,” in her words. Jenine has no idea what is involved with the ritual until she agrees to proceed. But her desire for Jeb is stronger than her disgust for severed chicken heads and bloody pig hearts. By the next morning, she is confident the ritual has worked and walks by Jeb’s worksite, as she always does. She is greeted by him in the exact same manner he always has; with a warm smile and a “Good morning, Jen.”
Books. Dark beer. Red wine. Hot sun. Trees. Mountain climbing. Cool breeze. Full moons. Writing. Getting lost. Being found. Antiques. Nina Simone. Black coffee. Fresh mint. Vegetable gardens. String. Old movies. Good poetry. Bad poetry. Love. Photography. Art. Jazz. Reggae. History. Culture. Daydreaming. Nightdreaming. Short attention span. The Jolly Boys. Good food. Loud laughter. Cats. Dogs (sometimes). Crowded cafes. Indie. Hair. Bad jokes. Mistakes. Caribbean. Hippie. Hipster. 20s. Guitar. Filmmaking. Black. St. Kitts. Jamaica. Traffic. Sandalwood. Almond tea. Colours. Sand. Ray-Bans. Tattoos. Dub. Blank pages. This random list of words makes more sense at www.klieonjohn.com.
WRITING COACH: Eljon Wardally
“LINGER” (working title)
by Karen Chapman
Logline: A young mixed-race couple in Guyana find away to overcome their challenges and find lasting love.
Synopsis: Elise and Ryan are tired of keeping their love a secret but tensions are high between their very segregated Afro and Indo Guyanese communities. As Elise’s move to Canada approaches, the couple is forced to take one last stand to be together. Ryan must decide if he will abandon his traditional family for true love and risk becoming an outcast and Elise must decide if she is willing to live with that burden.
Karen Chapman is an award-winning storyteller whose work often draws upon her own life experience. In September 2013, Karen won Best Pitch at the CaribbeanTales Pitch Incubator held at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Karen is a 2015 fellow of the Hotdocs documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship, where she is developingdocumentary films that examine rage, family secrets and life after violent trauma. Her most recent short,PATRIARCHY is a vérité–animation hybrid and currently being broadcasted as part of the CBC’s Canadian Reflection Program.
WRITING COACH: Curtis Caesar John
“OSEYI AND THE MASQUERADES”
by Alwin Bully
Logline: A young boy comes of age when he conquers his fear of the carnival costumes of his village and learns two family secrets.
Synopsis: Oyesi, an eight-year-old boy lives in the village of Colihaut in Dominica which is the home of a particular masquerade/carnival art-form/African Retention known as the Band Mauvais (Bad Band). Because of a frightening early childhood experience with this costume and his mother Rita’s oft repeated hatred for it as the cause of his father’s death, Oseyi has developed a deep-seated fear of the masquerades, even when they are worn by children his own age such as Tamika his close friend. A picture of his father in a red costume hangs menacingly in his house.
Alwin Bully is one of the Caribbean’s best known multi-media artists. Born and raised on the Nature Island of Dominica, he established and developed the Department of Culture and was it first Director. Later he was resident in Jamaica for twenty years where he worked, up to 2006, as UNESCO’s Caribbean Culture Advisor.
Having gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the West Indies, he has received numerous awards for his work as playwright and director, graphic artist, set designer, poet and short story writer, carnival designer, and composer. He was inducted into Jamaica’s Culture for Development Hall of Fame, received the University of Technology’s 2006 Arts Award and was honoured with the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2007 CACIQUE AWARD for Regional Theatre.
In 2011 the University of the West Indies conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in recognition of his work in Arts and Culture. He received Dominica’s Sisserou Award of Honour for his cultural and artistic leadership and for his design of the National Flag. His work always focuses on issues of social transformation and the preservation and promotion of Caribbean culture.
WRITING COACH: Jason Fitzroy Jeffers
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