Coming-of-Age Festival Hit “Bad Lucky Goat” Rides Into Its Brooklyn premiere at The Caribbean Film Series, April 10th at BAMcinématek
The exotic, rarely seen Colombian Caribbean islands play backdrop to a sibling rivalry that produces fun & unpredictable scenarios that Indiewire.com calls “charming and unpredictable.”
Q&A with director Samir Oliveros follows the film.
March 9, 2018/Brooklyn, NY – Most people with brothers and sisters know, despite a genuine love you may have for one another, a rivalry of some sort is inevitable. That is definitely the case with Corn and Rita, teenaged siblings living on a lesser-known island of Colombia, Old Providence. Their disagreements result in an unforgettable 24-hour comic adventure, in “Bad Lucky Goat.”
After their latest row results in them accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father’s truck, Corn and Rita must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourists who will be staying at their family’s hotel. As they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident, the siblings interact with host of colorful locals, including a butcher, Rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, on their journey of reconciliation around the island.
With a story inspired by his good friend’s Jamaican mother, who had a similar collision with a cow, Oliveros, moved his new version of this tale to his native Colombia, where he intentionally showcases Old Providence’s Caribbean lifestyle through the landscape, its people, and naturalistic dialogue. Oliveros, chose to do “Bad Lucky Goat” as a comedy because of what he sees as an overexposure of tragedy in Latin American cinema. As he stated in a 2017 Sydney Latino Film Festival interview, “It’s always the same typical, traditional film about the lower class and how they suffer and how it’s super dramatic. I believe we have to break those preconceptions…” And “Bad Lucky Goat” indeed breaks all expected notions imbuing Caribbean and Latin American cinema.
Heralded as “A genuine crowd pleaser,” and “One of the best debuts of the year,” by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn, “Bad Lucky Goat” has been on an international film festival run and has finally found its way to Brooklyn through the Caribbean Film Series.
“Sugar,” the second short film released by St. Lucian born, Jamaica based Michelle Serieux, takes a look at the darker sides of the hospitality industry in Jamaica. In a recent interview, Michelle talked about the story behind the story. “Sugar, is a story about unequal power dynamics and the lengths the disenfranchised have to go to be able to carve out a space for themselves in a very unbalanced universe.” The film stars emerging actor, Shantol Jackson, who earlier this year, made her Sundance premiere, in a leading role, in Idris Elba’s, “Yardie.”
Co-presented by the Caribbean Film Academy, BAMcinématek and the Brooklyn Cinema Collective, “Bad Lucky Goat” will show at BAM Rose Cinemas on Tuesday April 10 at 7:30 pm, and will be preceded by Jamaicans filmmaker Michelle Serieux’s, short film, “Sugar.” A Q&A with both Oliveros and Serieux follows.
For more information on The Caribbean Film Series, contact Romola Lucas, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Brooklyn Cinema Collective’s Curtis Caesar John at email@example.com and go to CaribbeanFilm.org and BAM.org
BAD LUCKY GOAT
by Samir Oliveros
Colombia | 2017 | 76 min
A collision with a goat sends two incompatible siblings on a 24-hour odyssey to fix their family’s truck in this wondrously offbeat comedic adventure set amid the lush landscapes of Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
by Michelle Serieux
Jamaica | 2017 | 19 min
A young Jamaican woman working at a wealthy tourist resort faces a crisis of conscience when a couple seems to be the answer to her financial predicament.
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Established in 2012, CaFA, is a NY not-for-profit created to share Caribbean films and support Caribbean filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. CaFA’s work provides platforms for the exhibition, production, and distribution of Caribbean stories, worldwide.
About The Brooklyn Cinema Collective
The Brooklyn Cinema Collective (BkCC) creates theatrical feature film presentations and supplies media advocacy and consultancy services for Black and POC filmmakers. The BkCC’s services are a direct offshoot of The Luminal Theater, an African diaspora film centered microcinema set to open in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
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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.