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: Oseyi, 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). He has developed a deep-seated fear of the masquerades, even when they are worn by children his own age, like Tamika, his close friend, from a combination of a picture of his father in a red costume hanging menacingly in his house, a frightening early childhood experience with a costume from this band, and his mother Rita’s oft repeated hatred of it as the cause of his father’s death.

Country: Dominica
Run Time: 29:47
Release Year: 2018


FESTIVALS:
2018 Trinidad & Tobago Film FestivalPeople’s Choice Award Category
Wednesday, Sept 19 / 3:30PM / MovieTowne, POS / Screen 7
Wednesday, Sept 24 / 1:00PM / MovieTowne, San Fernando


WRITER/DIRECTOR – ALWIN BULLY

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.


PRODUCER – ROMOLA LUCAS

Romola Lucas, is a Founder and Executive Director of the Caribbean Film Academy, Inc., a New York not-for-profit, created to support and share the work of Caribbean filmmakers in the Region and Diaspora.  Created in 2012, the organization hosts film screenings in Brooklyn, film festivals in Miami – the Third Horizon Film Festival, and Guyana – the Timehri Film Festival, co-produces films with emerging Caribbean writer-directors through the Caribbean Film Project, and runs a video-on-demand platform for Caribbean films, Studio Anansi Tv.

Romola, is an attorney, and fellow in the New York Foundation for the Arts’, Arts Business Incubator.


CAST

         


ADDITIONAL CREDITS

SCREENPLAY
Alwin Bully

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Caribbean Film Academy Inc. (CaFA)
Kaz Kweyol Productions
Time Warner Inc.

DIRECTOR
Alwin Bully

PRODUCERS
Romola Lucas
Alwin Bully
Anita Bully

CINEMATOGRAHER
Yaphet Jackman

ASSISTANT CAMERA + GAFFER
Justen Blaize

SOUND + B CAMERA
Aiko Roudette

2ND UNIT
UNITE

3RD UNIT
ALBERT TOUSSAINT – GIS

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Sandra Vivas Nassief

EDITING
UNITE

TITLE DESIGN AND ANIMATION
Brent Bully

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Anita Bully

CONTINUITY
Romola Lucas

CRAFT SERVICES
Anita Bully
Marianne Guiste

SUPPORTING CAST

BANN MOVE – DRUMMERS
SYLVAIN FELIX PARILLON
JEROME AARON
FELICIEN FRANCOIS
DENISON GROTON
LEARIE GROTON
SMITH ROBERTS
KIM SEBASTIEN

BANN MOVE ADULTS
ARTHUR KNIGHT
ALBERTINA ALEXANDER
LEROY FRANCOIS
JONATHAN JOSEPH
SURPRISE JOSEPH
PERIL GEORGE
KEARD GEORGE
BRYAN SHILLINGFORD
ERIC WILLIAMS JNR
VAL PHILOGEN
SIGNORA AARON
BROTHER EMMANUEL JOHN PAUL
CHESTON JOSEPH
WINCHESTER JOSEPH
OLIPHIE JOSEPH
LEE SEVERIN
EVANS JOSEPH
ROBERT SMITH

EXTRAS
CLAUDETTE SEVERIN
LEONA LUJIEN
LETRICIA CADETTE
GLORIA SEPTRA AUGUSTUS
DELIA CUFFY WEEKES
NATASHA JERVIER
NATHANIE SHILLINGFORD
ROSE SHILLINGFORD
URSULA PETER
ROSETTE BERTRAND
LEANDRA BELLE CHARLES
EUNIQUE ANTOINE
TYRESE SEBASTIEN
MAQUEL ISAAC
LESLIE VALDEZ
TYLER ROUDETTE
DYLAN LANGLAIS
SELENA JOHN PAUL
PIERRE EDWARDS
DYQUAN LANGLAIS
KEARD GEORGE

LOCATIONS
PROPERTY OF
SYLVIAN FELIX PARILLON
DORA SABAROCHE
MILTON SEBASTIEN

SCORE
Music – Traditional
Lyrics and Bridge Adaptation – Alwin Bully
Arrangement – Pearle Christian
Musicians – Tyson Johnson, Ashton “Wakas” Lugay
Performed By  – Michele Henderson
Song Engineering – Earlson Matthew
Recorded at Sonic Sounds

Bouyon Song

SPECIAL THANKS!
Arthur Knight
Sylvain Felix Parillon
Ezra Blondel
Nicholas George
Colihaut Village Council
Parish Priest – Colihaut Catholic Church
Principal Colihaut Primary School
Minister of Education – Government of Dominica
Dominica Film Office
Government Information Service (GIS)


Oseyi and the Masqueraders,” is the second film produced as a part of the 2015 Caribbean Film Project.  The first was “Adero.”

The Caribbean Film Project, is a scriptwriting competition.  To be eligible, writers had to be from one of the English-speaking Caribbean countries, underrepresented in the current surge in Caribbean filmmaking – Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  The winning writer from each country was paired with a writing coach to make the script production ready, then participate in a directing workshop, before the story is turned into a film.

 

 

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