The Fourth Annual Timehri Film Festival is about to go down.  From June 6-9, we will once again be featuring Guyanese and Caribbean films at our Georgetown venues, Moray House and Dutch Bottle Cafe.  As in previous years, this year’s festival will include also mini LGBTQI fest in partnership with GuyBow, GTU and SASOD, a mini Environmental fest, in partnership with Green Screen TT, and community screenings at schools, prisons, the juvenile detention center and the drop-in center, in Sophia.

We are very excited about the lineup, which includes many newbies, but also, some oldies, but goodies – in typical Guyanese style. Our Opening Night Films include two films on Walter Rodney, “In the Sky’s Wild Noise,” made by the Victor Jara Collective in 1985, preceded by the brand-new film on Rodney, “The Past Is Not Our Future: The Student Years of Walter Rodney,” by Matthew J. Smith, on Rodney’s time in Jamaica.  We will also be featuring several films by filmmakers of Guyanese heritage from the diaspora, including the poignant, “For You,” by Alvin Seenauth, and the artistic “From Ashes We Rise,” by Khadijah Carberry.

For You by Alvin Seenauth
From Ashes We Rise -Khadijah Carberry

Our Caribbean film lineup is also fantastic this year – if we may say so ourselves lol!  Included in the lineup are the critically acclaimed feature “Douvan Jou Ka Leve,” by Haitian filmmaker, Gessica Généus, and “Cargo,” which recently showed in theaters, by Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer, along with a throwback, “God Loves the Fighter,” by Trinbagonian filmmaker, Damian Marcano.  We also have two exciting shorts blocks, featuring some favorites, “Flight,” by Jamaican filmmakers Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald, “Cross My Heart,” by Sontenish Myers, an animated short, “Abeeku and the Maroons,” by Jamaican animator, Kevin Jackson, and “Hairouna: Land of the Blessed,” a work-in-progress, by Vincy filmmaker, Akley Olton.  “Oseyi and the Masqueraders,” by Dominican writer/director, Alwin Bully, the second film from the Caribbean Film Project, and a cohort of Kojo McPherson’s, Adero, will make its Guyana debut, as a part of the Festival.

Douvan Jou Ka Leve by Gessica Généus
Oseyi and the Masqueraders by Alwin Bully

We are also bringing some new and exciting programming to the Festival.  As an expansion on last year’s documentary filmmaking workshop, we will be offering two workshops for the 2019 edition of the Festival – “Developing the Short Film,” led by St. Lucian filmmaker, Michelle Serieux, and “The Nuts and Bolts of Cinematography,” led by Guyanese filmmaker, Yaphet Jackman.

In addition, in partnership with Bent Street Films, Yaphet Jackman’s production company, and Cineffx, we will be hosting Guyana’s first 48-hr Film Challenge.

We hope you will be able to join us this year for all, or at least some of the screenings, at Moray House and Dutch Bottle Cafe.  As in the past, the screenings remain free to public, although there will be a suggested donation, to help defray the costs of putting on the Festival.

For the first time this year, the Festival commissioned a Guyanese artist to create the artwork used in the branding for the Festival. The artist we worked with, Nigel Butler, did fantastic work – we are very pleased with the piece he created, and will be showing it off for some time. He is a great artist, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of his work in the public spaces.

For details on registering for the workshops and film challenge, please visit our festival page: timehrifilmfestival.com.