Caribbean Film Series and BAM present Charlie’s Records, the new movie on Calypso and Soca pioneer, Rawlston Charles, Wednesday, November 6th

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Brooklyn Premiere for film on the legendary Bedford-Stuyvesant-based record shop and studio.

Charlie’s Records is the first-ever film directed by WNBA New York Liberty star, Tina Charles.

October 7, 2019/Brooklyn, NY— On Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30pm, the Caribbean Film Series presents Tina Charles’ history-spanning documentary, Charlie’s Records.

Rawlston Charles migrated to New York from Tobago in 1967.  Living in Bedford-Stuyvesant and wanting to hear more music from his homeland, Charles set an intention: to promote Calypso music and its artists, in the US and around the world.  In the process, he created the world renowned record store Charlie’s Calypso City, and with his music label Charlie’s Records, single-handedly put Calypso on the map and ushered in a new genre of music, Soca.  Charlie’s Records is his story.

Alongside Rawlston “Charlie” Charles sharing his life story, and his accounts on the evolution of calypso and soca, also appearing in the documentary are Caribbean music stars The Mighty Sparrow, David Rudder, Calypso Rose, Machel Montano, King Wellington, and more; hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh, who recorded his early hits in Charles studio also appears.  Charlie’s Records is the first film directed by WNBA New York Liberty all-star player and two-time Olympian Tina Charles, daughter of the film’s subject.

Says Charles, who first went to Spike Lee to produce the movie, “he told me, words I would never forget, “…you have to make your own movie and figure it out. Nobody else will have the passion or drive to tell your father’s story the way you would.”” Lee then took two DVD’s of films he directed from his shelf, 4 Little Girls (on the African-American girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama) and Kobe Doin’ Work (on the NBA Los Angeles Lakers champion), and signed them with the reminder for her to “Make ya Film.”

About the Director

First time filmmaker, Tina Charles, is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and six-time WNBA All Star for the New York Liberty. Charles is the founder of Hopey’s Heart Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest through placement of Automated External Defibrillators. Starting in 2013, through the personal donation of her entire WNBA Salary, the foundation has placed over 350 defibrillators to date and saved a life in 2017.

Tina Charles and Rawlston Charles will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

The screening of Charlie’s Records, will be preceded by the award-winning short film, FLIGHT, by Jamaican filmmakers, Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald.  Flight tells the story of a little boy, who sets out on a dream ten times his size, to fly to the moon, despite his circumstances and lack of parental support.


Co-presented by the Caribbean Film Academy, BAM, Third Horizon and The Luminal Theater, Charlie’s Records will be preceded by Flight, a short film directed by Jamaican filmmakers, Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald.

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