Words and Images by Travolta Cooper European Cinema and Independent Sensibilities Cannes, France —- I don’t really get a chance to see as much cinema from Europe as I would like to while living in America (Los Angeles, California) and the Caribbean (The Bahamas).  This is just another reason (of many other reasons) why I look forward to the Cannes Film Festival each year.  It is not easy to pin down what exactly “European Cinema” is.  There isn’t really a “Eurowood” per say. So whether that is ‘euro cinema’ fromRead More
Words and images by Travolta Cooper   Netflix didn’t come to Play, They came to Slay Cannes France —- So “streaming cinema” (as I call it) has no doubt been the talk of the Festival.  It has been the subject of three (including this one) of our daily reports. This is an important development in the cinema around the world.  It is particularly true of the Caribbean Region where streaming services like “Studio Anansi” and “Caribbean Tales” lead as being a provider for Caribbean Films and content.  Content. When allRead More
Words and images by Travolta Cooper   The State Of Caribbean Cinema: The Dominican Republic Cannes, France — — How do I compare and describe the Cannes Film Festival to someone else who has never been here?  The best comparison I can give would be the Olympics.  This is the Olympics of the Cinema because Filmmakers representing various nations around the world come here to contend (in the competition segment) for the Palm d’Or.  And nations from around the world come here to compete in the Marche Du Cinema (whichRead More
Words by Travolta Cooper Okja and The “New Hollywood” Cannes, France —- Okja (pronounced Oke Cha) is one of two Netflix films competing for the Palm d’Or prize at the 70th Cannes Film Festival (the other film is The Meyerowitz Stories).  And with its big, clunky, and clumsy debut this morning, Okja has something boisterous to say about the future of the movie business around the world.  Yes, that means Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and every other kind of Wood.  That might even mean Cariwood (which is a term coined forRead More
Words by Travolta Cooper What is Amazon Studios doing here? Cannes, France – It is day two at Cannes, the mother of film festivals, and the debate among cinema lovers continues on the presence of streaming giants like Amazon Studios at the festival. Which side you find yourself on the debate could determine, to some Cinephiles, whether you should keep your true cinema card or not. Cinema purists in press conferences and screenings are acting like the festival has been infected with a virus. They feel like something foreign andRead More
BROOKLYN, NY – May 12, 2017 – The Timehri Film Festival (TFF), showcasing Guyanese and Caribbean film, and presented by the Caribbean Film Academy and Rewind And Come Again, today announced its official film selections for the 2nd edition of the Festival. TFF’s annual celebration of regional storytellers and artists, brings together filmmakers, film lovers and artists in the beautiful city of Georgetown, Guyana from May 31st through June 4th.  Over the 5 days of the Festival, TFF will screen over 26 feature and short films, representing 14 different countries.Read More
SURE THING PRODUCTIONS Contact-Rachel Damarr Williams 718-444-4656 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPRAH WINFREY’S “SEXIEST CARIBBEAN MAN” TO PREMIERE NEW FILM AT CANNES New York, May 16, 2017 It’s a long way from The Oprah Winfrey Show to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where Trinidadian born actor, screenwriter and film producer Paul Pryce will have the World Premiere of his debut film project. Pryce’s 12 minute short film, a suspense thriller titled Come Out, Come Out, will be showcased at the Cannes Short Film Corner beginning May 22. The film wasRead More
Words by Travolta Cooper 70 Years Of Cannes & The Future Of The Cinema Cannes, France —- The 70th Cannes Film Festival represents a departure in the whole wide world of cinema. It is both a departure for the Festival and a departure for me, personally.  For me because this will be my last year reporting for our television show ‘The Cinemas’ and in print on with Caribbean news outlets. And it is a departure for the world’s leading and most prestigious film festival because “the cinema” itself is atRead More