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“PLAY THE DEVIL” Caribbean Film Series at BAMcinématek June 6  //  7:30pm Set in Trinidad, director Maria Govan’s LGBT drama possesses what ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ calls, “primal intensity,” in this tale where religious conservatism and macho patriarchy, combined with denial and sexual suppression, culminates into a passionate reality. In “Play The Devil,” 18 year-old Gregory (Petrice Jones) is set to graduate and make his family, and rural Trinidad village Paramin, proud that their local boy is headed to medical school. However, Greg secretly desires a life far-removed from his religiousRead More

Posted On March 27, 2017By Romola LucasIn Blog, CaFA News, caribbean, caribbean film, Interviews

CaFA Q+A with Kareem Mortimer

As first published in BassCulture Islands Magazine. Kareem Mortimer, is a Bahamian filmmaker, who has made several feature length films, including The Eleuthran Adventure (2006), Children of God (2010), Windjammers (2011), and his latest, Cargo (2017), which premiered at this year’s Miami International Film Festival. How did you know being a writer/director was meant for you? I’ve always loved movies.  I grew up exceptionally close with my paternal grandmother and she had a neverending supply of videotapes ranging from “Imitation of Life to Tango and Cash.” We would watch moviesRead More
“The House on Coco Road,” Highlights the Roles of Black Women in the Fight for Justice Amidst The Grenada Revolution – The Caribbean Film Series, April 11th at BAMcinématek Damani Baker’s intimate family portrait of his stalwart mother who moves her family to Grenada to fight for social justice and Black life, and encounters an invasion by the United States.  Q&A with the Director following the film. March 13, 2017/Brooklyn, NY – Filmmaker Damani Baker has amassed a career that spans documentaries, most notably as one-half of the directing teamRead More
CaFA Cinema Nights April 1, 2017 // 7:00PM Brooklyn Studios for Dance // 210 Lafayette St, Brooklyn Purchase Tickets here This season of the CaFA Cinema Nights, will see the return of “Julia and Joyce,” to the screen in Brooklyn.  We will be presenting the film in collaboration with Brooklyn’s own, Dance Caribbean Collective.  In this, the first collaboration between the two organizations, the film, which features the work of two pioneering Caribbean dancers, is a logical connection – promoting both dance and film, in the Caribbean context. JULIA andRead More
The Personal and Political Awakenings of New Black Activists Converge in ‘Generation Revolution’ – The Caribbean Film Series, February 22nd at BAMcinématek Black and brown youth in Britain fighting for racial, social, and economic justice, inspired by the USA’s #BlackLivesMatter movement, explore the messy world of activism in Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis’ gripping documentary. Q&A panel with the directors and special guests from activist community will follow the film. January 18, 2017/Brooklyn, NY – If you asked older generations, just a few years ago whether young people, millennials ifRead More
Classic British-Trinidadian Film “PRESSURE” Returns to Brooklyn For One Night Only at The Caribbean Film Series, December 5th at BAMcinématek Horace Ove’s underrated 1976 masterpiece highlights generational Caribbean immigrant tensions in Great Britain’s first Black feature film. Press Contact:  Romola Lucas –  romola@caribbeanfilm.org Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release, “PRESSURE” is the first dramatic feature film by a Black director in Great Britain, the Trinidad-born Horace Ové. In the seminal film, generational tensions between Caribbean immigrants living in the Notting Hill area of London are examined with both dramaRead More
Award-Winning Puerto Rican Drama “Cows Wearing Glasses” at The Caribbean Film Series, October 19th at BAMcinématek Intimate portrait of an elderly, ill-tempered painter losing his sight and trying to reconcile his past. Director Alex Santiago Perez in attendance for post-screening Q&A. September 15, 2016/Brooklyn, NY – What significance will your life have when it’s most critical component begins to vanish?  Who will you now be?  This is the crux of Marcelino ‘Marso’ Sariego’s new way of life as the eccentric painter and university professor learns he is going blind inRead More
By Curtis John As reported on S&A last week, Brooklyn NYC’s Caribbean Film Series will be bringing the Trinidad Carnival-centered film “Bazodee” to BAMcinématek on Wednesday, September 7th, just days after New York City’s world-renowned Labor Day Carnival celebrations. “Bazodee” stars singer and songwriter Machel Montano, the leading voice in Caribbean-originated soca music, in his first acting role as the leading man in this ‘Bollywood musical meets Carnival’ drama. I recently got an opportunity to chat with the film’s screenwriter and producer Claire Ince. The Barbados born creative works dailyRead More
Carnival Meets Bollywood in Machel Montano starring in “Bazodee” – Caribbean Film Series, September 7th at BAMcinématek Soca music superstar Machel Montano makes his film debut in this classic love story set in modern day Trinidad & Tobago August 12, 2016/Brooklyn, NY – Trinidad is known for more than sandy beaches and tropical flavor – it is also the birthplace of Soca, an increasingly popular soul & funk music version of standard Calypso music. And the leading voice in Soca, singer/songwriter Machel Montano, has now stepped into acting, parlaying his musical drive into drama for the new film “Bazodee,” showing at BAMcinematek just days after New YorkRead More
A few years ago, we had the pleasure of interviewing Howard and Mitzi Allen on camera, after learning about the release of their latest film, The Skin.  Now the film is available on Studio Anansi Tv, and we are revisiting this conversation, where they talk about how they met, making of their films, and filmmaking in the Caribbean in general. Howard Allen + Mitzi Allen HaMa Films Antigua & Barbuda Writer/Director/Producer “THE SKIN” A young married couple, Michael and Lisa, are about to lose their home, when their luck changesRead More