Interviews Category

Posted On July 10, 2017By Romola LucasIn Blog, CaFA News, caribbean, caribbean film, Interviews

CaFA Q+A with Ryan Lee

Last Tuesday, Ryan Lee’s film, “Flying the Coup,” was released on Studio Anansi Tv.  The film, which premiered at the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, was a winner of the People’s Choice Award – Short Film.  The film was shot in both Trinidad & Tobago, while Ryan was a student in the UWI Film Program. We vibed with Ryan, on making the film and on his views on filmmaking in the Caribbean. RYAN LEE Filmmaker FLYING THE COUP Trinidad & Tobago Born into a family of photography enthusiasts in Trinidad & Tobago, RyanRead 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
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
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
Last Tuesday, Jean-René Rinvil’s film, “Culture Clash,” was released on Studio Anansi Tv.  The film, which premiered in Massachussetts and Miami in May 2014, has also been screened at the 2014 Belize International Film Festival and 2015 Chicago Caribbean Film Festival, and was the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Haiti Movie Awards in 2014. We vibed with Jean-René, on making the film and on his views on filmmaking in the Caribbean. JEAN-RENÉ RINVIL Filmmaker CULTURE CLASH USA/Haiti JRR Studios Jean-René Rinvil, is a filmmaker and a native ofRead More

Posted On July 5, 2016By Romola LucasIn Blog, CaFA News, caribbean, Interviews

CaFA Q+A with Sharon Lewis

This June, Sharon Lewis’ film, “IN BETWEEN LIFE,” was released on Studio Anansi Tv.  In the film, Lewis explores the relationship between 3 friends, one of whom is unwittingly interrupted by the other two, while attempting to commit suicide, who then proceed to fight, make up and support each other, the way only friends can. Starring and co-produced by Canadian actor of Caribbean heritage, Melanie Nicholls-King, the film was an official selection in 2013 SAN DIEGO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (Austin TX), REEL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Toronto, Canada), and PAN AFRICANRead More
This June, Travolta Cooper’s, “THE BLACK MOSES,” was released on Studio Anansi Tv.  In the film, Travolta explores the life of Sir Lynden O. Pindling, the Bahamas’ first Prime Minister.  Pindling is regarded as the “Father” of the Bahamas, having led it to independence in 1973.  He served as Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 1969 to 1992, and was leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) from 1965 to 1997 when he resigned from public life.  He died in 2000.  While the film’s focus is on Pindling’s life, itRead More

Posted On June 8, 2016By Romola LucasIn Blog, CaFA News, caribbean, caribbean film, Interviews

CaFA Q+A with Mariel Brown

This June, Mariel’s short film, Smallman: The World My Father Made, was released on Studio Anansi Tv.  In connection with the release, we talked with Mariel about the making of the film and her thoughts on Caribbean filmmaking in general.  Mariel is currently working on finishing her latest project, a full-length documentary on her own father’s work, “Unfinished Sentences.” Mariel Brown Filmmaker “SMALLMAN: THE WORLD MY FATHER MADE” Trinidad & Tobago Watch “SMALLMAN: THE WORLD MY FATHER MADE” now! SYNOPSIS:  John Ambrose Kenwyn Rawlins was an ordinary man of modestRead More
Nadia Charlery Filmmaker “ENTRE DEUX” Martinique Watch “ENTRE DEUX” now! “ENTRE DEUX,” was released last week on Studio Anansi Tv. A man is alone in a wasteland, when a phone in a booth rings … He hesitates, but finally picks up the phone. An unknown woman is talking, mistaking him for someone else …. We talked with Nadia a bit about her work, and filmmaking in the Caribbean, in general. CARIBBEAN FILM: In your own words, tell us what this film is about and why you chose to tell thisRead More
Sonja Dumas Filmmaker “TICKLE ME RICH” Trinidad + Tobago Watch “TICKLE ME RICH” now! “TICKLE ME RICH,” which was released last week on Studio Anansi Tv, tells the story of Lizzie, a bride-to-be, who just found out her fiancewas having an affair.  Her friends come to her support and together, they plot Lizzie’s revenge.  On the occasion of the film’s release, we interviewed Sonja about one of her creative loves – filmmaking. CaribbeanFilm: In your own words, tell us what this film is about and why you chose to tell thisRead More