Trinida & Tobago
Mariel Brown, is the award-winning director of the creative and production company SAVANT, and has been working in film and television since 1997. Savant is committed to uncovering and documenting the Caribbean’s rich history and culture, and is especially focused on the lives of its often-unheralded artists. Mariel has produced and directed three television series, two feature length films – THE INSATIABLE SEASON (2007) and THE SOLITARY ALCHEMIST (2010) – a three-part documentary series INWARD HUNGER – THE STORY OF ERIC WILLIAMS (2012) and one short film, SMALLMAN (2013). In each case, she successfully raised production funding through the private sector, local development agencies, as well via crowdfunding platforms and private funders.
Since 2007, her films have won the jury prize for best documentary short (Caribbean Tales International Film Festival), the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary, Best Locally Produced Film and Best Local Film Jury Prize at the well-regarded Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. He films have been screened at several international festivals including Clermont-Ferrand (market), the Pan African Film Festival, the Black Harvest Film Festival and Havana International Film Festival. Her films have been selected for curated screenings at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto and Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut. Two of her feature films have been acquired for distribution by CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution and are available through their partnership with Third World Newsreel, and in 2014, Smallman was picked up for online distribution by Afropop.tv and cable TV broadcast by Shorts TV in the UK.
Mariel is currently in post-production on another feature documentary, Unfinished Sentences, a personal exploration of her tumultuous relationship with her late father, writer Wayne Brown. Her work has been written about in top-flight international publications including Variety, Screen Daily and Filmmaker Magazine.
Smallman: The World My Father Made (2013)
WINNER: Best Documentary Short, Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (2015)
Smallman is Richard Mark Rawlins’ personal exploration of the real and imagined worlds that his father, Kenwyn, made, in the tiny workshop beneath their house.
A writer father and a filmmaker daughter walk the fine line between adoration and disappointment, success and failure, race, family and art. Until he dies and in her grief, she discovers his poetry and prose transcend death, allowing her to hear his voice again and find a way back to her own self.
Three friends in Kingston, Jamaica, armed with cameras, paints and courage, shoot photographs of the turbulent and contradictory reality of their lives in Jamrock.
At a time when contemporary art from the Caribbean is catching fire internationally, Kingston Shottas follows Jamaican artists Marvin Bartley, Marlon James and Ebony G. Patterson as they take on the controversial issues of race, class, slavery and homosexuality; making photography-based work that captures, with an arresting honesty, the challenges and contradictions of being Jamaican in the 21st century, and simultaneously navigating the vicissitudes of rising through the ranks of the international art world.
Inward Hunger: The Story of Eric Williams (2011)
Winner: Best Local Feature Film, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
This pioneering documentary series reveals Eric Williams in unprecedented breadth and depth, in the context of the world that shaped him, the forces to which he at times succumbed, and those he fought to change.