CaFA Film Nights @ Nicholas
Directed by Michelle Serieux (St. Lucia/Jamaica, 2012)
Synopsis: A startling reality unfolds for Catherine when she is forced to confront her husband's Blue Mountain roots. MISSED is a story about human folly and the devastation of unmet expectations.
Missed is a visually stunning piece, fully capturing the vibrancy of the natural colors present in Caribbean landscapes, while at the same time, capturing the darkness and mood of the storyline. A wonderful film/story that is a must-see for everyone. We covered Missed in our post on Caribbean Filmmakers @ Cannes 2012 the film was a part of the 2012 Short Film Corner.
Missed is a production by New Caribbean Cinema "The New Caribbean Cinema Series is a fresh, pioneering approach to film-making in the Caribbean. A mixture of 'First World' technical skill and business savvy flavored with a distinctly Caribbean world-view, the New Caribbean Cinema Series proposes to present the world with a showcase of creative artistry from the region's up and coming filmmakers. The series is a Caribbean co-production, jointly produced by Storm Saulter from Jamaica and the St Lucian born Michelle Serieux. The productions rely heavily on the creative and technical support of Joel Burke and Nile Saulter and are sustained by the commitment and effort of our production crew, who work for us at greatly reduced costs so that we can create a body of work that represents our capabilities. Tired of waiting on funding that never comes, New Caribbean Cinema exists to challenge old models and to prove that in our region, innovation and ingenuity are key to our artistic expression." (Best said in their words, taken from the NCC website) Can't wait to see what else they have in store for us.
In The Seawall, a short film which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner in 2011, a young boy begins an emotional journey from his home in Guyana, South America, to a new life in Brooklyn. It's a journey that filmmaker Mason Richards himself made when he was 7 years old. The result is an intimate look at 10-year-old Malachi's life as his grandmother, Marjorie, prepares him to move to Brooklyn. Doing so means that Malachi must go beyond the seawall that separates Georgetown, Guyana's capital, from the ocean and defines the only world the boy has ever known. For more information, visit the film's FB page.
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê
by Carolina Moraes-Liu (Brasil)
Documentary Short (2010)
Synopsis: "Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê" follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women. For the three contestants, the competition for the title of Ebony Goddess is part of a profound and personal search for identity and self-esteem. The figure of the Ebony Goddess, representing a "black is beautiful" view of black women, resonates with women of African descent in Brazil, the United States and throughout the world of the African Diaspora. For more information, check out the film's website and FB page.
Nicholas Brooklyn (View)
570 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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