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Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • From Pitch to Production – A New Era in Caribbean Series Production

    From Pitch to Production:
    A New Era in Caribbean Series Development

    Bridgetown, Barbados

    CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the region’s premier distribution platform for Caribbean film and television content is proud to launch its first Production Support Program, which continues to build on CaribbeanTales’ vision of creating strong, original, sustainable Caribbean film and television content for the international market.

    The Production Support Program, a project of the CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), pairs the winners of this years Big Pitch with experienced Executive Producers to help bring the projects to production as quickly as possible.

    This year’s Big Pitch winner was Melissa Gomez, whose project “Defining Moments”, a 13-part online series of documentary shorts brings to life extraordinary moments of everyday Caribbean people. Coming on board as CTWD Executive Producer is Christopher Laird, prolific Producer and Co-founder of the region’s first all-Caribbean television station, Gayelle the Channel.

    First runner-up Camille Selvon Abrahams (Trinidad and Tobago) will be producing “Magnificent Maggie,” a children’s animated series about a girl whose magical glasses help her delve into the world of science. CBC content developer and experienced Producer Nick Davis will be joining the project as CTWD Executive Producer.

    Jelani Nias (Canada), whose pitch came third, will be developing his critically acclaimed novel “Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly” into a science fiction drama series, under CTWD Executive Producer Floyd Kane, whose numerous credits include Bowling For Columbine, Shake Hands with the Devil, and North/South.

    Launched in 2010, and now in its 6th year, the CaribbeanTales Incubator is a training and production platform that gives selected Caribbean Diaspora filmmakers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills with the aim of increasing the pool of strong, world-class, indigenous content from the Caribbean. The annual CTI Market program is a competitive process, and includes a month of online market preparation followed by a week of workshops and networking opportunities with world-class film and television specialists in Toronto, Canada. CTI culminates in the Big Pitch, where participants pitch their developed projects to industry professionals, who vote on the projects that have the most creative and commercial potential at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Toronto International Film Festival.

    The Production Support Program is a 6 month process that aims to bridge the gap between pitching and production. Participants will be invited to present their results in Toronto in September.

    As this inaugural CTI Production Support program kicks off, the new Call is now open for applicants to the 2015 Incubator Program, to take place from September 2- 9th, 2015. The deadline for applications to CT2015 is April 30th 2015.

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  • Caribbean Actor Recounts “Spiritual” Encounter with Oprah on ‘Selma’ Film Set

    Caribbean Actor Recounts “Spiritual” Encounter with Oprah on ‘Selma’ Film Set

    (Atlanta, Georgia)… When Black History Month 2015 rolls in, a young Caribbean entertainment enthusiast says he will have greater appreciation for the American Civil Rights Movement after working on the set of the film Selma.

    Bahamas-born Damario Major had the chance to play a civil rights marcher for a few days while working on the poignant film that retells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the Freedom March in Selma, Alabama. He says dressing in the costumes and working alongside actors who resurrected iconic historical figures was an unforgettable experience.

    “I’ve done leading roles, speaking roles, background roles and even worked as a crew member,” said Major who was born and raised in Freeport, Bahamas. “This film and what it stands for is my greatest experience to date. It was an absolutely life changing.”

    To add to it, Major says his encounter with the legendary Oprah Winfrey was a chance of a lifetime.

    “Oprah is incomparable,” he said. “She served as a producer on the film and also acted. Oprah was nice to the entire cast no matter what your role was. The day we filmed with her actually was the day Maya Angelou passed away. Through all of that, Oprah still came to work and I was humbled to have witnessed her deliver a powerful performance. It looks great on camera but to be there, to feel her deliver through what must have been a horrible loss was nothing short of spiritual. It truly felt like we were living in a time where Black people weren’t able to register to vote.”

    Major, who began his film and theater career in South Florida said that he is even more inspired to pursue his goals of helping others in the industry. He revealed that he wants to work with Caribbeans, especially Bahamians, to help them bring their talents to the US.

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  • Steele nominated for 2015 Canadian Juno Awards

    Steele nominated for 2015 Canadian Juno Awards

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    Reggae artiste Steele has been nominated in the Best Reggae Recording category for the 2015 Canadian JUNO awards for his single Hold On Till I Die.

    Commenting on his song making the cut Steele expressed gratitude for being recognized by his peers for the work he has been doing.

    “The JUNO is the most recognized music award in Canada so that’s huge. While it’s quite humbling to receive this, it’s also very important for me to remain grounded and focused, always remembering that an award does not guarantee career success, at the end of it all you’re remembered by the works you’ve done,” the singer born Mark Steele said.

    As he chalks up yet another achievement for his music he said his ultimate goal is to be like the greats – both past and present as he continues to churn out good music creating his own legacy.

    Nominated in the same category with the Steele who hails from the parish of Hanover are Esco Levi with Welcome to The King, Kirk Diamond – Love Inna Wi Heart, Mikey Dangerous – Wake Up and Tasha T with Real Talk.

    Even as he celebrated his nomination Steele is taking time out to recognize those who weren’t “To the artists who were not nominated this time or those who have never received an award of any kind, don’t feel discouraged just keep pushing your music forward.”

    The awards will take place in Hamilton on March 15.

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  • Machel Montano feat. Shaggy – Remedy (Refix)

    Machel Montano feat. Shaggy – Remedy (Refix)

    After teasing fans on Instagram with behind the scenes photos of this Caribbean musical specialist, Monk Monté is now ready to inject a revised prescription of his already highly sought Carnival elixir.

    Grammy award winning international superstar, Shaggy, pairs up with his forever friend on “Remedy Refix” giving the original intoxicating recipe a boost right as this season begins to steam up.
    The rhythmic track is part of yet another surprise from Machel, formulated just for his fans, as it also serves as confirmation of the presence of this Jamaican hit-maker at the extremely anticipated, Machel Monday!

    Take in this one and prepare yourselves, for this is only the beginning of the many wonderful delights in store as that special Monday draws ever closer.

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  • Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Week for May 3 – 9

    Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Week for May 3 – 9
    New York Times Travel Show the scene for Bahamian revelry

    NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A Bahamian breeze is warming Manhattan as Valery Brown Alce, Senior Director of Global Marketing, Edward Archer, General Manager of the Bahamas Tourist Office, Atlanta and Mikala Moss, Manager of the Bahamas Tourist Office, New York and other representatives are promoting The Bahamas’ newest signature cultural event, the first “Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival ” that will take place in the Islands Of The Bahamas, May 7th to May 9th, 2015.

    The delegation was joined by a group of 2 costumed Carnival Junkanooers to provide a sampling of the music that will be enjoyed during carnival week in The Bahamas. Two costumed Carnival revelers are in attendance at the New York Times Travel Show to showcase the pageantry of the parade.

    The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will be an event like non-other. The annual event spans five weeks beginning on Easter Monday, 2015. Unlike the Bahamas’ renowned Junkanoo , the “Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival” will be an interactive and participatory event open for all in attendance to join in and take part in the fun and excitement.

    Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will feature a smorgasbord of cultural activities including Bahamian cuisine, street parades, costume contests, music and dance shows, poetry readings, visual arts available for viewing and for sale, all depicting the diverse cross section of Bahamian culture and heritage. Of course no cultural event in The Bahamas will be complete without Junkanoo, so it will be well represented and a grand ball will be a highlight of this celebratory week.

    About The Islands Of The Bahamas

    The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with pre-clearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To purchase one-of-a-kind items from The Bahamas, visit www.eshopbahamas.com

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  • Kerwin Du Bois Prepared To Create Circles At Normandie Hotel

    Trinidad, WI: Kerwin Du Bois Prepared To Create Circles At Normandie Hotel

    On Thursday 05th February 2015 the Normandie Hotel will facilitate an intimate concert titled “Circles.” Reigning Groovy Soca Monarch Kerwin Du Bois has finally answered the calls of many supporters by deciding to share his musical talents in the form of a concert. Du Bois promises to accompany all those present on a musical journey showcasing his works throughout his career. As a performer and entertainer Kerwin began his career at the young age of 13 eventually working his way through Young Kings and a number of Calypso competitions. His love for music allowed him to further dabble in songwriting and producing eventually becoming a household name.

    With his focus being solely on “Contributing great music for the masses to enjoy”, Kerwin Du Bois is on a mission to continue to fly the Soca flag worldwide. On the night of February 05th, patrons can expect a number of guest performers who have been musical friends and collaborators with Du Bois over the years.

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