Cinema Paradise closes with shorts
Cinema Paradise, a Jamaican film festival hosted by Great Huts Resort, located at Boston Bay, Portland, culminates tomorrow with 11 short films.
Heading the list is New Caribbean Cinema's Ring Di Alarm, which features Storm Saulter's Watching Him Kissing Her, Michelle Serieux's Missed, Kyle Chin's Sunday, Nile Saulter's Coast and The Young Sea, Joel Burke's My Vote, and Michael 'Ras Tingle' Tingling's Parish Bull.
Ring Di Alarm had its official unveiling in Jamaica on Friday, August 15, in Kingston to capacity audience at Carib 5 in Cross Roads. The collaboration, which saw the producers working on films together, is hailed all over the Caribbean. It is billed as "seven films, six directors, one island, moving from the majestic Blue Mountains, to the gritty ghettos, to the stunning north coast and spinning stories funny, suspenseful, thrilling and poignant".
The package also includes Gareth Cobran's Hazardous Darling, Toni Blackford's Clearing House, Christopher Byfield's Red Amber Green, Ras Kassa and Chronixx's Rasta Man Wheel Out and Carlo Less' Golden Trumpet. Less, an independent producer/filmmaker, is coordinator of the festival at Great Huts.
Golden Trumpet, he said, started out as a song that was produced with the intention of getting it on to the sound track of the James Bond movie, Sky Fall. The attempt was unsuccessful "and I decided to shoot something for it because it was a dub step version of a James Bond theme".
Tomorrow's event is special for the directors and producers of the shorts. "It was very easy for all the independent film-makers to come together for one production like Cinema Paradise at Great Huts," Less said. "As independent film-makers in Jamaica, we really don't have many opportunities to showcase our work." Most of the directors of Ring Di Alarm and the other shorts will be present at the festival, as well as a few of the actors in the other shorts.
The event is free and open to the public.