TT Film Festival calls for film-makers
With a chance to win TT$20,000 and learn from experienced international film professionals, the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) is encouraging film-makers across the English-speaking Caribbean, The Netherlands Antilles and Haiti to submit their application to this year's RBC Focus: Film-makers' Immersion. The event will be held from September 24-26, 2016, during TTFF/16.
The RBC Focus: Film-makers' Immersion is an intensive development programme that provides 10 selected film-makers with the opportunity to learn from internationally respected film professionals. Aimed at sharpening the skills and abilities of participants, this year's sessions will place emphasis on enhancing the film-makers' creative voice and storytelling capabilities.
Applicants must have completed at least one narrative film (short or feature length), but no more than two narrative features, as a screenwriter and/or director.
Each film-maker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length fiction film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment.
At the end of Focus, all participants will be given an opportunity to pitch their project to a jury at the TTFF/16. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win the TT$20,000 cash prize.
Applications should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by August 10. For further information please visit: ttfilmfestival.com.
Errol Dunkley to
perform at Wild Bunch party
Party animals heading for the Wicki Wacki Beach, Bull Bay, St Andrew, on Sunday for DJ Gladdy Parker's annual Wild Bunch fÍte are in for a special treat, as veteran reggae artiste Errol Dunkley will give a special performance with some of his hits which has thrilled dance fans for over four decades. Among them are Please Stop Your Lying, OK Fred, Gypsy and Black Cinderella.
The fÍte, named Let's Celebrate Life, will also see DJs Mikey Barnett and Marvin from KOOL 97 FM bringing their own collections of music to the popular annual event.
According to Gladdy, the fÍte will start from noon and go on until midnight, so that music fans can spend the entire day enjoying the delicious food, refreshing drinks and fine music. Sponsors include KOOL FM, May Pen Ice, Seals and Engravables and Securipro.
The entrance fee is $800 pre-sold and $1,000. Tickets are available at Smart Kidz, 137A Upper Waterloo Road; Super Med Mall Pharmacy, Alibi Club and Copy Cat in Loshusan Plaza, Barbican.
Ja Junior Theatre donates $100,000 to Wortley Home
On Sunday, June 5, 2016, the junior arm of the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC), the Jamaica Junior Theatre, hosted JJT In Concert XXVI - Pure Imagination, at the Alhambra Inn. The young singers included Kristina Carty, Sydnie Greaves, Stephanie Hazle, Anna-Kaye Jones, Danah Lawson-Chisolm, Madeline Sharp, Lisa Spence and Andrew Bailey.
JMTC's chairman Douglas Bennett, aided by Miss JMTC 2015, Madeline Sharpe, presented a cheque for $100,000 to representatives of The Wortley Home for Girls. The funds were part proceeds from the JJT's major musical theatre production for 2016, Pan. In addition to the donation, the Wortley Home girls were treated to one of the show's matinees, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
The Wortley Home for Girls representatives stated that the donation was very appreciated, given their need to rebuild following a devastating fire at the home in June 2015.
The JJT has made donations to 28 charities, including Marley for Education, SOS Children's Village, the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the STEP Centre and PALS Jamaica. In addition, schools and foundations such as the CB Facey Foundation partner with the JJT, buying tickets in bulk at a significant discount to raise funds for other worthy causes.
The JJT has also founded a needs-based scholarship fund for individuals pursuing education in the arts.
Roar on stage
Annually, the Pantomime Company and the Little Theatre Movement (LTM) celebrate the 'Emanci-pendence' holiday with a production incorporating song, music, dance and speech, focusing on Jamaican heritage.
This year's production, Women Who Roar, will focus on the resilient spirit of strong Jamaican woman. Sketches of trailblazing women, including National Heroine Nanny, renowned 'Doctoress' Mary Seacole, politician Rose 'Madam Rose' Leon, and Lady Bustamante will be brought to life by the members of the Pantomime Company. The production also includes pieces by the grande dame of Pantomime, the Hon Louise Bennett-Coverley.
A special feature will be remounted excerpts from LTM pantomimes Miss Annie, which depicted the infamous Annie Palmer, and Pirate Princess, featuring the female pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Read.
Women Who Roar will be staged at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, and on Monday, August 1, also at 4 p.m. at the Little Little Theatre. The final performance will be on Sunday, August 7 at 4 p.m. Each evening will be accompanied by a refreshment stand featuring favourite Jamaican 'nyammings'.
Tickets are available at the Little Theatre Box Office, 4 Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston 5. Group rates are available.
New additions to Little Ochi Seafood Festival
The 2016 Little Ochi Seafood Festival, which is set to take place on Sunday at the Little Ochi Restaurant in Alligator Pond, Manchester, has turned up the notch a bit.
This year will see the introduction of an all you can eat crab, with five different food stalls to choose from.
Speaking on the festival, promoter and founder of Little Ochi, Evrol 'Blackie' Christian, said while the carnival is all about fun and excitement for the patrons, it is also a means of helping him to give back to the education process in the parish.
"We use the festival to raise funds so we can help the parents who have financial challenges sending their children back to school," he said.
The festival also ensures earnings for those living in the community and nearby environs as they, too, get the opportunity to earn. According to Christian, there are over 40 people who are employed each year, such as fishermen and farmers.
This year's staging of the annual event is dubbed the Roolie Poolie Edition and will feature a line-up of artistes such as Grenadian soca star Mr Killer, Fab Five, Cocoa Tea, Gem Myers, Peter Metro, and Major Mackerel.
Christian expressed satisfaction on the growth of the annual event, as he said it is a good boost to south coast tourism.
"The hard work we have put into it on a yearly basis is now reaping fruits as the festival has grown to become one of the biggest events on the south coast," he said.
Among the sponsors for this year's event are Power 106 FM, Excelsior, Digicel, Music 99 FM, Rain Forest Seafood, Happy Ice, The Jamaica Observer, Red Stripe, Tropical Blue, and White Sand Beach Seafood.