New Wave crashes on film
New Wave Jamaica has become known for hosting live music sessions with burgeoning recording artistes. But the vision is much more than that. Fully bent on extracting a wholesome definition of the term 'creative' to include those who sing, play instruments, paint, or are involved in fashion designing, New Wave Jamaica has planned an event designed to display one more facet of local creative potential.
Next Saturday, the wave will crash along a new coastline to the delight of film buffs as they host their first movie night at Skyline Levels. Promoted as a 'blanket-and-cushion affair', the event will screen two short films and one feature-length film.
Promising young filmmaker Joshua Paul will premiere his short film Kinto, which made the rounds on the international film festival circuit earlier this year to very positive reviews. Kinto was selected for Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Rapport Film Festival (Brixton - London, UK), Piton International Film Festival (St Lucia), Caribbeantales Film Festival (Toronto, Canada) and Palm Bay Caribe Film Festival (Florida).
On its rounds, the film also raked up some awards, with Sekai Smart-Macaulay winning a Best Actor award at the Palm Bay Caribe Film Festival, and Paul being awarded Best Director.
The second short film - Fever Dream - is directed by Nile Saulter. Fever Dream was one of the five selections from the Propella Initiative's second cohort and had its world premiere at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival last year.
Finally, there will be a special showing of Storm Saulter's award-winning film Better Mus' Come.
"We want to position ourselves as a creative hub with our fingers always on the beat of what's happening within the various artistic spaces while still showcasing emerging talents and facilitating a space for them to network and master their craft," New Wave teammate Lindsey Lodenquai told The Gleaner.
New Wave has even designed a thrift-shop experience from the closets of popular local personalities. Last year, Lodenquai hosted Celebrity Closet - an initiative launched to help raise capital for the brand's future outreach endeavours.
"The vision for New Wave is to become the authority on cultural innovation within Jamaica and the Caribbean," Lodenquai stated confidently.