GATFFEST'S The Epiphany
The air was thick with excitement as first-time actors, directors and supporters turned out for GATFFEST 2015, at the Jacks Hill residence of United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno, last week Thursday.
It was a great setting for the movie premiere, which was part of the Greater August Town Film Festival. The festival grew out of what started as a project in 2012 by The Centre for Tourism Development and Policy Research, at the University of the West Indies. Last week's feature film, The Epiphany, was the idea of film-maker Dave Wilson, from Jacques Road in Kingston. It focuses on the life and work of Amy Jacques Garvey, the second wife of Jamaican national hero, Marcus Garvey.
In the 28-minute film, the main character, Zephaniah, comes home one day to find that his latest girlfriend, Lara, has left with her son, but left behind a book titled The Veiled Garvey. Having been raised by his father's friend, Adolphus, a strong supporter of the Marcus Garvey movement, Zephaniah is intrigued. After reading the book, he heads out to find out more about the wife of his favourite hero.
He is involved in an accident across from the ruins of Jacques Garvey's house (which still stands today) and is knocked unconscious. He has an illusion that he meets her and is able to get the answers he requires for some of his most burning questions about her and the movement. These answers makes it clear to him what he must do with his life.
Though it is an amateur film, there is much to be proud of, as noted by the speakers at the event, including principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald, Ambassador Moreno and Professor Ian Boxill, director of GATFFEST. GATFFEST Film Festival ran from June 25-28.