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Karen Martinez | Trinidad & Tobago | 20 mins | Short Film | 2013 | English

SYNOPSIS AFTER MAS is a new short film from London-based Trinidadian filmmaker Karen Martinez. It tells the story of a love that flourishes under the cover of darkness during the festival of J’ouvert on the streets of Port-of-Spain. Shot in Trinidad in February 2013 during Carnival, we experience the charge of this bacchanalian drama before following the characters return to their separate lives. In the cold light of day, can these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires?

Actors: Glenda Collens, Carly Coutts, Khafra Rudder
Awards:Winner best local short 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Festival

Producer: Janine Mendes-Franco
Associate Producer: Andy Lambert
Edited by: Scott Cato
Music by: Colin Smith
Art Direction by: Melanie Archer
Camera: Miquel Galofré

Calypso like you’ve never heard before.

Thirteen areas of regional culture are surveyed from a Caribbean perspective.


SYNOPSIS:The Caribbean is a meeting place of all the world’s cultures. Festivals create and sustain a sense of community. This programme looks at some of the folk festivals of the region (other than carnivals):_ the Hindu festival of Phagwa in Trinidad & Guyana; the La Rose & La Marguerite flowers festivals in St. Lucia; the Johnkunnu of Jamaica, Belize and Bahamas; Masquerade in Guyana and St. Kitts and the Shi’ite festival of Hosein in Trinidad & Jamaica.

Thirteen areas of regional culture are surveyed from a Caribbean perspective.


SYNOPSIS:This programme is linked from the streets of Trinidad’s Carnival and visits carnivals in all the other Caribbean islands, looking at their unique forms and examining their shared role which is essentially the liberation of the spirit.

Alex Deverteuil & Elizabeth Topp | Trinidad & Tobago | 47 mins | Short Documentary | 2006 | English

SYNOPSIS Isolated in the mountains of Trinidad, the district of Paramin, once a year at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of blue-painted ‘jabs’ or devils. Kootoo, King Devil, prepares with his three brothers to once again win the village competition for the most convincing devil band.
Known for his athletic prowess, and given to extraordinary feats like ripping up trees and scaling tall buildings, the charismatic Kootoo must still work hard with his band of devils to win the prize in the face of serious competition from a new generation of ‘jabs’.

 

Edited by: Luke Paddington
Producer and director: Alex de Verteuil
Co-directors: Luke Paddington, Max Bitzer
Concept and co-producer: Elizabeth Cadiz Toppin
Sound: Luke Paddington
Camera: Max Bitzer

Dalton Narine | Trinidad / USA | 56 mins | Short Documentary | 2010 | English

SYNOPSIS Mas Man is about a designer’s hubris to author a new word in art: “Mas ” (which overrides masquerade), to counteract the conformity and conservatism of Carnival in the 1970s. It’s about Peter Minshall reinventing Mas as a cutting-edge tool to enlighten spectators about the complexities of life – a bold move that, in due course, influences the Olympic Games to feature him as an artistic director in Barcelona, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.

AWARDS:

Best Documentary Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival;
Best Short Documentary, New York International Film Festival;
Best Documentary, South Africa International Film Festival;
Best Director, Short Documentary, LA International Film Festival; B
est Cinematography, Chagrin Falls Documentary & Film Festival;
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film Festival

Christopher Laird | Trinidad & Tobago | 23 mins | Short Documentary | 1989 | English

SYNOPSIS The work of internationally recognised Carnival Artist, Peter Minshall, has never been captured in quite as awe-inspiring completeness as this video version of a full length Mas’ performance in the National Stadium of Trinidad & Tobago on Carnival Monday night in 1989.