An Interview with the Film Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago
- May 28, 2017 - 1:06:43 AM
70th annual Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival International du Film de
Cannes) is underway in France, and The Bahamas' very own, Travolta
Cooper is again covering the prestigious event. On his quest to seek out
Caribbean film, here is his interview with Nneka Luke, Film
Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago, and General Manager of FilmTT:
1. What brings you to Cannes?
A: As the General Manager of FilmTT and Film Commissioner of
Trinidad and Tobago, I am in Cannes with three objectives: to promote
Trinidad and Tobago as an attractive location for productions in the
Caribbean (an idea made even more attractive by our competitive
cash-back rebate), to find opportunities for T&T and, by extension,
Caribbean film producers, and to continue to broaden and deepen Trinidad
and Tobago’s critical network of international contacts and
Blurred Lines: What Exactly is “Cinema” in 2017?
- May 26, 2017 - 4:38:37 PM
If you haven’t been following our articles and posts, here’s a quick
recap: the world of the cinema is changing. It has changed. The future
is right now. This has been the predominant theme of the 70th Cannes
We have talked about streaming cinema (via
Netflix and Amazon Studios) here in the competition with films. But what
in the world is the American cable network “Showtime” doing here on the
pure and holy grounds of the Palais? Showtime is here at Cannes with
David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Jane Campion’s “Top Of The Lake”. This
‘cinema-as-TV’, as some call it, is not in competition, but rather is
being described as part of Cannes’ “anniversary event...”
Avvy’ to Launch Third Carnival in Inagua
- May 26, 2017 - 10:23:38 AM
Bahamian singing sensation “Avvy” plans to launch his third Carnival in
Inagua with the help of The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).
company serves as the event’s primary sponsor this year. The
entertainer credits BTC for making this event possible. He said, “BTC
has been able to help me take something that we’ve been doing and
broadcast it. This gives us the opportunity to reach more people from
and outside the island to come and be a part of this experience. BTC has
allowed us to market this event more effectively...
The State of Caribbean Film: Trinidad and Tobago
- May 25, 2017 - 2:42:37 PM
It is safe to say that Trinidad and Tobago is leading the charge for the
development of a lucrative film industry in the Caribbean Region.
Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island Republic, lead for mainly two
reasons: One? The best and most imaginative films have come from under
T&T over the last five years. Two? As a nation, they have done more
to unite the Region under one Caribbean Film banner. We have talked
about this idea of a “Cariwood” on our television show The Cinemas.
then became a bit catchphrase that Tempo Networks (a regional
television network televising our show) also adopted. Cariwood is this
idea of a Caribbean Film Industry. And though it mostly exists it in
theory at this point (as the Region still has a ways to go), if the race
to Cariwood is on, it is looking like Trinidad and Tobago will cross
the finish line to her first.
Breaking Barriers: Chrissy Love, Live & Raw!
- May 25, 2017 - 2:03:51 PM
On Election Day 2017 as we watched politicians of all affiliations wage
war on the political battlefield, nearly a million eyes were transfixed
by interactive text commentary, courtesy of the Social Media Queen,
Chrissy Love and her Facebook stage, ‘Chrissy Love Live & Raw!’ As
she held court and kept us transfixed with her mercurial acerbic wit,
observations and interpretations of Election Day happenings, and a
no-holds-barred point of view, she broke Social Media records for the
most watched, shared and viewed Facebook page in our history.
she moved her show onto Facebook last year Christina ‘Chrissy Love’
Thompson was already a household name with legions of faithful followers
built up over a 25-year career in radio. Her new Facebook outlet gave
her an unbridled freedom of voice and view so often curtailed by her
nervous radio show bosses in the past...
Netflix didn’t come to Play, They came to Slay
- May 21, 2017 - 11:05:15 AM
So “streaming cinema” (as I call it) has no doubt been the talk of the
Festival. It has been the subject of three (including this one) of our
daily reports. This is an important development in the cinema around the
world. It is particularly true of the Caribbean Region where streaming
services like “Studio Anansi” and “Caribbean Tales” lead as being a
provider for Caribbean Films and content. Content. When all is said and
done, cinema boils down to a great story and character. Content. Which
is why, even at day five at Cannes, I have personally been waiting for a
Is it streaming cinema or theatrical cinema? Who
cares? Where is that “Cannes movie” so many of us travelled thousands of
miles to see. This was definitely not the case with the opening night
The State of Caribbean Cinema: The Dominican Republic
- May 20, 2017 - 3:59:35 PM
How do I compare and describe the Cannes Film Festival to someone else
that has never been here? The best comparison I can give would be the
Olympics. This is the Olympics of the Cinema because Filmmakers
representing various nations around the world come here to contend (in
the competition segment) for the Palm d’Or. Nations from around the
world come here to compete in the Marche Du Cinema (which is the market
segment of Cannes).
This is my fourth time at Cannes Film
Festival and the Dominican Republic, as a nation, has been a constant
presence here. It is the only nation from the Caribbean Region with a
booth and full staff on the world famous Cannes Pavilion (Village
International). To walk the Pavilion is to see countries from all over
earth with their flags waving proudly in the air...
Travolta Cooper at Cannes: Okja and The “New Hollywood”
- May 19, 2017 - 3:44:47 PM
(pronounced Oke Cha) is
one of two Netflix films competing for the Palm d’Or prize at the 70th
Cannes Film Festival (the other film is The Meyerowitz Stories). With its big, clunky, and clumsy debut this morning,
has something boisterous to say about the future of the movie business
around the world. Yes, that means Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and
every other kind of Wood. That might even mean Cariwood (which is a term
coined for the Caribbean Film Industry).
As expected on this
third day of the festival, when the Netflix Logo appeared on the screen
at the world famous Lumiere (named after the Lumiere Brothers - the
inventors of the cinema no less) Theater this morning, there was a
collective jeering “boooo.”
Travolta Cooper at Cannes: What is Amazon Studios doing here?
- May 18, 2017 - 5:53:35 PM
It is day two at Cannes, the mother of film festivals, and the debate
amongst cinema lovers continues on the presence of streaming giants like
Amazon Studios at the festival. Which side you find yourself on the
debate could determine, to some Cinephiles, whether you should keep your
true cinema card or not. Cinema purist in press conferences and
screenings are acting like the festival has been infected with a virus.
They feel like something foreign and toxic is threatening to destroy at
core the true essence of the cinema (there was a collective “booo” when
the logo for Amazon Studios appeared on the screen at this morning’s
But, is it really that serious? Hasn’t cinema always
evolved technologically? Hearing the debates remind me of what cinema
audiences might have experienced when silent film became sound film. Or
when black white film became color...
Travolta Cooper at Cannes: Why is Netflix here?
- May 17, 2017 - 8:52:16 PM
While Hollywood is the biggest promoter of movies around the world, it
was the French that invented the cinema. Perhaps this is why they
directly and indirectly act as its priests and guardians. The four
corners of the world flock to Cannes each year for the glamour and
market of it all, but I believe it is the reverence for the cinema that
is the true heart and allure of Cannes to the nations.
So with all that
said what in the world is streaming giant ‘Netflix’ doing at the 70th
Jazz in Bloom with Anuschka Wright set for Father's Day
- May 12, 2017 - 2:56:15 PM
Having just released her first studio album, the EP “Jazz
for Sale”, in Montreal, Canada, Anuschka Wright now has her focus on
producing another amazing show at her highly anticipated annual concert
event, “Jazz In Bloom”, scheduled for Father’s Day, June 18th at the
British Colonial Hilton Hotel on June 18th starting at 7pm sharp.
graduating from Concordia University last June, Anuschka has embraced
several great performance opportunities both here in The Bahamas and in
Montreal. Her most recent event was as a featured performer at this
year’s Eleuthera: All That Jazz Festival in Governor’s Harbour,
Caribbean Pop Star Tebby Released ALL WRONG music video in anticipation of Love & Heartbreak debut album
- May 7, 2017 - 11:04:48 AM
Miami Beach, FL. International Caribbean Pop Star Tebby,
Singer/Songwriter released ‘All Wrong’ a heartfelt ballad music video in
anticipation of her Love & Heartbreak debut album.
last release Tebby has kept on making waves with her music and
performance skills. Among many accomplishments, she was the Master of
Ceremonies for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas’s Official Draw,
which aired live around the world. Performed in Miami, New York, and
hosted a Tempo Cross Caribbean Count Down TV show. She is currently a
semi-finalist for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and won best New Artist of
the Year award at The Elevation Awards....
Calypso Rose: From Grant to Grammy
- May 2, 2017 - 1:06:29 PM
Known as the Calypso Queen of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean sensation
Calypso Rose, with over 30 albums under her belt, set out in 2007 to
become the Calypso Queen of the world with the launch of her first
internationally-released self-titled album “Calypso Rose”. Since then,
Rose has intensely toured Europe and the rest of the globe with agent
Azimuth Productions, which is based in Paris. Already being compared to
Cesaria Evora and Miriam Makeba, her new status on the international
scene is unprecedented for a Caribbean calypsonian.
was born McArtha Linda Sandy-Lewis on the Caribbean island of Tobago in
1940. At age nine, she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle on the
neighbouring island of Trinidad to ease the strain on the family budget...
Uppercut Band Dinner & Free concert at Dive In tonight
- Apr 27, 2017 - 11:28:41 PM
Tonight, APRIL 29th, 2017 in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Free
Concerts at The Marina series with UPPERCUT return to the Dive In
Marina Bar & Restaurant at UNEXSO jamming an energetic slew of hot
new tunes as well as some old favorites, You won't want to miss this!
monthly Dinner and Free Concerts at the Marina under the stars with
Uppercut' are all about providing unique musical experiences for those
bored of the same old sh... Couple authentic LIVE music of a FULL BAND
of great musicians along with tasty waterside dining and cocktails at
the Dive In, and you've one heck of an awesome night out!
Uppercut at The Dive In for an amazing evening with the band that
everybody's talking about, Uppercut! Their eclectic blend of Classic
Money, Power, Decisions, "Liar’s Dice" to Debut April 25th
- Apr 23, 2017 - 3:49:26 PM
Alexander Glinton, a young business executive working hard from 9 to 5
grows increasingly frustrated to make the money he thinks it needs to
“make it happen.” At wits end, Alexander decides to risk it all for a
shot at “success” breaking into his millionaire boss's home for a slice
of the pie.
As life would have it, an easy job becomes a major challenge when people and problems are added to the mix.
An original saga, Liar's Dice written by Valicia Rolle, directed by
Jeffery Mackey and assisted by Durontee Beneby touts an all star
Bahamian cast including Deangelo Brown, LeChante Wright, Thomas Robinson
and Tametryo Brown...
2017 Bahamian Icon Nominees Announced
- Apr 20, 2017 - 11:36:10 AM
NEW PROVIDENCE — (Tuesday APRIL 18, 2017)The ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards
organizing committee, sponsors and partners are proud to announce our 2017
Nominees. The public was asked to submit
persons they wished to be considered for nomination through our website at
. Over 700
candidates were received from across the country.
The ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards Organizing
Committee selected the following nominees from those submissions...
Ministry of Tourism to Host Easter Gospel Fest At Clifford Park
- Apr 14, 2017 - 2:44:11 AM
As the country gets ready for the Easter Holiday weekend, the Ministry
of Tourism is looking forward to bringing a dynamic and exciting Easter
Gospel concert at Clifford Park on Sunday, April 16.
The annual event will bring some of the country’s best gospel talents together for a night of thanksgiving.
Director of Religious Tourism Dwight Armbrister said the idea of the event is to give thanks to God...
Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture Partners with 'Icon of the Islands'
- Apr 13, 2017 - 3:52:27 PM
A press conference announcing
the partnership of Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture with Icon of
The Islands Reality TV Show was held at the Ministry on Friday, April 7
to introduce Top 5 Bahamas Finalists of Season 2 Bahamas Auditions.
Icon of the Islands aims to introduce Caribbean artists to the world
Auditions will also be held in St. Thomas, VI, and St. Maarten
with finale concert slated to be in Nassau, May 20.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson and
Director of Youth K. Darron Turnquest are pictured interacting with the
production team at the Ministry...
Lady E invites fans worldwide to dance to the rhythms of the Bahamas
- Apr 6, 2017 - 11:45:48 AM
Bahamian Lady E, Sony Music recording
artist, is excited to announce the release of her new single "Live for
Da Road" remix, a hit produced and remixed by Latin Grammy®
DJ Buddha. "Live for Da Road" evokes the feelings of marching a road
fever parade of music, dance and spectacular costumes through the
neighborhoods of Nassau.
"As the song says, 'I live for this'. I am proud of our
Junkanoo, our dance, our spirit, and our contagious happiness. You can't
listen to this song and stay quiet. "Live for Da Road" and Junkanoo are
for dancing and we will prove it. Let's All Dance!" said Lady E. "The
song is filled with energy so even if you have two left feet, it's going
to make you dance!" she added...
April Dinner & Free Uppercut Concert - Marinaside at The Dive In
- Mar 31, 2017 - 5:09:55 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The rescheduled Dinner and Free Concerts at The Marina series
with UPPERCUT returns to the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant at
UNEXSO Saturday, April 1, 2017 jamming an energetic slew of hot new
tunes as well as some old favorites, You won't want to miss this!
Our monthly 'Concerts at the Marina under the stars with Uppercut' are
all about providing unique musical experiences for those bored of the
same old sh... Couple authentic LIVE music of a FULL BAND of great
musicians along with tasty waterside dining and cocktails at the Dive
In, and you've one heck of an awesome night out...