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Sidney Poitier to Guest Star on "The Cinemas"
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Mar 20, 2015 - 2:47:56 PM

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Sir Sidney Poitier with filmmaker and host of THE CINEMAS, Travolta Cooper

Sir Sidney Poitier, a Hollywood icon and legend joins Travolta Cooper for the second installment of the series The Cinemas which currently airs on Tempo TV throughout the Caribbean region, Cable 12 in The Bahamas, and Studio Anansi TV online around the world.

"I was genuinely surprised when he agreed to do it" said filmmaker and host of The Cinemas, Travolta Cooper. "I asked him and expected him to say 'no'. Sir Sidney is mentor and almost father-figure to me and I know how sought after he is. He has turned down numerous appearances in America and around the world including, one of my favorite shows, '60 Minutes'. And that's not because of arrogance, but rather humility," continued the filmmaker. 

"Despite the 'icon' that he is, he's a very private person, and he puts great care into what he'd like to say publicly and holds his social responsibility to the masses with great weight. When you see the show, you'll know that there is something important he wanted to say to 'Cariwood'," explained Cooper, referring to the Caribbean film industry.

"As some know, I've met with him on various occasions. He was one of the inspiring forces of my film The Black Moses. I have always wished for as many people, filmmakers in the region in particular, to have access to Sir Sidney through the show. I desired that he speak into as many lives in the region as he has into mine."

Filmmaker and host of THE CINEMAS, Travolta Cooper with Sir Sidney Poitier in his home in California.

Travolta expressed that Poitier's presence on The Cinemas comes on the heels of the wrap-up of their Smart Phone Film Contest, making it great timing as it takes us to the second phase of development in the series. The Cinemas was designed to be more than just entertainment, but a proactive movement inciting and encouraging a Region Film discourse and industry.

The second part of The Cinemas will air beginning Thursday March 26th. Check your local listings.

The Cinemas is the brainchild of its host, Bahamian writer, director, and producer Travolta Cooper, who began the show as a result of an endorsement deal with The Bahamas’ movie theater chain. At heart, The Cinemas is designed to promote and encourage the new wave of Caribbean Cinema happening in the Region and around the world. The show consists of movie reviews and interviews with a Caribbean twist.

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