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Bahamian College Films screening at FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Nov 1, 2013 - 7:14:22 AM

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Left to right TOP: Marinah Janello, Stephen Hanna, Royell Bowleg; BOTTOM: Britthey Ambrister, and Aryana Roberts

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The third installment of FLIFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island 2013 will take place in Freeport from October 31 – November 3rd at the Pelican Bay Hotel in their state-of-the-art Canal House facility.

The festival has seen a pronounced increase this year in the College submissions and have accepted and approved films from Bahamian students enrolled at College of the Bahamas (C.O.B.); Full Sail University, Orlando and Hampshire College, Massachusetts.

"The College of The Bahamas and the Journalism Department keep encouraging students to express themselves using new technology, and in the case of this event we work with video," said 
Hugo Zárate, Assistant Professor, C.O.B., Nassau. "Addressing social issues in the country using this format is growing. We are happy to again participate in FLIFF as it's given our students the ability to share their viewpoints on topics like Bahamian music, culture, relationships, and the issue of being fatherless. We hope the viewers will relate to the films, and gain a deeper awareness of the societal issues conveyed."

"Students and faculty  are excited about participating in the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival weekend in Freeport," said
Dr Daphne Grace, Assoc. Prof. of English, COB Northern Campus, Grand Bahama. "A group of student film enthusiasts have been involved with shooting a short movie which will screen at FLIFF and was directed by Royell Bowleg. It was shot on our campus and at locations around Freeport. Students from COB will also be attending the festival as part of their education on critiquing film, especially since it's a dynamic and cross-cultural creative medium."

This year's College student films are:

DRIP - COLOR MY WORLD directed by Aryana Roberts, Full Sail University, Orlando. 8 min.  A Documentary Based on the Creative Concept DRIP Orlando. This Documentary showcases the making of the show and it's history - a colorful world created by Jessica Mariko.  Screening 4PM, November 2nd.

FATHER MAY I directed by Sloan Smith, College of the Bahamas.  A bastard young man by the name of Marcus must find a way to bring money into his home while trying to get into college. During his endeavor he is faced with the peer pressure from his best friend Jamal. During his struggles he is encouraged by Mr. Brown his community basketball team coach, who sees the good in Marcus. Mr. Brown encourages Marcus to use his basketball abilities to apply for college. With a sincere heart Marcus must now choose between an opportunity of a lifetime and the best friend he had all of his life. Meanwhile, a positive youth, Lawrence, who believes his father can do no wrong, must face reality when issues are laid on the table. After a traumatic event, both boys must decide in the end where they will go in life. Lawrence must choose whether he will continue the road to success despite his father’s faults and Marcus must choose whether he will overcome the stereotypes of being a fatherless child.
Screening at 2:05PM, November 2nd.

FINDING FREEDOM directed by Aryana Roberts, Full Sail University, Orlando. 7 min.  For most, the term Finding Freedom suggests being liberated from bondage - a bondage that is either physical or emotional. However, for others this so called freedom from bondage is spiritual.  Finding Freedom speaks for those who like, "Chyanne" - the main character in the film - are lost within their own insecurities, searching for a way out from beneath the darkness. But, as you will discover, there is hope in God. Screening 4PM, November 2nd.

ANYBODY EVER TOLD ME directed by Stephen Hanna, College of the Bahamas.  An unseen narrator gives an annotated break down of the high points (and low points) of his life thus far. Dabbling deeply into melancholy notes of humor, the piece attempts to place the audience in a place where the world in front of their eyes is out of control despite the seemingly ordered structure of life as moments of sadness and happiness seem like repetitions of the same song. Screening at 2:05PM, November 2nd.

THIS MASK I CALL FACE directed by Royell Bowleg, College of the Bahamas. Two individuals, young adults in their first year of community college struggle to keep themselves composed amongst all the chaos in their lives while managing to keep it a secret through their daily interactions. Screening at 5PM, November 2nd.

TURNING POINT directed by Vanessa McIntosh / Kya McPhee, College of the Bahamas.  The lives of two individual connects though different circumstances. A wealthy young woman finds herself at a crossroad when travelling down a ghastly path which forces her to make a life changing decision. However, a destitute young man receives a breakthrough during a time of testing and trial. Screening at 2:05PM, November 2nd.

RHYTHMS OF THE BAHAMAS directed by Brittney Ambrister, College of the Bahamas.  This narrative documentary shows the correlation between Bahamian music and national identity. Also, it educates people about the history, characteristics and storytelling of the Bahamian music; therefore allowing them to distinguish it from any other country’s music despite the similarities. The bright, colorful and rhythmic film shows the beauty of Bahamian music and its evolution throughout the decades.
Screening at 2:05PM, November 2nd.

SOMETHING'S LURKING IN THE WATER directed by Marinah Janello,
Hampshire College. 20 min.  Something's Lurking In The Water is a film about  ancient Yoruba goddesses, Oshun and Olokun, in Cuban Santería and Brazilian Candomblé, rising from the crevices of the earth to help young girls in the Bahamas find lady love. Screening 4:25PM, November 2nd. 

All Bahamian films will be screened on Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel. An official schedule will soon be announced. All information on the festival can be found at TheBahamasWeekly.com or the festival's Facebook page: "Ft. Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival On Location: Grand Bahama Island" for photos and further information.

Hosted at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel, from October 31st to November 3rd , FLIFF on Location will also feature international films, outdoor screenings, an annual honouree (previously Dennis Haysbert and Giancarlo Esposito), film specialist workshops, an island locations familiarization tour for visiting filmmakers, and an awards and wrap party at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel.

Ticket prices are: Day Pass $7.00; All Movies $10.00; and
All Access Pass (movies, workshops, wrap party), $20.00; and can be purchased at the Pelican Bay Hotel.  All films will be screened at Canal House, Pelican Bay except for the opening night film, SAMMY 2: ESCAPE FROM PARADISE which will be screened free of charge under the stars at Taino Beach on opening night, Thursday, October 31st.

FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island is a collaboration between the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board. The event has been made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Pelican Bay Hotel; TheBahamasWeekly.com; Mackey Media Ltd; Bahamas Celebration Cruises;  The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited; Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; FLIFF; and the Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism.

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