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Bahamian producer, Ian Strachan to present film workshop at FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Oct 25, 2013 - 8:40:01 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island is pleased to announce that Ian Strachan, writer, producer and director of the television series, “Gippie’s Kingdom" will be offering a workshop during FLIFF for aspiring filmmakers called, "Stories That Matter" on 10:00am at the Pelican Bay Canal House on Saturday, November 2nd. All participating local film makers in the three competition categories (high school, college and open) and anyone interested in film making are invited to attend (admittance by purchase of a $7 Day Pass or with an All Movies or All Access pass).

"I’m very excited about this opportunity to share with aspiring artists," said Strachan who hosts the current affairs television porgramme, “The Exchange,” on ZNS TV13 "Our world is getting smaller and smaller and we in The Bahamas are discovering that the world has many centres.  We’re discovering that where you stand can be the world’s centre if you want it to be.  I am happy to be a part of FLIFF in Freeport and happy to share my experiences. I really do believe The Bahamas is undergoing an artist revolution and that the world will want to hear and see our stories.

The Stories That Matter workshop is geared toward preparing writers to bring engaging stories to the small and big screens.  "Drama is about conflict.  The more difficult circumstances become for your characters the more interested your audience is in your story.  And your characters ought to be people your audience can relate to; people they can root for or can dislike passionately.  'Real' characters, and 'real' problems equal real good drama," said Strachan.

More about the instructor:

IAN GREGORY STRACHAN is Associate Professor of English at The College of The Bahamas.  He received a BA in English from Morehouse College (1990) and an MA (1993) and PhD (1995) in English from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a former Research Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia (1998-1999) and a former Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (1999-2001).  He served as Chair of the School of English Studies at COB from 2004-2007.  

His book, Paradise and Plantation: Tourism and Culture in the Anglophone Caribbean , was published in 2002 and discusses the politics of tourism in the region.  He is a poet, playwright, novelist and filmmaker. His first novel , God’s Angry Babies was published in 1997.

He has written and directed a number of plays that have been performed nationally and internationally, including No Seeds in Babylon (1991) , which appears in the anthology Contemporary Drama for the Caribbean (2001) and Diary of Souls (1999).  In 1996 he founded the Track Road Theatre Foundation and served as its Director until 2006. In 2007 his poetry was included in the anthology New Caribbean Poetry (Carcanet  2007).  He wrote and directed his first film, Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas in 2006.  In 2007 this documentary was featured in the UNESCO Caribbean Traveling Film Showcase.

He is the author of the popular newspaper column “East Street Blues” which has appeared each week in The Nassau Guardian between 2006 and 2011.  He was the host of the daily public affairs talk show, “The Nation Today” in 2009 on GEMS 105.9FM in Nassau.  He is also a founder and member of the civil society advocacy group, the 1962 Foundation

Visitors and residents alike will be encouraged to come out and enjoy the films and events on offer during the four-day festival. More information about screenings, special events, parties and seminars can be found on 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 honour ee (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 films which are free of charge.

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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