Bahamian Gregory Strachan, writer, producer and director of the television series, “Gippie’s Kingdom" will be traveling from Nassau to conduct a workshop for aspiring filmmakers called, "Stories That Matter" at FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island at 10:30am at the Pelican Bay Canal House on Saturday, October 27th.
Freeport, Bahamas - FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island is pleased to announce that Ian Gregory 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 10:30am at the Pelican Bay Canal House on Saturday, October 27th. 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 an All Access, Fast Pass or
All Movies All Day pass).
"I’m very excited about this opportunity to share
with aspiring artists," said Strachan who is
now hosting 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.
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.
Paradise and Plantation: Tourism and Culture in the
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
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
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
Caribbean Poetry (Carcanet 2007). He wrote and directed his
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
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;
Bahamasair; Balearia Bahamas Express; Grand Bahama Port Authority and
Group of Companies; Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; FLIFF; Ministry
of Tourism and SkyBahamas Airlines.
The film festival will feature: Career Achievement Award presentation
to Giancarlo Esposito; Independent Films from around the world;
Films made in The Bahamas; Complimentary outdoor screenings; and VIP parties.
Tickets are now on sale at Pelican Bay Hotel, or Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism office at
Fidelity Financial Centre, Poinciana Drive.
more information go to FLIFF 2012 on Location: Grand Bahama Island
or the Event Page on Facebook.
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