My column this week comes a little late due to my responsibilities with the Island
House Cinema and Best Ever Film. I had the privilege to work on a free
To Sir With Love in the Grants town community for the inaugural
Cinema in The Park event for almost 200 children. Fusion IMC, Tyrina Neely
coordinated the details of the event, The owners of Central Food Fair donated
the vacant lot and The Island House Cinema donated the open air screen.
Community leader Valentino Brown
(Scrooge) introduced the evening and Pamela Poitier (daughter of Sir Sidney
Poitier) introduced the film. The idea of the free screening comes under the
umbrella of a charity called The Children’s Haven whose principal is a Bahamian resident Mr. Beat
Schlagenhauf. I consider Beat a personal friend and business associate and a
fearless person who has taught me many lessons in business and the
responsibility we all have in giving back to our community. I sat down with
Beat recently and asked him five questions.
Why the name The Children’s
The name came from a brainstorming session with Minister of
Culture, Danny Johnson. We wanted to create a space that would be a second home
and safe space for the children of the Bain and Grants Town area.
How did you come to
director of The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas introduced me to the
over the hill area. It was here that I saw a way that I could help and I wanted
to contribute whatever I could to make the community for the better.
Who are the main
Elaine Pinder, Danny Johnson and myself.
Why film and why did
you choose this film?
Film is an excellent tool to
educate the youth. We chose To Sir with Love because, because I realized that
many of these children do not know who many of their Bahamian heroes and black
heroes are. Heroes such as Sir
Lynden Pindling, Nelson Mandela,
and Sir Sidney Poitier. Once these kids know about the lives of these
heroes they should be proud to be
black, Bahamian and dream big. In this film Sir Sidney dreamed big and in the
film he helped children. The children of this community should know that they
can too reach success if they have a dream and have hope.
Will this movie screening happen again?
This will be a monthly event
but it is a part if a greater program. The Children’s Haven is to have a safe
space where kids can have a hot meal, a space to do homework, intensive sports
training and a focus on the arts
This week at The Island House Cinema
This week the programming at the Island House focuses on the
difference between fear and “scary”
In our lives
we all deal with the element of fear but with
awareness we realize that fear is an irrational feeling that is usually
in insecurity, ignorance, a perceived lack or resources, or childhood
trauma. However, I love smartly told horror films so for our
programming this week I programmed two excellent films that reflect both
Foxcatcher tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion
brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and
their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell) that led to
murder. (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), fall should be about
school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent
sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the
inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this
burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that
seem to be only a few steps behind. (Courtesy of Radius/TWC)
Foxcatcher plays daily this week at
It Follows plays daily this week at
must be made at The Island House at 242.698.6300
About the author: Kareem
Mortimer is an award winning filmmaker and artist who has completed
several films including
Children of God, Wind Jammers, Passage, Float
Eleutheran Adventure. He is the President of the production
company Best Ever Film and is the curator of the film program at The
Island House Cinema, a boutique 48 seat theater in Western New
Providence dedicated to showcasing the best in independent, foreign,
art, Caribbean and Bahamian film. He is also in development of the
feature film Cargo.
Left to right: Gladys Johnson-Sands, Kay Kay Lok, Immalasha Thompson, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Amanda Coulson, Valentino Brown, Beat Schlagenhauf, Pamela Poitier and Kareem Mortimer. (Photo by Shawn Hanna)