501 Not Out: A Cricket Fan’s-Eye View of Brian Lara


The Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) from September 9 to 22 was, as with many other events nowadays, a “first,” since it was online. In fact it was the Festival’s fifteenth anniversary and over 120 films were shown, with major sponsorship from the Trinidad & Tobago Government’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts. … More 501 Not Out: A Cricket Fan’s-Eye View of Brian Lara

And The Trees Have It: Young Filmmakers Win Big in the EU Short Film Competition


With a whoop and a shout, Deron Douglas leapt onto the stage at the Institute of Jamaica. Before he accepted his prize for Best Overall Film from the head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, he punched the air a few times. As Deron beamed (he couldn’t stop) I could not … More And The Trees Have It: Young Filmmakers Win Big in the EU Short Film Competition

Review: “Machann Fig La” (Fig Lady) – a Film from Haiti


The Toronto-based Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (CTFF)l is back and will be coming to those lucky Canadians this month (September 4 – 20). In a press release, CTFF notes: Twenty-one filmmakers will take part in the Tenth Annual Caribbean Tales Market Incubator (CTI) in partnership with The Caribbean Development Bank, Ontario Creates and Telefilm Canada, and with support from the National Film & Video … More Review: “Machann Fig La” (Fig Lady) – a Film from Haiti

Kingston Paradise: More Than Another “Ghetto Film” (Streaming This Weekend on Video on Demand)


You may have read my reviews of some Caribbean films featured in the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto, which I posted earlier this year. As I observed: “Caribbean film remains vibrant and a unique reflection of our way of life, our ideas, our thoughts, our quirks and eccentricities, our connections with each other.” This … More Kingston Paradise: More Than Another “Ghetto Film” (Streaming This Weekend on Video on Demand)

The Moody Dutchman: Johannes Vermeer And Friends at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC


Now here’s something different, and very European. Maybe it’s the drop of Dutch blood in my veins (great grandfather) but when I heard about an upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, I jiggled my shoulders a little – that’s a sign of excitement, by the way. If I was there, … More The Moody Dutchman: Johannes Vermeer And Friends at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

The Reggae Film Festival: An Update and a Gracious and Grateful Ending


My dear readers, as you may recall earlier this year (January 5, to be precise) I wrote about the Reggae Film Festival. Well, the bad news is that it will not take place this year, as planned. Here is a message posted by the Festival’s founder (filmmaker/writer Barbara Blake Hannah) on Facebook last Saturday: “I … More The Reggae Film Festival: An Update and a Gracious and Grateful Ending

Film is a Living, Breathing Thing: The Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival, June 2 – 6, 2015


I recently took tea with Barbara Blake Hannah, cultural activist and consultant, filmmaker, writer, former Senator, blogger, mother, devout Rastafarian. Yes, all of the above! Barbara speaks in a low voice. She sips her tea. We commiserate with each over our lingering “chik v” pains. She has an air of quiet dignity, but just under … More Film is a Living, Breathing Thing: The Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival, June 2 – 6, 2015

“Serena” by Ron Rash: Book Review (soon to be released as a film)


A few years back I read this novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the review I wrote at the time. I also just learned that “Serena” has been made into a film, directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier and starring Jennifer Lawrence in the title role, with Bradley Cooper as George Pemberton. I thought it … More “Serena” by Ron Rash: Book Review (soon to be released as a film)

Tyrone Wilson and YUTE: Empowerment Behind the Lens


I knew it wouldn’t be long before Mr. Tyrone Wilson came up with something creative and new. In fact, I fully expected it. The YUTE Lens Support Program at the University of Technology (UTech) is in many ways an extension of what the President and CEO of eMedia Interactive Limited has been doing for some … More Tyrone Wilson and YUTE: Empowerment Behind the Lens