International Film Festival Antigua Barbuda 2012
The second annual International Film Festival Antigua Barbuda (IFFAB) is being held now, from November 18-25, 2012. The event organizers have planned a week of industry seminars, screenings of films from the region and abroad, to culminate in an Award Ceremony and Red Carpet Gala. The weeklong festival promises to be dynamic and bring together film-makers and enthusiasts from all over the world.
As usual, we will highlight films from around the region, participating in this year’s festival.
Summary: Taking place in the lush and diverse Northern coast of Trinidad & Tobago; ‘The Little Boy and The Ball’ explores the relationship of a young boy and his favorite companion, his ball. Richard, a 10-year-old boy who lives with his grandparents, has an attachment to a soccer ball as if it were his best friend. Everywhere Richard goes, so goes the ball. As time progresses, the ball develops different blemishes as a result of their activities together. We are reminded that inanimate objects can have memories as well; maybe just in the form of a scratch. ‘The Little Boy and The Ball’ is a simple story with a simple moral, a friend is a friend no matter the person or the thing between.
About Damian Marcano: Damian Marcano was born in Trinidad and moved to the US at the age of 12. After enrolling as a pre-med student at Ohio State University, he moved to New York and became a web design programmer. He then entered film, and made his first short, The Little Boy and the Ball. He is in pre-production for his first feature, God Loves the Fighter.
Summary: Two homeless cousins try to survive the streets of Port of Spain as petty thieves. But times are getting harder and the pickings, slim. Will fortune favour the brave? Or will their desperate actions lead to their demise? (TTFF website)
About Shaun Escayg: Shaun Escayg is a Trinidadian animator and filmmaker who has had an extensive career in commercials, documentaries and music videos. In 2010 Shaun joined George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic in California, where he is currently employed. Fish was a semi-finalist in the 2012 YouTube Film Festival. For more information, check out Shaun’s website.
Watch the film here.
In this inspirational documentary we witness the contributions of nine remarkable women to the island of Aruba. Driven by their love of family and a passion for making a difference, they strive relentlessly to improve the socio-economic and cultural landscape of their beloved homeland. All without expecting anything in return. For more information, check out the film’s FB page. Watch the trailer here.
About the film: Children of the Wind tells the story of the Bonaire windsurfers, a group of native kids, who under the remarkable mentorship of Elvis Martinus, founder of the Bonaire Aquaspeed windsurfing club, overcame insuperable odds to not only dominate an inherently elitist sport, but to revolutionize it.
The film focuses on brothers Tonky and Taty Frans and their cousin Kiri who come from a poor fishing family and began windsurfing before the age of ten, using whatever broken or discarded equipment they could scrounge, and who are now, twenty years later, global superstars.
Tonky, Taty and Kiri burst onto the international scene in 2001 when, along with thirty or so other Bonaire sailors, they attended windsurfing’s North American Championship in Florida. Given the island’s economic status, just getting to Florida was an achievement in itself. Once there, they caused a sensation, taking home twenty trophies between them. Given that Bonaire has a population of under 15,000 and had, at the time, no way to fund formal training facilities, provide equipment or pay for travel to events, this accomplishment was simply astonishing.
Through the protagonists of this documentary we’ll get to know Dancehall and what it is about. A diverse group of individuals, including Yellowman, the original King of Dancehall, talk of the context in which these songs are born and what the phenomena represents in their life and the lives of many supporters. The film presents and represents the urban street culture and lifestyle that fuels and is born out of the new music of young Jamaicans, and captures the elements of dance which form an integral part of nightlife in Kingston.
Elspeth Kydd’s experimental documentary films have screened at festivals internationally and on public television in the US. She has taught film studies and documentary practice at universities worldwide and is the author ofThe Critical Practice of Film. She currently teaches at University of the West Indies, St Augustine.