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Follow the Dream to New York

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

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NEW YORK –­ The stage is set for the first CaribbeanTales New York Film Showcase at the Spike Lee Screening Room at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus in New York next week Saturday.
The inaugural one-day event, which brings the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Week in New York to a close, gets under way at noon with a filmmakers’ brunch followed by panel discussions, networking and the screening of two riveting films.
Frances-Anne Solomon, founder and chief executive officer of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), announced her pleasure at securing a facility named in honour of an outstanding filmmaker.
“We expect the Caribbean film showcase will become an annual event where we can celebrate the work of top Caribbean films and filmmakers,” said Solomon, who added that the showcase was also designed to integrate African American filmmakers into the “Caribbean conversation”.
The brunch brings together filmmakers from the US, the Caribbean and its Diaspora, who will will explore synergies in areas of mutual interest.
The day’s activities will also include a gala “rum and fishcakes” reception and the screening of the documentary Fire In Babylon, the inspiring story of how a West Indies cricket side, one of the most gifted teams in sporting history, triumphed over its colonial masters.
Guests will also have the opportunity to watch Calypso Dreams, arguably the best film ever made about calypso as it explores the roots of kaiso in Trinidad and Tobago.
CTWD, a member of the BIM Ventures family of entrepreneurs, is the first full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean, and has hosted two film festivals in Barbados, another in Canada, produced training workshops for filmmakers, and now has more than 60 films in its catalogue.
The New York showcase is supported by the Barbados Tourism Authority, Brammer’s Subway of Brooklyn, Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Consulate General of Barbados in New York, Caribbean International Network (CIN TV), Cockspur Rum, Distribution Specialist Michelle Materre and ZYNC TV.