Tribute to Mas Master Stephen Derek

I attended the Mastering by the Mentors Awards Ceremony on Monday. I posted during the event, you can read that entry here.

I was really touched by the tributes that came pouring out for Stephen Derek. You got the sense, that far above his talent, he was a kind and decent man, and the most loving father, whose children miss him terribly.

It was touching, and inspirational. May he rest in peace.

TT Film Fest Day 2

The Cutlass was such a surprise to me. The shots were gorgeous. There were homes and location shots that took my breath away. The drone footage alone are a major draw.

But the surprise was the acting. It was good!  So yes, put this film on your list.

The Ninth Floor is a documentary abour a protest at the Sir. George Williams University in Canada. A group of Caribbean students accused a lecturer of racism and took the administration to take when they failed to act.

I thought that it was beautifully shot but some scenes seemed a bit overdone. But I highly recommend this film because of the insight it gives into our history and social evolution.

The film festival runs from the 20-27 September. Check out my thoughts on Day 1’s screenings here.


TT Film Fest Preview

Yesterday, I got to see Sanskara, a local film noir that’s going to be screened this year at the TT Film Festival.

Let me tell you, I enjoyed it. To be fair acting isn’t our forte, and Lord does it ever show in this piece, but there’s so much thought behind this film that shines though. Plus there’s some very surprising elements in the film that added positively to the presentation.

The story is cliched, and not always believable, but not so much that you can’t become invested in the storyline.

Christopher Liard’s short doc on the  The Dying Swan King costume from Carnival 2016 was lovely in it’s starkness. Set to music, no voiceover was required for this piece that reminds that sometimes less is more.

I’m supposed to return today to preview some of the other films in the festival. Stay tuned for that blog post.



The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is seeking Caribbean filmmakers interested in attending its second annual Caribbean Film Mart from 24-25 September 2016. The Caribbean Film Mart, to be held during the 11th edition of the ttff, will focus on Caribbean feature film projects (narrative and documentary) in development or pre-production. The Mart seeks to foster […]