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MAJOR CARIBBEAN FILMS TO PREMIERE IN TORONTO

2011 CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase


TORONTO (Sept.1, 2011) – The international curtain goes up in Toronto for three significant Caribbean films at the 2011 CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase.

The trio of major Caribbean cinematic offerings will be screened during the sixth annual action-packed Showcase set for “Hollywood North” at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto from Sept. 7 -17, 2011.

"Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle," a documentary about the impact of the Trinidadian queen of soca music; "Ghett’a Life", a new Jamaican film with positive messages of overcoming adversity and ignorance; and Antigua’s "The Skin", a film on Caribbean mythology, will play in Toronto.

“We are overjoyed to present the North American premiere of not just the latest Caribbean films, but the best of the brightest of Caribbean filmmakers at our September 2011 showcase,” said Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution. She added that many other exciting films will be screened during the 10-day showcase which also features a market access incubator for Caribbean filmmakers.

Following the opening reception at Harbourfront Centre’s Lakeside Terrace on Wednesday, Sept. 7, patrons will screen the Pascale Obolo-directed documentary about Calypso Rose, followed by a live question and answer session with the uncontested diva of calypso music.

Calypso Rose, the "mother of calypso", is a living legend, and the documentary features the many faces and facets of her life, including her reflective moments, and her great passion for fishing and spirituality. It is a film not only about her vision and ancestral history, but also recounts the journey of a militant and impassioned woman, an Afro-Caribbean soul, an exemplary artiste, who has touched the life of her people at home and many others in distant lands.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, "Ghett’a Life", by respected director Chris Browne of “Third World Cop,” premieres at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre. Ten years in the making, the wholly Jamaican film – funded by local investors and featuring indigenous talent and music – is a depiction of what life can be like in inner city Kingston. The “against the odds” drama – set in a politically turbulent community - tells the story of Derrick, a determined teenager, struggling to realize his dream of becoming a champion boxer despite a country, community and family riven by divisive politics.

On Friday, Sept. 16, "The Skin," a mythological thriller set in Antigua & Barbuda, will have its red carpet launch. A young couple encounters strange occurrences when they unearth and try to sell an ancient artifact. This is the fourth feature film by the industrious husband and wife team of Howard and Mitzi Allen whose work is widely celebrated in Antigua.

The Toronto showcase, among other goals, aims to raise the international profile of Caribbean film, support the growth of a vibrant world-class Caribbean film and television industry, and serve as a platform for promoting the Caribbean as a premier warm weather travel destination and location for film production.

The showcase is co-produced with Harbourfront Centre, and partners are Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival, The Consulate General for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto, First Fridays, Green Light Artist Management, the International Development Research Centre, Pennant Media Group, Planet 3 Entertainment, Taffe Entertainment, Toon Boom Animation, the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services at the University of the West Indies, and WHATZHAPPNG.

For tickets, the schedule and general information about the CaribbeanTales Film Showcase and Market Incubator, visit www.caribbeantales-events.com.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.


About CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution
CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution is the first full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean, and aims to become the go-to solution for producers and buyers of Caribbean-themed content. The company holds marketing events through the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group, and provides co-production services to producers. CTWD was founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and its principals include creative industries expert Dr. Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr. Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and filmmaker and writer Mary Wells. CTWD, a member of the BIM Ventures family of entrepreneurs, has hosted two film festivals in Barbados, another in New York, produced training workshops for filmmakers, and now has scores of films in its catalog.

For further information, visit www.caribbeantales-worldwide.com.

About Harbourfront Centre
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Harbourfront Centre
Althea Linton
416-973-4428
alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com
media.harbourfrontcentre.com

CaribbeanTales
Amira deVera
416-596-2978
amira@pennantmediagroup.com



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