CARIBBEANLENS™ INTERNATIONAL FILM & ART FESTIVAL

Friday, June 7, 2019 – Friday, June 14, 2019
Hollywood, CA

 

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CaribbeanLens International Film & Art Festival

Friday, June 7, 2019 - Friday, June 14, 2019
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March 15, 2019

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Featured Trailers

THE EMPTY BOX; A CAJA VACIA a film by :Claudia Sainte-Luce

Due to his health condition, Toussaint, a 60 year old Haitian native, goes to live with Jazmin, his 30 year old daughter in Mexico City. Toussaint is a man who wasn’t able to take root in any of the places he lived. He was not a loving father and he is a complete stranger to Jazmín. Through this compelled cohabitation, Toussaint will put together the puzzle of his past with his remaining memories and Jazmín will be able to forgive and move on with her own life.
French Synopsis :
A 60 ans, en raison d’une santé fragile, Toussaint doit s’installer chez sa fille Jazmin, qui vit à Mexico. D’origine haïtienne, Toussaint n’a jamais été capable de prendre racine nulle part. Il n’a pas été un père aimant et est un parfait inconnu pour Jazmin. Au gré de cette cohabitation forcée, Toussaint recompose le puzzle de son passé sous le regard tantôt sévère, tantôt bienveillant de sa fille. Il permettra à Jazmin d’aller de l’avant avec sa propre vie.

Pimento & Hot Pepper:  The Mento Story

In Jamaica, before ska, reggae and dancehall there was mento. This is a history of Jamaica’s first commercially viable music, which peaked with the popularity of Calypso. The film captures performances from some of the bands that have been playing for over 50 yrs, as well as interviews from leading authorities on mento.

 

The Recreation of the Fairytale
The Recreation of the Fairytaleis a creative Caribbean collective, coming together to re write Fairy​tales from popular culture, incorporating unknown heroes from the Caribbean.   Photographers, designers, videographers, and writers all from the Caribbean have pulled together to remake: 
  • Snow White (incorporating Vitiligo awareness, and speaking on the story of Gene Miles of Trinidad)
  • The Wizard of Oz (incorporating The heroes of the Haitian Revolution, incorporating Orisha elements )
  • Alice in Wonderland (the story of the black Caribs ) Ras-punzel – merging Caribbean folklore.

Colloidal Croco

Stanley, a male child crocodile living in a zoo, was being attracted to fireworks set off far away on a certain night. But just finding him getting on a fence, Stanno, his father, brought his painful memory back and scolded Stanley severely. The next day, Stanley finally decided to escape from the zoo, with a longing heart for the outside world and rebellion spirit to his father in his mind.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject.

Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love is the Drug,” and more. Jones herself has said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked” and, indeed, Fiennes’s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself.

Panomundo Part 1:  The Evolution of the Steelpan

Slavery may have been the catalyst, but culture and passion formed this sound in Trinidad & Tobago. The steelpan (steel drum) can take the claim of being the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century. However, this sound not only moves people today, but it paralleled the island’s history of colonization and the demand for independence.

The first section of this two-part film highlights the precursors of the steelpan and the creation of the instrument until it gained international recognition in Britain in 1951. Interviews from steelpan legends, such as Ellie Mannette, Sterling Betancourt, Cliff Alexis and Ray Holman, are included.

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