Caribbean Tales Film festival opens with ‘Trini in me’ theme

Caribbean Tales Film festival opens with ‘Trini in me’ theme

By Stephen Weir The 15th annual Toronto-based CaribbeanTales Film festival opened last night online.  “ In spite of what’s happening in the world right now, we have continued to forge ahead,” said festival founder and moviemaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “ In our new online programming we able to reach an even wider, global audience than the […]

Montreal International Black Film Festival goes online Sept. 23- Oct. 4

Montreal International Black Film Festival goes online  Sept. 23- Oct. 4

By Stephen Weir The  annual Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) will be held  online from September 23 to October 4. For 16 years,  the MIBFF has presented films from all over the world, providing a platform to thousands of Black artists who otherwise would not have been seen or heard. The  MIDFF usually alternates  […]

Toronto film festival brings back Planet Africa program

Toronto film festival  brings back Planet Africa program

The Toronto International Film Festival which runs Sept. 10-19 with a mix of virtual and in-person screenings, is bringing back its Planet Africa program. First created in 1995 by Cameron Bailey, who is now TIFF’s co-head and artistic director, the program ran for 10 years with cinema from Africa and the African diaspora. This year’s […]

Naomie Harris backs new Extinction Rebellion climate change film

Naomie Harris backs new Extinction Rebellion  climate change film

LONDON – British actress Naomie Harris and musician Brian Eno have teamed up to produce a short film backing calls for urgent action to slow climate change, in support of civil disobedience campaign Extinction Rebellion. Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond movies “Skyfall,” “Spectre” and the forthcoming “No Time To Die”, provides […]

Stella Meghie to direct Whitney Houston biopic

Stella Meghie to direct Whitney Houston biopic

Canadian filmmaker Stella Meghie is set to direct a highly anticipated biopic on the late singing legend Whitney Houston. Meghie  who grew up in  Oshawa, Ont., posted the news about “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” on her official social media accounts. The writer-director linked to various news articles about her signing on to the film […]

Nefarious – Jamaica’s first horror gangsta film

Nefarious – Jamaica’s first horror gangsta film

Lock the doors. Bolt the windows.  And whatever you do, after you seen Jamaica’s horror film Nefarious don’t go walking the streets of Kingston, Jamaica at night. No matter what. This Jamaican  horror film – it was made in 2018 – is coming to Canada for its first public showing at the 15th annual Caribbean […]

Three films by Steve McQueen to premier at New York Film Festival

Three films by Steve McQueen to premier  at New York Film Festival

Three original films by Oscar-winner Steve McQueen will debut at the New York Film Festival this year, organizers said on Monday. The “12 Years a Slave” director will get the opening night slot for the 1980s-set music romance “Lovers Rock” in addition to two other premieres for films in his anthology series. McQueen’s “Small Axe” […]

Generation Lockdown examines the fallout of the American gun epidemic

Generation Lockdown examines the fallout of the American gun epidemic

By Stephen Weir The fear of gun violence in  schools in the United States is raising students’ stress levels to Code Red.  Generation Lockdown, a new 17-minute film about mass shootings in schools, will in all likelihood scare students, concern parents and make educators wonder if it could happen  in Canada. Lockdown – the protocol […]

Grace & Saleem The Caribbean’s first ‘On The Road’ movie

Grace & Saleem  The Caribbean’s first  ‘On The Road’ movie

Director Jian Hennings found his actors on Facebook and then took them on a Trinidad road trip. Hennings, director and writer of Grace &Saleem, concedes that it is hard to make a “road movie” in Trinidad. “It is a small island, you can drive around our little world in 3 or 4 hours.” Everyone has […]

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