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 […]

15th annual CTFF goes online with nine feature films

15th annual CTFF goes online with nine feature films

Best break out bags and bags of popcorn. You will need a shopping basket full to get through this year’s Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) – and, oh gosh. you are going to have to pop them all yourself. The festival is going online this year. So all the movies will have to be  seen […]

CTFF bringing the movies online

CTFF bringing the movies online

Coming to a computer screen near you is  this year’s  Caribbean Tales Film Festival  (CTFF). Because of the current virus shutdown, the CTFF will be holding a virtual festival this summer., the Caribbean Camera has learned. “ Like every other festival in the city, we have been impacted by the virus,”  explained Dianne Webley, director […]

Denham Jolly’s story to be made into a feature film

Denham Jolly’s story to be made into a feature film

By  Stephen Weir Filmmaker and head of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival, Francis Anne Solomon announced this week that she has begun work on a feature film based on the book In the Black,  the autobiography of businessman Denham Jolly.  Jolly  is best known as the founder of Canada’s first Black radio station, Flow 93.5 and […]

Tarragon Theatre’s new play, This Was the World

Tarragon Theatre’s new play, This Was the World

By Stephen Weir In 2020 teaching an adult dog new tricks means showing him the door. Kim Nelson – taking names, firing old White men and walking over Indigenous students For white men of a certain age, 2020 is a scary time when teaching an old man new tricks means putting him out to pasture.  […]

Just Mercy – powerful, thought provoking film

Just Mercy – powerful, thought provoking film

Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx who has been featured in such movies as “Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django and Unchained” alongside and Brie Larson of “Room,” “Short Term 12,” and “Captain Marvel” star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big […]

African-produced film on AIDS premiers in Toronto

African-produced film on AIDS premiers in Toronto

By Lincoln DePradine The world’s attention was riveted on the AIDS epidemic and the HIV virus in the 1980s. Further global spotlight was grabbed in 1991 when Earvin “Magic’’ John, the basketball superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers, retired abruptly after announcing that he had contracted HIV. It’s been 28 years since Johnson’s announcement and AIDS […]