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The New Year is just around the
corner and the Sunday Arts Section
(SAS) Book Club has big plans for
readers to usher in the new year.
For the last two years, the SAS
Book Club has featured many books
that have inspired popular movies.
This year, we re turning a new
page. For the first quarter of the year,
we ll feature books that make readers
think about life in a whole new way.
For January, the SAS Book Club
will feature The Late Starter s
Orchestra by Ari L Goldman and
Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley, two
books that examine ways to reinvent
yourself after 40, 50, 60 and beyond.
At one time, retirement seemed
like the end of the world. Now,
according to these two books, retire-
ment offers a whole new world of
opportunities. Goldman and Pauley
point out that retirees are likely to
have 20- 25 good and fruitful years
ahead of them.
This is the time, they insist, that
you can pursue the dreams you
always pushed aside. This is the time
to take the kinds of chances that can
only make your life happier and more
exciting. Find out how to plan for
the future if you re under 40 or how
to reinvent yourself if you are over
40 and heading for retirement.
This really can be the most excit-
ing time of your life, as you ll dis-
cover in these two books. Don t con-
fuse these books with condescending
self-help books. They are not preachy
or condescending but real pieces of
literature that offer much food for
For February, we ll tackle The
Marshmallow Effect: Mastering Self
Control by Walter Mischel. Today s
world is defined by impulsivity, and
this book shows the importance of
self-control. The author presents
the results of studies that show the
benefits of self-control and delaying
Those who master this concept
of self-control fare far better in
life. They have fewer weight and
drug problems, and they are happier,
more fulfilled individuals. Self-con-
trol is most definitely the key to suc-
cess and happiness in life.
What makes this book especially
interesting and meaningful is that
some of Mischel s work featured in
The Marshmallow Effect took place
In March, the SAS Book Club fea-
tures Stokely: A Life by Peniel E
Joseph. Stokely is a new biography
of the American civil rights activist
Stokely Carmichael (later known as
Kwame Ture), who was from Port-
Stokely Carmichael founded the
Black Panther Party and he is cred-
ited with the slogan "Black Power."
He was a key figure in the civil rights
movement in the US. This new biog-
raphy is an exciting read, and it cred-
its his Caribbean roots with much
of his personality and political phi-
Here s looking forward to an excit-
ing year of the SAS Book Club. We re
heading for a whole new and exciting
Happy New Year, readers. Have a
year filled with reading.
Next year will be a "bumper
year" for local film, with at least
ten feature-length films set for
release, the new chair of the T&T
Film Company (TTFC) has said.
Among those in the works is the
film acting debut of soca star
Machel Montano in Scandalous.
Within the last two months, three
films have seen successful runs in
local theatres and one has been
released on DVD.
"This is unprecedented," said the
film company s chair Robert "Yao"
Ramesar about the spate of film
releases. Ramesar, a filmmaker him-
self and head of UWI s Film Pro-
gramme, has been chair of the
TTFC since August. "I think the
time for talking about creating a
film industry is past. We re creating
one now. And we re consolidating
There s been some talk of disquiet
at the TTFC, which is now a sub-
sidiary of the recently created state
company CreativeTT. CreativeTT,
which oversees film, fashion and
music development in the country,
has seen its own share of contro-
versy, including objections to its
Film Co chair Allison Smith and
board member Camille Selvon-
Abrahams, both appointed earlier
this year, resigned. It was rumoured
that CEO Carla Foderingham is also
no longer with company. But Rame-
sar said that as far as he is aware,
Foderingham is on vacation leave
and expected to return. He said he s
"not sure" why Smith and Selvon-
Jamil Agard, who had been a pro-
duction consultant at the company
since June 2013, is acting CEO. The
board is operating with just three
members, said Ramesar, and is put-
ting in a lot of late nights.
"It s a lot of work to be done. We
have a lot of plans for 2015," he said.
Ramesar said he hopes that with-
in ten years, film in T&T becomes
"a billion-dollar industry" and that
the country has one of the highest
number of filmmakers per capita
in the world. He hopes to make
filmmaking 1.5 or two per cent of
the country s GDP.
It s an industry that involves more
than just movies, he said.
"Film deals with so many areas:
it touches on soundtracks; it touches
on fashion and costume design," he
said. "There are so many ancillary
areas---carpenters, transport, cater-
ing, hairdressing, make up.
"When people speak about the
stakeholders in the film industry I
believe it s not just the practitioners.
I believe the whole country is a
stakeholder. Every citizen has a stake
Ramesar said the TTFC plans to
more actively seek out and develop
film talent. He wants to find the
film equivalent of Olympic gold
medallist Keshorn Walcott, he said.
"The next genius is out there.
We re going to find them. There s
so much talent out there. We need
to mine that talent and bring it to
the fore," he said.
Ramesar created more than 120
film and TV productions in a career
that has spanned three decades. He
won an Anthony N Sabga Caribbean
Award for Excellence in 2006 for
his contribution to arts and letters.
Regarding his ability to steer the
film company into the future, he
said his accomplishments "speak
TTFC chair promises bumper year for film
A new direction for 2015
Robert Yao Ramesar is one of Trinidad and Tobago's leading filmmakers.
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