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T&T animator Camille Selvon
Abrahams will produce a children s
series as part of the CaribbeanTales
Worldwide Distribution Production
Support Program, which begins
CaribbeanTales Worldwide Dis-
tribution is a distribution platform
for Caribbean film and television
content. The Production Support
Program builds on CaribbeanTales
vision of creating strong, original,
sustainable Caribbean film and tel-
evision content for the international
The Program, a project of the
CaribbeanTales Incubator, pairs the
winners of this years Big Pitch with
experienced executive producers to
help bring the projects to production
as quickly as possible.
Launched in 2010 and now in its
sixth year, the CaribbeanTales Incu-
bator is a training and production
platform that gives selected
Caribbean diaspora filmmakers an
opportunity to hone their creative
and business skills with the aim of
increasing the pool of strong, world-
class, indigenous content from the
In the Big Pitch Incubator partic-
ipants pitch their developed projects
to industry professionals, who vote
on the projects that have the most
creative and commercial potential
at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the
Toronto International Film Festival.
The annual Incubator Market pro-
gram is a competitive process and
includes a month of online market
preparation followed by a week of
workshops and networking oppor-
tunities with world-class film and
television specialists in Toronto,
The Production Support Program
is a six-month process that aims to
bridge the gap between pitching and
production. Participants will be invit-
ed to present their results in Toronto
This year s Big Pitch winner was
Melissa Gomez, whose project Defin-
ing Moments, a 13-part online series
of documentary shorts, brings to life
extraordinary moments of everyday
Caribbean people. First runner-up
Camille Selvon Abrahams, of T&T,
will be producing Magnificent Mag-
gie, a children s animated series
about a girl whose magical glasses
help her delve into the world of sci-
Coming on board as Caribbean-
Tales executive producer for Defining
Moments is Christopher Laird, noted
producer and co-founder of the
region s first all-Caribbean television
station, Gayelle the Channel. CBC
content developer and experienced
producer Nick Davis will be joining
the Magnificent Maggie project as
CaribbeanTales executive producer.
Jelani Nias of Canada, whose pitch
came third, will be developing his
critically acclaimed novel Where
Eagles Crawl and Men Fly into a sci-
fi drama series, under CaribbeanTales
executive producer Floyd Kane,
whose numerous credits include
Bowling For Columbine, Shake
Hands with the Devil, and
As this inaugural Incubator Pro-
duction Support program kicks off,
the new call is now open for appli-
cants to the 2015 Incubator Program,
to take place from September 2- 9,
2015. The deadline for applications
to CT2015 is April 30, 2015.
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Self-control is one of the biggest
challenges we face in life. Impul-
sivity, impatience and the ability
to delay gratification prevail in most
of our lives in one way or the other.
Babies and young children want
what they want right now and they
cry or throw fits if they don t get
it.Teenagers want instant results
with the push of a button or they
rebel. Tune in; tune out. Instant
gratification is the name of the game.
Psychologists say if we don t figure
out how to control our impulses, we
will face many challenges in life:
drug addiction, obesity, poor self
esteem, failed relationships and
more. Students drop out of school.
Crime rises. Many of the problems
we face personally or in society can
be traced back to impulsivity and
a lack of self-control.
Self-control is the hot topic for
our February Sunday Arts Section
(SAS) Book Club choice, The Marsh-
mallow Test: Mastering Self Control
by Walter Mischel. Motivated by his
own problems with self-control,
Mischel has spent his life studying
this issue or challenge---however you
want to look at it.
Mischel conducted research in the
US and right here in Trinidad. Mis-
chel tells readers, "The ability to
delay gratification for the sake of
future consequences is an acquirable
That s certainly good news.
In The Marshmallow Test, readers
learn that research about impulsivity
has been going on since the 1960s,
which means researchers have a clear
indication of where this struggle
leads in life.
"We have shown that this skill set
is visible and measurable early in
life," says Mischel, "and has profound
long-term consequences for people s
welfare, mental and physical health."
Delaying gratification is important
for both academic and child-rearing
purposes. It is an acquired skill that
can be enhanced through specific
In the 1960s, Mischel conducted
studies with preschoolers in the
Stanford University nursery school.
Preschoolers could choose between
having an immediate reward like a
marshmallow or a reward of two
marshmallows that they would have
to wait up to 20 minutes to collect.
Children got to choose the reward
they wanted from among marsh-
mallows, cookies, pretzels or other
Mischel documented how the
children struggled to resist tempta-
tion and fought to delay gratification.
He found their choices at a pre-
school level affected their choices
later on in life. The longer preschool-
ers waited for their reward, the better
their SAT scores (US college entrance
exams) were later in life.
At age 27-32 those who had waited
longer in that nursery school exper-
iment, had fewer problems with their
weight, and they felt more confident.
They pursued their goals more effec-
tively and coped with stress better.
Their brain scans looked different
in areas that had been linked to obe-
sity and addictions.
The Marshmallow Test: Mastering
Self Control is a book that teaches
readers about willpower and how to
control emotional responses. For
those who think willpower is some-
thing you either have or don t have,
this is a book for you. The local con-
tent in this book is bound to spark
interesting book club discussions.
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Selvon-Abrahams to make science show
...under new production programme
How does impulsivity define your life?
Do you feel that you are good at managing impulsivity? If so, what
strategies do you use?
What impulses can you control and what impulses do you find
difficult to control?
Do you believe that self-control is a skill that can be learned?
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