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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt May 3, 2015
L t f g eat ch ice t day
Into the first week of the fifth month
of the year, we have yet another fine
Sunday for film choice that relegates to
the Also Rans the other leading con-
tender for BEST FILM OF THE DAY, if
only because it starts a titch too early
(C l Hand L ke, 6 am TCM). Early
birds might find Christian Bale in stun-
ning Oscar form (The Fighte , 8.05 am
Edge) or the political thriller that kept the world awake from 9/11 until
Pakistan (Ze Da k Thi ty, 9.15 am FoxMov), but you can sleep until midday
and still catch early Michael Caine in one of his best, most-unfairly-over-
looked-nowadays films (Z l , 1.15 pm FoxClass). The people who like to feel
good after a movie but want to watch a critically great one are well-served
(*42, 5.29 pm HBOS, En gh Said, 5 pm FoxCom, D i ing Mi Dai y, 9 pm
DTV, In ide Lle yn Da i , 5.20 and 7.20 pm Max), the commix-inspired
action crowd has an excellent option (*Ca tain Ame ica The Winte S ldie ,
9 pm MaxP) and an acceptable one (The Inc edible H lk, 9 pm Max). The
quirky, literary cinephiles are not forgotten (The Life A atic ith Ste e
Zi , 8.50 pm ISat) and even the people who are still upset that Captain
Kirk became TJ Hooker ought to enjoy the most recent incarnation of the
most enduring sci-fi franchise so far (Sta T ek Int Da kne , 7 pm CnCl).
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM
The Ex ci t (William Friedkin/ 1973/ USA / Horror/ 122 mins/R for strong
language and disturbing images), 1.50 pm HBO Plus. Watch this if you liked
The Omen, The Shining or the original Wes Craven A Nightmare on Elm
Street. Though gore and special effects have been greatly improved in modern
movies, The Exorcist, over 40 years old, is far, far scarier than most of today s
rubbish. Before excess replaced finesse, this movie had people running
screaming out of cinemas all over the world. Watch the scene with the cru-
cifix---far, far more upsetting than the book version---and you ll see why. The
music alone is terrifying. This, the "version you ve never seen," includes three
seconds of footage---the stairs descent---that adds years to the viewers life
through sheer creepiness. A masterpiece of unease. By good scheduling luck,
you can watch it during the daytime, which might make sleep come easier
L ck, St ck & T Sm king Ba el (Guy Ritchie/ 1999/ Black Come-
dy-Crime-Thriller-Caper/ 107 mins/ R for strong violence, pervasive language,
sexuality and drug content), 10.50 am Maxprime. Watch this if you liked
Snatch, Layercake or RocknRolla. Note the odd starting time because you
don t want to miss the opening sequences of Guy "Mr Madonna" Ritchie s
lavish, stylish, hilarious, thrilling and thoroughly satisfying London gangster
flick. Yes, criticisms abound: there is no exploration of the underlying social
causes of East End violence, which is treated as pure entertainment, and
there s precious little attempt to explain the psychoses of lynchpin characters.
So what? With camerawork as exciting as the script is tight, there are few
stronger debuts; it s almost Pulp Fiction in London; and serves up more
double crosses than a Catholic bakery on Easter weekend.
Bigge St nge Fa te The Side Effect f Being Ame ican (Chris Bell/
2008/ USA/ Documentary / 105 mins/ PG-13 for thematic material involving
drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images), 7.10 pm Sundance.
Watch this if you liked Super Size Me, Maxed Out or Sicko. Chris Bell s
poignant, starkly honest and rigorously balanced examination of the American
obsession with steroids is documentary filmmaking at its best. Compelling,
touching to the point of heartbreak and immaculately scripted and directed,
it throws in the best documentary soundtrack BC on TV has ever heard (with
apologies to The Last Waltz and Dave Chappelle s Block Party).
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The T&T Film Festival (TTFF) is celebrating its
tenth anniversary this year. It will mark the mile-
stone with some important new initiatives intended
to boost the festival and Caribbean filmmaking.
The Caribbean Film Mart, first announced in 2013,
will begin this year. Until May 22, the festival will
be taking submissions for works in pre-production.
For four days during the festival in September, organ-
isers will bring 15 successful applicants together with
30 industry professionals from around the world who
may be able to help them get their projects off the
The projects have to be from filmmakers who were
born in, or are living in the region and who intend
to make the films in the Caribbean.
"The market was a natural evolution of us being
a film festival," said Emilie Upczak, the festival s cre-
ative director. "We ve been showcasing Caribbean
film, and now we re trying to put together a focused
activity that can help Caribbean filmmakers reach a
This is a good time for the move. The cinema
industry of the Caribbean s neighbours in Latin Amer-
ica is flourishing, with that region submitting 14
films for Oscar consideration last year.
Caribbean filmmaking has improved considerably
over the years and could be set take off with inter-
national audiences, said Upczak.
"There are more serious filmmakers in the region,"
she said. "People are getting a better handle on the
form, the technology, the storytelling. Throughout
the region there are quite a few filmmakers who ve
made one or two features that have a lot of poten-
Unusual for a call for submissions, Upczak said,
the festival started to get applications for the film
mart soon after making the announcement in March.
On the festival s Facebook page, the post about the
mart is one of the most "liked" and shared.
The first comment under the post: "This is awe-
Upczak expects the process to be very competi-
"It s really going to have to be the best the Caribbean
has to offer. Particularly since it s our first year and
we have to come out with a bang," she said.
The mart has been in the making since 2012, when
the festival applied for funding from the ACP Group
of States. The three years were spent planning and
bringing in industry professionals.
The TTFF was also working on an online Caribbean
film database, a "virtual marketplace," which also
will be launched at the festival this year. The two
initiatives will work together.
The database will be in English, Spanish and French
and make it easier for academics, producers and
prospective investors to access information on
Caribbean films and filmmakers.
"It s supposed to help stimulate market activity,"
As part of its tenth showing, the TTFF has also
made a call for submissions of academic writing on
the last ten years of Caribbean film. Participants will
make presentations during the festival. The festival
will also screen ten classic Caribbean films.
"We re doing a reflection on where the industry
was and how far it s come," Upczak explained.
The film festival too has come a long way. Besides
showing scores of films from the region and other
parts of the world, it contributes to improving practice
of the craft in the region by offering filmmaking
workshops, including the popular filmmakers immer-
sion sponsored by RBC. An award for a film in devel-
opment, sponsored by bpTT, has also been offered
over the last three years.
Other events claim the title, but the TTFF can
make a good case for being "the hub of Caribbean
cinema", said Upczak.
"Caribbean filmmakers all descend on the T&T
Film Festival, because it s their opportunity to be in
dialogue with each other," she said. "Trinidad as a
whole should get more props for being a stable leader
for the Caribbean industry."
Growing Caribbean film should in turn grow the
festival, said Upczak.
"It s kind of the chicken or the egg. The more we
support Caribbean filmmakers the better content we
will have to show to our audiences," she said. "We ve
been growing at a rapid pace, and we have to ensure
that the filmmakers who we represent have the sup-
port that they need to make movies so that we can
exist to show their movies."
The TTFF 2015 will run from September 15-29.
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