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A Better Place, the first feature-
length film made by the eco group
Sustain T&T, premiered at IMAX
cinema on November 2. The benefit
screening attracted a full house and
earned kudos from many audience
members during the post-screening
Q&A. Produced by Sustain T&T
founder and chair Carver Bacchus
and directed by award-winning
filmmaker Miquel Galofré, the film
is a documentary in five parts about
T&T projects supported by the
UNDP's Global Environment Fund
(GEF) Small Grants Programme.
The film opened this year's edition
of Sustain T&T's annual environ-
ment-themed film festival Green
Though primarily a straightfor-
ward documentary on such pro-
environment initiatives as the Clima-
Quest board game invented and
produced by the Parvati Girls' Hindu
College and the National Centre for
Persons with Disabilities' (NCPD)
paper recycling project, the film
includes touching human stories.
One thread, for example, is about a
young father who lives in Guanapo,
Arima, and makes a living as a scav-
enger at the Guanapo landfill. He
wants a better life for his baby
daughter, he said. In another
sequence, a fisherman from Matura
tells of finding leatherback turtles
in his nets drowned in the act of
It is beautifully filmed; even the
landfill's mountains of rubbish are
shot lovingly. Other memorable
scenes include footage of leatherback
turtles swimming through lucid seas
of jellyfish, and of withered bois
cano leaves and other ingredients
being transformed into glittering
handmade paper cards.
Each segment of the hour-long
feature is anchored with perform-
ances of T&T musicians filmed at
the location of the segment. Sustain
T&T's public relations liaison Gillian
Moore is one of them, as are jazz
singer and flutist Ruth Osmon Rose,
folk band Freetown Collective, reggae
band Black Loyalty and reggae singer
Green Screen continues this week
with a free screening of A Better
Place and a short film, Santa Cruz
Del Islote, at San Fernando Hill, on
November 10. The screening starts
at 7.30 pm. The film festival closes
on November 13 at Big Black Box,
Murray Street, Woodbrook, with a
7 pm screening of the cult classic
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, and
an after-party at the same venue.
Body and face paint are a familiar
sight during Carnival and related
activities, but with the addition of
film and a lot of patience, they can
also be used to create beautiful ani-
mations. During this year's Animae
Caribe Animation and Digital
Media Festival, London-based artist
Emma Allen demonstrated how to
create time-lapse body paint ani-
mated short films.
Two sessions were held on Octo-
ber 26 and 27, where Allen painted
volunteers and showed attendees
how to paint sugar skulls and zombie
masks, which were particularly apt
considering Halloween and the Day
of the Dead were coming up.
At the beginning of the session,
Allen showed two of her completed
short films, Blink and Ruby. She
went through the process of making
Ruby, which was one minute long.
"It's made using stop-frame ani-
mation which is lots of photos with
the tiniest movement in each one.
It consists of 750 paintings and took
five days to shoot, after which it
went into editing and music, so it's
quite a labour-intensive passion."
Blink shows a caterpillar crawling
across Allen's face and then turning
into a butterfly, which she did as
part of a competition.
Allen said she also works with
other animators who incorporate
their work with hers, which is the
premise of an unfinished film she
made using six repeating frames of
members of the public. The fourth
film she showed, which was also
unfinished, took 1,500 photographs
to complete and was about evolution
and the journey people are on to
becoming more digital.
The attendees at the second ses-
sion, which was held at the Drawing
Studio at the Department of Creative
and Festival Arts, Gordon Street,
were then shown how to create time
lapse animations and movement pic-
tures of the masks they painted.
Allen said she also uses her body-
painting skills for art therapy for
cancer patients and others. One vol-
unteer had a butterfly painted on
the back of her head.
She credits her mother with giving
her the idea for making animations.
"I started in art and then moved into
animating, just by experimenting. I
was painting my legs once with croc-
odiles and my mom said they could
be animations, and so I started
experimenting with it and that's how
it grew. I always thank my mom for
the inspiration to get into animations
and she always says I totally mis-
understood what she meant. It's
taken me on this journey which has
brought me here."
Allen described her work as "a
labour of love or madness as it takes
a long time to get movement right.
myself because it's hard to ask some-
one to sit still for that long."
The audience at IMAX, Woodbrook, during the premiere of the film A Better
Place. C A
From left, Tishanna Williams of Freetown Collective, Gerry Williams,
promoter of the concert series New Fire, and reggae singer Solman at the
Model Kadine Antoine.
Emma Allen shows off a painting on
the back of Nicole Henderson's
Models Nicole Henderson, left, and
Paula Lindo. A A D
Green Screen envisions
'A Better Place'
Allen creates moving art
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