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Mas Man, a film about artist-
designer Peter Minshall, produced and
directed by Dalton Narine, won the
Long Beach International Film Festival
prize for Best Feature Documentary
at a ceremony held last month in Long
Beach, Los Angeles, a release said.
Dr Daniel Walker, scholar, filmmaker
and founding director of the festival,
spoke about the film s appeal and the
jury s decision.
"As a person who wrote a book about
the political dimensions of festivals in
Cuba and New Orleans, I know I had
a high bar to impress, and the film did
all that and more."
A few weeks earlier, Narine had
hoped Mas Man would fare well at the
Fine Arts Film Festival in Venice, Los
Angeles. "The film drew enthusiastic
appraisal from the audience," Festival
director Juri Koll said.
"Mas Man is, above all, a fine arts
film," Narine says, "though juries at 50
or so festivals around the world, had
promoted it in every category imagi-
Still, with the film s latest success,
coupled with the tourism prize it
received at Document Arts Fest in
Bucharest, Romania (as well as its
screening in Cannes) both in the past
year, Mas Man has amassed 15 prizes
across the board. They include Best
Film, Best Director, Best Cinematog-
raphy and special awards.
Narine says he pushed the film in
the Los Angeles area because Don Mis-
cher, a Hollywood producer featured
in the film, was a key figure in tapping
Minshall, the masman himself, for the
Barcelona Olympic Games opening
ceremonies in 1992.
Minshall reprised his role as an artis-
tic director of the Emmy award-win-
ning opening ceremonies at the1996
Atlanta Games, and Salt Lake City Win-
ter Games in 2002, for which he
received an Emmy.
That Mas Man made an auspicious
debut is testament to its staying power.
A full-house screening in New York
City s Greenwich Village, proved that
Narine and his crew could transform
a pastiche of scenes that won the Peo-
ple s Choice Award for Best Feature
Documentary at the 2009 T&T Film
Festival to the top tier of the New York
Film Festival in 2010.
"In Trinidad, we had a week to put
it together," Narine recalls, "just so the
public would get an inkling regarding
what the noise was about. It was a
ways from being a film. Not even a
work in progress. Call it ideas."
Narine credits not only Callaloo
Company s Peter Minshall and Todd
Gulich, but also filmmakers Benedict
Joseph and Danielle Dieffenthaller, editor
Eduardo Siu, Pennelope Beckles, T&T
Film Festival founder/director Dr Bruce
Paddington, as well as T&T Film Com-
pany and GISL for their contribution,
particularly as the film underwent a
period of gestation.
Back then, to accommodate festivals,
it required Narine to transfer Mas Man
to HD hard drive and Blu-ray.
"Today, the medium is Digital Cin-
ema Package (DCP), and we had it
mounted, at huge cost, in Hollywood,
where the film had a screening at the
legendary Ricardo Montalban Theater
at Hollywood and Vine."
"Now, it is screenable at any movie
house anywhere in the world," Narine
says. "I would love to have the 89-
minute version shown at MovieTowne
in this format. Of course, at the behest
of Minshallites everywhere, we ve been
pushing a longer cut at 145 minutes on
Mas Man has been screened in Asia,
Africa, North America, South America,
Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.
The film received Best Caribbean Film
award in 2012 at a red carpet festival
in Antigua that included some Amer-
ican actors, a filmmaker from India,
and the chair of Columbia University s
School of the Arts film division.
But to Narine s delight, a few Trinida-
dian students at US universities have
studied the film as their thesis toward
postgraduate degrees. And a group of
UWI students chose the work for a
class project a couple of years ago.
Mas Man, along with eight earlier
Narine documentaries about T&T s
mas/pan culture, are available at mas-
manthemovie.com and bookstores
Another award for Minshall film
Peter Minshall is the only mas designer to have won an Emmy Award.
Cultural activist Dalton Narine has
been making documentaries about T&T
culture for many years.
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