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He’s a raconteur whose travels and
experiences flow over and around
each other. He used to be an an-
nouncer with Radio Trinidad.
He spent time studying textiles
in India, returning to Trinidad to
show and sell his new works under
the name Floaty Dhotis.
Then there was the time he and a
handful of famous local actors shot a
soap opera in a house in Macqueripe;
to make it soundproof they put up
mattresses over the doors and win-
dows, inadvertently making the
place boiling hot.
Addressing a class of Tony Hall’s
Trinity-in-Trinidad mas exchange
students from Connecticut, Pinhei-
ro describes mas and design work
he did in Toronto-including staging
an outdoor drama on stilts, and de-
signing costumes and characters for
a Salvador Dali-inspired play where
a jab molassie makes an appearance.
cally, luck of the draw, just being
around...” he says, explaining how
he developed such a diverse resumé.
Moving to Canada was a difficult
choice. “I was very torn,” he admits.
“My mother was still alive and as far
as I was concerned Mummy’s house
was home. After she died, however,
I was like, ‘Aye aye! I could live an-
ywhere I want!’”
But leaving Trinidad has taken
a toll. It was in Canada he was di-
agnosed with diabetes, leading to
enormous changes in his lifestyle.
There too he found out he had
COPD, a sometimes debilitating
condition that makes it hard for him
to breathe, and which explains the
harsh, barking cough he emits from
time to time. Despite these changes,
he continues to make artistic work.
The PierroTT Noir project is his sec-
ond film, and he has a feature film
script he wants to develop as well.
He’s spent the last two weeks film-
ing PierroTT around Port-of-Spain
with film-maker Cliff Sedansingh,
and sifting through the archives of
videographer Timmy Mora and pho-
tographer Abigail Hadeed. He’s sub-
mitted a rough cut of the PierroTT
short to two film festivals so far and
is hopeful it will be selected.
Coming home has also reminded
him of his desire to build a sturdy
and enduring cultural exchange pro-
gramme between T&T and Canada.
He and the CoCo Dance Festival held
a meeting in March where they in-
vited artists and performers to pitch
projects that might be suitable. It’s
a work in progress.
To an onlooker seeing Pinheiro
navigate the Trinidad of 2017, it’s
striking how people’s faces explode
in delight when they first recognize
him. “So much love, it’s been very
heartwarming,” he says.
B2 sunday arts
guardian.co.tt Sunday, May 14, 2017
Singing sisters to hold recital
Closing Doors: The
Final Recital is the fi-
nal-year concert put on
by sisters LeAndra and
Tylah Head as they com-
plete their music degree
They describe the recital,
which is one of the require-
ments to complete the de-
gree, as the grand finale to
their time at the university.
The sisters, who have
been training as vocalists,
will be performing a mix of
Western Classical and Car-
ibbean contemporary music.
The programme will include
pieces from operas by Ver-
di, Mozart and Puccini, as
well as a variety of Carib-
bean songs by Bob Marley,
Tessanne Chin, and Shadow.
The sisters said they will
be staying true to the singing
style of the original Carib-
They will be accompa-
nied by fellow students,
including Michael “Ming”
Low Chew Tung, as well as
resident pianist Eunmi Choi.
The sisters said patrons
will get a chance to see what
UTT has to offer.
“There’s always been so
much negativity around
the place and the institu-
tion but it’s actually a good
“It produces and helps to
develop a lot of good talent
and we just want people to
“We also want to show
what we’ve learned, because
we’ve learned a lot and what
the school has done, plus it’s
always good to support the
They said they are both
happy to be completing the
programme as they’ve had
a lot of ups and downs, but
made it through with the
support of family, friends
and their voice teacher.
“We see the final perfor-
mance as the beginning of
things to come, which is why
the recital is called Closing
Doors. It’s like we’re closing
one door to open another.”
The recital takes place on
atre 1, Keate Street entrance.
Entry is free and open to the
public. —Paula Lindo
T&T film to debut
at LA Film Festival
Moko Jumbie, a feature film
Vashti Anderson, will make
its world premiere next month at the
LA Film Festival.
The film, a tale of forbidden ro-
mance set in rural Trinidad, will be
one of eight “world fiction” movies to
be screened and judged at the festi-
val, which runs from June 14- 22. It’s
Anderson’s first feature-length film. She is a graduate of
New York University’s MFA programme, where Spike Lee
was one of her teachers. Anderson was born in Wisconsin
to a Trini mother and an American father.
“Vashti Anderson’s Moko Jumbie is a total gem to watch
out for,” LA-based blogger and film festival programmer
Christine Davila wrote last month.
Trinidadian film programmer Jonathan Ali last year
wrote of Moko Jumbie, which was about to be aired as
a work-in-progress at the Third Horizon Caribbean Film
Festival in Miami: “This is an affecting, often disquieting
tale of displacement and longing, with an other-worldly
undercurrent, beautifully lensed by Shlomo Godder.”
In a 2014 interview with Ali, Anderson said Moko Jumbie,
which was then an idea she was developing, was inspired
by the time growing up when her extended family would
come every year from different parts of the world to gather
at her now-late grandparents’ home in Trinidad.
“So I wanted to write about this and also incorporate
themes that I like to write about, which are race and class,
and also music-calypso and soca have been a strong in-
fluence on my life,” she said.
Anderson had previously made two short films: Jeffrey’s
Calypso and Zara Mirage.
The LA Film Festival will showcase 48 feature films in
five categories including documentaries, 51 shorts, 15 shorts
from high school students and nine web series episodes.
The festival boasts that 42 per cent of its films this
year are directed by women and 40 per cent by people of
colour. Thirty-two countries will be represented overall.
MORE INFO: filmindependent.org
Plenty love for Pinheiro
The sisters, who have been
training as vocalists, will
be performing a
mix of Western Classical
will include pieces
Puccini, as well
as a variety
songs by Bob
Chin, and Shadow.
Christopher Pinheiro decorating
his PierroTT Noir heart.
PHOTO: LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI
Christopher Pinheiro addresses students of the Trinity-in-Trinidad Campus, Carmody Road, St Augustine, in
February. PHOTO: LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI
“I started dying T-shirts when a
tin of Dylon was 99 cents, and
you could get a tank top in
Woolworth for 99 cents. I didn't
have money for clothes so I had
a wardrobe of tie-dye. Somebody
asked me to do curtains, so I
started to do yardage”
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