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Ray Funk giving his talk at Nalis in
2013. PHOTO COURTESY TTFF
For the second year in a row the
T&T Film Festival (TTFF) is pleased
to feature Carnival historian and
researcher Ray Funk presenting rare
historic film clips on calypso, pan
and Carnival, at two events.
These free presentations, part of the
film festival s annual Carnival Film Series
(CFS), take place at San Fernando Hill
and the Nalis Amphitheatre at the
National Library in Port of Spain, on Feb-
ruary 21 and 23, respectively. Both events
begin at 7 pm.
Ray Funk is a retired Alaskan judge
and has been coming to T&T Carnival
for almost 20 years. He writes regularly
for the local newspapers, and is passionate
in researching a range of traditional Car-
nival arts. His collection of early film
clips is an important part of that research,
and he has been doing free educational
events showcasing these clips for years,
as a way of giving back this heritage.
Over 200 people came to Funk s pres-
entation at the Nalis Amphitheatre during
last year s Carnival Film Series.
"I had a great time last year and was
thrilled to be able to show cuts that it
took me years to find," he said in a release
from the TTFF. "But the highlight of the
evening was to have Bill Trotman show
up---on his birthday, no less---and see an
Italian film clip of a comedy limbo dance
that he had performed back in 1961.
"He had told me about it a decade ago
and I have been searching ever since to
find it. It was special to present it on the
big screen with Bill present and give him
a copy of the footage."
Another clip was of the Mighty Spar-
row s first feature-film performance from
the same Italian film.
"He couldn t be there the night of the
screening but I was able on Carnival Sun-
day to see him and show him and his
wife Margaret and give them a copy."
With the success of last year s pres-
entation, the film festival is pleased this
year to have presentations from Funk
both in Port of Spain and San Fernando.
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity
to do a presentation in San Fernando,
which I visit each year for Calypso Fiesta,"
said Funk. "I also love going to panyards
like Skiffle, Hatters and Southern Marine,
and of course calypso limes sponsored
by George Maharaj, who got me to start
coming to Trinidad so many years ago."
When asked about what he is bringing
this year to show, Funk is hesitant to
reveal too much. "I am still determining
which pieces to present, but I guarantee
there will be many things that almost no
one has seen before," he said.
"Here are a couple things. Steve and
Amanda Zeitlin---the parents of filmmaker
Benh Zeitlin, who attended the film fes-
tival last year and presented his film
Beasts of the Southern Wild---came to
Trinidad and shot a short film on extempo
several years ago. That will get its T&T
"For an Association of British Calyp-
sonians tribute to Lord Kitchener, I com-
missioned a music video on one of his
first recordings, on a boxing match. That
will also get its local premiere."
Funk has been working for several years
on a project on Harry Belafonte and the
American "calypso craze" of the 1950s,
which will result in a major coffee table
book with a set of six CDs and a DVD.
It will be out hopefully towards the end
"I have a couple of calypso craze
film and TV performances that I
want to show in my presentations,
including popular American per-
formers doing material by Roaring
For Funk, bringing these perform-
ances to a local audience is all about
returning T&T s culture to its home.
"My ongoing search to find these
clips, present them in T&T and give
them back to the performers has
been very rewarding. At all times I
am in search of more missing bits
of the country s rich cultural her-
itage." The CFS is sponsored by the
Trinidad and Tobago Film Company
and the National Carnival Commis-
sion. Technical Support is provided
by North Eleven, the ttff s media
and projection partner.
For more information, visit ttfilm-
Funk shares vintage pan,
kaiso and Carnival treasures
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