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ning filmmaker Behn Zeitlin says
Montserrat can capitalise on its nat-
ural assets to build a film industry.
Zeiltin, the Oscar-nominated director
of Beast of the Southern Wild, has been
visiting the island since September 2013
in preparation for his next feature film,
expected to begin production in 2015.
"A film commission will make it a
lot more efficient for production com-
panies to work on Montserrat," Zeitlin
Montserrat has seen an increase in
the number of film crews and news
agencies coming on island to produce
documentaries, features and even reality
shows. However, the island does not
have an established process to deal with
inquiries in a transparent and consistent
manner, to negotiate with producers
in order to manage the island s repu-
tation, and to use film production as
a way to promote Montserrat.
Media Strategist Nerissa Golden,
whose company has been facilitating
the production process for television
and film producers on Montserrat, said,
"While the relevant agencies are open
to working with film producers, it can
take time to figure out how the local
system works and having an established
structure will make it easier for film-
makers to decide where to shoot, what
equipment and staff they will need to
bring in order to have a successful pro-
Zeitlin, who has been spending time
on Montserrat researching and writing
his next film project says it has been
refreshing and educational.
"It has been really interesting going
on the hikes with the local guides, get-
ting to know the people. I am very fas-
cinated with the learning about tradi-
tional ways of farming and cooking,
healing remedies and the wildlife.
Everyone has been very open to teach-
ing me what they know and I am look-
ing forward to incorporating their sto-
ries and the people in my next project."
He admitted to being enamored by
the stark contrasts of Montserrat s land-
scapes declaring that the island s "nat-
ural diversity makes it a great place to
shoot. You are steps away from a rain-
forest and a volcano with Plymouth
giving you another dramatic experience
of devastation and desert."
Golden also wants to see the island
join with other regional film commis-
sions to exploit the potential for grow-
ing the Caribbean film industry.
"In 2013, nine of the region s 14 film
commissions formed a partnership to
work together to attract more inter-
national film productions to the
Caribbean, as well as to promote the
development of an indigenous film cul-
Montserrat s abandoned capital Ply-
mouth offers a unique location which
you can t find anywhere else in the
region and it can be added to the port-
folio of film sets for the region."
"We have the potential to capitalise
on what is naturally available here to
promote and build our economy and
this is the time to work towards that,"
she added. (Golden Media)
assets can help Build
The Caribbean Network Operators Group
(CaribNOG) and LACNIC will hold a joint
meeting at the Hilton Curacao from September
29 to October 3.
CaribNOG is a not-for-profit, independent,
technical community that provides a regional
forum for building technical capacity, sharing
industry experiences and promoting relevant
solutions for advancing network engineering in
LACNIC, the Latin American and Caribbean
Internet Addresses Registry, is an international
non-government organisation established in
Uruguay in 2002.
It is responsible for assigning and adminis-
tering Internet numbering resources such as
IPv4 and IPv6 for the region. It is one of the
five Regional Internet Registries that exist world-
"The meeting will provide a forum where
computer network technicians and technology
professionals can share knowledge and expe-
riences and participate in expert-led, high-tech
training and hands-on technical workshops," a
statement from CaribNOG said.
"CaribNOG provides an excellent opportunity
for network operators, businesses, governments,
technology enthusiasts, and wider civil society
to understand regional and global trends, and
connect with peers from around the world."
This will be CaribNOG s eighth regional meet-
ing and LACNIC s sixth. It is expected to draw
industry experts from across the region and
around the world.
Curacao to host
Staff of Anton's Gold Rush pose in their African wear
at the jewelry store's Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain,
branch on Thursday. Shinnelle Willis, left, Kimberly
Awong Cole, Aifa Glodon, Tenelle Kanhai, Sisi Maloney
and Dayna Grazette. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
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