Ex­plor­ing the Artis­tic Side of St. Lu­cians

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - By Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir

Ed Umoja Her­man is the founder of Pi­ton In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. His wife Dr Kath­leen E. Walls serves as vice pres­i­dent. On Mon­day the cou­ple hosted their third fes­ti­val here, and took the op­por­tu­nity to un­load some ex­cit­ing news. Said Her­man: “If St. Lu­cians are to get on the world stage, we have to make sure we have the re­quired skills. This year we have sev­eral ac­tors and ac­tresses to run our boot camp for us.”

The line-up for the week in­cluded Bat­shidi Moeti, the sec­ond high­est-rank­ing poet in Botswana, who en­ter­tained the au­di­ence at the grand mas­ter camp of In­ter­na­tional Po­etry & Arts Jam at Blue Ho­tel on Tues­day.

At­tif Lanier, writer, pro­ducer and ac­tor, con­ducted a film-mak­ing work­shop called 'From Start To Fin­ish' which con­cen­trated on the process from con­cept to pro­duc­tion. “There is more than one way to skin a cat,” he mused. For those cu­ri­ous about the use of cell phones in film-mak­ing this work­shop was heaven-sent.

There were also the fa­mous: Tanya Thomp­son from New York, the first Amer­i­can woman to be pro­moted to a di­rec­tor ti­tle at the Day­time Emmy Awards, and Jacinth Sut­phin who starred in films such as 'Diary of a Bad­man' and who taught as­pir­ing ac­tors ev­ery­thing, from the na­ture of act­ing to why one would con­sider it as a ca­reer. She in­tro­duced tech­niques, dis­cussed head shots, re­sumes, the busi­ness of act­ing, tips on how to get started and ba­sic movie-mak­ing pro­ce­dures.

“We are ex­cited to meet the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia and to share our tal­ents,” said Sut­phin. “We will be do­ing some lo­ca­tion scout­ing to shoot some fea­ture films down here. We really want to show you how to pur­sue your dream, to find your pur­pose.”

Rose­mary Wil­son con­ducted a writ­ers' work­shop on Tues­day. An in­ter­est­ing mas­ter class in Cape­ri­ora dance was taught by Pro­fes­sora Ama­zonas.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded video screen­ings, doc­u­men­taries and movies from nine coun­tries, all hosted by Caribbean Cine­mas.

At the me­dia launch Benny Chi­tolie rep­re­sented two groups: the lo­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Mar­tial Artistes and the North Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Mar­tial Arts. The or­gan­i­sa­tions will be in­volved in next year's ac­tion movie cre­ations, ex­pected to be “one of the big­gest film events staged in the Caribbean.” Close to twenty coun­tries will be par­tic­i­pat­ing, in­clud­ing the UK.

In­ter­na­tional jazz vo­cal­ist and pi­anist Shayne Fred­er­ick also con­trib­uted to the work­shop that kicked off with a Meet and Greet at the Rooftop Café lounge in Cas­tries.

The Pi­ton In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val team at the me­dia launch.

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