TT Film Green Days By the River to open ttff/17

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Green Days by the River, a film adap­ta­tion of Michael An­thony’s clas­sic 1967 novel of the same name, will open this year’s trinidad+to­bago film fes­ti­val (ttff/17), with a red car­pet gala and screen­ing to be held at the Na­tional Academy for the Per­form­ing Arts (NAPA) on Tuesday 19th September.

The first lo­cal film by a TT di­rec­tor and pro­ducer to open the fes­ti­val, di­rec­tor Michael Mooleed­har’s film is set in the idyl­lic coun­try­side of 1950s Ma­yaro and re-tells the story of 15-year-old Shell. Newly ar­rived in the vil­lage, he quickly gets caught be­tween his long­ing to be a man and his child-like in­no­cence in the face of adult cun­ning.

With ado­les­cent hor­mones rag­ing, amidst the beauty of the lo­cal girls and the Ma­yaro land­scape, the quiet storm that’s brewing may prove more than Shell can han­dle and life as he once knew it may never be the same again.

Beau­ti­fully shot - echo­ing the book’s em­pha­sis on na­ture – and faith­ful to the novel in other ways, the film has strong per­for­mances from act­ing new­comer and sec­ondary school stu­dent Su­dai Ta­fari (Shell), Anand Lawkaran (Mr Gid­har­rie) and veter­ans Che Ro­driguez (Pa) and Dara Healy (Ma Lammy).

Green Days by the River is one of four T+T fea­tures and over 34 lo­cal shorts that will pre­miere at ttff/17.

Film­maker Michael Mooleed­har said of the se­lec­tion of his film for open­ing night: “It is a dream come true. I screened my first film at the ttff in 2008 and ever since the fes­ti­val has been our first stop for pre­mier­ing our movies, so it is truly an hon­our. I al­ways look for­ward to this event and this year prom­ises to be even more spe­cial. The Green Days by the River team is ex­cited to be shar­ing this film with Trinidad and To­bago and the world.”

Ac­cord­ing to Bruce Padding­ton, founder and fes­ti­val di­rec­tor of the ttff: “We are thrilled to once again be open­ing the Fes­ti­val with a lo­cal fea­ture. Green Days by the River was one of 15 films in de­vel­op­ment that par­tic­i­pated in our Car­ib­bean Film Mart in 2015 . As two grad­u­ates of the UWI film school, it is such a joy to see Michael Mooleed­har and Chris­tian James’ film come to fruition. We ex­pect it to go from strength to strength and hope peo­ple will come out in their num­bers to see it.”

The red car­pet pre­miere of Green Days by the River at NAPA, Port of Spain will be fol­lowed by a screen­ing at MovieTowne San Fer­nando, on Monday 25th September, at 6.00pm.

Tick­ets for the Port of Spain pre­miere can be pur­chased at the NAPA box of­fice or or­dered on line at: ttfilm­fes­ti­val.com.

The trinidad+to­bago film fes­ti­val cel­e­brates films from and about the Car­ib­bean and its di­as­pora, as well as from world cinema, through an an­nual fes­ti­val and year-round screen­ings.

In ad­di­tion, the ttff seeks to fa­cil­i­tate the growth of Car­ib­bean cinema by of­fer­ing a wide-rang­ing in­dus­try pro­gramme and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The ttff is pre­sented by Flow; given lead­ing spon­sor­ship by bpTT and the Min­istry of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Cul­ture and the Arts; sup­port­ing spon­sor­ship by the In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank and UN Women; and con­tribut­ing spon­sor­ship from RBC Royal Bank.

Di­rec­tor Michael Mooleed­har (left) and pro­ducer Chris­tian James.

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