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CaribbeanTales International Film Festival
PresentsA celebration of African-Canadian Filmmakers
Black History Month 2018
BLACK 2018 – CaribbeanTales International Film Festival celebrates Black History Month from January 21st to March 3rd, 2018 at venues around the GTA such as The Royal Cinema, Cineplex Yonge/Dundas, Hamilton’s Lincoln Alexander Center and more.The program takes the form of a series of screenings and events, featuring classic and contemporary Afrocentric films, aimed at a diverse range of audiences.
In 2018, we will showcase and honor African Canadian filmmakers including Academy Award-nominated Hubert Davis, director Sharon Lewis (Brown Girl Begins), legendary producer Claire Prieto, multi-award winning documentary filmmaker Charles Officer, multi-talented broadcaster, producer, and writer Fil Fraser, TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey, film and TV director/writer Dawn Wilkinson, critically acclaimed filmmaker/writer/producer theatre creator Nicole Brooks & webseries pioneer Rodney V. Smith.
The festival will present a unique selection of films from these African Canadian filmmakers. Each screening will also include a talkback with the creators themselves in conversation with community leaders and influencers. This format will present a broad range of experiential activities that both celebrates and educates on the richness and diversity of African-Canadian and African Diasporic heritage.
Every week the festival will profile a different a filmmaker on CaribbeanTales-TV in our new series:
A weekly presentation of short films profiling African-Canadian filmmakers of note, including such innovators as:
The schedule of events for CaribbeanTales presents BLACK! A Celebration of African-Canadian Filmmaking
is as follows:
Jan 21, 2018
#CTBLACKHISTORY #BlackHeroes #CanadianIcons
EVENT: CaribbeanTales & EvenToBe present A Linc in Time, The Lincoln Alexander Story
From African-Canadian filmmaker Nicole Brooks, A Linc in Time chronicles the extraordinary life of The Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, Canada’s first Black Member of Parliament and first Black Lieutenant Governor, a true pioneer and legend.
Following the screening, there will be a talkback with the filmmaker and community members who knew Linc well.
DATE: Sunday, January 21, 2018
WHERE: The Lincoln Alexander Center, 160 King Street E, HAMILTON
February 13, 2018
#CTBLACKHISTORY #BlackHistory2018 #BobTheVampire
EVENT: CaribbeanTales is proud to co-present the book launch of ‘So I Might Be A Vampire’, by African-Canadian author and web series director Rodney V. Smith. Win prizes, drink blood and enjoy some light snacks while listening to the author read from his new hit vampire comedy.
Nobody expects to get turned into a vampire, especially a guy like Bob.
Everybody hopes that if they somehow get transformed into a vampire, they will instantly become some kind of superhero vampire out of the movies. Bad news guys: not gonna happen. More likely than not, you’re gonna be one of the poor clueless bastards hanging out on Thursday nights with Bob in his vampire support group.
You may think you know what being a vampire is supposed to be like, but Bob is here to set you straight. He’s made it his personal mission to get answers about the reality of being a vampire. He’s been shot, stabbed, thrown off rooftops, survived bad coffee and endured crippling boredom – all in the name of answering the eternal question of what it means to be a vampire.
DATE: Tuesday February 13, 2018
TIME: 7:30 p.m – 10pm
WHERE: Monarch Tavern – 12 Clinton Street, Toronto
February 16, 2018
#CTBLACKHISTORY #BlackHistory2018 #dancehallreggae
EVENT: CaribbeanTales & The Royal Cinema present Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen documentary.
Bring the fire, bring the fun — this film will blow the roof off and make you shake things you didn’t know you had.
Screened at major documentary festivals around the world, Bruk Out! follows six outspoken and unique female dancers from around the globe as they overcome adversity to compete in the world’s biggest Dancehall Queen competition.
Their obsession with the vibrant underbelly of Jamaican dance leads the women to conquer body issues, poverty, domestic abuse and the struggles of being a single mother, all while keeping their eyes on winning the biggest prize in Dancehall.
With introduction by storyteller and African-Canadian Toronto personality Bee Quammie. http://www.beequammie.com/
DATE: Friday February 16, 2018
WHERE: The Royal Cinema – 608 College Street, Toronto
March 3, 2018
EVENT: CaribbeanTales is excited to co-present a screening of the new afro-futurist Canadian film ‘Brown Girl Begins’.
Inspired by Nalo Hopkinson’s award-winning novel ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’, African-Canadian filmmaker Sharon Lewis’ feature directorial debut is already receiving praise from critics.
The film takes place in an abandoned futuristic ghetto haunted by Caribbean spirits and the posse, where young Ti-Jeanne’s spirit demands she obey or someone will die.
Stay on after the panel for a talkback with director Sharon Lewis and special guests!
DATE: Saturday March 3, 2018
WHERE: Cineplex Cinemas,Yonge Dundas – 10 Dundas Street East, Toronto
About CaribbeanTales International Film Festival
The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), is now in its 13th year. CTFF celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practice their art across the Caribbean Diaspora worldwide – including Canada and the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, Africa, China, India and the Middle East. CTFF presents a multi-ethnic mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse shared stories and cultures.
CTFF is produced by CaribbeanTales Inc, a registered Canadian charity that aims to connect people through film. The company’s mandate is to foster and encourage intercultural understanding and racial equality, through the creation, marketing and distribution of film programs, events and projects that reflect the diversity and creativity of Caribbean heritage culture.
Maya Bastian, Marketing/Outreach Manager