Celi Moss, President of The Bahamas Film Festival.
Nassau, Bahamas: Celi Moss, President of The Bahamas Film Festival (TBFF) and The Bahamas Film Society (TBFS) announces the 5th annual Bahamas Film Festival slated for 27-28th of November 2008.
A number of activities are planned for this year’s festival including a filmmaker’s spotlight that this year belongs to veteran actor Rudy Levarity.
Mr. Levarity, who has been in such movies as Survivor, has also done some work in Hollywood and has even been a stand-in for such big names as Bill Duke. He has a wealth of knowledge to share with young stars and starlets who has dreams of a career in the exciting movie industry.
Therefore, he is encouraging Bahamians to come out and enjoy the talents of other Bahamians such as Antonio Coakley who has written the movie Changes. Changes, depicts the life of a College of The Bahamas student who is assigned the task of writing a term paper for his psychology lecturer on what causes someone to stop being a production citizen. The key person who this student has chosen to write about just happens to be someone very
close to him.
Julian Anderson Rolle, is the producer of the movie, both he and Coakley are employees at The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas. Moss, sees this as yet another opportunity to have other Bahamian talents exposed. The Film Festival is all about exposing the talents of Bahamians.
Every year we usually bring in a Hollywood heavy hitter to showcase and sometimes honour. Bahamians needs to be exposed to these persons to hear the very real story of how they began, and how they are not very much different from them.
In the past the festival has brought in Jeff Friday, C.E.O of The American Black Film Festival and C.E.O of The American Black Movie Awards. Don D.C Curry, have also visited and so did Bill Duke. Last year the festival was very pleased to welcome to Nassau up and rising star and comedian Anthony Anderson.
This year Moss, promises to focus will be more Bahamian \Caribbean. At the opening Ceremony Moss plans to hand out a number of awards to deserving persons who has encouraged the growth of the arts in this country. He is also pleased to say a very public Thank you to his sponsors, Galleria Cinemas, and Lifestyle Limousines, Apex Awards, Jones Communications, Nitro Filmz, Sea Food Haven, Junkanoo Beat Media, Tambrin Tree, The Counsellors Ltd., Red Hot Communications, just to name a few of the persons that is going to be playing an integral part in this upcoming festival. I am pleased to have the cooperation of the corporate community and also welcomes on board Sands Beer. Sands Beer that is brewed in Freeport, Grand Bahama and is distributed throughout The Bahamas has become quite popular. Francis, Plakaris of Sands Beer is particularly pleased to lend his assistance to such a worthy cause.
Therefore, the granddaddy of Film Festivals in The Bahamas will continue with its mandate to develop and promote Bahamian Film-makers with a venue to showcase their film History will show one day that The Bahamas Festival is the Apollo Theatre\Motown of Bahamian Films.