Entertainment

Track Road Theatre brings 'The 39 Steps' to The Dundas

November 13, 2014

Track Road Theatre (TRT) will bring to the stage "The 39 Steps" which is based on a Hitchcock movie that was based on a novel of the same name.
"The 39 Steps" directed by Althea Gibson follows the misadventures of Canadian Richard Hannay as he gets tangled in the world of international espionage while avoiding arrest for a murder he did not commit.
Set in the United Kingdom during the 1930s the play is fast paced, off the wall, and will "tickle" the funny bone. The play will be staged November 20-22 at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.
The comedic drama will feature the extraordinary talents of four individuals who are no strangers to film, television or theater -- Glenn Sherman Jr., Leslie Ellis-Tynes, Rossano Deal and Gail Hanna. The two male/two female cast it is expected will provide an array of colorful characters throughout the entire story as protagonist Richard Hannay, played by Sherman, attempts to clear his name.
Both Sherman and Deal in fact, have made a name for themselves with local audiences as members of Collage Entertainment, known for their hilarious online parodies, the "Hello Monday" and "Stop Likin' Man" web series.
Playing opposite Sherman as his "multiple" love interest is Leslie Ellis-Tynes, who describes theater as her greatest love of all the performing arts. She dives into this multi-layered role in "The 39 Steps" fresh from gracing The Dundas stage in September, with a three-weekend performance of the 33rd annual "Summer Madness Revue" by James Catalyn & Friends theater troupe in Nassau and Abaco. This would mark Ellis-Tynes' fifth production with that group, and second performance of 2014 before a live audience following a role in The Bahamas Artist Movement's revival of "The Vagina Monologues." Her passion for stage performance has also taken her to work previously with director Clarence Rolle, Track Road Theatre and Ringplay Production's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the 2nd annual Shakespeare In Paradise festival.
Within the story of "The 39 Steps", audiences will witness the metamorphosis of characters, in particular, the roles held by two individuals -- Rossano Deal and Gail Hanna.
Deal takes on the commanding and the meek at the same time and will have audiences wanting more in his stage performance.
With an affinity for both stage and camera, Deal has made appearances in various media productions and was featured in a music video for "The Voice" singer Judith Hill. This professional tennis player is easily recognized as a result of his role in the Internet series, "North of Little Nowhere," after having risen to popularity from the Collage Entertainment's array of online comedies and parodies.
Like her theater counterpart that delves into various transformations throughout the play, Hanna is enjoying her first season as a multi-faceted character in "The 39 Steps." She has participated in the final season of the Bahamian variety and sketch comedy show "Da Spot," as well as a few minor roles in prior years.
The play has won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007 and the What's On Stage Award for Best Comedy 2007.
The 2008 Roundabout Broadway production won the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Lighting Design (Kevin Adams). It won two Tony Awards on June 15, 2008 for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. It was nominated for four other Tonys: Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Maria Aitken), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Peter McKintosh) and Best Costume Design of a Play (Peter McKintosh)."

Track Road Theatre
presents "The 39 Steps"
When: November 20-23
Where: The Dundas Center for the Performing Arts, Mackey Street
Performance days:
Thursday, November 20 - gala at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 21 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 22 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22 - 8 p.m.
Recommended for everyone|1 hour and 30 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission.
Tickets: $75 gala night performance, all other days $30 adults, $25 students with identification; discount tickets for groups of 10 or more.

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Soca warriors party at Sundance's inaugural beach event

November 13, 2014

The real Soca warriors were in position when DJ Private Ryan let loose on the turntables. When his signature intro began to play and the first song of his mix filled the beach, hips of all sizes and color began to gyrate. Such was the vibe day during Sundance's recent inaugural beach party.
Cruise visitors from Miami, including DJ Private Ryan and members of Hybrid Entertainment, were the first to take over Nirvana Beach. And it was a member from that crew who was the first to zip line into the party.
The vibes only grew from there, as local ticket holders flooded onto the beach for their all-inclusive drinks and copious amounts of Soca music with other genres mixed in by the DJ professionals.
First on the turntables was local deejay Furze, whose early juggling set the stage for Miami DJ sensation Dutty Dex -- the so-called "Music Mayor of Miami."
DJ Private Ryan took to the booth to much hype, escorted by members of the Eden Carnival Group, who donned the band's sexy Bahamas-Carnival-ready costumes. The group's models hyped the crowd, and got Private Ryan's set off to a beautiful start.
Private Ryan's "Soca Brainwash 2014" Youtube mega-mix became the go-to Soca compilation in the lead-up to Trinidad carnival. His first Trinidad carnival party titled after his famous Soca mix, was one of the most sought after fetes for the carnival season. He also grasped the Global Spin Awards' Caribbean DJ of the Year title in 2012.
Pupstar Entertainment and Events and Hybrid Events (Miami) came together to offer the cruise component that allowed the event to host an international audience and offer the unique sounds of international deejays next to local ones. The idea of Sundance grew out of planning for the official launch of Pupstar Entertainment, owned by Alicia "Puppy" Robinson.
"Sundance Beach Party was an epic success," said Robinson. "Reviews from both local guests as well as a host of international patrons from Trinidad, New York and Miami are that this is a do-not-miss event.
"Along with our sponsors, Pupstar Entertainment and Hybrid Events look forward to hosting the second Sundance Beach Party as we work toward building a weekend of events for the upscale and discerning kind."
Hybrid member Jonathan Suite said "[pictures] could never" tell the entire story of how great of an event Sundance became. "What a weekend," he said.
Sundance set the bar high with novel attractions offered such as zip lining and an all-inclusive drinks component that was second to none. Some groups opted to purchase private cabanas where they received bottle service from sexy servers in body paint.

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JETBLUE Becomes Official Airline Sponsor of BIFF
JETBLUE Becomes Official Airline Sponsor of BIFF

November 10, 2014

It was announced today that JetBlue Airways has come on board to sponsor the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) and will lend its name to support the New Vision Film section of the Festival...

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16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day,
16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day,

November 07, 2014

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s (BMOT) unique, social media promotion aptly named “16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day,” has played a pivotal role in cementing a long distance relationship for an Indiana couple.

Insurance Advisor, Ariana Viega-Barbosa and Pre-press Digital Manager, Darius Smith of Hobart, Indiana has been living miles apart in two different countries for most of 2014. Thanks to social media connections and the BMOT’s social media contest, the couple can look forward to their permanent domicile in one location soon.

According to Ariana, the couple “met while at a night club in August 2012 and began dating a month later. They spent an incredible amount of time together sharing surprise private candlelit dinners, movies, dancing and traveling. However, within their second date, she said she “knew Darius was the one,” and...

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Bahamas International Film Festival Unveils Official 2014 Program
Bahamas International Film Festival Unveils Official 2014 Program

November 07, 2014

Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 11th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-9, 2014 in Nassau and December 10-14, in Harbour Island, Eleuthera.

This year, the Festival will showcase 95 films from 30 different countries, including 48 features and 47 short films of which several are international premieres and all are Bahamian premieres.

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Nassau Music Society to stage classical, jazz and folk concert

November 07, 2014

The Nassau Music Society (NMS) is known for bringing the world of music to The Bahamas, and on Saturday, November 8 it will be no different as a trio of Bahamian acts take center stage for the concert known as "The November Night" a classical, jazz and folk concert.
Nathan Lightbourne, Muin242 and Lisa Fitz-Charles will be featured at "The November Night" which takes place at Government House Ballroom at 7:30 p.m.
Lightbourne, a gifted Bahamian pianist, composer and music educator, is a versatile performer who has given recitals featuring classical and jazz pieces. For the upcoming concert, he has compiled a diverse program that includes compositions and arrangements by Mozart, George Gershwin, Kapustin, and Art Tatum.
Muin242 will entertain the audience with both popular and lesser-known Bahamian classical and folk selections. The ensemble is comprised of five talented and ambitious College of The Bahamas students directed by Dr. Christine Gangelhoff, professor of music at COB and a NMS committee member.
Soprano Lisa Fitz-Charles, a former music educator whom Luciano Pavarotti once complimented as having a "pretty, sparkling voice" will perform her stunning rendition of Clara's song, "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess".
The Nassau Music Society is a non-profit organization that was established in the 1960s to promote and encourage the art of music. The Society organizes concerts and other musical activities such as workshops and master classes, by bringing internationally recognized artists to Bahamian shores by bringing the world of music to The Bahamas. The Society provides financial assistance to music students in The Bahamas through scholarships to the College of The Bahamas, grants for participants to attend events abroad and donations to other organizations and students involved in music.
The concert is free for members of NMS members. Non-members will be charged $20.

The program
Nathan Lightbourne:
Mozart - Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor K310
MUIN242:
Justilien - Eleuthera
Bethel - When the Road Seems Rough
(Brief intermission)
Nathan Lightbourne:
Arr. George Gershwin - Liza, I Got Rhythm
Radames Gnattali - Negaceando
Muin242:
Arr. Bethel - Ballymena
Lisa Fitz-Charles:
Gershwin - Summertime (from Porgy & Bess)
Nathan Lightbourne:
Art Tatum - Stormy Weather (Transcription)
Kapustin - Op. 40 Etude no. 1, Etude no. 6

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Small job or big job

November 07, 2014

My friend, if I were to ask you the question, "Do you have a small job or big job?" I wonder what your answer would be. I can just imagine some people saying, "Well to be honest with you D. Paul, I have a very small and indeed insignificant job, I'm just a small cog in a big wheel as I work for a rather large organization." To which I would say that's a load of rubbish for there's no such thing as a small job! But D. Paul you really don't understand, I'm just a messenger at a very large organization. So what. If your job were not important you would not have been hired.
Another very important point to be made is that many, many people spread throughout this great big world of ours started out in what we would perhaps term an insignificant way at or near the bottom of an organization, and yet they eventually rose up through the ranks reaching a very important management position at the top of the organization. Yes indeed, this does happen in a whole lot of organizations.
In my "Success Files" series I interviewed a gentleman by the name of Gerald Strachan who started out as a salesman for a large insurance company, which at that time operated throughout the Caribbean based in The Bahamas. Gerry Strachan worked his way up through the ranks of that company eventually becoming president. Now, that's not a fairy tale, it's a totally true story.
So in effect what I'm stating here today is this -- there really is no such thing as a small job in my estimation, after all, everyone has to start somewhere, however, with the right attitude and a real good work ethic, those who start at the bottom can indeed eventually rise to the top and thus become outstandingly successful. Yes they can!
No, there are no small jobs only small people, and I'm not talking about the actual height of a person, I'm referring to how they think, small or big. Anyone who starts at the bottom, in what many would term as a small job, can indeed with a whole lot of hard work eventually get to the top. There are examples of people doing just that all over the place.
So my friend, in conclusion, whatever your job is, it's obviously important enough for you to have been employed. So, be a real professional at whatever you do. Do your job to the very best of your ability each and every day whilst you continue to learn each and every day, for you are quite capable of reaching the top of the mountain, the summit of success. Yes you are!

o Think about it!
Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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Celeste Marshall to represent The Bahamas at Top Model of the World Pageant

November 07, 2014

Former Miss Bahamas Celeste Marshall will represent The Bahamas at the 2015 Top Model of the World Pageant.
Marshall, 22, who is enrolled in Monroe College, Rochelle, New York, where she is pursuing a degree in pediatrics, will join women from around the world for the pageant that will be held January 8-29, 2015 in Qingdao (pronounced Ching-Dow), one of the most modern cities in China, according to Willamae Deveaux, The Bahamas' national director.
No stranger to the stage, Marshall, who stands 5 feet, 11 inches, said she is ready, excited and prepared to do what she loves best -- modeling.
Top Model of the World is a different kind of pageant that emphasizes modeling. To compete, candidates must be between the ages of 17 and 25 years old (18 years before and under 26 years before international competition), stand at least five feet, eight inches, be physically fit, and have good skin with no visible tattoos and body piercings. They should also be of good character, with no criminal history, be single and never been married, with no children. Candidates should be friendly, easy to work with and be a citizen of the country they are representing.

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'Nightcrawler' is without a doubt one of the best movies of the year

November 07, 2014

Nightcrawler (Rated C)
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed
Genre: Crime Thriller
Dwight's rating: 4.5

Whatever you think of the media here in The Bahamas, be thankful that it is nowhere near the madness that is the local television news industry in most parts of the United States.
Yes, the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality is prevalent everywhere these days, including The Bahamas, but here we've largely been spared the round-the-clock coverage of endless car chases and news crews camped out in people's front yards.
Of course, that doesn't mean Bahamians aren't enamored with the high jinks of local news coverage in markets like Los Angeles, New York, and especially neighboring Miami. Many here ingest these local news offerings as if they're entertainment programming -- which, as many have long suspected, is exactly what many news producers probably want.
The new film "Nightcrawler" is an examination of just how dark and sinister this industry can be. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Lou muscles into the cutthroat world of freelance "nightcrawling" -- "where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall, and victims are converted into dollars and cents". Lou gets a rush from the ceaseless search for footage, and seeks to become the star of his own story.
Well, let's get this out of the way early: "Nightcrawler" is without a doubt one of the best movies of the year, supplanting "Guardians of the Galaxy" on my list as the year's best so far.
Director and writer Dan Gilroy has delivered a masterpiece that is unbelievably thrilling, with edge-of-your-seat excitement, deftly navigating between intense action and quiet moments of neurotic dialogue. It is dark, yet darkly humorous.
The performances are simply amazing. Largely forgotten actress Renee Russo is strong in a hopefully career-reviving role as Nina, a veteran news producer. Some of her lines about the news business and about what makes it on the air are cringe-worthy. It's not like everyone doesn't know this stuff, but hearing someone say it so bluntly is disconcerting.
Also impressive is British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed as Rick, Lou's forlorn and downtrodden assistant. Their interactions are priceless and extremely entertaining.
But the star of the show (literally and figuratively) is Gyllenhaal.
As the seemingly mousy Lou, he is a dominant force -- creepy and captivating, commanding attention in every scene from beginning to end.
This is probably his best performance in a long line of outstanding ones. He accomplishes this by applying and mastering seemingly insignificant quirks to Lou. Did Gyllenhaal always have crazy eyes? And did he always walk like that? I don't recall. But he certainly does so here, because someone like Lou probably would.
This is the strongest and most memorable male acting performance so far this year. For that reason alone "Nightcrawler" should not be missed. Everything comes together nearly flawlessly. To enjoy it, you don't have to be a news junkie. There's the action and the performances.
There's something for everyone. If only most of the newscasts we watch most evenings could claim the same.

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'Like Sunday Like Rain' and 'Big In Japan' to bookend Bahamas International Film Festival

November 07, 2014

The 11th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will showcase 95 films from 30 different countries, including 48 features and 47 short films of which several are international premieres and all are Bahamian premieres, according to festival founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool.
BIFF takes place December 4-9 in New Providence and December 10-14 in Harbour Island, Eleuthera.
"Like Sunday Like Rain" starring, Starring Leighton Meester (Gossip Girls) and Debra Messing (Will And Grace) and Billy Joe Armstrong, will open the festival with a red carpet screening at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island on Thursday, December 4. American Comedy "Big in Japan" starring Phillip Peterson, Sean Lowry, David Drury, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers as Mans will close the festival with an evening screening on Sunday, December 7, also at the Atlantis Theater.
"Like Sunday Like Rain" directed by Frank Whaley tells the story of Reggie, a 12-year-old rich prodigy who lives in a castle in New York, surrounded by wealth but living a lonely life as his parents are frequently absent. Eleanor is a young musician going through the pains of growing up, who is having problems with her boyfriend and was recently fired from her job. Making matters worse, she finds herself with no place to live and far from her unsupportive family. In a desperate attempt to find a new job, she finds herself at the home of Barbara, Reggie's mom, and is hired to take care of the young boy. She is surprised by Reggie's intelligence and street smarts but is worried about his odd behavior of avoiding riding in cars, skipping summer camp and only having one friend, Raj. Little by little they both learn about each other lives until an emergency forces Eleanor to visit her family in Upstate New York. After unsuccessfully trying to find a replacement, she takes Reggie with her where he is exposed to a whole different world. This is a beautiful story about discovery and acceptance.
In "Big In Japan" directed by John Jeffcoat, things are looking bleak for the members of rock band Tennis Pro. They've been struggling to connect to an audience in the Seattle music scene, with a recent run of shows drawing sparse crowds and uninspiring day jobs that are quickly eclipsing their dreams. So when an opportunity arises to take their act on the road to Japan -- where the allure of a second chance at recognition awaits them -- they can't refuse. Embarking on their Tokyo musical odyssey, the guys experience all the thrills and setbacks of taking their music into unknown territory (at least to them) and in the process learn a thing or two about themselves. It's just possible they won't fade away.
The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative and Documentary; New Visions; and Short Film. Special sections include Caribbean Spotlight and World Cinema as well as special screenings.
The Filmmaker's Residency Program will return this year. For the tenth year BIFF has broadened the program to include filmmakers from around the world to submit screenplays that are based in The Bahamas or Caribbean region. The Filmmakers' Residency Program nurtures screenwriters by providing them with an unrivaled opportunity to spend a week with accomplished professionals who make a living working in the industry from Los Angeles and New York. This year's program will be held in Harbour Island, Eleuthera, December 10-14.
About the Bahamas International Film Festival: The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the local community and international festivalgoers with a diverse presentation of films from The Bahamas and around the world. In addition to showcasing films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level of filmmaking, participation and education throughout The Bahamas and the world. For more information visit www.bintlfilmfest.com or call 242-698-1800.

The official BIFF lineup is comprised of the following films:

Spirit of Freedom (narrative)
Come to my voice (Turkey) Director: Ray Meirovitz
The Gift, An Bronntanas (Ireland) Director: Tom Collins
Four Corners (South Africa) Director: Ian Gabriel
Lake Los Angeles (US) Director: Mike Ott
Sombras De Azul (Mexico/Cuba) Director: Travis Pittman
Tu Seras Un Homme (France) Director: Benoit Cohen
Wheels (US) Director: Donavon Thomas
Love Me "Mehe"(Turkey/Ukraine) Director: Maryna Er Gorbach & Mehmet Bahadir

Spirit of Freedom (documentary)
Chimeras (China) Director: Mika Mattila
Mala Mala (USA) Director: Dan Sickles
N'Kisi Concorde (USA) Director: Nikki Sass
Obama Mama (USA) Director: Vivian Norris
Poverty Inc. (USA) Director: Mark Weber
Spit' in Anger: Venom Of a Fatherless Son (USA) Director: Kenneth Braswell
Surviving Cliff Side (USA) Director: John Matthews
Vessel (USA) Director: Diana Whitten

New visions
Beti and Amare (Ethiopia. Spain Canada, Germany, Romania USA) Andy Siege
Battered (USA) Director: Robert Madero
Copenhagen (USA) Director: Mark Raso
Cru (USA) Director: Alton Glass
Five Star (USA) Director: Luisa Conlon
Lawrence & Holloman - (Canada) Director: Matthew Kowalchuk
Leave To Remain (UK) Director: Bruce Goodison
Marussia (USA / France) Director: Eva Pervolvici
Mom Murder and Me (USA) Director: Heather Donnell
Still (UK) Director: Simon Blake
Sun Belt Express (USA) Director: Evan Buxbaum
The Boys Castaway (Australia) Director: Michael Kantor

Caribbean spotlight
Abo So (Aruba) Director: Juan Francisco
De Pez En Cuando (Dominican Republic) Director: Francisco Adolfo Valdez
Ring Di Alarm (Jamaica) Director: Storm Saulter, Michelle Serieux
The Current (Bahamas, Mexico Tonga, USA) Director: Kurt Miller, Hans Rosenwinkel
You Have His Eyes (US/Jamaica) Director: Chris Wilson

Special screening
Like Sunday Like Rain (USA) Director: Frank Whaley
Night Of The Living Dead (USA) Director: Zebediah De Soto

World cinema
Boundaries Of The Heart (China)
Free Fall (USA)
I Believe In Unicorns (USA) Director: Leah Meyerhoff
Sleepwalkers (USA) Director: Ryan Lightbourn)
Jingle Bell Rocks!! (USA) Director: Michael Kezin
Art Of Darkness (Canada) Director: David Parker
The Barefoot Bandit (USA, Bahamas) Director: Carly Bodmer
Oil & Water (USA) Director: Francine Strickwerda & Laurel Spellman Smith
Sand Wars (USA) Director: Denis Delestrac
Ice Bear (UK, Canada) Director: Oliver Parker
The Widowers (USA) Director: Katie Irish
Under the Same Sun (Israel) Director: Yelena Gyulkhanda

Short films
37/0 4 S (France) Director: Adriano Valerio
A Spring Has Passed By (Syria) Director: Eva Daoud
Animal Cookies (USA) Director: Matthew Temple
Bis Gleich (Till Then) Director: Benjamin Wolff
Bodies Of Irreversible Detriment (USA) Director: Ben Lazarus
Butterfly Fluttering (Russia) Director: Roman Kayumov
Choongshim, Soso (Korea) Director: Kim Jung in
Con Quein Suena Berta (Spain) Director: Francisco Javier Gomez Pinteno
Danny And The Wild Bunch -(USA) Director: Robert Rugan
Distance (US/ Spain) Director: Danny Langa
Dove On The Roof

?????? (Kazakhstan) Director: Olga Korotko
El Bostan El Saeed Street (Egypt) Director: Maysoon El Massry
El Tiempo Del Agua (Argent
na, Canada) Director: Shahriar Adham El Kosht
En Las Nubes (In The Clouds) (Argentina) Director: Marcelo Mitnik
Festus (USA) Director: Shawn Snyder
Frank and Azalee Austin (USA) Director: Zachary Kerschberg
Forget Me Not (USA) Director: Christopher McKee
Helium (Denmark) Director: Andres Walter
Hotel Y (Argentina) Director: Geraldine Baron Visher
I Know You (Italy, UK) Director: Colin Gerrard
I'm In The Corner With Bluebells (UK) Ako Mitchell
Idyllwild ?? (China) Director: Zenas Cao, Aisha Porter-Christie
Indian Summer (UK) Director: Toby Lomas
Into The Silent Sea (USA) Director: Andrej Landin
La Donna (Spain) Director: Nicolas Dolensky
La Gallina (Spain) Director: Manel Raga
Last Days Of Summer (Netherlands) Director: Feike Santbergen
Le Train Bleu (France) Director: Stephanie Assimacopoulo
Leave Keys In Car (USA) Director: Tessa Blake
Long Con (USA) Director: Kreimild Saunders
Love Me Haiti (Haiti, Poland, Sweden, USA) Director: Hugues Gentillion
Man Since Long Time (Egypt) Director: Mahmoud Yossry
Mr. Invisible (UK) Director: Greg Ash
Muted (USA) Director: Rachel Goldberg
One Armed Man (USA) Director: Tim Guinee
One night Only (USA) Director: Che Grant
Perfect day (USA) Director: Derrick L. Sanders
Salvatore (USA) Director: William Shermer
Second Act (USA) Director: Francesca De Sola
Somos Amigos (Spain) Director: Carlos Solano Perez
The Smut Locker (USA) Director: Harry Tarre
Tobacco Burn (USA) Director: Justin Liberman
Tribute (USA) Director: Neil Evans
Washingtonia (Greece) Director: Konstantina Kotzamani
When Pigs Swim (Bahamas) Director: Charlie Smith
Where Do We Go From Here (USA) Director: Matthew Szewczyk

Filmmaker Residency Program Selection
Bioterror Conspiracy, written by: Louis Lio
A beautiful Navy SEAL must stop a Naval Officer from making lethal a biological weapon. Sex, murder, and espionage mix with science, history and post 9-11 politics, in an odyssey with symbolism and trivia, flashes of humor, and a noble dream. Long after the Bay of Pigs Invasion, there's specter of another Cuban Missile Crisis, this time biological. The story is fiction, but the science, medicine, Navy operations, history and politics, is real.

Explorers, written by: Christopher Andre
Earth's survivors have been forced to go deep underground to reboot society. With resources running out and totalitarian rule building great discontent, A group of young criminals are tasked to explore the Earth's surface to seek out resources. What they find up above is far more frightening than anything they could have imagined.

Last Ones Left, written by: Oliver W. Ottley
Where survival of the fittest is code, four best friends get caught up in a whirlwind of unforeseeable danger, and are put to the test when the vicious street laws they're governed by threaten to claim their lives.

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242 Colour Run returns to Freeport
242 Colour Run returns to Freeport

November 05, 2014

The 242 Colour Run in Freeport took place on November 2nd. The second instance of the 3-mile event in Grand Bahama added a large dose of colour to the lively crowd at the Garden of the Groves. The Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise and the Rotaract Clubs of Freeport were well represented and were the beneficiaries of the event.

Thanks to the sponsors, participants were able to enjoy ice-cold Vita Coco natural coconut water and Sands beer after the race. Shannon Barnes won a Timex Health Touch watch courtesy of Mystery Shopper Bahamas and other participants won free entries to any 242 Colour Run in 2014 or 2015.

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Brides From Florida Who Won Dream Wedding In The Bahamas Select Their Mon Cheri Bridal Gowns
Brides From Florida Who Won Dream Wedding In The Bahamas Select Their Mon Cheri Bridal Gowns

November 05, 2014

The three lucky brides from Florida that recently won The Islands of The Bahamas, “16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day” contest, came together recently to select their complimentary Mon Cheri bridal gowns, designed by David Tutera and Sophia Tolli.

The bridal gown, which ranges in prices from $1,300 to $1,900, was one of several prizes won by the brides in The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s unique, social media contest.

The brides, Cristina Gaston, of Miami, Wanjira Banfield of Fort Lauderdale, and Patrice Prescott of Haileah are scheduled to marry in Bimini, Abaco and Andros respectively. They were also presented ...

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'Getting On Returns To HBO for a Second Season'
'Getting On Returns To HBO for a Second Season'

November 03, 2014

Premiering November 9th in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the United States,
the series takes a look at the dysfunctional staff
of a struggling hospital...

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'Godfather of Bahamian music' honored

October 30, 2014

Ronnie Butler, the iconic musician, singer and recording artist known as the "Godfather of Bahamian music" has been inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame.
He was honored for the 50 years he has been entertaining fans by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation which honors Caribbean nationals who have excelled at the highest level in their fields and are recognized by the public. The 12th version of the event was held on Saturday, October 25 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
Butler, who is ill, was not present for the ceremony. He was represented at the event in Jamaica by Bahamian Deandrea Hamilton from Magnetic Media, a firm based in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Hamilton had nominated Butler for the award. Butler was presented with the award yesterday.
"I am honored and humbled to be able to receive such an honor, being inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame," said Butler
He is the fourth Bahamian to be inducted into the Hall after Eddie Minnis (performing and recording artists category), the country's first Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling (government officials, deceased) and Sir Sidney Poitier (performing and recording artists category), Butler said he was "keeping good company" and thanked Hamilton for putting his name forward. He added that the honor is for the Bahamian people.
"All-in-all I would like to say to the Bahamian people, this one for you," said Butler, who is wheelchair-bound.
Butler who has recorded 15 albums and whose sound is a mix of humor and storytelling songs, is known for hit classics like "Burma Road", "Bahama Rock", and "Crow Calypso". His newer songs include "Sweet Emily, Look What you Do", "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" with Count Bernadino, "Bahamian Thing", "Bang Bang Lulu", "Bungy On Fire", "Married Man", "Going Back to the Island" and "Pretty Brown Eyes". His single "Married Man" was featured in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too?" which was shot in The Bahamas.
During his career, when he wasn't recording as a solo artist, Butler was a part of two groups under his name. The first group was Ronnie & The Ramblers with Charlie Dean, Sidney Darling and Carl Rodgers. They became a household name for 17 years. In the 1980s he headlined the group Ronnie Butler & Fire.
"I would like to thank my God for allowing me the time on this earth and I'd like to also thank my mom who when I told her I wanted to be a musician said 'go for it' in so many words. I am so blessed."
Butler was among inductees this year that included Jamaicans Rita Marley, Beres Hammond, Bennie Man, Gem Myers, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, Paul Campbell, Bill Edwards, Patsy Ricketts, Lennie Little-White, Barbara Blake-Hanna and Kahnai Condison, as well as sports personalities Grace Jackson, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn and Andrew Price. John Holt, who recently passed, was honored posthumously.
Butler has also been given the Cacique Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
He started out playing the maracas at the age of 16. He did not let his job as a construction worker get in the way of him playing music. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. he would work on construction sites, and then play music from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Butler also credits Island FM CEO Charles Carter, who is described as a culturalist, with largely being responsible for the name Ronnie Butler.
"He came to the Rum Keg Room and recorded 'Burma Road' on a two-track recorder, and that song played all day everyday for about six months before I could scrape up the money to go to Florida to record it in a studio properly," he said. That recording was done over 40 years ago.
Carter also described Butler as the voice of the 20th century and the leading voice in the second wave of Bahamian musicians as today marks the 100th anniversary of recordings being made of Bahamians singing the music of The Bahamas -- music that he said is not known to Bahamians and have not been heard by today's generation, because most of it is in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
"It's great music," said Carter. "And the best part about that music is it's a straight-line descendant to Bahamians who were here.
"The second wave after Joseph Spence and Blind Blake and George Symonette and that great wonderful crew of people and names that I could call that wouldn't be recognizable today has been led by Ronnie Butler. He is the voice of our 20th century," Carter added. "If you listen to his music you will see how we have evolved -- our manners, our standards, what we have aspired to and where we have come from, and you will also see where we can go. He [Butler] has gone world class. This man is the architect of our art and culture in this country today. He is the leader of the second wave and he has been consistent from 1958 to now."

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Spooky good happenings

October 30, 2014

The hottest end of the month event known as Fantastic Fridays has taken on a freakish, but fabulous affair for All Hallows Eve. The must attend party in the Bullion Bar at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel at which Visage rocks the house will be hosted by Kedar of Kedar In Style.
The Star 106.5 FM special Halloween edition this evening will serve up "fa-boo-lous" drink specials throughout the night, including a ghoulish Halloween flaming shot called "The Hot Horror".
Fabulous prizes will be given out for this special edition as well -- dinner for two for the weirdest costume; lunch for two for the best social media post (Facebook); a weekend stay for best costume; a one-night stay for best male/female costume; Sunday brunch for two for best social media post (Instagram); $50 beverage credit at Bullion for funniest costume; along with three additional $25 beverage credit to be given out throughout the night.
The Kedar-hosted event kicks off at 5 p.m. and adds an extra two hours to the fun. Instead of closing shop at the usual 10 p.m. end time, the party will run through the midnight bewitching hour.

Fantastic Fridays!
When: Friday, October 31
Where: Hilton's Bullion Lounge
Time: 5 p.m. to midnight
Entertainment: Visage Band
Prizes for best overall costume, best female/male costume, weirdest costume, scariest costume and social media prizes.
Admission: $20.

Veuve Clicquot Yelloween Costume Party
When: Friday, October 31
Where: The Balmoral, Sanford Drive
Admission: $100
Time: 7:30 pm. To 11 p.m.
Costume competition, dinner and champagne all night
Prizes for scariest male and female costumes and most creative costume
Entertainment: Deuce Band

Hell's Down, Bottoms Up! 2
When: Friday, October 31
Where: Via Restaurant and Bar at Parliament Street and Woodes Rodgers Walk
$50 bar tab each for sexiest and scariest costume. 666 drink specials for vampire blood vodka martini, hell on fire and devil in a red dress.

Hallotween (no one over 18 admitted)
When: Saturday, November 1
Where: Mario's Bowling & Family Entertainment Palace
Time: 7 p.m. until midnight
Entertainment: Music by teen deejay Ovadose and Skully.
Admission: $10 (costumes required)
Prizes for best dressed male and female. No one over 18 admitted. 7 p.m until midnight.

Blue Lagoon Island Halloween Spooktacular
When: Saturday, November 1,
Where: Blue Lagoon Island
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Spider egg hunts, costume parade, bobbing for apples, hunted pirate's hideout, games, treats and more.
Admission: Adults $25, Kids 12 and under $20 includes round-trip boat ride, buffet lunch, treats, candy and scavenger hunt. Boarding times (Paradise Island Ferry Terminal 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Final return 5:30 p.m. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Sapodilla Masquerade
When: Friday, October 31
Where: Kamalame Terrace, Sapodilla Estate
Time: 7 p.m. until
Entertainment: Dion Da Butcha
Admission: $40 includes mask, two drinks and tapas

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'John Wick' is non-stop action

October 30, 2014

John Wick (Rated C)
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist
Genre: Action Thriller
Dwight's Rating:
The Russians are coming!
Or are they Ukrainian? Or Belarusian?
Regardless, they are all former members of the Soviet Bloc. And bad boys from these nations are suddenly all the rage in movies once again!
Just as tensions between the United States and Russia are higher than at any point since the Cold War ended, we've seen three movies in just the last two months featuring "Russian" mobsters. From a small presence in "A Walk in the Tombstones", to being at the heart of all the drama and trauma in "The Equalizer" and now "John Wick" -- Russian baddies seem to be everywhere. Coincidence?
"John Wick" actually seems to have a lot more than just the Russian mafia in common with Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer". Keanu Reeves plays the title character -- an ex-hit man who comes out of retirement, much like Washington's Robert McCall. But unlike McCall, who uses his skills to right wrongs done to others, Wick tracks down the gangsters who took some very important things belonging to him. (I won't say what those things are because that will spoil some of the fun -- and shock -- at the extremes to which Wick goes to exact revenge.)
Both films start off in very calm, touching and sentimental ways, belying the brutal carnage and sensory assaults that lie in wait. It doesn't take long though before "John Wick" takes a sharp turn into uncomfortable territory; I initially became quite concerned that my reaction to all the fighting and killing was amusement.
Thankfully it becomes clearer that this is probably intentional, as "John Wick" does not want to be taken too seriously. It is a virtual video game, with barely any dialogue. It's as if the popular "Grand Theft Auto" were made into a live-action film.
Regular readers of this column will recall that while I was enamored with Washington's performance, overall I felt "The Equalizer" was overly gruesome and violent. Despite Washington's remaining "stunningly cool, calm and collected" amid chaotic killing scenes, I rated it only as "watchable", giving it 2 stars.
Yet, I'm rating "John Wick" slightly higher. Why the difference?
Especially when they are plagued with some of the same issues? (Someone is slaughtered literally every few seconds). Then there are the unique problems. (After all these years, Reeves is still barely "acting", and does a lot of what is essentially "reacting", with some interesting facial expressions.)
Well, the positives outweigh those negatives. There's not as much variety in the methods of killing, making it much less disconcerting than the virtual "Handbook on Homicide" that is "The Equalizer". And it is strikingly stylistic featuring beautifully directed fighting scenes that can only be described as choreography. Plus Wick is almost always impeccably dressed in a suit, as are most of the assassins sent to dispose of him.
Also adding to enjoyment factor is Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, as the head of the Russian crime family. Of the few lines of real dialogue, he's got some of the best, and best expresses the amazement at the lengths John goes for retribution.
There is a Tarentino-esque feel to the whole production -- a sillier, juvenile "Kill Bill"-ness. It's not the smartest film in the world, but it doesn't want to be. It's simply fun, and actually kinda funny.
Now, if only we can get the real Russians -- and in particular -- their increasingly frightening president -- to just lighten up a bit!

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Bahamian actor Bert Williams recognized as pioneer in American film

October 30, 2014

The first Bahamian actor ever to be captured on film is being recognized as a pioneer during a five-month long exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.
Bert Williams is a name that is etched in the sands of time.
The late New Providence native is one of few black men in the late 1800s and early 1900s who maintained a successful film and music career.
With partner George Walker, Williams pioneered the advancement of black performances in integrated musical comedies.
After Walker died, he continued his dynamic career, winning a Tony Award and cementing his name in history.
The exhibition at MOMA titled "100 Years In Post Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History" began on October 24 and will continue until March 2015.
The exhibit includes screen shots, a film showing of a lost film and a behind the scenes look at the film in which Williams is seen speaking with Caucasian directors at a time when integrated films were almost non-existent.
In the film, Williams applied a black makeup to cover his skin -- a trend that became increasingly unpopular with the African-American community in later days.
Associate Curator at MOMA Ronald Magliozzi said it took a decade to complete all the research needed to produce the two-storey exhibition.
"I've always loved Bert Williams' recordings. He was a remarkable performer and that's how it started," he said.
"I was always fascinated with how he was presented in 'Black Face' and I got more and more engaged with him and when I discovered that the museum had an unidentified film with him I was sold."
Magliozzi said Williams' contribution to the American film industry is tremendous.
"Unfortunately, he was not allowed to make many films and until now he has not been considered a key figure. But I think that this discovery and the amount of performance that you are allowed to see free of all of the racism is going to rewrite history and rewrite his reputation in film. I would project that this film will probably be recognized by the Library of Congress as a landmark film and that makes me very proud and happy for Bert," he said.
The curator is not alone in his thinking.
Director of the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad said it is important that Williams' contribution is taken seriously particularly because of his West Indian heritage.
"We have a wonderful diaspora from the Caribbean and to have a star of his caliber for the time period and to be able to see him and his films is a wonderful moment for Bahamian history," he said.
Pulitzer Prize winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson also lauded the exhibition.
"The exhibit is incredibly exciting. It's a great West Indian actor brought to life in ways that we have not been able to see," she said. "He has been mythic legendary and now we can see what his great craft was."
Senior Director of Global Marketing in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in New York Valery Brown-Alce said she is proud of the exhibit, which is the first of its kind.
"We are so proud that we are a part of MOMA and it's exhibition in New York," she said.
"Secondly, to be a part of something where a Bahamian made history when you look at the film and you see that he became one of the first black men in theater to be integrated it's a proud moment, he is a proud son of The Bahamas and so we couldn't be more pleased."
Kamela Forbes Mattheson, a Bahamian who lives in New York, also gave her stamp of approval on the exhibition.
"I think it is excellent," she said. "I think it speaks to his upbringing which started in The Bahamas. He cultivated his talent in America. Being from The Bahamas I would like to take pride knowing that he was nurtured there."

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Pan African Film Festival accepting submissions

October 30, 2014

The call for submissions is open for the 23nd Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), February 12 - 22, 2015, the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the United States.
PAFF spans 11 days, and attracts 40,000-plus industry and public attendees, and schedules screenings of more than 150 films from around the globe. American exposure generates at-home press and even award recognition for international films. The diversity of PAFF is represented by its core value of Pan-Africanism in every feature selected and its community programming including an extensive fine art show and surrounding schools Black History Month curriculum.
"Through the years, our guiding principle of 'Pan-Africanism' as a movement remains to unify and provide a platform for the meaningful stories of all people of African descent worldwide -- African American, Caribbean, European, Latin American, South Pacific, and Aboriginal" said Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF.
PAFF broadens the horizon of the film market and opens the minds of its audiences. In recent years, the reception to "Django Unchained", "The Help" and "12 Years a Slave" by both Black and crossover filmgoers were culturally explosive, huge box office wins and proved to Hollywood and the world that films about the black experience were not only relevant but profitable.
"Any film from anywhere with a synopsis from Africa and the Diaspora is eligible," said Ayuko Babu, executive director of PAFF. "The perspective must be realistic and reflect the black experience. Our time is now, our stories are prime, and support of authenticity is vital."
Eligibility
PAFF accepts submissions for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. Filmmaker(s) need not be of African or African American descent. Films should preferably depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre -- drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. Features and shorts both narrative and documentary may be submitted. The film festival will accept a single submission of a work in progress, however, the final version of the film must be completed no later than December 1, 2014. Submissions must be made online through the PAFF website, www.paff.org. Click onto the "Submit to PAFF 2015" button.
Submission
Late submission is Oct. 20 - Nov. 19 Features $75 | Shorts $55
For complete details on rules, restrictions, fees, deadlines, and online application, visit www.paff.org. Official selections begins December 3, 2014 with "roll-out" notification; final announcement will be posted to the website no later than January 5, 2015.

Competition categories:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary
Best Director
First Feature
Audience Favorite Awards for Narrative Feature
Audience Favorite Awards for Favorite Documentary
Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2014. With the exception of Audience Favorite Awards, all films are judged by industry professionals, selected by PAFF. In addition to competition awards, other programming and festival special prizes will be awarded.

About the Pan African Film Festival: PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover ("The Color Purple," "Lethal Weapon" movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja'Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series "Good Times") and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression. The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

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Let The Music Play

October 30, 2014

On Saturday, November 1st, an eclectic group of popular artists, musicians and personalities will gather at Bahamas Faith Ministries’ Diplomat Center to honor the couple whose lives impacted generations of young people...

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