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Ryan Knowles, a top-selling agent with Mario Carey Realty, said Ocean Cliff Villas will include 24 three-bedroom, 3-bath residences with pre-construction prices from $599,000-$799,000.
With a severe dengue fever outbreak, Nassau shuts down. Hospitals are full. People have to stay at home with their families. Tourism is halted.
Track Road Theatre (TRT) and No Budget Productions (NBP) present "Affliction", a short film that follows Noah, Sidney and Emily, who are searching for food and clean water, while trying to avoid being quarantined or coming in contact with this deadly strain of dengue fever, which causes mind-bending pain, delusions and fits of rage.
On the heels of Collage Entertainment's "Get Charlie" and the emergence of two Bahamian television shows, "Gippy's Kingdom" and "It Takes a Village", "Affliction" continues to feed the hunger that Bahamians have to see their own stories on the big and small screens.
In late 2011, TRT approved a co-production with No Budget Productions that matched their mission of commitment to community and industry. By partnering to produce "Affliction" on a micro-budget, TRT says it is explicitly exploring the commercial options for making film a viable local career choice. From local showings to festivals to video on demand, one of TRT's main goals is to see what works and why, and then share what they learn with the burgeoning local film community.
"We feel this movie is significant not just for us but for Bahamian film in general because of what we were able to do with next to no budget," said "Affliction" Director Matthew Kelly. "Some great Bahamian films have been made, but the best of them have been with budgets in the hundreds of thousands and up. They've also used foreign crews and actors to great effect, but we wanted to show a solid micro-budget film could be done here with local talent and crew. Our goal now is to find out how to take this talent and its product and create a sustainable industry."
The production budget for "Affliction" is listed as just shy of $1,000, not including investments in equipment and marketing. According to Kelly, it costs around $20,000 to make a short film like "Affliction" and around $50,000-$60,000 to make a feature film.
"We're only really starting to build an audience for Bahamian film. Bahamians love them and support them but it's not as easy to get the word out as it will be in, say, five years when Bahamian film will be much more well-known and anticipated," said Tara Woodside, producer and a principal in No Budget Productions.
"[TRT's] take is that while we should be telling our own stories for our own people, the market here is too small to bear a film industry," Kelly pointed out. "So you have to look outside for long term sales and sustainability. And one of the things that
requires is that you meet international standards... The novelty of Bahamians supporting Bahamian film because it's Bahamian as opposed to because it's good film is going to wear off in the next couple of years."
TRT is hoping that by increasing the output, production groups can improve on the production process and share their experiences with other groups. In turn, collaboration and integration between the different groups, which can sometimes want to go off on their own, is essential.
While Kelly and TRT are hoping to generate interest in Bahamian films, members of the Bahamas Institute for Motion Pictures are putting together a series of short films entitled "Bahama Stories" to showcase emerging Bahamian filmmakers.
In conjunction with the Bahamas Actors and Filmmakers Guild, Kareem Mortimer, Matthew Cromwell and Tyler Johnston are working with a small team of mostly volunteers to highlight the Bahamian experience. The group is hoping the project will be a model for independent moviemakers while demonstrating that the craft of filmmaking can be done professionally without relying on flashy gimmicks, expensive equipment or big budgets.
This project and future work by various local production groups are generating public interest in local film and television programming, which Kelly and TRT hope will mean more opportunities for filmmakers to bring Bahamian experiences to life on the big and small screens.
o "Affliction" (TRT, NBP) and "From This Day Forward" (NBP) can be seen February 27 & 28 at Galleria Cinemas, JFK. Find them on Facebook or at www.AfflictionTheMovie.com.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Bishop Michael Eldon School, which has long been noted for its academic and athletic achievement, once again will reveal its artistic side in "Art of Warriors" - a unique showcase of tremendously talented young student artists.
To establish the kind of 'Bahamian Mardi Gras' the government announced earlier this week will require a shift in the thinking of Junkanoo leaders, artist Antonius Roberts told Guardian Arts&Culture.
Roberts said that while the establishment of a week-long festival modeled after the famous Carnival in Trinidad and Mardi Gras of New Orleans is a step in the right direction, the move will also require a commitment to embrace opportunities to transform the art of Junkanoo into the business of Junkanoo, without compromising tradition and cultural identity.
"There are a few groups and Junkanoo organizations," he said, "who have for years made every effort to effectively engage the youths of their respective communities with a desire to transform and sustain lives, in the creative, productive and disciplined environment of 'The Shack'."
He said the week-long celebration could be a good thing, provided the celebrations are not Bay Street centric but more inclusive, supportive and focused on an interdisciplinary Bahamian cultural explosion in every park and on every block.
In his 2013/14 budget communication, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced
earlier this week that the government will spend $1 million to help develop a major, week-long national cultural festival.
The festival is targeted for start-up in 2015 and could incorporate a cultural village, public processions and song and costume competition, said PM Christie. The $1 million will be allocated to the festival next year and will be a joint effort between the public and private sector.
"We believe that this stimulus to Bahamian music, art, entertainment and other cultural forms will reap inestimable rewards for generations to come," he told MPs.
"Various (Junkanoo) groups, such as the Saxons or the Valley Boys, could become corporate entities."
PM Christie also pointed to business opportunities to sell costumes.
He emphasized that there will be specific stipulations that a certain percentage of the contents of costumes will be made of straw and sisal, which he said would stimulate and provide a much-needed boost to those domestic industries.
The government is foreshadowing a burst of entrepreneurship from cultural tourism including costume design and creation, writing and performance of music, dance and choreography, visual arts, lighting, stage design and the protection of related intellectual property.
"We also note that, as well as crime statistics decreasing during the Junkanoo months, Junkanoo promotes teamwork and teaches compromise and other important social skills," said Christie. "We believe that these same benefits can be transposed to the Pre-Lenten Mardi Gras or Carnival."
The prime minister said that once fully operational, the festival is expected to provide a significant boost to the tourism sector. It is also hoped to create hundreds of full-time employment opportunities for people engaged in the design and fabrication of carnival costumes.
Cultural activist and director of Educulture Bahamas Arlene Nash-Ferguson said the celebration must be one that is "uniquely Bahamian".
"We have a very rich culture, and it needs to be exposed to the fullest. As a tourist destination, we need to ensure that when our visitors come to The Bahamas they leave having had a uniquely Bahamian experience," said Nash-Ferguson.
"I know there are festivals around the world and it's okay borrowing good ideas, but when all is said and done, it must have a uniquely Bahamian stamp on it."