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News Article

February 23, 2013
'Affliction' bursts onto the scene

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.

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News Article

February 09, 2013
PLP is Struggling to Keep its Promises

Dear Editor,
Perhaps many of the thousands of Bahamians who enthusiastically supported the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) last May and in the recent North Abaco by-election were under the impression (or delusion) that a win for the PLP and Perry...

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News Article

January 15, 2013
A revolutionary advertising campaign

Paradise Island is not representative of The Bahamas. It is a playground for tourists conveniently separated from New Providence by a toll bridge. Once over the bridge, tourists have few reasons to venture back to the mainland to mingle with the local populous. The Ministry of Tourism would do well to market the other 699 islands that certainly offer a more Bahamian experience.
And at the cost of $15 million, Bahamian taxpayers are looking for tourist dollars to extend beyond Paradise Island. We are intrigued by this "aggressive" campaign that intends to be a game changer. Perhaps, an advertising campaign that includes the Family Islands is considered revolutionary, albeit well over due.
With Baha Mar set to open in late 2014, there is no question that New Providence needs to increase airlift while attracting more visitors. But New Providence has saturated the North American market. The New York tri-state area is bored of the seemingly regurgitated advertisements for Paradise Island.

If life is "Better in The Bahamas" then show the world The Bahamas, not an artificial tropical domain.
Many in The Bahamas have a perverted view that we lack natural resources, when quite to the contrary our waters are the envy to many. We can arrogantly boast that we have the best beaches with an endless expanse of clear turquoise waters. Why settle for the crowded beaches of New Providence, when a private beach oasis in the Exuma cays awaits?
Harbour Island, Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town draw return visitors year after year with scant international advertising. Set amidst quaint homes, easy to access beaches and welcoming Bahamians, our oldest settlements attract tourists, and more importantly second homeowners, who relish old-world charm and dine on exquisite fare.
The Bahamas is a boater's dream. The Sea of Abaco provides countless miles of protection from the Atlantic; the Exumas are a beach lover's playground; Bimini is a mere 50 miles from Florida, and the fishing is phenomenal. Yet, our prospective audience is subjected to countless images of casinos, pools and crowded beaches when we have so much more to offer.
Few Bahamians have been privy to the expansive salt flats and fantastic birding of Inagua or the caves of Crooked Island. With the majority of the Bahamian population living in New Providence, it is hardly surprising that advertising is Nassau-centric. For a moment let's forget the tourists and cater to Bahamians as tourists - a novel idea indeed.
If we are to seek long-term gains in tourism we must diversify our offerings and revitalize once prominent settlements like Governor's Harbour and Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. We must give a reason for our visitors to come back again and again, to experience the vast diversity of places that exist in The Bahamas.
As Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said: "We've tried to run tourism with the same game plan that we had 40 years ago and that doesn't work. The world has changed and we have to change with it."
For all the promises of change, the Ministry of Tourism may well surprise us with a revolutionary advertising campaign. With many Nassuvians yearning to return to the Family Islands, advertising outside the capital may generate the excitement needed to return home.

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Movie
Atlas Shrugged: Part I
  • Genre : Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • Rating : TBC - To Be Classified

A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her. Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. ...


News Article

November 27, 2010
'Heiress to a Curse' an engaging read

'Heiress to a Curse' is a fantasy romance novel written by Bahamian newcomer Zandria Munson. Published by famed Publishing house 'Harlequin', this is the first novel in the 'Hearts of Stone' series just introduced.

Alexandra Barret is a features writer living alone in her New York apartment. A descendant to an ancient witch Necesar, Alexandra has visions and strange dreams that usually serve as both a blessing and a curse. One day she gets a new neighbor across the hall named Marius Drakon. She is quite taken by his looks and charm but tries hard to ignore it.
Marius, who is over five centuries old, is cursed to roam the earth as a creature for eternity. He was cur ...

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Movie
Antwone Fisher
  • Genre : Biography, Drama, Romance
  • Rating :

Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins....


Movie
Lawless
  • Genre : Crime, Drama, Western
  • Rating : T - 15yrs and Older

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits....


News Article

December 13, 2012
Grand Bahama author Marina Gottlieb Sarles new novel: The Last Daughter of Prussia book launch - 18 December 2012

 



Bahamian author Marina Gottlieb Sarles will launch her new
novel,

The Last Daughter of Prussia, with
a book signing on Tuesday evening, 18 December 2012, from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the
Pelican Bay Hotel Canal House.

The Last Daughter of
Prussia is a historical novel based on the family diaries of the author's
grandparents--an epic story of suspense, love, and survival centering around the
largest and least known civilian mass exodus at the end of World War II. Set
amidst a beautiful and vanished way of life in war-torn East Prussia, two
unlikely young lovers must fight for their lives and find new heart while
struggling to escape one of the most dangerous and tragic landscapes of any
generation.

The Last Daughter of Prussia
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Movie
The Paperboy
  • Genre : Thriller
  • Rating :

A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate....


News Article

January 11, 2011
New Technologies Helped in Novel Ways with Haiti Earthquake Relief

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Relief workers used innovative technologies in unprecedented ways to aid

in the recovery of quake-ravaged Haiti, a new report has found.

Interactive maps and SMS (Short Message Service) texts helped guide

search-and-rescue teams and find people in need of critical supplies, as

the Caribbean nation became a real-world laboratory for new

communication tools.

Though the innovations had varying levels of impact in Haiti, they

showcased the potential for use in future crises, the report, "Media,

Information Systems and Communities: Lessons from Haiti," concluded..

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