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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.
A leading Freeport business has expressed concern that Customs' demand for all Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) licencees to show they are in 'good standing' with the National Insurance Board (NIB) is a "back handed" attempt to shut down the city's 'bonded goods sales' process, arguing that the agency is attempting to "deny" a right it has no power to take away.
By RENALDO DORSETT
Continued support from its perennial sponsor and the largest number of participants in the history of the event is set to make the 2011 edition of the Bahamas Swimming Federation's National Championships the "biggest and best ever," according to federation executives.
With the Royal Bank of Canada on board as its title sponsor for the 28th consecutive year, the BSF is scheduled to host the RBC National Swimming Championships June 18-21 at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex.
RBC made a formal presentation of $32,000 to the federation to support the successful hosting of the event in its 40th year and to al ...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Freeport Players' Guild is back with a lovely family show, "Pippa The Musical!" The show tells the story of a young girl who loses her parents and goes to live with her wealthy Aunt Pippa Hastings in a small southern town.
Pippa soon realises that her new home is not the loving and warm community she is used to and she finds it hard to adapt to her new surroundings. Befriended by a local orphan boy, DAVY LEE, Pippa soon finds out that the "rich lady on the hill" runs things in Hastings - and that's her Aunt.
As she meets the townspeople of Hastings and learns the history of the township her bright and loving personality starts to change the attitudes of those she meets. She quickly makes an impression on all of them, bringing the black and white communities together and even helping her stern Aunt welcome love back into her life again!
Opening night is set for this Friday, March 23rd, at 8pm at the Regency Theatre with additional performances on Saturday evening, a Sunday matinee at 4pm as well as the following weekend. Tickets are on sale at Antoni's Pizza, Kelly's Freeport, Miss Katey's Children's store and at the theatre for the six performances.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Grand Bahama will continue to "stagnate" due to a combination of Government interference and the Grand Bahama Port Authority's (GBPA) inaction undermining business and investor confidence, a leading businessman telling Tribune Business yesterday: "If someone wants to be voluntary crippled, I'd recommend Freeport."
Christopher Lowe, operations manager at Kelly's (Freeport), said this was what had happened to the commercial environment in the Bahamas' second city, with relations between the Government and Port Authority now standing at a new low ebb thanks to their handling of the latter's approval of the Bahamas Tele ...
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
HEAD coach Andy Knowles said he's extremely pleased with the team that was selected to represent the Bahamas in this year's Carifta Games. But he noted that each member will have to be at their best when the big event is held over the Easter holiday weekend.
The Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) has named the 36-member team that will compete against athletes from 22 visiting countries for the regional meet at Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre.
"We definitely have a strong team and I think we are going to surprise some of the countries," Knowles said. "We had some of our swimmers who have gone away and th ...
Nassau, Bahamas -
"The Kindly Ones" is written, produced and director by Bahamian filmmaker, Rupert
Missick of The Imagination Workshop. This is Missick's first film.
"The Kindly Ones" covers such themes as Greek mythology, Freudian theory and feminism and was inspired by the play 'The Eumenides', the third part of Aeschylus'
trilogy of ancient Greek tragedies known as 'The Oresteia'.
film is expected to premiere later this year and stars three Bahamian women, Moira, Nora and Deci, played by Erin
Gay, Tara Woodside and Juanita Kelly.
Nassau, Bahamas - The 40th Annual RBC Bahamas Swimming Nationals took place in Nassau at the
Kenning National Aquatics Center from June 18th to the 21st.
The four-day meet was hosted by
Swimming Federation (BSF), and attracted a record number of
participants this year. The event qualifies swimmers
for the upcoming regional and international
meets over the summer, as well as the
FINA World Championships to take place
in Shanghai, China, from July 16th-31st
See over 25 photos within...
Nassau, Bahamas - The 40th Annual RBC Bahamas Swimming Nationals took place in Nassau at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Aquatics Center from June 18th to the 21st.
The four-day meet was hosted by the Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF), and attracted a record number of participants this year. The event qualifies swimmers for the upcoming regional and international meets over the summer, as well as the
FINA World Championships to take place in Shanghai, China, from July 16th-31st
See over 25 photos within...
Nassau, Bahamas - The movie Affliction premiered last night (February 27th) in Nassau. A second screening will take place tonight , Thursday February 28th at 8pm at Galleria JFK. The drama-thriller film is directed by Matthew Kelly and is about Noah and Sidney who have rescued Emily while fever-induced...