Dominica could soon have a local film industry.
Film Commissioner Anita Bully told the official opening of the third Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase at the Alliance Francaise last night that systems are in place to develop the industry.
“Dominica’s airwaves are being bombarded by foreign material that promotes foreign values and attitudes. The film office has been liaising with local producers and film makers, encouraging them to come together to form an association and keeping them informed of training and funding opportunities,” she said.
Bully said the film office will also be continuing to liaise with the cable networks to increase local programming there.
“There are currently a number of other visual production companies and groups in Dominica and ground work has already been done for the creation of an audio visual association, a lot of them are not registered so that something we need to advise them on,” she explained.
Meantime Tourism Minister Ian Douglas says the event is timely.
“This is an extremely significant event for the Caribbean and especially for us here in Dominica, as it would contribute to the development of cinema and audio visuals. We need to see more films and documentaries about ourselves and the world. We have a lot of stories to tell in Dominica. Stories that can be shown locally and on regional television,” he said.
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I know how to give a good laugh so I pray dominica get this an I get my shot to really make ppl laugh,
The first movie ought to depict gov’t and oppositon alike making fools of themselves, and country.
Humanist.I agree with you,however DA is the bomb for movies we are too rich in material.neither Hollywood nor broadway can dream the material we have occuring daily and naturally in DA.If you know what ah mean.
From dead people leaving land for the living to building Villas and putting them in the name of chim who pulls out a gun when confronted with the truth to people who are toothless sucking chicken parts graduating from backs and necks to breasts thighs etc.
To disc jokeyes radio talk show host who are promoting or defending evil to those who almost die doing it.I welcome the coming of film to DA.It reminds me of JA during my 10 yr stint out there with Oliver Samuela etc what great laughter I had in the theatres like at the movies. I contend DA has much more materialfrom gov’t to opposition to supporters.Just like we plan on selling water to the world so can our movies be a great source of revenue.
but make sure the films have the hollywood gloss on it,,, not the dry type of african movies,,, that look like they were shot with a 7megapixel camera,,,,
I cannot wait to see a movie shot in Dominica with Dominican actors. If they are like the African movies one is sure to get a barrel of laughs. I have looked at a few of them and the acting is hilarious. These people are always shouting, crying loudly with their arms in the air and throwing themselves to the ground when they cry. Too funny!!
This could be a great opportunity for would-be filmmakers and actors alike, and I hope it goes through. Nonetheless, neither filmmaking nor acting is something anyone can do. Making films is art. And that “foreign material” “bombarding” the airwaves is how artists learn (unless, of course, the material is trash, like reality TV). All artists learn from other artists. Too often, people in the region seem to think artists form in a vacuum and that influence, especially by artists of other regions, is a bad thing–but this could not be further from the truth. All artists must know the tradition they inherit when they choose to become artists or they are likely to make mistakes they could have prevented or do things that have already been done much better. No great artist avoids learning about art.
Still, let’s hope this is the start of something grand.
*is something everyone can do*, not “anyone.”