Wanted: Dominican actors

Poster of the proposed all Dominican cast epic movie "A Shepherd of the Heart"

Junior Hart’s new Jamaican movie Hated 2 Death will hit the Island of Dominica sometime in December 2011 where it will have its Dominican premier starring Germina Jno Baptiste the first Dominican actress to play a leading role in a Jamaican movie.

During that time Collywood will be looking to audition people in Dominica of all ages to start shooting an all Dominican cast epic movie ‘A Shepherd of Pure Heart.’

“I am focused on developing a major film industry in the Caribbean where our people can tell our own Caribbean stories, then package it properly for the international market,” said Hart.  “The Caribbean is lagging behind in producing good quality movies which can excite and stimulate the Diaspora and local Caribbean market. Our governments do not have the money to fund movie projects, so it’s left to independents companies like Collywood to create the spark.”

He continued, “We have to start small and build a foundation with local talents, and then from there we can develop an industry that will provide employment for the future, that was how Hollywood started. Collywood has been positioning itself for the past eight years as a digital guerrilla production company which now has a catalogue of movies produced in Jamaica and Africa and is now going to be released worldwide.”

He said Collywood is a unique company which it has all the right components in place to actively make local movies without worrying about funding and the usual challenges that faces movie production companies.  “We have always produce our own movies, then set up our own screenings, pressing and global distribution are all in house. We are one of the first black independent movie companies in the UK and Caribbean to achieve this success,” Hart pointed out.

Interested people in Dominica who would like to become actors/actresses in Collywood should go to Collywood’s website www.collywoodcinemas.com and register their interest by filling out an online request form.

Hart is encouraging friends and relatives to send the link to people they know who have always had an interest in acting. “We have to wake up, it’s the new age and the world is changing, especially the global job market. If you have the talent, we want to hear from you,” Hart said.

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16 Comments

  1. sandy
    November 24, 2011

    Every thing wil be ok good luck with ur movie

  2. Collywood
    October 26, 2011

    If any local Dominicans have ideas about any true life events or script story ideas, I would love to meet with you when I come to Dominica soon. Please feel free to go to http://www.collywoodcinemas.com and send through a contact to us through the Contact US page on the website. You will need to fill out your email address and name so we can get back to you. COME ON PEOPLE LETS MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND GET THINGS MOVING!
    Junior Hart
    CEO Collywood

  3. Collywood
    October 25, 2011

    Hi everybody on DNO. My name is Junior Hart, the person who will be investing time, money and expertise in developing Dominican/Caribbean movies. I thought it best to come on Dno and listen to some of your comments and constructive thoughts. First let me say this. Dominica has no film industry, Jamaica has no film industry. The big question is, can we develop a film industry that will sell to the rest of the world? I think its important to develop our young people who is having a challange in finding employment. But thats politics, I am a movie maker and I show what is happening in our culture. I am looking forward to visit Dominica again. Dominica to me is a great Island, full of natural vibes which I want to capture on film and share it with the world. I am open to any constructive comments on maybe what type of movie you would personally like us to develop in Dominica. Blessing and respect
    Junior Hart
    CEO Collywood

    • Lover
      October 25, 2011

      Hi Junior,
      This is fabulous! I would like to find out more about your projects and to discuss ideas with you.
      I’ve been to your website, as stated in the article, but there is no option for filling out an online form, unless I missed something so let us know.
      Also, where can tickets be obtained for the Premier in December?

    • forreal
      October 26, 2011

      hi junior hart,this sounds promising and all good,but i was just wondering how do you in intend to go about doing this thing,are you going to just come in address the general public,audition them and that’s it,or are you going to approach an organized body,as to why i am asking this question,it is because i do not believe that it would be in best interest of our people to go that way without an organization,because we got people in dominica that has been in theatricals for years,people like alwin bully,raymound lawrence,i think these people should be approached to organize a body to see to it people get written contracts and liability’s,in this modern times people need to be respected not exploited,even if they being given an opportunity,we’ve had box office millions of dollars movies filmed here,and what has the island or people achieved or profited from this types of projects am yet to see,well like you said you want some feed back,there it is.

      • Collywood
        October 28, 2011

        Nobody wil be exploited..Collywood has it’s way of doing business. All our business is by contracts etc..the normal way that the movie industry works. I think the people or comapnies who over the years have come into the Island and leave it high and dry is HOLLYWOOD because it’s Hollywood, everybody falls over to accomadate them and they are not interested in building local talent. We are happy to work with all sections of the community. Let us take everything one step at a time in building trust and a solid foundation. You know that we as black people find it hard to trust each other, so time will tell..I intend to keep man open mind in who we meet and move forward with.

    • Tai
      October 26, 2011

      I wish you good luck on your venture. As you know, Nollywood is I think has the 3rd largest movie production industry – after Bollywood and Hollywood.
      My husband is from DA and my roots are Nigerian and Af American. I visited DA before and I absolutely loved the island and the beautiful people :) I can definitely see the positive outlook for Dominica due to its luscious and wonderful landscape. We both love Nollywood movies, and I know that in the Caribbean, Nollywood movies are very popular. I know that at some point, Collywood will be popular as well. There are a lot of stories to be told in Dominica as well as Caribbean Wide. I look forward to seeing some of these stories being brought to the big screen very soon.
      Good luck once again!

  4. Arab
    October 25, 2011

    Thou returns on investment is not as luxurious as some of the other islands, it is a step in the right direction.

    • Banner
      October 25, 2011

      Why should it not be luxurious if the product is sold world wide. Remember we are creating a product which can and will be exported to other countries, why then can’t all the cast members benefit from royalties from the movies if things are put together properly. I don’t underestimate Dominica, I think cultures sell around the world, its only depends on where its placed to earn money.

  5. BBShillinford
    October 25, 2011

    What a fantastic move. I can see this creating employment for our struggling actors in Dominica. It will be good publicity abroad for Dominica. I just hope the Dominican government dont form the a** with these people. Red tape is always a blocker to pioneers. WHAT IS THE SO CALL DOMINICAN FILM COMMISSION DOING IN ALL THIS? I am still waiting for that movie by DR Bully..what happened to it after you was making so much noise…seems everything died a death. Typical for Dominica. Lol

  6. FabianD
    October 25, 2011

    As a Dominican I will be supporting this movement 110%. Well done. God knows that we need something of quality in Dominica. Look at these so call bug boys like Digicel and LIME throwing money at rubbish, yet a small man like Junior Hart as I understand is self finiancing their own movies and getting big results. NOW THESE ARE THE TRAIL BLAZERS OF THE FUTURE!

  7. October 25, 2011

    yes i; i know there are people in Dominica that would welcome this.there are a few past plays that can be lengthen and make into movies and do good.

  8. d/ca
    October 25, 2011

    how much their payin?

    • Banner
      October 25, 2011

      Why don’t you ask them… idiot. That is the thing with our people. Something good comes to our community and idiots like this who have no sense of how things work. If you know anything about this business. Payment is by royalties. This is based on a percentage of what the movie earns through cinema and DVD sales. Just some eductaion for you.

      • TeteMorne I from...
        October 25, 2011

        What is so idiotic about the question? I think YOU are the idiot since you blew a gasket on a simple question. SMH

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