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.