Wednesday, 7 August 2013

LIFE STORIES: A pair of RFF filmmakers on their award-winning projects

THE NATURAL: “I’m loving it. To have your movie shown under the stars is wonderful,” says US-based Jamaican filmmaker Patrice Johnson, left, (pictured here with fellow writer-director Judith Falloon-Reid) minutes before her entry Hill & Gully was awarded Best International Feature during Tuesday’s closing night of the Reggae Film Festival. Apparently, the fabulous, festive atmosphere inside Ocho Rios’ Island Village Centre wasn’t all Johnson was feeling. “I like how so much of the festival is opened up to everybody. That’s how it should be.” With luck, she’ll commence production on her next film by year-end. “I’m still writing it,” she tells me. “It’s something that’s resonated in my head for some time.” 

TRENCH TOWN ROCK: Six years ago, Greg Pond felt the urge to pick up his camera, round up a small film crew and pay a visit to Trench Town. “We just knew there was a lot of info there, and we built the project around that.” The result was Born In Trenchtown, a crowd-pleasing chronicle of the former stomping grounds of late reggae legend Bob Marley. The film, which had its world premiere in the States last August before making the trip to Jamaica earlier this year, picked up the prestigious Best Documentary prize at the just-concluded Reggae Film Festival. “It’s an honour,” Pond tells TALLAWAH. “We’re especially thrilled because we know we represented the community very well.”

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