ISLAND STORY: “It was important to shoot this film in Jamaica because I want it to be authentic to my roots and home country but also for job creation. It’s important to empower young writers and actors [about] the possibilities and position of Jamaica as a destination for other film producers,” says Jamerican author and motivational speaker Dr. Ava Eagle Brown, who is turning her autobiographical work, The Mango Girl, into a feature film. “Our aim is to have as many Jamaicans involved as possible and bring in foreign talent only where it is absolutely necessary. As a result, we will encourage local talent to stay here and embark on their careers.”
LADIES FIRST: An Evening with Grace Jones will kick off the much-anticipated Voice of a Woman Festival (the brainchild of British director and activist Maureen Bryan), set for this weekend (Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28) at Kingston’s Carib 5 Cinema and Ocho Rios’ Cove Cinema (Island Village) respectively. A screening of Jones’ 2017 biopic (Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami) will precede a Q-&-A session with the entertainment legend. The Ocho Rios leg is an all-day affair, with appearances by powerhouse talents Queen Ifrica, Makeda Solomon, Gabrielle Blackwood, Michelle Serieux and Laura Facey, whose new documentary, Paddlin’ Spirit, will be shown at the festival. Visit thevoiceofawoman.com for details and ticket information.