From a media release:
CARIBBEANTALES FILM FESTIVAL
AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
September 4 – 14, 2013
TORONTO, ON – The 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase begins at the CNE with the Gems of the Caribbean screening series from August 17-30. The festival also hosts an intensive five-day Incubator Program (September 3-9), that provides world-class training to filmmakers, and culminates in a “Pitch Breakfast” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. There will also be special community screenings of selected films over the course of the festival.
The Harbourfront Centre leg of the festival takes place from September 4-14, where ten feature-length films and 30 short films will be screened in Official Competition. The diverse selection includes features and documentaries from 25 countries. Directors will be in attendance throughout the duration of the festival, giving the audience a chance to participate in feedback sessions. The full film schedule can be found below.
Tickets to Harbourfront Centre screenings can be purchased by calling CaribbeanTales at 416-598-1410 or Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-743-4000. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online at caribbeantales-events.com, or in person at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office, located at 235 Queens Quay West. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on evenings of performance. For information about getting to Harbourfront Centre during the Queen’s Quay revitalization, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere.
Centrepiece Films (at Harbourfront Centre): $20
Other Harbourfront Screenings: Free
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
“BAJAN INVASION 1” Program
Short: The Cool Boys– Michael Mooleedhar (Trinidad & Tobago)
Feature: Chrissy - Marcia Weekes (Barbados), 87mins, 2012.
A 10 year-old girl facing discrimination from her peers and teachers at school, must stay strong in faith and relentlessly pursue academic success to get her family out of the dumps.
“BAJAN INVASION 2” Program
Shorts: Five Bones - Tyler Johnson (Bahamas); Diary of an Immigrant– Satya Collymore (Barbados)
Feature: Payday – Selwynne “Get Busy” Browne (Barbados), 75 mins, 2013, World Premiere.
A comedy-drama/buddy film about aspiring mechanics Romie and Pack, who make the down-payment to own a garage. But Romie's love-life, and Pack's need for cannabis, create hilarious complications.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
“HAITI MON AMOUR” Program
Shorts: No Creo Que Somos Iguales - Dominique Telemaque (Haiti/Dominican Republic); Conversations with the Dead– Haiti Reporters (Haiti); Stilt Walker– Francisco Montas (Dominican Republic)
Feature: Adopted ID - Sonia Godding-Togobo (Canada/Haiti) 60 mins, 2012.
Abandoned at birth, a Haitian girl adopted by Canadians bravely returns to the impoverished nation to find her parents.
Short: Women’s West Indies Diaspora– Steve and Stephanie James (Guadeloupe)
Feature: Garifuna in Peril – Ali Allee and Ruben Reyes (Honduras), 2013, 99mins (International Premiere)
A Garifuna language teacher fights to keep his endangered language alive in the face of personal betrayal and tourism's encroachment.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
“CARIBBEAN VISIONS 1” Program
Shorts: Things I see– Shirley Bruno (UK); Mom– Ryan Singh (Canada / Trinidad & Tobago)
Feature: Kingston Paradise – Mary Wells (Jamaica/Canada), 86 mins. 2013. World Premiere
When Rocksy, the street hustling taxi-driver, devises a not-so clever plan to steal a fancy car right under the Lebanese owner’s nose in order to sell its parts, chaos naturally ensues.
“CARIBBEAN VISIONS 2” Program
Short: Jab in the Dark – Robert MacFarlane (Trinidad & Tobago)
Feature: El Medico – Daniel Fridell, (Cuba), 85 mins, 2012, Canadian Premiere.
A young Cuban man has to choose between his duty to the State, and to his mother, and fulfilling his own ambitions to become a hip hop artist.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
“NEW VOICES” Program
Shorts: Midnite Affair – Ryan Khan (Trinidad and Tobago); Remembering Maroonage- Ashley Alexis McFarlane (Canada/Jamaica); Hope– Shaundelle Phillips (Guyana)
Feature: ABO SO (Only You) – Juan Francisco Pardo, (Aruba), 75 mins, 2013 (International Premiere)
Aruba’s first ever feature-length musical recunts the conflicted star crossed love between conservative middle class Tatiana and the quirky native Santiago.
“QUEER CARIBBEAN” Program
Shorts: Healing Power of Jamaica– Kalmplex (Jamaica); Tickle Me Rich– Sonja Dumas (T&T); Mizz Jinnay (T&T) by Randy Stanley
Feature: Elliot Loves – Gary Terracino, (Dominican Republic/USA) 2012, 95 mins. (Canadian Premiere)
A delightful romantic comedy about a young boy’s transition from island life with his mother to finding romance in the Big Apple.
Shorts: Wake Up- Jeng Leong and Ken Wolff (Aruba); Stain - Karen Chapman(Canada)
Feature: Songs of Redemption – Miquel Galofre, (Jamaica) 2013, English, 74 mins. (Canadian Premiere)
Entertaining, heartbreaking, moving and at times funny, this extraordinary documentary tells the story of inmates at General Penetentiary, Kingston who use music to heal from the “dark place,” through recording and producing their own songs.