Sustain T&T continues to support local film content with their new project ‘Films For A Better Place’ (FFABP), an initiative that evolved from their very own critically acclaimed and award winning 2015 documentary ‘A Better Place’.
With the aim to support and encourage the development of documentary content that tells stories about environmental and sustainability issues, local filmmakers were given the opportunity to explore these crucial topics in their own unique style. The participants of ‘Films For A Better Place’ participated in 3 workshops, receiving guidance from experts in the field, technical support and small grants. The completed documentary shorts will be featured at Green Screen The Environmental Film Festival. View the festival guide here.
Meet the Filmmakers
Rhonda Chan Soon & Edward Inglefield teamed up to present ‘Quiet Revolution’. A film that focuses on Erle Rahaman-Noronha, and the community that has grown up around his farm, Wa Samaki Ecosystems, in Freeport, Trinidad. The farm, which was developed using permaculture principles, has become a teaching and learning hub for ecological agriculture and sustainable community-based living.
She says the FFABP workshop was “inspiring and reinvigorating”.
“It provided an intensive and well-rounded overview of environmental filmmaking using both international and regional films to guide the discussions. I’m excited to be a part of this process, and to have the support of SustainTT in making this film, Quiet Revolution.”
Maya Cross-Lovelace debuts ‘The Trouble with Plastic’.
“Plastic has become ingrained into our lives. I don’t think we really consider how much waste we generate or where it goes. We are so disconnected from it.
There are so many issues connected to waste disposal. For instance, flooding is a nationwide problem and I don’t know that we make the connection. Or when we pass the dump on the highway, we just roll up our windows, it’s so easy to distance yourself from it. But it has to go somewhere…”
Ozy Merrique ‘s film ‘Horse’ explores the artwork of Damien Agostini.
“Damien works primarily in what can best be described as ‘found’ wood: pieces of fallen trees, old bed heads, driftwood, petrified logs, branches twigs and vines.
“I focused on the process of him making a sculpture of a horse, and how it creates a transformation in both him and the work.
I liked the idea of conservation and recycling from a creative’s point of view, how refuse can not only be converted into reusable items but into works of art as well.”
Miquel Galofre, Director of critically acclaimed films such as My Father’s Land, Art Connect, Mic Men, Songs of Redemption, and Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast, acted as Project Advisor for FFABP.
“This initiative is a big step to help filmmakers to progress. Usually in film festivals the workshops are just theoretical and most of the scripts don’t become films. This time, every idea that was on the table has been filmed and it’s going be shown at Green Screen.”
Miquel also participated in FFABP featuring a new film ‘Green & Yellow’ which shows intimate conversations with homeless people around Port of Spain.
Carver Bacchus also directed a documentary short as part of the project. ‘Teach A Man’ explores the increasing difficulty faced by fishermen posed by decreasing catches, pollution and fish kills. Through his NGO Sustain T&T, Carver has emphasised the creation of local film content and the development of the film sector, through workshops and the Green Screen platform.
“I hope to establish the ‘Films For A Better Place’ platform as a year-round programme to examine environmental, social and economic issues through film and attempt to educate and impact behaviours in our communities in T&T.”