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25681: Minsky: (report from the field) Film Festival Jakmel 2005 (fwd)
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It is no small feat that Film Festival Jakmel 2005 is on now. It is also
without a consciousness about the rest of the country, but life
Festival Jakmel 2005 -In Full Swing-Attracts Thousands--- to View The
The second edition of Film Festival Jakmel 2005 is something miraculous
state of insecurity gripping Port-au-Prince. In Jacmel there is light and
for the coming
days-which began on July 9-it flickers on screen with an amazing array of
international and national films.
Opening night was on Jacmel's wharf constructed about 6 years ago with the
attracting tourist cruise ships. Not functioning as a ship dock, since
Saturday, July 9 it
has found purpose, the site of nightly outdoor screenings for Film
2005. Jacmelians are coming out in droves, children romp, neighbors
assembling to recorded music. Every night, a short film followed by two
keeps the town and about until the wee hours.
Film Festival co-director and founder, Patrick Boucard welcomed the crowd
night and highlighted what was in store for Jacmelians for the following
viewers would be able to choose from over 100 award-winning films from 30
countries that are divided into categories: Africa, France, Americas and
Caribbean, the Earth, Children's Films. 21 films about Haiti
predominantly by Haitian
directors are in the Cinema La Kay section. There are almost 30 films in
kreyol, the rest in French.
This year the three daytime film venues screen films at 10am, 2am and
Former movie theatre, Acropolys, long dormant has been reivived and seats
150, Concorde disco, the largest including a balcony, has been harnessed
daytime movie house seating over 500, and Ecole de Musique is as last
screening venue for 200.
Every night, films projected outdoors at 8pm at the wharf attract
chairs from local clubs provide comfortable seating in the fresh
Children sit 20 deep in front and the night crowd swells to about 4,000.
screenings are free of charge.
Co-founder David Belle welcomed the second night crowd which doubled the
night's attendance and grew from there. As word of mouth brings the town
vendors follow and outside the entrance gate fritay, soda, and other snacks
bought from timachann.
The opening night film, Cousines, by Haiti-based filmmaker Richard Senecal,
premiered to over 2000 people, a standing-room only crowd. Viewers were
disappointed feeling that the film showed things true in Haitian life.
continuously voiced that this film echoed the Haitian reality of economics
relationships. An outdoor concert kept the party going way past midnight.
was plentiful but not oppressive.
In addition to the full schedule of screenings and similar to last year,
organized by Guetty Felin--dialogues with renowned filmmakers are taking
during the week in the shaded yard at the Alliance Francais. Writer and
Dany Laferriere led Monday's workshop on adapting novels to cinema.
in the first all day workshops were over 50 Haitians interested in
students, graduates, journalists, and university students, those
becoming videographers, becoming actors, or those wanting to know how to
Following filmmaker Laferriere presentation on the difference between
film-you have to SEE not tell about --he presented an assignment. Write a
with images that can be seen and offered two themes: a childhood
remembrance or a
story of the person being kidnapped and finding the weakest link in the
free themselves. Organized into working clusters, each group wrote a story
and in the final two hours the stories were presented to the group at large
observation and comments by the filmmaker. He emphasized that the
go personal and create details that are deep and familiar, that stories
original, that are felt and can be seen. Dany kept the group laughing with
Brooklyn resident, Nigerian filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu led the second full
workshop on the practice of filmmaking. Concentrating on selected scenes
the group analyzed camera work and editing. Lighting, framing, and filming
included with demonstrations of techniques; participants provided the
scenes that were videoed and then analyzed.
Other Film Festival workshops this week include, Jean-Claude Falmand-Barny
Janluc Stanislas, who traveled from Guadeloupe, on making a short film,
Abderrahmnae Sissako, casting and working with non-professional actors, and
own Raoul Peck, Le Cinema d'Auteur.
The Wharf screenings are the backbone of the Festival but by Day-3
Jacmel understand what the Festival is all about. Carrying the 65-page
hand, and checking the signs around town with the screening schedule,
are filling the theatres. All the venues, including the 10am screenings
are full. The
5:30pm films are so popular that sometimes hundreds have not been able to
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