‘Between Friends’ up for Filmmaker awards

Between Friends, a sexually charged feature film about Caribbean lives and loves, will soon hit the cinemas. Written, directed and produced by M. Omari Jackson, who is of Trinidadian and Jamaican heritage, the film has already captured the attention of the prestigious United Kingdom-based International Filmmaker Film Festival 2011, earning two nominations – Best Feature Film and Best Cinematography.

Set in Trinidad and Tobago, Between Friends focuses on a summer of exploration, revelation and change. It captures the relationship dynamics of a group of friends, all recent university graduates, as well as the younger sibling of one of the group and her friends.

Giselle (Taromi Lourdes Joseph), just out of university, and her younger sister Mia (Vanna Girod) are at the nexus of events that will impact their lives and those of their friends forever. Malik (Gregory Pollonias) has been in love with Giselle for years. She knows this and leads him to the brink at times, but holds out with the excuse of her boyfriend, who is overseas.

Malik’s best friend Kimani (Kearn Samuel) is the resident ‘playa’, constantly on the prowl. He has one woman who is the apple of his eye, but he just can’t commit, so she maintains her independence. Malik is increasingly frustrated over his situation with Giselle and seeks advice from Kimani, who tells him to go for her once and for all.

Mia has what she considers the perfect relationship with a much older man, Dennis (Wayne Lee-Sing), whom she believes is unmarried. She is the centre of attention in her circle of friends when she shares explicit tales of her sexual encounters with Dennis. However, Dennis is actually married to Leanne (Stacey Clarke), and they have two beautiful daughters.

Leanne often confides in her sister Kayla about Dennis’ lack of interest in their relationship. On her sister’s advice, Leanne attempts to put the spark back into the marriage, but the plan backfires. Also on Kayla’s advice, Leanne gets a medical check-up and is asked to donate blood. Her blood is tested for STDs, with devastating results that ripple through the group of friends.

Between Friends is a Sovereign City Entertainment production. The company, currently based in Trinidad and Tobago with operations in Jamaica, is a CARICOM television and film-production entity. The principal of the company is M. Omari Jackson, an Emerson College graduate who has worked professionally in the television and film industries in several countries since 1997.

For the original report go to http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20111021/ent/ent3.html

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