New Media lineup announced for trinidad+tobago film festival/14

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The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) today announced its ttff/14 New Media programme of experimental films, video art and interactive works.

New Media is a collection of works by artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora that explore a range of themes and issues, while pushing and blurring the boundary between film and art.

The programme, which is presented in collaboration with ARC Magazine, will take place from 19–30 September. The ttff/14 takes place from 16–30 September.

Medulla Art Gallery in Woodbrook will be the main venue for New Media, which opens on 19 September at 7.00pm at Medulla with Good Stock on the Dimensional Floor: An Opera, a re-imagining of the traditional opera. Created by the HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican artists’ collective, Good Stock… contains a spoken, chanted, sung and screamed libretto exploring the consequences of centuries of global racial strife thrust upon those of African descent. Dawn Lundy Martin, a member of the Yams Collective, will be present for the launch.

The regular programme will run daily at Medulla, 20–30 September, 12.00pm–6.00pm.

In the evenings there will be a number of special New Media events. On Saturday 20 September from 5.00pm at Little Carib Theatre in Woodbrook there will be a package of short films, Black Radical Imagination, out of the USA. Erin Christovale and Amir George, the curators of this collection of short films that deal with Afro-futurism, will be present for a Q+A.

This will be followed on Tuesday 23 September at 7.00pm by Interactive Yard, a showcase of interactive and experiential works by the Martiniquan artist David Gumbs, at Alice Yard, also in Woodbrook.

The following day, Wednesday 24 September, there will be a New Media artists’ talk at Medulla from 3.00pm. Then on Thursday 25 September the University of the West Indies at St Augustine will host New Media, and present its main programme, along with Otherness, a multiple-screen video installation by Jamaica’s Olivia McGilchrist.

All New Media events at Medulla, Alice Yard and UWI are free of charge and open to the public.

Additionally, for the second year running, there will be a New Media prize of TT$5,000, which will be awarded to the best work in the programme, as decided by a jury. Technical support for New Media is provided by North Eleven, an official partner of the ttff/14.

For the full lineup of New Media works, as well as the full schedule, go to www.ttfilmfestival.com/new-media.

About the trinidad+tobago film festival

Founded in 2006, the ttff is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival also screens films curated from contemporary world cinema. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities. The Festival is presented by Flow, and given leading sponsorship by bpTT and TTFC. For further information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

Photo caption: A still from Otherness (Olivia McGilchrist, Jamaica, 2014)

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