Film: Fundraising Campaign for “Unfinished Sentences”

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In February, award-winning documentary filmmaker Mariel Brown launched a fundraising campaign (on popular crowdfunding website Indiegogo) to raise money towards the completion of her film Unfinished Sentences.

Description: In the wake of writer and columnist Wayne Brown’s death in 2009, his filmmaker daughter, Mariel, examines his legacy in her time of grief. In Unfinished Sentences, Mariel examines the nature of family, love, loss and art, and in so doing, learns that, through his writing, her father can transcend space and time to connect with her. Unfinished Sentences features interviews with Caribbean writers Mervyn Morris and Rachel Manley as well as close friends and family of Wayne Brown. Different visual approaches to the documentary are realised by directors of photography Sean Edghill and Nadia Huggins with Edghill focusing on reenactments (which were filmed on Super 8 film) and Huggins creating a poetic visual aesthetic. The film is carded for release later in 2016.

Logline for Unfinished Sentences: A writer father and a filmmaker daughter walk the fine line between adoration and disappointment, success and failure, family and art. Until he dies and in her grief, she discovers his poetry and prose transcend death, allowing her to hear his voice again and find a way back to her own self.

About Wayne Brown: Born in Trinidad in 1944, Wayne Brown read English at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and lived mainly between the two countries since then. His books include On The Coast (Andre Deutsch, 1973; reprinted by Peepal Tree Press, 2011) which was awarded the Commonwealth Prize for Poetry; Edna Manley: The Private Years (Andre Deutsch, 1976), a biography of the Jamaican sculptress; a second volume of poems, Voyages (Inprint Caribbean, 1989); and The Child of the Sea (Inprint Caribbean, 1990), like his later Landscape with Heron (Observer Literary Books, 2000) and The Scent of The Past (Peepal Tree Press, 2009) a collection of short stories and remembrances. In 2009, On The Coast was reprinted by Peepal Tree Press as part of their Caribbean Modern Classics series. Wayne Brown edited Derek Walcott: Selected Poetry (Heinemann Caribbean, 1981) and several anthologies of Jamaican fiction and poetry.

Wayne Brown was Gregory Fellow in Poetry at the University of Leeds, England, a Fulbright Scholar in the US, and a Fellow of Yaddo, MacDowell, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He lectured in English Literature in the US and at both the Trinidadian and Jamaican campuses of the University of the West Indies. Between 1994 and 2006, some 3,200 editions of his column In ‘Our Time’ appeared in Trinidadian and Jamaican newspapers.

About Mariel Brown: Mariel Brown is an award-winning, Trinidad-based documentary director and founder of the creative and production companies SAVANT Ltd and SAVANT Films. Her documentary films have been screened at festivals and special events around the world. Her documentary features include: The Insatiable Season (2007), The Solitary Alchemist (2010) and Inward Hunger: The Story of Eric Williams (2012).

Fundraising Campaign: Fundraising for the film began in late 2014 attracting several investors and the prestigious sponsor Republic Bank, enabling completion of the pre-production and production phases of the project. The Indiegogo campaign goal is set at US$12,500, and all funds raised will go towards finalising post-production on the film. Some great perks are being offered to people who get involved. To make a contribution to the campaign via credit card, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/unfinished-sentences/.

The Unfinished Sentences campaign welcomes contributions starting at US$15 which can be made by credit card or PayPal. The perks include beautiful Unfinished Sentences branded merchandise, such as notebooks and bags, and literary ephemera such as sets of postcards with quotations from Wayne Brown’s poetry, all designed by Trinidadian Richard Mark Rawlins. All proceeds go towards post-production costs on the film.

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