“As a director trying to capture the essence of the story, … I’m interested in developing a Caribbean aesthetic,” said filmmaker Asha Lovelace about making movies.
In Joebell and America that is exactly what Lovelace manages to do in the award-winning movie that she directed and produced in her native Trinidad and Tobago, according to writer Chelsea Rampaul.
Joebell and America will have its St. Martin premiere at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on Monday, May 29, at 7:30 PM. Asha Lovelace will be on hand to discuss the feature film with movie lovers, said Shujah Reiph, St. Martin Book Fair coordinator.
In Joebell and America, lead character Joebell (played by Brian Green), is a gambler, he’s in trouble with the law, and concocts a risky plan to escape Trinidad for the promise and fantasy of a better future in America. He’s prepared to leave everything behind, including his newfound romance with the village beauty, according to caribbeanfilm.com. What could possibly go wrong?
The St. Martin screening of the movie is an “exciting highlight” of the week-long pre-book fair activities, said Jacqueline Sample of HNP, co-organizer of the literary festival.
Joebell and America has its own literary beginnings. It is based on the short story by the same name, written by Asha’s father, the noted novelist Earl Lovelace from Trinidad and Tobago. The movie won “Best International Narrative Feature” from the Women’s International Film Festival.