Martinique film producer to receive CTO Lifetime Achievement Award during Caribbean Week NY

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During Caribbean Week NY, award-winning film producer Patrick Baucelin from Martinique will be honored with the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 during its annual Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon. The Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon will take place Thursday, June 8 from noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Avenue).

The CTO Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious distinction honoring long-serving, high-performance professionals whose careers have truly made a difference in the Caribbean. The award is for accomplishments over a period of several years rather than a single contribution. It acknowledges successes that distinguishes the individual’s work and provides both inspiration and a legacy for future generations.

“I am honoured to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Tourism Organization,” said Baucelin. “I hope that this achievement will help me in future productions to promote the knowledge, history, heritage and culture of the Caribbean, in the Caribbean and around the world.”

Over the years, Martinique-born Baucelin distinguished himself as an author, producer and director. Both ‘ Fort-de-France, its monuments’ and ‘ Martinique’ witness Baucelin’s deep commitment to his native island as he shares his personal and authentic perspective, earning several awards in U.S., including a Crystal Award of Excellence for broadcasting communication in category of travel. Caribbean Islands’ Cities brought awareness about each of the island capitals in the Caribbean, raising awareness about the region and its neighbors. The goal of this presentation was to inspire the various islands to discover, create cultural exchanges, and expand the geographic knowledge of the islands.

Following are samples of Baucelin’s film achievements:
  • In 2007, he received public and professional acknowledgment thanks to his movie ‘Martinique Churches: their story overtime’, a documentary telling the story of the island through its churches.
  • In 2012, he produced ‘The Secrets of Caribbean Fortresses’ and was the only attendee to represent France (and the Caribbean) at New York international movie festival with this 50-minute documentary.
  • In 2013, his movie ‘The Creole Costume: from slavery to Big Dress’ was critically-acclaimed, taking home seven industry awards worldwide.
  • His latest production ‘Sugar Mills and Islands’ (2015) documents how to discover different types of mills, central element of all creole plantations through modern pictures and historical reconstructions.
In spite of financing challenges he faced in Martinique, Baucelin opted to remain true to his native island. For the last 15 years, he has produced documentaries which share the history and culture of Martinique and the Caribbean. His talent and perseverance allowed him to be the only one among few Martinican directors to represent Caribbean overseas cinema through international festivals.

“What a privilege and a pleasure it is to be able to honor Patrick Baucelin with the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Sylma Brown, Director, CTO-USA. “This is just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ to Patrick for the contributions he has made bringing the Caribbean to audiences worldwide through his craft,” she added.

In the past, CTO has presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to several prominent figures, who have made significant contributions to the region, including: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Earl Graves, Cicely Tyson, New York Congressman Charles Rangel, Carole Guntley and Sir Royston Hopkin.

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