Bahamas International Film Festival to honor Grace Jones


Grace Jones—the iconic Jamaican singer, songwriter, supermodel, and actress—will be honored with the Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) taking place December 10-17, 2017, according to the Jamaica Observer. The tribute will include the screening of Sophie Fiennes’s acclaimed documentary, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.

Serving as the festival’s most prestigious symbol of recognition, awarded in appreciation of the lifetime achievements of an actor, BIFF’s Career Achievement Award will be bestowed to Jones on December 15.

BIFF founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool said that in addition to receiving BIFF’s Career Achievement Award, Jones will present her latest film, ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ – the acclaimed documentary from director Sophie Fiennes. “Grace’s trademark charisma has fuelled memorable performances for decades, but in watching her amazing body of work, the depth of her performances is unmistakable and equally as memorable,” Vanderpool said.

“Having Grace in The Bahamas to receive the Career Achievement Award and present the highly acclaimed ‘Bloodlight and Bami’ is a huge honour for the festival and the audiences who will share in the experience. Grace is a legend, an icon and we are extremely thrilled to recognise her amazing career at the Bahamas International Film Festival.”

Filmed over the course of a decade, the documentary, from director Sophie Fiennes, offers a stylish and unconventional look at the Jamaican-born model, singer, and New Wave icon. The statuesque Jamaican model-turned-singer, actress and icon has made a career performing versions of herself.

One of Fiennes’ early documentaries, ‘Hoover Street Revival’, profiled Ms Jones’ brother Noel, the Los Angeles preacher.

BIFF will showcase more than 82 films from 28 countries, including 12 world premieres, four international premieres, and 57 Caribbean premieres.

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