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Barbados on film

American actress Vanessa A Williams (centre) and BMA’s Bobbi McKay were among the many admirers of the Make-Up Dolls products at the LECS today as the Barbados Network Consultation continued.

by Emmanuel Joseph

Barbados will be the location for the production of a full feature film, in which actress Vanessa A. Williams of Soul Food, Melrose Place and The Cosby Show fame, will be among a star-studded cast performing.

Williams, who ironically played the role of Theo Huxtable’s (The Cosby Show) girlfriend, a sweet young thing from Barbados, is currently in the island as part of a team that has been meeting with investors here with a view to getting assistance in funding the film.

Barbados TODAY caught up with the Brooklyn-born actress this afternoon, as she toured the Barbados Network Consultation exhibition of locally produced goods and services at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

The actress, who is expected to leave Barbados this weekend, is also known for her role as single mother Anna-Marie McCoy in the Gothic horror film Candyman in 1992.

Williams, not to be confused with her singer-actress namesake Vanessa L. Williams, was also reputed for being a series regular in Steven Bochco’s critically acclaimed television drama, Murder One in 1995, where she earned her first NAACP Image Award nomination. The movie, which will be shot in Barbados, is titled Once Upon This Aisle.

US-based Barbadian film producer, Claire Ince, who wrote the movie, told this newspaper it is a Barbados story which she would be directing as well, once they were able to raise all of the required funding for the project.

“We are about half way there. We want to start shooting in early 2013, January 2013,” Ince of Indiepelago Films said.

Once Upon This Aisle is an in-development Caribbean-set feature film about a stuck-in-rut church organist who gets excited about playing for celebrity wedding, only to learn that the bride to be is his high school sweetheart.

“On June 12, The Barbados High Commission in London hosted our cocktail party to introduce our feature film project to Friends of Barbados and prospective UK investors,” Ince noted.

“We are building something awesome, but we can’t do it without financial support. It takes a village to make a movie, so check us out, comment, and most of all show us some ‘Like’ so we can get the momentum we need to make this movie,” she declared on her Facebook page.

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