EBCCI joins digital media revolution

Barbados is a part of the world wide revolution in the digital medium. And the Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Imagination EBCCI is part of the uprising.

In fact, as they present their final year creative thesis portfolios over the next couple weeks, the season will feature eight films; one dance production and one theatre production at the BFA level and another at the MA level.

Once again this year, film continued to be the most popular digital medium for students of the centre and as stated by the producer of the EBCCI, De Carla Applewhaite, this movement showed how apt and receptive young people were in the area of digital media and motion picture arts.

“. . . And how Barbados is part of the world trend of the digital revolution and is ready to develop a fully functioning film industry with these young final year students. Coming from diverse artistic backgrounds, such as music and theatre, these students, trained in cinematography, production management, screenwriting, directing and documentary filmmaking, not only will affect local programme production, i.e., its quantity and its quality will also show a marked difference, allowing in the future for us to sell programming to extra-regional stations. “They [the students] are burgeoning with stories to tell and Capstone, as their final year thesis presentation is only the start of their filmography,” Applewaithe said.

The Capstone Thesis season 2014 runs over two weekends, with films being screened Sundays May 4 and 11 as well as Saturday May 10, each time at
7 p.m. in the Centre’s Walcott Warner Theatre. Admission is free but by ticket only and is for mature audiences only.

Filmmakers presenting are: Toni Ann Johnson, Shad Spencer, Saran Lashley, D Justin King, Ryan Wilfred, Ezra Hinds, Shimar Gollop and Renelde Headley.

Broken, a film by King, chronicled the trials and tribulations of two young Barbadian men, living in challenging low income environments. Johnson’s
Flipped, told the story of two men who were once best friends, but become enemies. One became a politician, the other an artist. They meet again after several years of estrangement and are forced to accept each other’s life when theirs becomes flipped.

Spencer’s short film, Crimei is about a fictional country’s political life. It took a look at a seemingly far-fetched idea of how to save the country from financial ruin. It takes a look at taking the morality out of political answers to find out the benefits of crime, on a strictly financial outlook.

Into My Mind by Saran Lashley followed Jasmine, the most promising Psychology major at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, who was diagnosed with paranoid catatonic schizophrenia in the seventh week of her final semester. She is placed in a room alone at a private asylum. However, Jasmine discovers she is not there alone at all.

This season features the dance production The Hornby by Lisa Cummins, a choreography which explored the possibility of the connection between the “spirit world” and the process of adultery.

Dainika Bynoe, is this year’s only BFA thespian. Writing and directing the play Shattered Silence, Dainika’s work sought to highlight the psychological and physical effects of domestic violence. It explored the minds of not only the victim of domestic violence but also the abuser, to answer the question of “why”.

Capstone Theatre will conclude with the practice based thesis work of Keisha Griffith, In The Beginning Was The Word. Keisha is a graduate candidate of the MA Creative Arts programme and a graduate of the EBCCI’s BFA Programme. Her play, featuring Adrian Green, DJ Simmons, Vanessa Nightengale and the inimitable Tony Thompson, will be on stage May 17, at 7 p.m. (PR/KC)

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