Interview with Kim Johnson
Producer Kim Johnson talks about producing “Pan! Our Music Odyssey.”
Kim Johnson (writer), currently the Director of the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, an Anthony N. Sabga Laureate for Arts & Letters, is the foremost historian of pan. Johnson is a Senior Research Fellow at The Academy for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs at The University of Trinidad and Tobago. His ongoing projects include The Virtual Museum of Trinidad and Tobago (an online encyclopedia of TT culture) and Ways of Hearing, a study of music in the Americas. Johnson’s forthcoming books include Jahaji Tempo: A Biographical Prelude to Indo-Trini Music and the multimedia pan exhibition The Audacity of the Creole Imagination.
Interview with Nosarieme Garrick
Producer/Director Nosarieme Garrick talks about the production of “My Africa Is.”
Nosarieme Garrick is Nosarieme Garrick is a director with roots in Nigeria and the United States. She started My Africa Is as a Web-based series to share the stories of young people living, thriving, inspiring and connecting the world community. The series is now having its broadcast television debut. As a writer, she has covered African culture for outlets like MTV Staying Alive, CNN, Afripopmag, Africa is a Country, and Women’s eNews. In 2010, she founded Vote or Quench, a youth empowerment campaign educating young Nigerians on the importance of their vote in local and national elections. Garrick also spearheaded the live production of the first youth-centered presidential debate.
Interview with N’Jeri Eaton
Producer N’Jeri Eaton talks about making “First Friday.”
N’Jeri Eaton is a freelance producer, editor and youth media educator. Her short film Perry County (IDA Awards nominee) screened at festivals around the country is now being distributed by New Day Films. City Fish (Audience Award Winner, Doc Challenge) premiered at Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival and was broadcast on the Documentary Channel. She was Associate Producer for The Waiting Room (Gotham Awards and Independent Spirit Awards nominee). Eaton has produced work for TIME.com and others. She has also worked for the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) as a Video Production Instructor, teaching production skills to at-risk youth in Oakland and San Francisco. She is currently the Content Development and Initiative Manager at the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Eaton received her M.J. at the UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and her B.A. in Visual Media Arts Studies from Emerson College.
My Africa Is
My Africa Is peers into the soul and spirit of Nairobi through three stories of innovation. Viewers will meet game developers who create African superheroes to inspire Kenyan youth; a self-taught engineer who builds drones as a solution to Kenya’s poaching problem and trains youth in the technology to build human capacity; and two rock bands that are part of a growing rock scene in Nairobi. Along the way viewers will be introduced to the city, a restless and bustling metropolis with a musicality and energy that only locals can fathom. Meet the Africa that most don’t know but which is the reality of millions.
Days of Hope
Days of Hope weaves three immigrant stories into a unflinching portrait of courage and sacrifice as they travel, by any means, across deserts and oceans from Africa to Europe in the hopes of providing a better life for the families they leave behind. Days of Hope presents the human side of these immigrant stories as they discover that to traverse the waters that separate them from one continent is one thing; to traverse the gulf that separates them from the rest of humanity is quite another.
Calm reigns in Sâo Vicente, a small Cape Verdean island (off the West Coast of Africa) where most of the people have never moved away. In Mindelo we meet Tchinda, one of their most beloved women, especially after coming out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the way local people call queer Cape Verdeans. Tchinda sells “coxinhas” by day and in the evening is responsible for security at her bar as music and grog, the famous local rum permeates every corner of the island. In February the island evolves as thousands of people pack into the streets for Carnival.
On the first Friday of every month, thousands of people gather in the streets of downtown Oakland. Rich and poor, young and old, black and white, they all meet here. As the event grows, it becomes symbolically attached to the city’s larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager is murdered during the event, the future of First Fridays and the rebirth of Oakland itself is in peril. This film provides a multi-layered snapshot of a fascinating American city while exploring issues of redevelopment, gentrification and violence that many other urban centers face.
Native Sun – Trailer
Native Sun follows Mumin, a precocious young boy who makes the long trip to Accra from his home in Ghana’s rural northern region. He leaves, having just experienced his mother’s death. Her last words to him were a directive to find the father he has never met.
Pan! Our Music Odyssey – Trailer
Each year, philharmonic orchestras of over 100 musicians come to Trinidad from countries throughout the world to compete for the greatest Pan event: the Panaroma. Pan is the story of the men and women through out the Caribbean and the world who staked all on their art and whose passion and daring has drawn them to the world championships. Their stories are interlaced with re- enactments of the rags-to-riches tale of the steelband movement, which was born in poverty and violence but climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic acceptance without losing its life-or-death urgency.