A selection of recent articles written by Stephen Weir and published in newspapers, magazine and websites. The articles are posted in chronological order. Stephen Weir lives and works in downtown Toronto, Canada. His motto? Always busy. Never bored.
CARIBBEAN TALES FILM FESTIVAL SAYS IT IS A WRAP
But Wait it isn’t Over (if You Have Access to the Internet)
If you don't mind watching movies on your Iphone, Ipad or computer, there is good news. The annual Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) didn't end on Sunday. While the curtain has fallen for films shown at the Harbourfront, there are still movies to watch on the CTFF website for the next week.
On Sunday evening, the final live screening for CTFF took place at the Harbourfront Centre theatre. The three-film lineup included "Dolapo is Fine," a 15-minute short about women’s haair from the UK; "Behind the Blue" as in the Blue Devils from Trinidad & Tobago; and "Yubism: Life and Art of Yubi Kirindongo" from Curacao.
"All three films were wonderful... the first had you cheering for Dolapo, and the last two made you want to visit the countries to experience what you just saw in person," reported film fan Dorothy Abbott. "And those wonderful Oxtail Empanadas (served in the lobby after the show)... someone tell me where to buy some!"
After 18 years, the Film Festival got it right this time around. The CTFF returned home to Harbourfront after a less than successful stay at Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema, at Yonge and Carlton in downtown Toronto. The Harbourfront Centre provided a comfortable 422-seat theatre (and the 466-seat Fleck Theatre) to showcase 24 films, including full-length documentaries and many short films, all with a Caribbean focus.
The screenings were easily accessible, and parking (at a price) was available adjacent to the building. If there were any concerns about the success of the film festival, it was the size of the audience. Although the Caribbean Camera did not attend all six nights of film, those that we did attend had many empty seats. Blame the Toronto International Film Festival for siphoning the audience away from CTFF as it ran over the same period with sold-out shows.
If you missed any of the film nights, you can visit the CTFF website for the next week and watch the movies you missed, along with many other Caribbean-related titles!
The 2023 Caribbean Tales International Film Festival award winners are...
Best Feature Documentary: "It is not Past 08 12 1982" - Ida Does
Best Short Documentary (TIED): "Territory" - Jael Joseph "Negra, Yo Soy Bella" - Vashni Korin
Best Short Film: "Here Ends the World We’ve Known" - Anne-Sophie Nanki
Best Comedy: "My Maxi" - Andrei J Pierre
Best Animation: "It's Nice in Here" - Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
. Recent Huffington Post Film Story by Stephen Weir http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/../../stephen-weir/america-wild-interview_b_11397002.html Rachel Pohl - photo by George Socka “ I don’t work out. I don’t diet. I don’t prepare before climbing,” confessed 23-year old mountain climber Rachel Pohl. “ Why can I (climb up a near vertical rock face) do it? Thank my mother and father for their DNA!” The modest adventurer is starring in "America Wild: National Parks Adventure". She doesn’t simply climb mountains, she preternatural ly finds pinkie sized breaks in sheer rock faces. One foot on one side of a stone crevice, the other on a different rock face altogether. And between her legs? The great abyss. publicity still - Devil's Tower America Wild, a new Imax movie narrated by Robert Redford, recently had its Canadian premiere in Toronto. It has begun showing at museums, galleries and Science Centres all across North America. The 50-minut
The Cutlass cutting it up after very successful debut in Toronto By Stephen Weir for the Caribbean Camera Kidnapping is a cottage industry in Trinidad. The Trinidad Guardian says that it “is a crime so epidemic that Trinidad ranks second in the world only behind Colombia for its rate of abductions”. Trinidad is so synonymous with the crime that it is not surprising that a kidnap movie made on Tobago has gained a global following! Since its 2017 Canadian debut in Toronto at the local Caribbean Tales Film Festival, The Cutlass has become one of the most successful T&T feature films made. “We've actually had a bit of news for The Cutlass since we were in Toronto in September,” film producer Drew Umland told the Caribbean Camera. “ “Independent films with a very limited marketing budget really have an uphill battle trying to reach their market. It truly is a grass roots effort. Showing The Cutlass at festivals like Caribbean Tales FF in Toronto really make
Moonzir Butt Wins! Mr. CHIN International Bikini 201l chosen today at the Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic, the Bandshell, CNE Grounds, Toronto. WINNER: This year’s winner is 22-year old Moonzir Butt. The Oakville native beat out 14 other contestants in this evening’s outdoor competition. Second prize was awarded to 29-year old John Burdo and third place went to Troy Campbell. Immediately following the crowning of Moonzir Butt, the winner and two finalists were joined on stage by Serena DiMillo, the winner of yesterday’s Miss CHIN International Bikini contest. Pictured above are, from left to right: John Burdo, Moonzir Butt, Troy Campbell and Serena DiMillo. The 3-day Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic is produced by CHIN radio /TV international; a Canadian radio and television broadcaster that produces and airs programming in over 30 different languages. The contribution of CHIN Radio to the cause of multiculturalism, understanding and tolerance between people of ma