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Happenings This Weekend: NYC Salutes Legendary Caribbean Actress Leonie Forbes w/ Film Retrospective

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 4, 2012 at 12:56PM

If you're like me and you aren't too familiar with Leonie Forbes or her films (or even if you are), here's your chance to get acquainted with her and her works, if you live in NYC on Saturday, May 5; although even if you don't live in NYC, consider yourself informed :)
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Leonie Forbes

If you're like me and you aren't too familiar with Leonie Forbes or her films (or even if you are), here's your chance to get acquainted with her and her works, if you live in NYC on Saturday, May 5; although even if you don't live in NYC, consider yourself informed :)

The only title I can claim to have seen here is A Winter Tale, which screened a number of times in NYC couple of years, whether on the festival circuit, or special screening series.

As for the others, you likely won't find any of them at your local blockbuster, or even on Netflix, which makes this opportunity all-the-more special and worth attending if you can. So I'll hopefully see you there.

The program presenters are the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Caribbean Research Center, and CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution. 

She's in the photo above, along with Frances-Anne Solomon who runs CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, and who also directed Ms Forbes in the 1995 film What My Mother Told Me, which is included in the retrospective series.

Here's the press release:

NEW YORK: The vision of some of the Caribbean's most prolific filmmakers join in a New York City celebration of the illustrious career of legendary Jamaican actress, Leonie Forbes. Caribbean Classics - Leonie Forbes Film Fest features work from Lennie Little-White (Jamaica), Andrew Millington (Barbados), and Frances-Anne Solomon (Trinidad & Tobago), and takes place at Medgar Evers College on Saturday, May 5.

An officially endorsed Jamaica 50th Independence Anniversary program, the day-long festival is presented by a tripartite collation of Caribbean diaspora cultural organizations, the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Caribbean Research Center, and CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.

The series of four films and discussions culminates with the iconic actress of Caribbean stage and screen in conversation with Jamaican born journalist, reggae impresario, and program director of Sirius XM Radio, Pat McKay.

Hosted in the heart of the teeming Caribbean-American community of Central Brooklyn, NY at the campus of Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Avenue, the diverse program will not only afford an occasion to celebrate the talent of one of the region's most acclaimed thespians, but will also examine the challenges and opportunities of an emerging Caribbean cinema.

The schedule for the Saturday, May 5, 2012 program is:

2:00 'What My Mother Told Me'.

A journey towards self-discovery forces a young woman to meet her mother, whom she thought had abandoned her as a child. Frances-Anne Solomon, director (Trinidad & Tobago)

3:00 'Children of Babylon'

Love, lust, race, and class collide on a hedonistic pleasure dome as life on an old plantation is confronted by a changing society. Lennie Little-White, director. (Jamaica). Featuring Bob Andy

5:15 'Guttaperc'

A storied past and the yearning for development creates conflicts for the feature of a village and family. Andrew Millington, director (Barbados).

7:00 Tellin We Own Story - In Conversation with Leonie Forbes

Journalist Pat McKay interviews the iconic actress on life, art, and life imitating art.

8:45 'A Winter Tale'

Families struggle to reconcile their immigrant dreams after a bullet meant for a drug dealer kills a ten-year-old boy. Frances-Anne Solomon, director (Canada). Featuring Dennis "Spragalang" Hall

Tickets for the Caribbean Classics - Leonie Forbes Film Fest range from $10 for general admission per screening to $5 for students and seniors at the early afternoon screenings. A special $25 'Festival Passport' provides access to all screenings and the tribute session to Ms. Forbes.

Leonie Forbes has garnered an impressive list of international theatre, television and film credits in Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany, India and the United States, and has consistently enthralled audiences in her native Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Her film and television credits include 'A Winter Tale', 'Shattered Image', 'Milk and Honey', 'The Orchid House', 'Passion and Paradise', 'Club Paradise', 'Children of Babylon' 'Going to Extremes' which aired on ABC, 'Lord Have Mercy' on Toronto One, and 'Small Island' on PBS. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, her accolades include a Gemini Award® nomination in Canada, a life time achievement medal from El Centro Mexicano de Teatro, the Institute of Jamaica Gold Musgrave Medal and the Order of Distinction (Officer) from the Government of Jamaica.

The program presenters are the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Caribbean Research Center, and CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.

For additional information: 718-783-8345 / 718-270-6218 / 917-202-0696 or via info@caribbeantheatre.org


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