Movie Masters to give film lessons in The Bahamas

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Vince Gerardis

Producers and directors who have mastered the art and science of filmmaking will help boost production standards in The Bahamas through the Movie Masters series presented by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s Film Commission and the University of The Bahamas (UB). The Film Commission and UB have partnered to allow accomplished film producers and directors to share their knowledge and experiences with Bahamian filmmakers. The effort is intended to inspire filmmakers to create content and enhance their level of production.

Among the producers taking part in the event is Vince Gerardis, the co-executive producer of Game of Thrones, which has won more Emmy Awards than any other prime time the television show, and Marcus Nispel, a producer, and director of films such as Conan The Barbarian with Jason Momoa and Pathfinder with Karl Urban. The visiting producers will discuss the business of film and television production at UB’s Performing Arts Centers Monday at 6pm. Bahamian producers and directors Kareem Mortimer (Cargo) and Maria Govan (Rain and Play The Devil) will be the movie masters panelists on Wednesday at 6pm. Officials are hoping that the Movie Masters Mixers will improve the quality of Bahamian productions; create networking opportunities for business and film communities; build relationships with top producers and establish a forum that becomes a signature film event for The Islands of The Bahamas and gives the destination exposure. “We have a wonderful opportunity to pull information from very noteworthy people who are well regarded in the film and television business,” said Clarence Rolle, General Manager of the Ministry of Tourism’s Film Commission. “We want to enlist many others to help us grow film in The Bahamas so that we can have a vibrant industry and so that our filmmakers become exporters of high-quality entertainment. It’s something that will help to expand our economy’s performance.”

While in The Bahamas, the producers will also meet with potential business partners like Atlantis Paradise Island and the Grand Bahama Port Authority and scout locations that may fit some of their future projects. Additionally, Nispel will be the guest lecturer for the Intro to Film Class at University of The Bahamas. The Movie Masters forum is an addition to the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase (TCFS), which will be presented in several Caribbean islands, screening more than 20 films from around the region. My Father’s Land, a Bahamian film, will be shown as the official opening film of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase in Nassau. A reception will take place after the movie. All the screenings, which will take place at the University of the Bahamas’ Performing Arts Center, are free to the public.  Films will be shown in Nassau from February 19 – 21.  Screening times are from noon to 9pm on Feb. 19 and 21 and from 10am to 6p.m on February 20. The visiting producers will also be part of a public forum in Grand Bahama at Pelican Bay Resort on Wednesday, February 21 at 6pm.

Kareem Mortimer
Marcus Nipsel

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