Saturday, March 19th, 2011
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: George Washington House
Fee: Bds $35
Join us for a special award ceremony, presented by the US Embassy, for guest filmmaker Neema Barnette, and reception for THE SKIN (HAMA Productions).
Award-winning director Neema Barnette has left her unique stamp on the silver screen, the small screen and the stage, by engaging audiences with a body of compelling, socially- and politically-charged work that defies the narrow stereotypes of African-Americans usually depicted in entertainment. She is the first African-American woman to direct a television sitcom and to receive a two picture deal with Sony.
Notably, she has directed The Cosby Show, Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story, Hooperman, Seventh Heaven, Diagnosis Murder, CIVIL BRAND and Zora is My Name! She is a professor at UCLA’s School of Film & Television and adjunct professor at NYU Film School. Ms. Barnette serves on the Executive Board of the DGA African-American Steering Committee, is a member of the Black Filmmakers Foundation, is the founder of Harlem Lite Productions and is Executive Director of Live Theatre Gang — an urban theatre and performance company that mentors young people. Presently, she is developing screenplays from rapper Queen Pen’s new book, Situations, and a feature for Wild at Heart Films.
Howard Allen is an independent film and television producer and the founder of HAMA Productions. In 2001 he made his feature film directorial debut with The Sweetest Mango — Antigua and Barbuda’s first locally-produced feature and the first indigenous film for the Eastern Caribbean. He has been singled out by the Department of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College, New York, for his innovative approach to filmmaking in a developing country.
HAMA is the husband and wife team of director Howard Allen and producer Mitzi Allen. They have been working in broadcast television for more than 25 years before taking on the adventures of independent filmmaking in Antigua and Barbuda. The company now has its own independent cable channel, HAMA TV, in Antigua and Barbuda. THE SKIN, a supernatural thriller, will have its world premiere at CaribbeanTales 2011.