Who’s Who @ CaribbeanTales 2012, Barbados


Steering Group

  • Frances-Anne Solomon

    Frances-Anne Solomon

    Festival Director

    Frances-Anne Solomon

    is an award-winning international filmmaker, producer, writer, curator, distributor and the founder/CEO of the


    group of companies. Born in England to Trinidadian parents, and educated in Trinidad and Canada, she built a successful career as a TV drama producer at the BBC in England. She also produced and directed her own films, including What My Mother Told Me, Lord Have Mercy and A Winter Tale. She now lives between Barbados and Toronto where she continues to create, write, direct, produce, exhibit and distribute her own films and those of many others.

  • Penelope Hynam

    Penelope Hynam

    Festival Programmer

    Penelope Hynam’s

    25-year career in Canadian film/TV spans work at the CBC, CityTV, as co-founder of documentary company Mobius Productions, and Script Supervisor/Continuity on over 40 movies/TV dramas. From 1992 she was Director of the Barbados National Trust and project Director on

    George Washington House and Museum
    , while continuing to write, produce, and/or direct films including Chattel House (Gladstone Yearwood), George Washington in Barbados (shown daily at G.W.H. historic site), Island Icon: Dr. Cecil Cyrus, Power Factor (for Barbados Light and Power), and A Day in a Bajan Life (10 short film portraits directed by Pelle Hybbinette). She is currently in development 13-part TV Drama series “Growing Up Caribbean”.

  • Alison Saunders

    Alison Saunders




    Alison Saunders
    , a CT2012 fund-raiser and co-chair of the Symposium, is Managing Director of

    SFa Communications Inc.
    , a communications firm and

    Blue Waters Productions Inc.
    , a film and video company. She has written, directed and produced programmes, documentaries, PSA’s and dramatic works including the award winning feature, “Hit For Six!”

  • Nancii Yearwood

    Nancii Yearwood

    Festival Coordinator

    Nancii Yearwood

    is a theatre producer and writer, with am MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmith College, London. Her company DetailWorks specialises in project and production management for the arts. She has worked as Consultant/Project and Production Manager for East Point Productions Arts Academy, Barbados Community College Theatre Arts Portfolios,

    Barbados Olympic Association
    , “An Evening With Kellie Cadogan” at the

    Frank Collymore Hall
    , and many others.

  • Annette Nias

    Annette Nias


    Filmmaker/Composer Collaboration

    Annette Nias

    has functioned as a writer, performer, director, producer, production coordinator and stage manager at many concerts, plays, musicals, festivals, fashion shows, film and television productions, festivals, carnivals, etc. in Barbados and abroad. She has managed and designed presentations for several artistic individuals and agencies. Annette is currently employed as Cultural Officer (Film and Photography) with the

    National Cultural Foundation

  • Chris Cooke-Johnson

    Chris Cooke-Johnson



    Multimedia expert and company director

    Chris Cooke-Johnson

    is in the perfect position to oversee every aspect of

    Creative Junction’s

    wide range of services. Two-time CBU award winner, along with gold ‘Addy’ awards, his work as Series Producer is so highly regarded that he has been hired in other territories to oversee production throughout the Caribbean. Comprehensively skilled in compression, hosting, web broadcast, animation, post production and special effects.

  • John Welsman

    John Welsman


    Filmmaker/Composer Collaboration

    John Welsman

    is a composer of music for film and television whose credits include the TV series Road To Avonlea, My Friend Rabbit, Franklin and Friends, The Twilight Zone, and The Nature of Things. Recent feature films include Nurse.Fighter.Boy, MODRA, and A Winter Tale. Welsman is a five time Gemini Award winner for ‘Best Original Score’ for his work, and a recent Genie Award winner for ‘Achievement in Music’ for Nurse.Fighter.Boy.

  • André Woodvine

    André Woodvine

    Associate Coordinator,

    Filmmaker/Composer Collaboration

    Jazz saxophonist and composer

    André Woodvine

    is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (1986), Woodvine recently completed online studies in film scoring and orchestration at the Berklee online school. André has produced four CDs of original Caribbean Jazz, available at






  • Douglas Newton

    Douglas Newton



    Douglas Newton

    is a professional photographer with over 25 years’ experience. He has a Diploma in Acting for Film and Television from the New York Film Academy, a Certificate in the Substance, Structure, Style and Principles of screenwriting conferred by Robert McKee, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, USA.

  • J. Patrick Cozier

    J. Patrick Cozier

    Media Partner, Sponsorships

    J. Patrick Cozier

    is Secretary General of the

    Caribbean Broadcasting Union
    . He has 36 years of executive experience in both the private and public sector, and is a very strong advocate of the Caribbean developing its own creative economy and controlling its own information and cultural brand identity.

  • Akley Olton

    Akley Olton

    Associate Coordinator

    Born in the rural mountains of Belair, St. Vincent,

    Akley Olton

    is a creator of images. His interest in sociology and economics was harnessed by his creative development into community activism through various outreach activities. He believes the arts especially Filmmaking, are vehicles for social, and economic change in the Caribbean. He is the founder of

    , a visual arts production collective.

  • Benjamin Drakes

    Official Photographer

    Benjamin Drakes

    is an award winning photographer, originally from St. Lucia, who currently resides in Barbados. His other engagements of active participation in the arts include: graphic and logo design, film-making, acting for film, television and theatre, music and writing.

  • John Morgan

    John Morgan

    Closing Night Partner

    The owner and Managing Director of

    Olympus Theatres

    John Morgan

    and his family have been in the cinema business for over 75 years in the Caribbean. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Law as well as being the founder of the Trinidad European Film Festival. John is deeply supportive of building our Caribbean Film Industry.


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