With the 3rd Annual Film Festival just days away, CaribbeanTales’ Artistic Director Frances-Anne Solomon announces Harmony Night hosted by Dwayne Morgan. This evening of screenings, discussions and performances will celebrate our Jamaican Canadian connections and engage youth through cinema, music videos and guest appearances. Supported by TD Financial Group, Harmony Night will take place on Friday, July 11, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. The evening kicks off with a Meet & Greet reception at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave.)
“Dwayne has been doing positive work with young people for many years, and has established himself across Canada as a role model for today’s youth,” said Solomon. “We are extremely honoured to have Dwayne participating in Harmony Night.”
Morgan is a well-known poet, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. In 1994 he founded Up From The Roots Entertainment to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. Morgan is also founder and producer of the annual spoken word concert When Brothers Speak.
Harmony Night will feature powerful film, documentary and music video screenings including Man Behind the Mic – a television documentary profiling Dwayne Morgan. Following the screening, Morgan will be on hand to answer questions during an intimate talk-back session, and treat audience members to a live performance.
Harmony Night will also be the only chance to see Solomon’s award-winning movie A Winter Tale this summer! This emotional Toronto-based film opened the ReelWorld Film Festival in April 2007, and has spent the last year traveling all over the world, screening to wide acclaim in cities across North America, the Caribbean, Europe and South Africa. Following the screening A Winter Tale actors Peter Williams and Michael Miller will field audience questions and share stories during a special Talk It Out session.
The evening will also feature Mary Wells’ documentary A Winter Tale: Art for Social Change Jamaica 2008 – which gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Solomon’s film impacted audiences in Jamaica. Other screenings include Miss Lou: Then and Now, which profiles famed Jamaican writer and activist Louise Bennett-Coverley. Harmony Night will conclude with an exclusive after party hosted by Leda Serene Films.
The 2008 CaribbeanTales Film Festival, entitled Fokus Jamaica, is presented in association with Jamaica Trade & Invest (JAMPRO), and the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto. The festival will run from July 10 – 13, 2008 at the Revue Cinema, Innis Town Hall, and the High Park Library.
The 3rd Annual CaribbeanTales Film Festival is generously sponsored by: Jamaica National Building Society, Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum, TD Bank Financial Group, Ontario Arts Council, The Art of Catering, SUN TV, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Flow 93.5FM, Now Magazine, b-side, Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto, Big It Up, CKLN 88.1FM, CHRY 105.5FM, CIUT 89.5FM, The Caribbean Camera, We Magazine, Canadian Immigrant Magazine, Caribbean Uprising International, The Ethnic Umbrella and Ackee Tree Jamaican Cuisine.