New Orleans, Louisiana, May 29th 2015 (Sonique Solutions) – CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) presented an important panel discussion on the unique role of film and new digital technologies in healing the historical hurts created by our colonial past, that have fueled divisions between Africa and the Creole cultures of the Caribbean and the Americas. The presentation took place during the 40th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Presenting on the panel were CTWD Chair, Dr. Keith Nurse; renowned filmmaker and Co-founder of Banyan Ltd., Christopher Laird; and filmmaker and ‘art-ivist’, Nicole Brooks. CTWD’s attendance at CSA was made possible by CTWD’s ‘3D Distribution Project’, financed by the ACP Cultures+ Program.
Caribbean Studies is growing in popularity among scholars and universities worldwide. This educational field is a core market for CTWD’s catalog of over 300 titles, many of which are used effectively as curriculum tools on a range of subjects, including history, cultural studies, immigration, sociology, economics, politics, and gender studies.
During the CSA Conference, CTWD also announced its landmark partnership with the Banyan Archives. This unparalleled Collection spans 4 decades and includes more than 3,000 high-quality documentary video recordings of Caribbean rituals, cultural festivals, and hundreds of interviews with celebrated Caribbean artists and icons.
Christopher Laird said : “After two presentations at the CSA and the enthusiastic response from those who attended and who heard about the existence of this remarkable entrance into the resources available for Caribbean enquiry and research – which one person described as ‘epic’ – I think the use of video/film as a research tool in a context heavily invested in text is at last getting some traction. The excitement generated was palpable”
“Film records and documents our cultures, both past and living, and has the power to unite territories divided by distance, language and bodies of water. The synergies and similarities throughout the Diaspora are undeniable, haunting, resonant, and healing. Films on Caribbean subjects provide tools for education that did not exist before. They are invaluable for education, documentation and forward development, ” said Frances-Anne Solomon, Founder of CTWD.
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| __________________________________________________About THE BANYAN ARCHIVESince the 1970’s, the Banyan team has been carrying out innovative and high quality documentary video projects on the history and cultural traditions of Trinidad and Tobago and numerous other coutries in the Caribbean. These community-oriented and collaborative projects have resulted in one of the most wide-ranging and in-depth archives of caribbean trought and creativity.
“I am very pleased to have had the oppportunity to visit the climate-controlled Banyan Archive in Port of Spain. The scope of the Archive’s more than 3000 video recordings is unparralled. Among the vast holdings are documentaries of performances of orisha rituals in trinidad; the Phagwa festival in Trinidad and Guyana; Junkanoo in Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Belize; La Marguerite and Rose events in St Lucia; and various Amerindian traditions in Guyana and Dominica. The Archive also encompasses hundreds of interviews with caribbean artists and other figures, such as writers CLR James, George Lamming, and V.S. Naipaul; calypsoonians Roaring Lion, Lord Kitchener, Lord Pretender, and David Rudder; visual artists Carlisle Chang, Ken Critchlow, and Christopher Cozier; and filmmkaers Euzhan Palcy and Perry Henzell. ” — Stephen Stuempfle, executive Director, The Society for Ethnomusicology, Indiana University.
After four years of work with the National Library Services of Trinidad and Tobago, York University in Toronto, Canada, and the University of the West Indies at St Augustine, Trinidad, the Banyan archive has now been digitised and a comprehensive database of over 14,0000 records of metadata for the over 2000 files has been compiled.
Banyan, together with CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, is now making this unique and invaluable archive of Cairbbean culture available to educational institutions and libraries for stidents and researchers. The archive may be purchased in physical form and incorporated into an institutions own netowrk or through a virtual online access by annual subscription.
| __________________________________________________About CARIBBEANTALESCaribbeanTales (CT) is a group of media companies that produces, markets, and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, the first full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean, that aims to become the go-to solution for producers and buyers of Caribbean-themed content. Launched regionally in Barbados in May 2010, and internationally during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, the company now represents over 300 films from the Region and Diaspora. As well as distribution, CTWD aims to provide co-production services to producers of Caribbean-themed content.CT’s other activities and brands include : CaribbeanTales Inc a registered Charity based in Toronto, Canada; the Caribbean-Tales International Film Festival that produces events around the world, the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, that develops sustainable content for the international market, CaribbeanTalesFlix, our production arm, and CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform.
| __________________________________________________About ACPCULTURES +The ACPCultures+ Program is implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States and funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) by the European Union.Its objectives are to reinforce the creation and production of cultural goods and services in the ACP States (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) through an approach integrated with distribution networks; to support increased access to local, regional, intra-ACP, European and international markets; to build the capacities of culture sector professionals in ACP States, and improve the regulatory environment of the culture sector.