Caribbean film-makers have potential new market through HBO’s new channel, but must meet strict criteria…

The Caribbean while not as prolific as USA, UK or India nevertheless has a burgeoning cinema industry, which, if marketed correctly – can draw the best kind of attention when one looks at the number of efforts made, especially within the last eight years or so… Like in Trinidad last year, they witnessed the launch of a movie “Escape From Babylon,” a Crime Drama seeking new heights of realism and its makers pledging a sequel involving more islands… Barbados itself has had a recent foray into cinema with “Hit For Six” a cricket drama; in 2012 there was “Chrissy,” an inspirational children’s anti-bully film and only last year “PayDay,” a slice of Barbadian life humorously depicting money woes and how solutions can go go astray…

English-speaking MAX only began this month and their Caribbean material is not as heavy as they'd like - what can we do to change that?

English-speaking MAX only began this month and their Caribbean material is not as heavy as they’d like – what can we do to change that?

These are immediate hits which come to mind – apart from Barbados’ comedic “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” now on British TV or “From Barbados With Love,” a mockumentary detailing the plight of the Green Monkey as a parallel commentary on Colonialism; there’s also Jamaica’s hilarious “The Lunatic,” where Tree Hugger gains new meaning or their sarcastic view on Tourism in “Smile Orange” or the gritty “Third World Cop” and Antigua’s horror “The Skin” among many others from most of the islands… Treated the best way, these movies can pull much needed ForEx for their respective territories – who would be intrigued?

After a sumptuous meal at Cecconi's in SoHo, Raphael Lall of Trinidad's Guardian newspaper had a brief chat with VP Grossman on a cloudy Miami afternoon, shortly before heading back home...

After a sumptuous meal at Cecconi’s in SoHo, Raphael Lall of Trinidad’s Guardian newspaper had a brief chat with VP Grossman on a cloudy Miami afternoon, shortly before heading back home…

Perhaps Gustavo Grossman, the Corporate VP of HBO-LA Networks, since their new English speaking channel MAX is designed to appeal to the Caribbean’s English language segment.

The Caribbean has many horror characters, this one here is based on an Antiguan folklore and still creates a stir!

The Caribbean has many horror characters, this one here is based on an Antiguan folklore and still creates a stir!

At northern Miami’s exclusive SoHo members only hotel, the executive made a special presentation to a cadre of journalists from Trinidad, Caymans, Suriname, Aruba, Bahamas and ;) Barbados (ahem!) where he revealed the menu includes quality shows which drew winning entries from Cannes, Sundance or Toronto Film Festivals.

This Barbadian film was very bold, it looked at the death of Tourism and the onset of the Offshore Market as it impinges on Barbadian Real Estate... Told through generations' eyes...

This Barbadian film was very bold, it looked at the death of Tourism and the onset of the Offshore Market as it impinges on Barbadian Real Estate… Told through generations’ eyes…

Mr Grossman discovered that relaying the sport of cricket can be quite expensive if thought many islands or countries are watching, but he told the media how HBO still wants Caribbean content just the same as other South American destinations have programmes native to their own area {CLICK ON FOLLOWING ICON FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The HBO executive says there are plans in the near future to approach cinematographers of the region and see what material is available for submission and if it meets the strict guidelines required by MAX {CLICK ON FOLLOWING ICON FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Perhaps Barbados, Trinidad, Antigua, Jamaica and other islands need to stop thinking other territories and aiming for straight to Cable?

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