Trinidadian film producer creates waves with New York debut of Special Presentation using Cinema as a Fiscal Incentive for Twin Island Republic
T&T based film producer and director Christopher Anthony Din Chong recently made a big impact in the ‘Big Apple’ with the success of his first North-American presentation which was held at the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate General in Manhattan, NYC.
The presentation entitled “The Economic Evolution Through New Media” sought to illustrate how a vibrant motion picture, television and digital media production industry can make a significant contribution to the economy as well as cultural development of Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean Region and Diaspora. This event is in keeping with Din Chong’s current drive to highlight film and its related entities as a feasible alternative to the oil and natural gas industries. This drive is paralleled by the Government of T&T’s current push for diversification of the economy from being mainly dependent on the energy sector.
Amongst the various guests in attendance at “The Economic Evolution Through New Media” were Vice President of Marketing at Martins International & Associates LLC, Donovan Neita, Billboard Magazine writer Patricia Meschino, head of Public Relations and Marketing for the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, Jean Alexander, motivational speaker Aubry Padmore and a host of US based film and TV producers and media practitioners.
During the presentation the audience which consisted of corporate and entertainment industry; guests were treated to an in depth teaser of T&T’s first feature length thriller/supernatural horror film, “3 Line” (which is scheduled for release this year) as well as a sneak peak of the new reality series “In the Making” hosted by Synergy TV personality Verena Siblal. Both of those media products were produced by Din Chong’s company Forward Ever Films in collaboration with his associate Mikkell Khan and his company Diamond Films.
Din Chong made mention of his and Khan’s goal to revolutionize the local marketing industry through the utilization of new media approaches to producing advertisements and product placement in film via their company C.R.E.A.T.E. Strategies Ltd. He also spoke of his “Film Concierge Service” which will provide ancillary filmmaking services to foreign/regional and domestic film producers seeking an on-location destination. This service includes but is not limited to the rental/importation of production equipment, set building, provision of props and costuming, location scouting, the creation of production albums, transportation/accommodation/catering for the production crew, and legal/customs and immigration coordination and consultancy. Din Chong is currently in discussions with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago relative to phase 2 of the project.
This New York City event provided an enjoyable evening of networking for all in attendance. The presentation itself aroused the interest of US based film and business stakeholders in the motion pictures and productions out of Trinidad and Tobago.