Green Screen focuses on environmental education, and launches “The Art of the Interview” Workshop

Green Screen- The Environmental Film Festival will focus on changing the public’s outlook on environmental sustainability. Sponsored by the Solid Waste Management Company Ltd (SWMCOL) and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Ltd (FilmTT), the eight-year-old film festival takes on PERSPECTIVE as its 2018 theme. It strives to reinforce the need to prioritise public environmental education year-round and that, as citizens, we find ways to adapt to the inevitable changes in our environment.  

While there has been an increase in awareness over the past seven years, Festival Director Carver Bacchus says there is still room for improvement. “Climate change is no longer an academic consideration as powerful storms continue to threaten our region. To survive, we must adapt and a new perspective is key”. 

This year’s Festival also seeks to encourage patrons to learn from islands whose countries have suffered as a result of climate change. One such island is Kiribati, an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean that faces imminent danger as sea-levels in the region continues to rise. This threat was chronicled by filmmakers which resulted in a documentary film, Anote’s Ark. This feature serves as the Festival’s premiere and will be screened on the opening night of the Film Festival on October 31st. 

Green Screen -The Environmental Film Festival is unique in that it is the only Environmental Film Festival in the English-speaking Caribbean. The Festival is scheduled to take place from October 31 to November 4. 

“The Art of the Interview” Workshop

In collaboration with Bocas Lit Fest and with the support of FilmTT, “The Art of the Interview” workshop concludes the five-day environmental film festival. Set to run on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November, the workshop aims to develop the interview skills of new documentary filmmakers and journalists with a view to creating well composed and visually interesting interviews on film. Workshop components will include: The use of interviews to develop a story; Interview Techniques; Filming cinematic interviews, and Hands-on interview practicals. Festival Director Carver Bacchus affirms, “Documentary film is an art form all its own and we are happy to support the development of competent and sensitive documentary makers”. 

Facilitators will include: Marina Salandy-Brown, Founder, Bocas Lit Fest & former BBC Editor; Juliette McCawley, Award-Winning Filmmaker, and BC Pires, Writer & Film Critic. The workshop begins at 9am and ends at 4pm on both days, and takes place at The Writers Centre, 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair. Contribution is TTD500, which includes lunch and refreshments for both days. 

To register, email greenscreen.rsvp@gmail.com

See greenscreentt.com or facebook.com/greenscreentt for more festival and workshop details.