We have just completed Karen Martinez's DREAMS IN TRANSIT, a poetic documentary reflecting on the theme of identity and contemporary migration. Karen will be travelling to Port-of-Spain in mid-September to premiere the film at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.
In the film, the narrator, a Trinidadian based in London, returns to the Caribbean to explore what 'home' really means and where it is that both migrants and non-migrants might be said to 'belong', especially in the age of cheap air travel and Skype. The film uses a kaleidoscopic approach that mixes interviews, actuality, a meditative narration delivered by the actor Martina Laird that finds inspiration from Derek Walcott and Martin Carter, and the mysterious presence of a 'dream woman'. An evocative acoustic score is supplied by acclaimed composer Dominique Le Gendre, another London-based Trinidadian. The film was funded by the Trinidad Film Company. Running time is 29 mins. Watch the trailer above.
Andy Lambert has crafted four brand new MUTE films, our series that strips film-making down to its most basic elements with each film obeying three strict rules:
1) no dialogue 2) no camera movement 3) only one shot.
With a nod to Jacques Tati and the Swedish miserablist Roy Andersson, the new films are deadpan delights that take place in an odd world where no-one speaks – a world made up of absurdist pursuits and irrational indifference. They have played at the London Short Film Festival, C the Film Edinburgh, Souvenirs From Earth and been picked up by a wide variety of media outlets including the French newspaper Liberation, The Idler Magazine, CryptoMag, Digital Review... Check them out and find out more here.
Karen Martinez's short drama AFTER MAS, a Trinidad/UK co-production, produced with support from the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company and The Print Room, London, won an award for Best Short Film at its first festival screening at the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival in September 2013. The 19-minute drama tells the story of a love that flourishes under the cover of darkness on the streets of Port-of-Spain, during the night of J'Ouvert (the eve of Carnival). But in the cold light of day, can these lovers stay true to their desires?
Check out the trailer and more info on the dedicated AFTER MAS site here!
UK charity Odanadi commissioned us to make a two short promotional films for the London-based MARGINAL VOICES theatre project that works with trafficked women, helping them to get back on their feet using groundbreaking theatre techniques. Selected for the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival. Check them out below.
Tindal Street Press asked us to make a film about the Trinidadian author LAWRENCE SCOTT discussing his brilliant novel, Light Falling on Bamboo which is centred around the life of Michel Jean Cazabon, Trinidad's most famous 19th century artist. Then we made a short impressionistic portrait of another Trinidadian writer, the visionary poet VAHNI CAPILDEO featuring some of her characteristically unconventional thoughts as well as readings from her new book Dark and Unaccustomed Words published by Eggbox. We'd like to do more films with Caribbean writers and maybe turn it into a series.
RIPOSTE PICTURES, based in Kentish Town, London, was founded by Karen Martinez and Andy Lambert.
We make documentaries and drama and currently have several projects in various stages of development. As you can see below, we are keen on all things Caribbean – but there's plenty of other stuff we are into!
KAREN MARTINEZ, originally from Trinidad, has produced and directed several documentaries for Channel 4, The Arts Council, The Trinidad Film Company and others. She recently made her first drama After Mas set in Port-of-Spain and she has just finished a lyrical documentary-essay about identity, migration and 'home' called Dreams in Transit.
ANDY LAMBERT, has made documentaries (eg. Live From Britain) and dramas (eg. More is Less, The Accidental Conspiracy) for television as well as having over 15 years experience directing TV commercials for clients such as Nike, Nokia, Guinness, Honda, Coca-Cola and many others. Check out his showreel here. He is also the creator the MUTE series.