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US Premiere For The Skin

Professor Andrew Millington; Joy- Dee Davis-Lake; Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US Deborah Mae Lovell; and filmmakers Howard Allen & Mitzi AllenAntigua St John's - Tremendous applause followed the premiere of HAMAFilms’ The Skin at the AFI Silver Theatre in Washington DC on Saturday, exactly one year after it opened as the Antigua-based company’s fourth feature film.

Nationals in the DC area came out to support the film following the rigorous promotion by the office of Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US, Dame Deborah Mae Lovell.

“It was a tremendous success,” Ambassador Lovell said. “I’m very happy and proud of Howard and Mitzi [Allen].”


 
In her introductory remarks, Ambassador Lovell told the audience that when she thinks of HAMA she thinks, “Inspiring, daring and courageous.
 
“They are the first to produce a feature film in the Eastern Caribbean with The Sweetest Mango, when no one else thought it was possible. Where others see a blank page, they see the written word, where others see a blank screen they see images.”
 
Professor Andrew Millington expressed his appreciation to the filmmakers for making an effort to be there for the screening.
 
“It shows a respect for the audience,” he said during the talkback session.
 
Millington encouraged the audience to share the experience they had watching The Skin with others through social media.
 
“That is one way we can support Caribbean cinema, by telling others.”
 
The AFI Silver Theatre in Washington, D.C.

HAMA’s trip to the 12th annual DC Caribbean Film Festival was made possible by the Antigua & Barbuda Literary Festival and Carib World Travel. The strategic alliance is to bring attention to the Literary Festival, which will take place November 8th to 11th in Antigua.
 
“We were thrilled to be there and to see our movie’s title on the marquee of the AFI Silver Theatre,” the film’s producer Mitzi Allen said.
 
Writer/Director Howard Allen added: “It was an honour to participate in the DC Caribbean Film Festival and to have The Skin showcased at a theatre dedicated to the preservation of motion pictures.”
 
The Skin, which is based on Caribbean folklore, drew much attention from the scholars in the audience.


 
Retired professor Dr. Aklin Lynch told the filmmakers, “I’m glad to see the battle between the middle class and the traditionalist and the issue of the melanin being dealt with in the story. It’s a story we all know too well and it is being played out today. As we become more modern, we move way from our traditional beliefs and values.”
 
The Skin is also an official selection of the Belize International Film Festival in July.

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RE: US Premiere For The Skin

#4 jjim » 2012-06-08 19:37

I was there for the opening. It was electric! I have never been to such an 'opening" and this was so so special. All Antiguan should be honored to have HAMA is their corner...telling the great (real and mystery) stories Again, as I have viewed all their four movies ... I am impressed to the max. Keep up the great work. Many 'hokey' like me (simply Americans that love the carribean) appreciate real good offerings ... big tx ....
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#3 THE GODFATHER » 2012-06-08 11:53

Correction...Cannes Film Festival
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#2 THE GODFATHER » 2012-06-08 11:42

Congratulations to Howard and Mitzi Allen, Antigua and Babruda celebrates your achievement, enjoy the spotlight and many more future successes. You have endured many struggles, and now reaping the harvest of your hard work. Hope to see you at the Canned Film Festival, muff respect.
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#1 Smoke n Mirrors » 2012-06-08 10:26

BIG UP to Howard & Mitzi. I really do admire your hard work, tenacity, and Antiguan pride. Thank you for showcasing Antiguan talent to the WORLD. 8)
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