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Flashpoint 2005.2

Flashpoint 2005.2

The last Jamaican-made feature film to hit it big, internationally? The Harder They Come… and that was over 30 years ago. This is one of the reasons why, in 2005, the Flashpoint Film & Music Festival was created. Similar to other Jamaican film gatherings (like Flashpoint’s partner, the Goldeneye Film Festival in December) in tone, the programming differs in that Flashpoint is dedicated to exclusively celebrating Jamaican-made films.

Held in Negril July 30 and 31 (during Emancipation Weekend) at the Caves resort, the festival drew crowds of local artists trying to get a sense of how they can make the next big Jamaican cinematic sensation. The festival welcomed a handful of international film industry folks to attend and, with my own experiences at our own film and music festival in Austin, I was lucky enough to be invited…

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(The view at The Caves on Saturday morning.)

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(Catching up on his New Yorker reading, film producer and rep Roger Kass enjoys some downtime in the pool.)

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(A reporter from Jamaica’s music network, Music Plus, checks in with viewers on location from one of the resort’s titular caves.)

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(Screenwriter Paul Hirsch and David Koh of Palm Pictures sit by the ocean before the evening’s music and films commence. David was one of the hosts of the festival, along with local hero Chris Blackwell, founder of Palm.)

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(Negril residents attend a film production workshop led by Desiree Jellerette, whose credits include work on Def By Temptation and Malcolm X.)

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(Later Saturday night, audiences come in for an outdoor screening of a selection of locally-made short films.)

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(Young filmmaker Nile Saulter, right, conducts a Q&A following his sci-fi thriller Forward. On the left is Mervin Spence, who portrays one of the film’s villains.)

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