Filmed entirely in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, the drama Chance is screening at the 7th Annual Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival, which begins September 19. Directed by Evan Kaufmann (feature film debut) from a script penned by Mark Owens, Chance follows Darnell Smith (played by newcomer Terrance Bartley), a St. Thomian photographer whose plans to go to school in the States come to a halt due to his mother’s severe illness. Under pressure to treat his mother’s disease and support his family, Darnell enters the crime underworld.
Chance, produced by director Kaufmann, Katie Kaufmann, Mark Owens and Brittany Owens, also stars Akin Chinnery and Ashley Wilkerson.
The first collaboration between screenwriter Mark Owens and director Evan Kaufmann, Chance is a sun-soaked drama that doubles as an exposé on the seedy underbelly of organized crime and human trafficking in the US Virgin Islands. Chance chronicles the actions of Darnell Smith, a young, big-hearted St. Thomian, who is the sole breadwinner for his family and whose skills as an amateur photographer have landed him a scholarship to an esteemed school in the States.
But with graduation inching closer, Darnell’s mother slips closer to death from an undiagnosed disease. Lacking the funds to afford treatment and with no one to look after his brothers and sisters, Darnell forgoes school to team up with a local crime lord in a desperate move to take care of his family and save his mother’s life. Telling a tale of redemption, Chance reveals the lengths to which many have to go in order to survive and take care of those they love, but reminds us that with faith, it is never too late for a miracle.
Watch the trailer below: