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Flashpoint 2005.1

Flashpoint 2005.1

On day two of the Flashpoint Film & Music Festival, things are moving along nicely. This is my first time in Negril, my first time in Jamaica. I went to the Bahamas a few years ago, but this is one Carribbean island that stands apart. The locals are celebrating Emancipation Weekend and there are parties throughout the city. Flashpoint has seen impressive attendance for not only the screenings, but the panels as well.

The panels include workshops on acting and producing… and today included a discussion led by New York-based film reps Josh Braun and Roger Kass. The screenings each night include a program of local shorts, headlined by a world premiere local feature. Before all of this, though, are performances by local musicians at the nearby bar, The Sands. During the days, we’ve been trying to get some sun and swimming.

The various guests of Flashpoint are staying throughout this part of the town (in properties owned by the resort company Island Outpost). I’m staying at a property that reminds me of The Real World, or maybe summer camp. But we’ll just go ahead with The Real World: Negril line of thinking.

To that point, my “roommates” are Josh and Roger, Troy from MTV Films, screenwriter Paul Hirsch, producer Lily Bright, and her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Winnie from Fortissimo Films is staying very close by, as is David Koh from Palm. While our little gang doesn’t act like those folks on The Real World, we’ve certainly mastered the art of having fun at the first-ever Flashpoint Festival.

More as soon as I can upload some of my pictures from the weekend. Oh, and to Jason’s question about cliff-diving, yes we were diving (on various cliffs at various heights). It was a blast.

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