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Rare/obscure films where can I find them?
Topic by: MrMiscreant
Posted: June 2, 2005 - 1:41 PM PDT
Last Reply: June 8, 2005 - 2:31 PM PDT

author topic: Rare/obscure films where can I find them?
MrMiscreant
post #1  on June 2, 2005 - 1:41 PM PDT  
I've been combing the internet for two films in particular. They're from only a handful of films made in the country I grew up in; Trinidad and Tobago.

Here's a list (incomplete I think) of films made/set there.

http://search.co.tt/trinidad/movies/

I'd take any one. But I'm specifically looking for a copy of "Bim" and "Men of Gray".

If you know of finding such things or know of anyone who might I'd appreciate any info you can give me. I'm basically asking around everywhere.

Thanks.
-miscreant
underdog
post #2  on June 3, 2005 - 12:32 PM PDT  
I'd like to see those films, too. Alas, we could be waiting quite awhile, due to rights issues, political issues, and money issues...

Interesting write-up here of Bim.
MrMiscreant
post #3  on June 3, 2005 - 12:49 PM PDT  
thanks for the article. I hadn't read that one. Are you from Trinidad or the region? I left there in 98 and while there'd been a ton of television commercials, music videos and even a couple TV shows made there I've always thought it was strange that there aren't very many movies. Especially now when a decent film could be put together with a DV camera and a computer. Any thoughts on why that is?
kohnfused1
post #4  on June 3, 2005 - 2:06 PM PDT  
I believe Underdog is from the Underworld.
underdog
post #5  on June 3, 2005 - 4:21 PM PDT  
> On June 3, 2005 - 2:06 PM PDT kohnfused1 wrote:
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> I believe Underdog is from the Underworld.
> ---------------------------------

SoCal, which is close enough anyway.

So, nope not from Trinidad. I'm just interested in underrepresented cinema and that would certainly qualify.

Did you ever see Sugar Cane Alley, which is from Martinique (and France). I remember being blown away by this film that came from a world rarely depicted in film to that point.

Keep searching!
underdog
post #6  on June 3, 2005 - 4:23 PM PDT  
> On June 3, 2005 - 12:49 PM PDT MrMiscreant wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> thanks for the article. I hadn't read that one. Are you from Trinidad or the region? I left there in 98 and while there'd been a ton of television commercials, music videos and even a couple TV shows made there I've always thought it was strange that there aren't very many movies. Especially now when a decent film could be put together with a DV camera and a computer. Any thoughts on why that is?
> ---------------------------------

And as for this - could be related to how relatively poor that nation is? Though I don't know much about the Gov't or its efforts to improve technological access in Trinidad, but that could be one reason, or education, or less emphasis on film? Does seem strange, in these times...
MrMiscreant
post #7  on June 7, 2005 - 5:18 PM PDT  

> And as for this - could be related to how relatively poor that nation is? Though I don't know much about the Gov't or its efforts to improve technological access in Trinidad, but that could be one reason, or education, or less emphasis on film? Does seem strange, in these times...
>
> ---------------------------------

I wouldn't say Trinidad is poor. It's 2nd world. I think the economy is better than Jamaica's anyway, and by extension pretty much all of the Independent Caribbean islands. Its the only one whose economy isn't most based on tourism, it has Oil. I could be biased though, this is just from living there I don't have any numbers to back me up.

The movie thing is especially strange because they've been atleast two locally produced TV shows that ranfor atleast a year or two. One was called "Westwood Park". And there are thriving theaters, so there's no shortage of actors. Plus atleast a dozen music videos made a year for Carnival. But no movies. The country's only University doesn't have a Film School, but I wouldn't think that would be such a big obstacle...


kohnfused1
post #8  on June 8, 2005 - 2:31 PM PDT  
> On June 3, 2005 - 4:21 PM PDT underdog wrote:
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> Keep searching!
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The answers are out there.

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