Seventeen years ago, actor Robert DeNiro introduced a film festival that featured independent features, narratives, shorts and family friendly films. Panel discussions, celebrated personalities, original art works, a platform to showcase musical talent and other alluring enticements propelled the Tribeca Film Festival to what is now the premiere New York film event to experience.
With thousands of submissions to compete for jury favor, this year an entry about a Caribbean landmark adds diversity to the plethora of topical entries.
The film titled “Charlie’s Records” spotlights a Caribbean institution in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where calypso and soca music flourished and lives. Slated to be screened during the Tribeca Film Festival on May 3 at 6:30 pm “Charlie’s Records” expands the storyline with testimonies from rap royal Dougie Fresh, the king and queen of calypso the Mighty Sparrow and Calypso Rose, rapper Kurtis Blow, legendary entertainer Super Blue, Machel Montano, music specialist Bill Adler, and Prime Minister, Keith Rowley.
Rawlston Charles is the owner of Charlie’s Records. His daughter, Tina, has gone to great lengths to document the genesis of Charlie’s Records and in a 90-minute film, the two-time Olympic gold winning WNBA athlete makes her debut as a director to pay tribute to the man she considers an unsung hero.
When will we see it in T&T?
Will it qualify for entry to our TT Film Festival?
Excellent breakthrough for the documentation of this piece of history in a time when our population is so greatly under stress to be gone from Brooklyn. Wonderful timing. Thanks