Updated: Nov 2, 2022
Emmy-winning Costume designer Sharen Davis will be among the highlights of this year’s Turks and Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF) to be staged between November 11 and 13.
Davis’ talent has been sought on many blockbuster films, including the Pursuit of Happyness and King Richard starring Will Smith, Dream Girls starring Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce, Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx, the Book of Eli, The Great Debaters, Antwone Fisher and Fences starring Denzel Washington.
She will join a local cast of fashion designers, Jeritt Williams, Anya Willique and Cyprianna Jackson in discussing her process, while showcasing her work.
Organisers of the event – celebrated film director Colin Burrows, Karen Whitt of the Hartling Group and Dwyane Krzanowski of Cardinal Point are happy to have someone the calibre of Davis slapping her stamp of approval on the local film festival.
The organizers, at a news conference held at The Shore Club Resort, Long Bay, Providenciales on Monday, officially released the list of activities that would unfold over the three-day period.
Burrows, Founder and Director of the Film Festival, said the event is geared to shine the spotlight on TCI as a film-making destination, with the aim of creating another industry behind tourism. He pointed out that the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival was not all about creating directors only, but also to fashion opportunities for disciplines important to the film industry, such as electrical and carpentry.
Burrows said the goal is to make the Turks and Caicos Islands attractive to filmmaking for the long term. As such, he said the festival would continue to bring in industry experts to highlight the various aspects of the film industry, so as to showcase to Turks and Caicos Islanders the vast opportunities that are available in that arena.
He also revealed that the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival plans, in the near future, to train Turks and Caicos Islanders in the art of underwater photography, considering that the TCI has a phenomenal marine world.
To this end, Burrows said the film festival would again invite the marine conservation entity Sharks4Kids, to teach the children importance of sharks to biodiversity of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He said the aim is to bolster greater local participation.
For her part, Whitt emphasized that the film festival would continue with the environment theme, while encouraging storytelling. She pointed out that storytelling was not necessarily limited to film-making but also goes into other areas including visual art, which gave rise to the poster competition, to select the environmental sub theme for the festival.
Krzanowski, for his part, stated that the Turks and Caicos Islands International Film Festival this year, has delved into Artificial Intelligence (AI) as evidenced in the poster competition, which was won this year by 10-year-old Janiya Harris of the Oseta Jolly Primary School.
According to Krzanowski, AI visual art allows the artist to punch in certain codes to generate, through algorithms, a desired creation.
Whitt, in the meantime, pointed out that the piece created by young Harris has the ability to rival any other international AI art work
Now in its fourth year, the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival maintains its ever-present theme of ‘Oceans and Environment’. The organizers pointed out that the TCIFF aims to raise awareness about this topic by unifying film and environmental activism through an engaging and informative platform filled with creativity, culture, inspiration and storytelling.