The School of Media Art & Studies is tremendously proud to announce that eight short films were presented by CineGuyana at the American Film Institute. The short films were: Hope, The Back Yard, Three Cards, Tradition, Beached, Luck Beat Handsome, The Encounter and The Bottle and each were shot around Guyana.
HOPE – Ganesh, the son of a Hindu priest falls in love with Ayanna, a destitute Afro-Guyanese dancer. Written and Directed by Shaundell Phillips. It was shot entirely on location in Berbice.
THE BACK YARD – A rising pop star moves in next door to a reclusive geek who makes her fall in love with him on Facebook. When she discovers this duplicity sparks fly. Directed by Denis Harris, from a concept by Denis Ward. Written by Tiffany Vazquez and Denise Harris.
THREE CARDS – A family drama about how far a father will go to save the life of his ailing daughter and how help can sometimes come from the most unexpected places. Written and directed by Michael James. Shot entirely on location in Linden.
TRADITION – A family is battling with personal loss and the anger that this brings while a young boy is trying to hold on to the traditions of his father and the yearnings of his heart. Directed by Margaret Lawrence and Russell Lancaster. Written by Richard Pitman, Margaret Lawrence, Ayanna Waddell and Russell Lancaster.
BEACHED – A man is grappling with the loss of his wife following a fire which claimed everything from him. This is a story of love and redemption, written and directed by Kojo McPherson and shot on location at the Kingston Seawall in Georgetown.
LUCK BEAT HANDSOME – A Rastaman who is down on his luck plays the numbers of his bad events and is able to win and turn his life and that of his family around. Written and directed by Errol Chan. Shot on Location in Rasville, Georgetown and on the East Coast of Demerara.
THE ENCOUNTER – A love-starved murderess haunts a hotel room looking for redemption in requited love of a living man. This film is written and directed by veteran film maker Bunny Alves and is shot in Georgetown.
THE BOTTLE – The daughter of a poor farmer finds the enchanted bottle which contains the Baccoo. The wily creature will grant any wish except he must have the young girl’s hand in marriage. Written and directed by Smolana Varzwyk. Shot entirely on location in Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.