By Terry Joseph
Friday, January 30th 2004
Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne, directors of the highly-
anticipated film Calypso Dreams, announced today that the movie has
been invited to stage its premiere in Los Angeles at the prestigious
International Pan-African Film Festival on Friday, February 7, at
the Magic Johnson Theaters in downtown LA.
"We are absolutely thrilled," said an ebullient Dunn, who telephoned
the Express from California. "This is the perfect venue to launch
our premiere, as it sits right in the heart of the film industry."
The California-based filmmakers also announced that they will be
bringing their film to Trinidad some time during the Carnival
season, but said formal details for the local premiere were still
Calypso Dreams captures acoustic performances by a host of legendary
calypso performers, including Mighty Terror, Sparrow, Calypso Rose,
Lord Superior, Duke, Black Stalin, Bomber, Warlord Blakie, Brother
Valentino, Relator, Gypsy, Regeneration Now, (the late) Mystic
Prowler, Singing Sandra, Striker, Power, Poser, Explainer, Mudada,
Brother Akil, Trinidad Rio, Scrunter and Sugar Aloes.
The film, which was shot entirely on location here, a process that
took fully three years, pays homage to recently deceased
calypsonians, including Lord Kitchener and Lord Pretender.
Chalkdust, David Rudder and Brother Resistance provide narrative
commentary. Superior and composer Alvin Daniell have served as co-
producers of the project in Port of Spain.
Since last October's US premiere of Calypso Dreams at the Mill
Valley Film Festival, where the movie was widely regarded as the hit
of that event, stellar reviews have come in. Dunn and Horne said
they've been putting some final touches on the film, particularly
Horne, a well known music promoter in his own right, described
as "simply fantastic" additional work on the soundtrack put in
recently by Superior at a California recording studio. "His virtuoso
guitar work adds a whole new dimension to the film," Horne said.
The filmmakers said that since their premiere in Mill Valley several
major distributors have expressed interest in Calypso Dreams and the
LA screening will allow an even wider group of distributors to
measure crowd response to their work.
"It's one thing to read a newspaper review or hear a TV or radio
critique," said Dunn, "but quite another to see how a live audience
reacts to the film.
Anyone who saw the film in Mill Valley knows that the crowd response
there was electric."
Superior, who traveled from Port of Spain to Mill Valley, along with
Lord Relator, confirmed Dunn's assessment of the evening. "It was
one of the greatest night's of my life," Superior said. "I saw the
appreciation of true-true kaiso by a predominantly non-Caribbean
audience. Crazy, who also attended the film premiere in Mill Valley,
was equally ecstatic. "It was huge," he exclaimed, "The film played
to a packed house and the audience loved it."
Popular American performer Bonnie Raitt also attended the premiere
and sang along with Calypso Rose during a post-film performance.
Dunn and Horne stated that there will also be at least one Calypso
Dreams performance scheduled in Port of Spain in association with
the premiere here.