Minshall the mas man goes to Hollywood
They say when you stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame you walk in the footstep of legends. But, Dalton Narine, producer and director of Mas Man...The Complete Work, didn’t feel that way when his movie was screened recently at the Montalban Theatre, located on Hollywood Boulevard.
The world's most famous sidewalk honours screen and stage celebrities with stars embedded in the pavement. Named for the 50s actor Ricardo Montalban, it was the theatre that gave off that vibe, what with the legendary films that played on its huge screen over the years. So Mas Man, which has been screened at 40 locations around the world, made history of sorts.
The film had just come away with viewings in Greece, Warsaw and Mumbai, and earlier in Melbourne, Australia; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Lucerne, Switzerland. And though Mas Man received its eight and ninth awards in the two latter cities, it seemed to have found its niche in the heart of Hollywood. Like it reach!
Mas Man—The Complete Work will wrap its competitive run in December, having been selected by Creative Arts and Antigua/Barbuda festivals.
Meanwhile, the film’s extensive home video is available at masmanthemovie.com, as well as, locally, Crosby’s, St James; Cleve’s, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain; Paper Based Bookshop at The Normandie, St Ann’s; and, Rhyners, Piarco.
The three-DVD set features more than five hours of Peter Minshall’s Carnival art.
Here’s a sample of what they’re saying on the festival circuit: “We gave it high notes ... acknowledging the quality, excellence and skills...” —Lucerne International Film Festival (Switzerland) “Mas Man—The Complete Work has earned the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration, and Equality Medal...”—International Film Festival for Peace (Indonesia) “We had never seen anything like Mas Man. It mesmerised everyone on the selection committee...”—Chagrin Falls Documentary Festival (Ohio) “What has emerged [since 2009] is a genuine picture of the artist in his context, extremely well put over ...”—BC Pires, Film reviewer and 2009 juror, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
Parang in the panyard
In recent years, the once sleepy community of Woodbrook was transformed into one of the country’s busiest centres for entertainment. With pubs and showplaces popping along the entire Ariapita Avenue thoroughfare, adjacent Tragarete Road is also in the mix, home to three of the most active steel orchestras—Carib Woodbrook Playboyz, PCS Silver Stars and CAL Invaders.
In the wake of Invaders’ very successful Pan, Parang & Pork at the Queen’s Park Oval a fortnight ago, this evening Playboyz will premiere its annual Friday-evening Parang Lime at its well appointed panyard on Tragarete Road, Newtown at 6 pm.
The evening’s billing is headlined by Parang Soca Queen Marcia Miranda and Carib Santa Rosa. Last year, when these two opened the 2011 series, the venue was packed chock-a-block with music lovers. The Playboyz series runs for five consecutive Fridays, culminating with one big show on December 14, featuring Parang Soca Monarch Scrunter and reigning National Parang Festival champion Los Alumnos de San Juan.
Other shows, and acts, are: November 23 (Ninja, De Diamond, San Jose Serenaders); November 30 (Poser, Flores de San Jose); and, November 7 (Baron, Los Paranderos de UWI). This year, PCS Silver Stars is hosting its 22nd annual Parang & Steel concerts at its Newtown pan theatre. This year’s series spans four Saturday, premiering on December 1, and featuring Viva Nueva, Kenny J, DJ Remixx and the host steelband.
The shows continue on December 8, with Denyse Plummer as one of its star acts; December 15, featuring Fuego Caribueno and Baron; and, the finale on December 22, starring Crazy and Fuego Caribueno. On the topic of Christmas and parang, though not a steelband, debutante mas band Paparazzi Carnival is holding Alegria...A Parang and Pork Lime on Friday, December 7, at Chaconia Inn, Maraval, from 9 pm. The star act at this event is Scrunter.