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Nov 8, 2017

How Film Tells Your Story

Debra Fairweather

For those who have an interest to break into the film industry, the Hollywood panel told the press that Belizeans need to start telling authentic stories that connect universally. So, if you are interested in the business, here’s their advice.


Tracey Bing, Producer

“To me festivals are a really good way to share those stories and share them with different people in the world, whether it is Cannes, Toronto or whatever the festivals are but I think festival gives movies an international platform from which they can grow on. I think that the whole festival life is really important in terms of an international audience. Continue to make films, to get them out there, and to be seen.   I think also to make universal stories than can travel.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, there’s a place for these kinds of stories [from the Caribbean]?”


Tracey Bing

Tracey Bing

“I think so. Absolutely. Yeah. I think so. I think that we see it all the time that movies from different countries that people find and love and embrace and so I think that there is definitely room in the world for all stories.”


Debra Fairweather, TV & Film Costume Designer

“I think that with telling our stories, we have to start to write them. We have to start to write them so that we can know them, we can remember them and we share them that way; that is one way of getting your script and making it into a movie and go forward with that. But we have to write down our stores.”


Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield, Emmy Award-Winning Actress

“Movies are made from short stories, newspaper articles. You don’t have to start with a screen play you. You can start with a memory.”


Tracey Bing

“There are tons – there was Sugarcane Alley and all great movies that were made in the Caribbean that have been seen. So, we need to continue to do it and sharing them with each other.  Tell your truth and tell stories that really matter. As opposed to looking ahead on what you think people want. Like tell something that feels real and right to you and I think that is the beginning to get your stories out there.”


Debra Fairweather

“And me as a Belizean woman, I would love to read more stories about Belizean women. I would love to know more about us. I have a story to tell myself; being a Belizean and living in America and all over the world. I love coming home and hearing what the women have been doing; what my friends, my auntie have been doing. I love hearing those stories.”

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