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Dec 17, 2014

‘Glamour Boyz’ Director Named Artiste of the Year for 2015 in Northern California

USA - Says that new film’s Caribbean premiere is slated for mid-January in Port of Spain

Dr. Geoffrey Dunn, the award-winning filmmaker and bestselling author who has spent much of the last 15 years working on the Calypso Dreams Documentary Film Project in Trinidad and Tobago, has been named 2015 Artiste of the Year for his region in Northern California.

“It’s a great honour,” said Dunn from his home in California. “And I’m particularly pleased that my cultural work in the Caribbean has been recognized in the United States.”

Dunn says that his most recent film, The Glamour Boyz Again, featuring the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Superior in an intimate, acoustic performance atop the Hilton Trinidad Hotel, will stage its Caribbean Premiere some time next month, as part of the Carnival Film Series, coordinated by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

“Details are still being worked out,” Dunn noted, “but we have confirmed a January 18 premiere date for the film. I’m sure a formal announcement for the event will be forthcoming before Christmas. But I am looking forward to that premiere and am especially pleased to be working with Melvina Hazard of the film festival. She fully understands the significance of a community-rooted cinema in the Caribbean. It’s very exciting.”

Dunn served as writer, co-producer and co-director for Calypso Dreams, widely heralded as “the best film ever made about calypso” and one of the “one of the greatest films of the English-speaking Caribbean.” Since then, he has authored more than 50 articles on calypso and other forms of Caribbean culture.

Dunn also played a critical role, along with his longtime partner Alvin Daniell, of securing genre status for Calypso and Soca with iTunes this past year.

The author of six books in the United States (including an international bestseller, The Lies of Sarah Palin), Dunn has been a producer and director of more than a dozen films that have shown at the most prestigious film festivals around the world, including those at Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Los Angeles (Filmex), London, Chicago, Mill Valley, Port of Spain, New York and Montreal.

Calypso Dreams was named ‘Best Caribbean Film’ at the Jamerican Film Festival while it went on to win the ‘Audience Favourite Award’ at the Washington DC International Film Festival. It was also screened at a World Cultural Forum sponsored by the United Nations in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Regionally, it was featured as part of the First Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase, sponsored by UNESCO, touring some 17 countries, including Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, Guyana, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and Suriname.

Dunn, who authored an epic poem for Carnival 2014 entitled “Sparrow Come Back” in poetic response to Derek Walcott’s “The Spoiler’s Return,” said that, “health permitting,” he hopes to attend the premiere next month and touch base with his many friends in T&T.

“Tell Lord Superior to set aside a little rum for me,” Dunn joked. “I’m looking forward to spending spend some time with him in the tents and panyards.”