Kyle Walcott at Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival

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So Kyle is sneaky.

Unbeknownst to me, he has a film in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, a short Documentary, Glass Bottom Boat which is in competition for three awards at the festival, Best Short Film - Documentary, Best Local Short Film - Documentary, and People's Choice Award.

I'm so mad at him.

One of my goals for this blog is to promote Kyle and his work and he not telling me the work he doing?????? LOL

According to the Film Festival,

"Glass Bottom Boat is a poignant tale of enduring love. It tells the story of Janet Wells, who came to Tobago on vacation with her sister and fell in love with more than just the beauty of the island. This enduring love became her solace despite profound loss and pain."

The word proud doesn't even begin to define my feelings about this news though. I'm heading to the Q & A Screening of Glass Bottom Boat on Monday 22nd September, with a crew in tow. I encourage all fans of this blog (and hence fans of Kyle's wonderful photography) to check out one of the four viewings of what I'm sure will be a wonderful film.

In addition, my good friend Ryan Lee, who has helped me out with photography on this blog here and here, also has two films entered in the festival and one nominated for an award as well. Check out Cubes and Flying the Coup during the festival as well.

Screenings of Glass Bottom Boat:

Mon 22 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Fri 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago, Q+A

Screenings of Cubes:

Wed 17 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 3.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, UWI, Q+A

Screenings of Flying the Coup:

Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sat 27 Sept, 6.30 pm, UWI, Q+A

Mistress of My Domain: 100 Posts

IMG_5149 IMG_5162 (1) IMG_5168 (1) IMG_5181 IMG_5199 IMG_5202 IMG_5207 IMG_5215 (1) IMG_5218 (1)IMG_5225 (1) This is officially my 100th post on what once was http://whirldwind.wordpress.com and is now, officially, www.citiesandislands.com (for those who have wondered, I do in fact know how to spell whirlwind btw. The original URL was a cheeky play on a common Trini malapropism.)

Anyway I've been super grateful and excited about the positive feedback both Kyle and I have been getting on the site so far and I'm excited for the opportunities that the blog is starting to offer us. We were getting to a point where I think it could only benefit us to formalize things a little bit, so that we can continue on the path that we're going on.

We felt like we should do something celebratory and experimental to mark the milestone, and so we went to Movietowne's Green Park, the newest addition to which is the Enchanted Carousel to try and take some long exposure photos with the carousel (orrr merry-go-round as I grew up knowing it).

Seeing all the parents with young kids, and teenagers with their first puppy love crushes gathering around the carousel on a pretty Saturday night was heartwarming. It reminded me of the simple experiences we had growing up, going to Kay Donna drive in or even going by ourselves to Pizza Hut after a football match and mulling over Cheesy or Cinnamon breadsticks. It was nice to see that in a country that is changing so quickly (and not always for the better), there are still wholesome and warm spaces for our young people and families to go to. It's kind of why the last picture in this post is my personal fave :)

Photography: Kyle Walcott

Special thanks to Ryan Lee

Gold Ribbon Knit Sweater - H&M. Leggings (worn as pants *shame*) - Zara. Heels - Zara (similar here). 

Truck on D (Side of D) Road

IMG_3477-2 IMG_3479 IMG_3481 IMG_3484 IMG_3486 IMG_3489 IMG_3491 IMG_3495 IMG_3504 IMG_3509 IMG_3518 IMG_3522 IMG_3526 IMG_3527 IMG_3532 So there are two empty trailer trucks parked on the side of the Diego Martin Highway and I was super excited to shoot in them. Why? I see these trucks as a metaphor for my current Carnival situation. For those who don't know, the trailer truck is really the heart of contemporary Trinidad Carnival. As controversial as the number of trucks on the road during Carnival Monday and Tuesday is (they cause massive congestion in our narrow streets), the speaker boxes that they carry and the music that they pump is really what gives you the drive to walk, chip, wine, dance throughout the streets of Port of Spain every year and not wonder ... what the hell am I really doing? These trucks ARE Carnival.

But these two lonely music trucks are so removed from the action currently. Don't get me wrong. Dey READY. Their painted and primed up and all they need is to be hooked up to a truck, speakers'd up and banners'd out, and they ready to go. But they're not there yet.

This is how I feel right now. I do feel deep down that Carnival is a huge part of me as I am of it, but as of today, Carnival Wednesday, I feel like it is happening without me. I am not ready. My costume is not complete (thought it WILL be). I've been to like a fete and a half for the season. And because of my current job I feel completely removed from the building hubbub of Carnival that continues around me.

All that ends tomorrow though...

 

Photography: Kyle Walcott

Tank: Express (old). Pants: River Island. Wedges: Qupid (similar here). Sunglasses: Nastygal. Lace Bra: Calzedonia.