The Cine Theatre Triomphe has finally been made available to the public, marking the fact that the Haitian Capital now has an operating movie theater.
Haiti's Cine Theatre Triomphe now a World Class venue
President Michel Martelly along with Prime Minister Evans Paul launched the renovated Cine Theatre Triomphe (CTT) at a cost of $7 million USD. Senior government officials and the ministers of culture and tourism were also present at the ceremony.
Martelly credited the Council for Performing Arts for its work on the project. The CTT comprises three halls, outfitted with the latest in modern technology. Its total seating capacity is over 750.
Here is a picture of the inside of Ciné théâtre Triomphe set for inauguration on May 18, 2015. After so many years in the waiting, it looks like it will finally happen. The population around Port-au-Prince will finally have a comfortable place where they can go to the movies.
What do you think? do you think more movie theaters should be built?
The Movie theater 'Ciné théâtre Triomphe', acquired by the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH) will reopen in may 18, 2015, after a complete rehabilitation work at a cost of US$7 million, including the cost of additional land purchased in the adjacent space. The Cine Triomphe was one of the major cinemas in Port-au-Prince. Since closing in 1988, it has been used as a warehouse until it was taken by the State in late 2008 and the rehabilitation started in December 2012. The théâtre Triomphe will finally be inaugurated for the Haitian moviegoers on May 18, 2015 after being postponed in August 2014, due to parking problems. The multiplex has been designed to accommodate state of the art performances for dance, theater, concert, film projections. Two rooms of the new theatre will accommodate 450 and 300 people and a stage that can accommodate at least fifty artists. A third room has been equipped to host conferences, meetings, seminars and forums. The first two rooms will have unique theater systems-- HD Digital, screen of 12m x 6.5m mounted on removable frames (first in Haiti); a professional digital audio system separate of cinema audio system and an automated lighting system.
Cine Institute celebrating success in film, art and technology in Haiti
Artists Institute in Haiti is the only free college for film, art and technology where 115 students receive full scholarships through private donations. The institute offers film study programs through Cine Institute, and most recently they have added an Audio Institute, a place where students can learn music production and audio engineering. The unique model of this institute started with tuition-free education and hands-on college-level training in a two-year program. The institute's employment division brings in outstanding employers like Google, Arcade Fire, Partners In Health and Donna Karan, etc, in search for talents, who provide real top quality jobs and experience for the students and alumni. Its faculty is made up of Haitian and international professionals who are extremely dedicated and passionate about creating a brighter future for Haiti.
Raoul Peck to direct the ambitious project "The Young Karl Marx". This is a movie tracing Marx and Engels' journey to complete Communist Manifesto
The Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck is on board to direct "The Young Karl Marx,"-- a drama chronicling the period between 1830-1848, including Karl Marx's time in Paris before being expelled to Brussels, his turbulent youth and friendship with Friedrich Engels. The film, set against the backdrop of the 1848 rebellions, is an ambitious project which depicts the completion of Marks- Engel's Communist Manifesto that gave birth of the labor rights movement. The title characters will be played two German actors: August Diehl (famous for Night Train to Lisbon) as Karl Marx, and Alexander Fehling (well known for Inglorious Basterds) as Engels. The film is a joint production of Agat Films and Peck's own Velvet Film with supports of Artemis Prods in Belgium and Rohfilm in Germany. The script is co-authored by Peck himself and Pascal Bonitzer.
First-Time Haitian Director Jimmy Jean-Louis goes Nollywood
Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis's first outing as a director is with his 55-minute documentary short, "Jimmy Goes to Nollywood". Nollywood is Nigeria's film industry that is second only to Bollywood in number of film productions each year.
Jimmy's camera crew follows him around as he visits film production centers like Ghana and Nigeria, revealing his experiences interacting with African actors and directors.
Louis's film features American black actor Isaiah Washington, and Leila Djansi, Kareem Kae Kazim, Majid Michel, Ayuko Babu, and O.C. Ukeje.
This is the presentation of the movie Sweet Micky For President by Slamdance Film Festival
Documentary tracks Martelly's Rise to Power
"Sweet Mickey for President" held its World Premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in January. The documentary traces the journey of President Martelly from Konpa superstardom to the highest office in the land.
The film provides an overview of 100 years of Haitian political upheaval during which the country endured 32 coup d'etats.
Martelly ran against Fugee musician Wyclef Jean and won despite his inexperience. Today he is ruling by decree until Parliament is functional once again.
For the past three years, two filmmakers, Rachel Magloire and Chantal Regnault did a lot of research to learn the experience of a unique group of outsiders in Haiti--the criminal deportees from North America. Since 1996 and 2002, the U.S.A and to a lesser extent Canada were conducting a systematic policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who commit offenses on their soil. The extent of crime was immaterial--from violent to petty theft. When a deportation order is executed, Haitians victims of such repatriation were returned to Haiti--a new life begins in an unfamiliar and hostile land. They struggle with very limited financial means. Most of them have never been on Haitian soil or left when they were very young and many of them no longer have any family. They are unwelcome criminals, others view them with suspicion. The film speaks in the voice of the former offenders and their families. The film has been rewarded at the Festival of African Montreal as the best international documentary. Rachel Magloire was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but she was raised in Montreal, Quebec. Chantal Regnault is a French-Haitian photographer who was born in France, presently lives in New York.
The Montreal Black Film Festival is honoring the contributions of American actor, Danny Glover. It is bestowing the 2013 Film Festival's Humanitarian Award on him.
Glover has made many films with some of America's most noted actors. An activist, Glover recently attended a rally in support of a transit workers' strike in California.
Another activist-actor, Josue Lajeunesse, featured in "The Philosopher Kings", has been recognized for his philanthropic work to better living standards of fellow Haitians.