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 newly renovated Ciné TRIOMPHE. During a protest against the government of Michel Martelly the protesters took their frustrations on the new movie theater by vandalizing it. Many glass windows were broken by rock throwers
The rehabilitation and modernization of the "Triumph" (earlier it was called Ciné Théâtre Triomphe ), in a construction of seismic building built, began in December 2012 with a cost of around US$7 million and it was first scheduled to reopen on February 2014. However, after a series of rescheduling, the work of renovation was completed and was awaiting for inauguration in December 2014. For several years there was no proper theater in Haiti. The renovated 'Triumph' includes three areas, two movie theaters and a place reserved for conferences. Its first room has a capacity of 450 seats and a scene that can support 50 performers at a time. The second room can accommodate 306 people. Both of them have been equipped with state of the art audio and video equipments. The theater also houses well furnished, all-inclusive dressing rooms. However, on December 18, while the renovated movie house was awaiting the official inauguration, some Aristide vandals came and smashed the place into an unusable state. This is an exhibit of Aristide's power politics and Lavalas welfare philosophy for people of Haiti!
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.
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.
Here is a picture of Mr. Meta Golding, a Haitian American rising actress. She became a major movie star after playing in films such as the Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
Always a dreamer, Haitian born beauty queen turned Italian figure skater turned actress Meta Golding is making a name for herself in some of the most popular movies and TV shows today. With credits including "Kiss the Girls", "On Edge", "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", and "Criminal Minds" to name a few, this highly ambitious beauty seems on the direct path to stardom. Fluent in Italian as well as English and French, she holds degrees in International Relations and Theatre Arts from Cornell University. She also spends her spare time at a Mexican orphanage.
The "How to Conquer America in One Night" actress, Haitian-born Fabienne Colas, has not just her store of beauty and talent, but also humanitarianism. Channeling this generous side of the actress' nature back into the world she loves, the Fabienne Colas Foundation centers on the world of art, cinema, and culture. The aim of the foundation is to give necessary funding to projects depicting these disciplines through companies and organizations that produce that kind of work.
The Rich Cultural History of Haitian Music
Haitian music takes a variety of forms, from Voodoo-inspired Rara, to acoustic Twoubadou, roots-based Mizik Rasin, and the ever-popular Compás, a Dominican-inspired meringue, which has evolved with the times and cross-pollinating influences. Nemours Jean Baptiste created Kompa Direct in the 50s, which led to the Mini-Jazz movement of the 60s.
American rap has taken hold in Haiti, with a local, burgeoning hip-hop culture gaining popularity with the younger generation. Haiti's biggest hip-hop export is world-renowned Wyclef Jean.