Caribbean Film VOD Platform STUDIO ANANSI Launches with Storm Saulter-Produced 'Ring di Alarm'
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Caribbean Film VOD Platform STUDIO ANANSI Launches with Storm Saulter-Produced 'Ring di Alarm'

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is some exciting news today coming out of the Caribbean film-centered

market. 

Brooklyn-based

non-profit film organization the Caribbean

Film Academy (CaFa), whose mission of sharing and promoting the art of storytelling through film from the unique

perspective of the Caribbean, and by extension increasing the visibility of Caribbean diasporic

filmmakers, has announced the launch of Studio Anansi Films, their own Video-On-Demand

(VOD) platform.

Studio Anansi Films (studioanansi.tv) will feature narrative short and feature-length

live action and animated films and documentaries, as well as web-series created

by Caribbean filmmakers from throughout the diaspora. The new VOD platform will add to the already exciting catalog of fresh and cutting edge films by some of the Caribbean’s best

emerging filmmakers, already enjoyed by viewers familiar with CaFa’s film blog CineCaribés

(cinecaribes.com) and monthly CaFA Film Nights community film screenings in

Brooklyn.

As Romola Lucas, co-founder of CaFA

comments, "With the launching of this site, CaFA has achieved one of its major

goals – providing an outlet for the work of emerging regional and diaspora

based Caribbean filmmakers, as well as access for global and regional audiences

to some of the best film content coming out of the Caribbean." She adds that, "In

recent years, there has been an explosion in filmmaking in the Caribbean,

mostly spurred by the greater affordability of equipment and the growth of

regional film festivals.  As one of

a handful of VOD sites designed exclusively for Caribbean content, the platform

will provide a tremendous opportunity for increa"ed visibility of the work of

our emerging filmmakers."

Key to the launch will be Studio

Anansi’s distribution deal with New Caribbean Cinema (NCC) producers Michelle

Serieux and Storm Saulter, whose highly anticipated film Ring di Alarm recently opened to rave

reviews and large audiences in Jamaica, and will be the newest addition to the site. "With the addition of Ring di Alarm," remarks Lucas, “we are

slowly but surely putting together a site to be enjoyed by viewers and

cherished by filmmakers." 

Ring di Alarm is available on the site beginning today, Tuesday, August 26. 

Studio Anansi, named

in honor of master Caribbean storyteller Anansi the Spider, draws on the

Caribbean’s collective and unique perspective, and the high regard held for its

storytelling traditions.  It will

offer films in a variety of genres made by filmmakers from a wide range of

Caribbean countries, with the capacity for the films to be viewed in high

definition, on any device. 

Audiences will be able to choose from a selection of free or paid

content, with film prices averaging about $5. 

An often forgotten and neglected

audience by American and European filmmakers, the steady growing Caribbean

audience is like any other – they crave to see their stories and themselves

onscreen, and for them to be accessible. 

It looks like Studio Anansi can be a major player in delivering premium

Caribbean film content worldwide and shining a light on this emerging film

market. 

For more information visit: www.caribbeanfilm.org and studioanansi.tv

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