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THE Skin makes the cut for US, European tour

Antiguan Filmmaker Howard Allen in Los Angeles at the RAVE Cinema where HAMAfilms feature film "The Skin" was screened during Pan African Film Festival in February 2014.

Antiguan Filmmaker Howard Allen in Los Angeles at the RAVE Cinema where HAMAfilms feature film “The Skin” was screened during Pan African Film Festival in February 2014.

Selected from a field of 300 films, Antiguan movie THE Skin is one of 50 going on tour with the prestigious the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) across the United States and Europe.

The movie, which stars Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw was featured prominently in the festival held in Los Angeles in February.

It was from this successful screening that THE SKIN was chosen to go on tour.

The supernatural thriller is produced and directed by HAMA Films Antigua and the news is an “exciting one” for Executive Director Mitzi Allen.

“We are really excited that we were selected to be a part of it. When the film premiered in LA in the Pan African Film Festival, it was very well received in the screenings was a tremendous success, and out of that success came that selection,” Allen told OBSERVER media.

The touring Pan African Film Festival opened in Atlanta, Georgia Thursday evening and THE SKIN will be featured 7 pm this evening (Friday) at that city’s Plaza Threatre.

Allen is hoping Caribbean nationals and Antiguans living in the Diaspora will go out and support THE Skin, which received great reviews during the first screening in February.

Chief among those given appraisals was Asantewa Olatunji Esq, Director of Programming Pan African Film & Arts Festival.

She said, ”I loved THE Skin. I thought it was a great film. It’s not often that you see black horror suspense, fantasy story and  everyone in the story was soo beautiful, the location was soo beautiful, it was so well done, and it was suspenseful at the same time. I’m a great “Skin” fan.”

The movie was written and directed my Howard Allen and is the fourth film to be directed by him, though not the first time he has written a screenplay.

The story is about Michael and Lisa (Brent Simon and Aisha Ralph), a young couple on the verge of losing their home.

Their luck seems to change when Michael, on a photo-shoot at historic Betty’s Hope Estate, discovers an ancient vase and sells it to an antique dealer (Jeff Stewart).

Meanwhile, HAMA’s first movie, The Sweetest Mango, which is now archived at the Toronto International Film Festival Library, is slated to be shown in Taiwan.

Source:  Observer Antigua

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