Pan! Our Music Odyssey will open in cinemas across Trinidad and Tobago on November 5, 2014. The eagerly anticipated new docu-drama that tells the story of the national instrument, the steel pan, premiered to a packed audience at Globe Cinema on September 16th at the opening of the 9th Annual Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
The 80 minute film is based on the fictional story of Goldteeth in the early fifties in Port of Spain. Pan! Our Music Odyssey was filmed in Trinidad with a cast of more than 400 actors and extras.
Local cinema goers can see the film at Caribbean Cinemas in Trincity and San Fernando and also at Movie Towne in Port of Spain, Chaguanas and Lowlands, Tobago from November 5, 2014.
Film and pan lovers can also look out for the CD/DVD booklet, which will be released on November 20th, 2014.
The film, several years in the making, was written by Kim Johnson, the leading pan researcher in T&T.
Pan! Our Music Odyssey is directed by Belgium-born Jérôme Guiot and produced by Barthélémy Fougea (who received the César, the French equivalent of the Oscar, for best documentary in 2014 for the film On the Way to School) and Jean Michel Gibert (Maturity Productions/Caribbean Music Group).
Pan! Our Music Odyssey is the first major film production to attempt a dramatic retelling of pan’s almost mythical invention in the 1940s, surging forward to tell the stories of people from all over the world–T&T, France, Japan, the USA–who have staked everything on their love of the instrument, and whose passion and daring draw them each year to the “world championships” of steelpan, Panorama.
‘Seventy years ago the same youths and gangs of our so called ‘hot spots’, created a unique and inclusive orchestra made from recycled materials. A creative, talented, resourceful people, brought to the world an example of how music is able to transform violence into peaceful rivalry,’ explained producer Jean Michel Gibert
‘This is what this movie is about. Showing to our people and to the world a positive image of who we are.’
For more information on screenings please contact Jean Michel Gibert at 625-4829.