âJollywoodâ film school shines spotlight on Haiti’
Following the lead of âBollywoodâ in India and âNollywoodâ in Nigeria, âJollywoodâ hopes to become a center for filmmaking and film education in Haiti.
New York-Jollywood is a merry-sounding name for the home of Haitiâs only film school: the CinĂ© Institute. That sense of promise will be showcased Jan. 24 in New York City during Haiti Optimiste, the schoolâs first ever fundraiser.
The institute has come to one of the world’s media capitals, New York, to solicit funds and publicize its work. âWe felt this was a cause coherent with the cultural mission we are promoting here in New York. We felt we should really support the school,â says Marie-Monique Steckel, president of French Institute Alliance FranĂ§aise (FIAF).
Three years after a strong earthquake devastated Haiti, the school has made great strides. But many challenges persist. The country has few local industries, scant natural resources, and much of its infrastructure remains in disrepair. Yet, through a combination of perseverance and generosity, CinĂ© Institute stands ready to celebrate.
The New York event, Haiti Optimiste, will feature a collection of new films from CinĂ© Instituteâs students. Actor Ben Stiller, director Jonathan Demme, and CinĂ© Institute founder David Belle will participate in a panel discussion about recent films. Bravoâs Top Chef contestant chef Ron Duprat will be on hand, as well as Haitian songstress Emeline Michel and celebrity fashion photographer Marc Baptiste.
The fundraiser is as much about building awareness as it is financial support, says Mr. Belle, CEO of Artists for Peace and Justice and founder of CinĂ© Institute. Funds raised will be applied toward free tuition at CinĂ© Institute… Read more here