Trinidad-Jamaica | documentary | HD | color | 95 min | post-production

Film info

  • SYNOPSIS

    A filmmaker daughter and her writer father navigate the conflicting issues of their relationship: race and art, adoration and disappointment, success and failure. Until he dies and in her grief, she discovers that his poetry and prose transcend death, allowing her to hear his voice again and find a way back to herself.

    CREW & CAST

    Original Title: UNFINISHED SENTENCES
    International Title: UNFINISHED SENTENCES
    Original language: English
    Writen & Directed by: Mariel Brown
    Co-Writen: Fernanda Rossi
    Produced by: Mariel Brown & Saffrey Brown
    Executive Producers: Republic Bank | SAVANT Films
    Directors of Photography: Sean Edghill Nadia Huggins
    Original music composed by: Francesco Emmanuel
    Edited by: Laura Fong-Prosper
    Sound design by: David Forshee
    Costume designer: Lisa Gittens
    Associate Producers: Lisa Harewood, Jennifer Galvin
    Featuring the voices of: Nigel Scott, Nickolai Salcedo, Donna Benny, Mariel Brown, Rachel Manley
     
    UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGERS
    Danielle Dieffenthaller, Juliette McCawley
     
    FEATURING PERFORMANCES by:
    Renaldo Frederick as Wayne Brown
    Sophie Wight as Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    Nora Dowden as Mariel (baby)
    Ché Jardine as Mariel (child)
    Alessandra Jardine as Saffrey (child)
     
    FEATURING INTERVIEWS with:
    Donna Benny, Saffrey Brown, Richard Harford, Ronald Harford, Megan Hopkyn-Rees, Rachel Manley, Grace Montes de Oca, Mervyn Morris, Michael Prescod
     
    CAMERA OPERATOR: Damian Jobity
    1st ASSISTANT CAMERA: Romano Francois
    ADDITIONAL CAMERA: Mariel Brown, Dominic Koo, Richard Mark Rawlins, Kyle Walcott
    PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: Maya Cross-Lovelace, Soraya Moolchan, Rayya Mustapha, Dainia Wright
    SET DESIGN: Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    EXTRAS: Tiy Cross-Lovelace, Nicholas Emery, Zarna Hart, Horacio Hospedales, Lisa Gittens, Zia Gittens, Xica LeePoy, Max LeePoy, Rayya Mustapha
    RESEARCH: Mariel Brown, Lynne Parks, Alake Pilgrim
    TRANSCRIPTIONS: Rayya Mustapha, Lynne Parks, Alake Pilgrim, Dainia Wright
    ARCHIVAL SOURCES:
    Government Information Services Ltd
    National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago
    Saffrey Brown
    Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    Alex and David Kelly
    Grace Montes De Oca
    RECORDING ENGINEER: Karan Mahabal
    DIALOGUE EDITOR: Joseph DiMarco
    SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR: Natalia Saavedra Brychcy

    FESTIVAL & AWARDS
    • Ventana Caribe Selection. Ventana Sur. Buenos Aires, 2015
    • Primera Mirada selection (work-in-progress). IFF Panama, 2017
  • SINOPSIS

    Al sumergirse en los textos escritos por su padre, el fallecido poeta caribeño Wayne Brown (1944-2009), su hija navega su conflictiva relación y hace las pases con su legado, a la vez que consigue encontrar el camino de regreso a sí misma.
     
     
    Con secuencias recreadas utilizando actores que se parecen físicamente a los miembros de su familia, la directora entreteje memorias, sueños y realidad, creando la sensación de que estamos viendo videos caseros en super 8 rescatados de algún baúl de recuerdos.
     
    Universal a la vez que autoreferencial, el documental es también un ensayo que nos ayuda a decodificar la identidad y la cultura del Caribe de habla inglesa, tan cerca y a la vez tan ajeno a la América Latina. Pero más allá de todo, Unfinished Sentences es un mapa de ruta para superar el dolor de la pérdida y del desencuentro y enseñarnos cómo las memorias pueden ayudarnos a construir la visión sobre el presente y sobre nosotros mismos.

    FICHA TÉCNICA

    Título original: UNFINISHED SENTENCES
    Título internacional: UNFINISHED SENTENCES
    Idioma original: inglés
    Escrito y dirigido por: Mariel Brown
    Co-guionista: Fernanda Rossi
    Producido por: Mariel Brown & Saffrey Brown
    Producción Ejecutiva: Republic Bank | SAVANT Films
    Dirección de fotografía: Sean Edghill, Nadia Huggins
    Música original: Francesco Emmanuel
    Editado por: Laura Fong-Prosper
    Diseño de sonido: David Forshee
    Vestuario: Lisa Gittens
    Productores asociados: Lisa Harewood, Jennifer Galvin
    Voz en off: Nigel Scott, Nickolai Salcedo, Donna Benny, Mariel Brown, Rachel Manley
     
    PRODUCCIÓN DE CAMPO
    Danielle Dieffenthaller, Juliette McCawley
     
    Con la participación actoral de:
    Renaldo Frederick como Wayne Brown
    Sophie Wight como Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    Nora Dowden como Mariel (babé)
    Ché Jardine como Mariel (niña)
    Alessandra Jardine como Saffrey (niña)
     
    Entrevistados:
    Donna Benny, Saffrey Brown, Richard Harford, Ronald Harford, Megan Hopkyn-Rees, Rachel Manley, Grace Montes de Oca, Mervyn Morris, Michael Prescod
     
    OPERADOR DE CÁMARA: Damian Jobity
    1er ASISTENTE DE CÁMARA: Romano Francois
    CÁMARA ADICIONAL: Mariel Brown, Dominic Koo, Richard Mark Rawlins, Kyle Walcott
    ASISTENCIA DE PRODUCCIÓN: Maya Cross-Lovelace, Soraya Moolchan, Rayya Mustapha, Dainia Wright
    SET DESIGN: Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    EXTRAS: Tiy Cross-Lovelace, Nicholas Emery, Zarna Hart, Horacio Hospedales, Lisa Gittens, Zia Gittens, Xica LeePoy, Max LeePoy, Rayya Mustapha
    INVESTIGACIÓN: Mariel Brown, Lynne Parks, Alake Pilgrim
    TRANSCRIPCIONES: Rayya Mustapha, Lynne Parks, Alake Pilgrim, Dainia Wright
    MATERIAL DE ARCHIVO:
    Government Information Services Ltd
    National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago
    Saffrey Brown
    Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    Alex and David Kelly
    Grace Montes De Oca
    INGENIERO DE SONIDO: Karan Mahabal
    EDITOR DE DIÁLOGOS: Joseph DiMarco
    EDITOR DE EFECTOS DE SONIDO: Natalia Saavedra Brychcy

    FESTIVALES Y PREMIOS
    • Selección Ventana Caribe. Ventana Sur. Buenos Aires, 2015
    • Selección Primera Mirada (work-in-progress) IFF Panama, 2017
  • SINOPSE

    Ao mergulhar nos textos escritos por seu pai, o poeta caribenho, Wayne Brown (1944-2009), sua filha navega seu conflitante relacionamento conflitante e faz as passes com seu legado, ao mesmo tempo que encontra o caminho de volta para si mesma.
     
     
    Com sequências recriadas usando atores que se assemelham fisicamente a membros de sua família, o diretora entrelaça memórias, sonhos e realidade, criando a sensação de estarmos assistindo vídeos caseiros em super 8 resgatados de um baú de memórias.
     
    Universal, bem como auto-referencial, o documentário também é um ensaio que nos ajuda a decodificar a identidade e cultura do Caribe de língua inglesa, tão próximo e, ao mesmo tempo, tão estranho para a América Latina. Mas, além de tudo, Unfinished Sentences é um mapa de rota para superar a dor do desencontro e nos ensinar como as memórias podem nos ajudar a construir a nossa visão do presente e a de nós mesmos.

    FICHA TÉCNICA

    Título original: UNFINISHED SENTENCES
    Título internacional: UNFINISHED SENTENCES
    Idioma original: inglês
    Escrito e dirigido por: Mariel Brown
    Co-roteirista: Fernanda Rossi
    Producido por: Mariel Brown & Saffrey Brown
    Produção executiva: Republic Bank | SAVANT Films
    Direção de fotografia: Sean Edghill, Nadia Huggins
    Música original: Francesco Emmanuel
    Edição: Laura Fong-Prosper
    Desenho de som: David Forshee
    Design de figurino: Lisa Gittens
    Produtores associados: Lisa Harewood, Jennifer Galvin
    Narração: Nigel Scott, Nickolai Salcedo, Donna Benny, Mariel Brown, Rachel Manley
     
    DESIGN DE PRODUÇÃO
    Danielle Dieffenthaller, Juliette McCawley
     
    Elenco de reconstrução:
    Renaldo Frederick como Wayne Brown
    Sophie Wight como Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    Nora Dowden como Mariel (bebê)
    Ché Jardine como Mariel (criança)
    Alessandra Jardine como Saffrey (criança)
     
    Entrevistados:
    Donna Benny, Saffrey Brown, Richard Harford, Ronald Harford, Megan Hopkyn-Rees, Rachel Manley, Grace Montes de Oca, Mervyn Morris, Michael Prescod
     
    OPERADOR DE CÂMERA: Damian Jobity
    1ro ASSISTENTE DE CÂMERA: Romano Francois
    CÂMERA ADICIONAL: Mariel Brown, Dominic Koo, Richard Mark Rawlins, Kyle Walcott
    ASSISTÊNCIA DE PRODUÇÃO: Maya Cross-Lovelace, Soraya Moolchan, Rayya Mustapha, Dainia Wright
    CENOGRAFIA: Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    EXTRAS: Tiy Cross-Lovelace, Nicholas Emery, Zarna Hart, Horacio Hospedales, Lisa Gittens, Zia Gittens, Xica LeePoy, Max LeePoy, Rayya Mustapha
    INVESTIGAÇÃO: Mariel Brown, Lynne Parks, Alake Pilgrim
    TRANSCRIÇÕES: Rayya Mustapha, Lynne Parks, Alake Pilgrim, Dainia Wright
    MATERIAIS DE ARQUIVO:
    Government Information Services Ltd
    National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago
    Saffrey Brown
    Megan Hopkyn-Rees
    Alex and David Kelly
    Grace Montes De Oca
    ENGENHEIRO DE SOM: Karan Mahabal
    EDITOR DE DIÁLOGOS: Joseph DiMarco
    EDITOR DE EFEITOS SONOROS: Natalia Saavedra Brychcy

    FESTIVAIS E PRÊMIOS
    • Seleção Ventana Caribe. Ventana Sur. Buenos Aires, 2015
    • Seleção Primera Mirada (work-in-progress) IFF Panama, 2017

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Press

  • Memories playback like movies: a new personal documentary from Trinidad by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming, Miami Film Festival.
    ‘In further creating the sensation of how memories work, a significant amount of Brown’s material is layered and super-imposed upon other visuals, creating a sense of the dense thorniness and complexity of how the mind seeks to reclaim and recast the past into the present. The results are mesmerizing and deeply moving. Brown is a born filmmaker, with an impressive eye and a deep sense of how to connect the intimate to the universal.’ Read more
  • Mariel Brown’s ‘Unfinished Sentences’ Is Ode to Family, Love and Loss. Anna Maria de la Fuente, VARIETY
    ‘Grief is a strange beast. When “Unfinished Sentences” helmer Mariel Brown’s father died in 2009, she was afflicted with a psychosomatic hearing problem and plunged into a deep depression. A celebrated Caribbean writer-poet, her father Wayne Brown succumbed to lung cancer not long after he was diagnosed.’ Read more
  • Unfinished Sentences heads to Panama. Peter Ray Blood, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO GUARDIAN
    ‘Not all relationships between fathers and daughters are made in heaven or sugar n spice. Some can be rather tempestuous and estranged. The relationship between Mariel Brown and her late father, acclaimed writer Wayne Brown, is the germ that has inspired her film Unfinished Sentences.’ Read more

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