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Barbados goes Hollywood with 'Vigilante'

Barbados goes Hollywood with 'Vigilante'

Posted by Shanelle Weir on January 27, 2015

The locally produced film, ‘Vigilante – The Crossing’, will be the only feature film from the Caribbean at the Pan-Afrian Film Festival (PAFF) this year.

This comes from Writer and Director of the film, Marcia Weekes, as she spoke to the media at the press conference for the film recently.

As noted by Weekes, “The film Vigilante – The Crossing is the latest film from Step-by-Step productions and we’re here today – we’re excited – with a great announcement that our film has been officially selected for the Pan-African Film Festival in LA, so in short, we’re going to Hollywood.

“We’re very, very excited and we’ve worked very, very hard on the film and this opportunity, we are super thrilled about it.”

The film which stars Kirk Brown as the lead character, ‘Dexter Gooding’, is an ex con who has returned to Barbados from the United States and is on a quest to basically rid his community of crime, however he meets upon many things, including social barriers, race issues and several other hurdles, and the antagonist, played by Adrian Green, which he has to overcome in order to accomplish his mission.

The film will also have appearances by seasoned actresses namely, Alisson Sealy-Smith, Claudette Wadman, singer and composer, Malissa Alanna, and Red Plastic Bag, along with David Gill, Julie Chalbaud.

As noted by Weekes, the inspirational behind the movie was about the promotion of ‘one race’.

“The main theme of the movie is one race, and so I wanted to write something that was entertaining and at the same time be able to address the whole issue of us, where we sometimes think because we are different shades that we are so different, and so this was one way to address the issue,” she explained.

Stating that she had a wonderful cast and the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., she noted that finances had been a challenge and encouraged Barbadians to support the film, especially on its premiere date of March 6th here in Barbados. The film will screen for the first time globally at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 ,4020 Marlton Ave., Los Angeles, California on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.

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