This book has been a source of laughter and intrigue during my summer read. In the way that it humorously juxtaposes Haitian Vodou with Catholicism, "Hadriana in All My Dreams" shows how the "real marvelous" enriches Haitian culture. With echoes of "A Hundred Years of Solitude" throughout, this is yet another great translation by Kaiama Glover who continues to make Haitian literature accessible to audiences worldwide. Happy Summer!
This is an image of a woman traveling on a train that I found in a photography book by the French director Chris Marker. It reminded me of a scene in "Caroline's Wedding" where Grace is starring pensively into space while riding the bus on her way home.
Caroline's Wedding is an attempt to explore Haitian-American memory on the screen. Photographs will play an important part in the film since for many immigrants it's all we have of the past. During my research for Caroline's Wedding I have been fascinated with photographer's Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé both Malian photographers. Their photographs are playful, full of gestures, and they capture such individual personalties. Happy Sunday!
A flower, a fruit, a cottage, a man
A multitude of things
The color purple
A small house of straw
A red bird on my roof
Mauve-yellow, red-pink blossom
One flower, a bouquet of flowers
A green fig
A green window
A thatched cottage of stone
A red mango, another green
An adorned, verdant countryside
A living root
A better life
Happy New Year! I wish everyone the most fantastic year. I miss my mom's cooking most on this day. She lives in South Florida and no one makes soup joumou like she does:) #kreyolicious
A couple of weeks ago, Jane and I attended the Reel Works Gala and joined a room filled with entertainment industry professional supporting NYC youths who are expressing their lives through the art of filmmaking. During the event's post gathering, the young filmmakers where given the task of interviewing attendees and they did it which such professionalism and confidence that seemed to hightlighed the courage that the program gives its participates. That was just the icing on the cake of what was a joyful and inspirational evening.
Writer/director Easmanie Michel has assembled a stellar team to help produce "Caroline's Wedding."
In addition to producers Jane Applegate and Lisa Ehrlich Rapkin, we have created a Cultural Advisory Committee comprised of Haitian-American leaders and influencers including Natalie Holly and Myriam Augustin. We are seeking more members of this esteemed committee to help us with community outreach, location scouting and fund raising.
Our first fund-raiser, a house party, will be announced soon. The highlight of the party will be a live Skype conversation with Edwidge Danticat, the beloved author of the short story upon which the film is based.
We are also planning a larger event with a panel discussion and book signing. Stay tuned for more details on that. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to join us in producing this amazing film. My email is: email@example.com
Easmanie Michel, Writer/Director/Producer and Author Edwidge Danticat