Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bahamas International Film Festival 2010 Day 1

Beautiful sandy beaches, warm humid breezes, and post card perfect tropical landscapes...In my humble opinion no better backdrop exists for five days of events, workshops, and film viewing courtesy of the 7th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). There's lots to do and see, especially networking. In fact, while the colorful drinks are being poured, the business cards are flowing from one hand to the next in grand fashion.

Surprising it's my first trip to the beautiful Bahamas Islands. The weather is cooler than expected, but perfect for a walk along the beach or shopping on the popular tourist destination, Bay Street. Of course it's also great for enjoying the creative works of several filmmakers from around the world.

Sony Pictures Classics' comedy, "Tamara Drewe", officially began the 2010 Bahamas International Film Festival at the Atlantis Theater on Paradise Island. Directed by the Oscar nominated Stephen Frears ("Dangerous Liasons", "The Queen"), the story is set in a rustic London village and centers around Tamara, a once "nosy" woman who returns home after her mother's death, a group of creatively challenged writers on retreat, and the couple that run the writer's retreat and each other crazy. Seemingly separate stories at the start of the film, they intertwined to create a surprising and funny end.

After the opening night film, we feasted on a range of foods including Paella, pork, and other international dishes at the Spanish themed after-party at the famed Atlantis hotel in Paradise Island. As we ate Flamingo dancers and singers took the stage before the large crowd. Combined with the various Christmas decorations, and large wall sized aquariums filled with huge fish, the event was a great start to the nearly week long festival.

To see videos from my first few days in the Bahamas visit the Hollywood As I Live & Work Facebook Fan Page and please "like" what you see. More videos are soon to come. In the meantime see how the 2010 Bahamas International Festival came to be.

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