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The Pan Man who directed Mas Man returns to the Big Apple

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New York, USA - Pan man and steelpan historian Dalton Narine was in town recently in his capacity of film maker and director.  Dalton Narine and Mervyn TaylorNarine (pictured at pre-reception with poet Mervyn Taylor) was invited to attend and present at the private screening of ‘Mas Man,’ his critically-acclaimed film celebrating the work and life of internationally renowned cultural icon and carnival artist and designer Peter Minshall of Trinidad and Tobago.  Mas Man the movie is a documentary that has been seen by audiences worldwide including the USA, Europe, Egypt and South Africa.  It was first screened in New York in April at Medgar Evers College.

Narine’s lauded film work was chosen as the first to be screened by ICAD-FTL (International Caribbean American Diaspora Film Theatre & Literary Festival, Inc.) for their season showings.  Dalton Narine with Fela cast members, the Grenadian Consul and othersLocated in New York’s posh Gramercy Park, National Historic Landmark The Players was the prestigious venue that hosted the event which, despite the persistent rain drizzle, drew famous personages such as artist Geoffrey Holder, cast members of the Broadway hit ‘Fela!’ and Grenada’s Consul General Derek James (pictured above).

Succulent Caribbean morsels and delicate and full-bodied wines complemented the pre-screening reception in the Players’ Great Hall, as specially invited guests mingled and chatted with film maker Dalton Narine, poet Mervyn Taylor who appears in Mas Man, and others on hand.  Soon, the famed and deeply resonant voice of Geoffrey Holder filled the room as he called to order the gathering.  ICAD founder and director MisaniHolder’s role included welcoming everyone and thanking ICAD-FTL’s industrious founder and director, Misani (pictured), for organizing the evening; ensuring that Players’ Executive Director John Martello was left in no doubt as to how appreciated it was that he had opened the doors of the establishment to facilitate the screening, and; briefly but delightedly regaling of his own fulfillment and pleasure as an artist himself. 

Holder also made a presentation of the first-ever “Geoffrey Holder Trinity Award - Guiding Light” Dalton Narine, Geoffrey Holder, Jean Alexander, Fela cast members et alto Jean Alexander for her exemplary work as a beacon in the Caribbean-American community.  Finally, flanked by three beautiful and very gracious young ladies from the cast of Fela! -  Nicole Chantal de Weever, Elasea Douglas and Oneika Phillips - Holder introduced the man of the moment and whose film work on Mas Man has captivated many around the world - Dalton Narine. 

The screening was then officially preceded by Fela!’s Oneika Phillips’ introspective introduction as she shared her thoughts and appreciation of Mas Man.  After all these affairs were in order, it was time to repair to the Players Dining Room which, for that evening, pleasingly accommodated the film screening.

Mas Man has been picking up awards on its journey around the world including the Best Documentary prize at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in October 2009.  But among the more recent honors was that for Best Short Documentary Award at the New York International Film Festival when the movie was publicly screened in July.  Narine is now expected to make his way to Los Angeles for the Awards ceremony to be held on November 11.  For its latest accolade, Mas Man has been hailed as Best Documentary for Cinematography at the Chagrin Falls International Documentary Film festival in Northeast Ohio, USA.  And so, the recognition continues for the work of this Pan Man about the Mas Man whose work has been, literally, larger than life.

Contact:  Dalton Narine; Misani

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