Director/ Editor: Mariel Brown
Mariel Brown is an award-winning documentary director and founder of the creative and production company SAVANT. Mariel has written features for various Caribbean magazines. In particular, she has written about writers and artists including: Edwidge Danticat and Rachel Manley. In 2007, her first documentary film, The Insatiable Season, was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. It went on to be screened at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, the Harbourfront Festival and the Royal Ontariop Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Canada. Mariel produced, directed and edited the documentary feature, The Solitary Alchemist (a revealing and intimate profile of Trinidadian jeweller, Barbara Jardine). The Solitary Alchemist was screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and was awarded the jury prize for Best Locally Produced Film. It has also been screened in Jamaica, at the Best of Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Barbados at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in London, at the Portobello Film Festival (London) and Real Art Ways in Hartford Connecticut. Mariel’s three-part documentary series on Trinidad and Tobago’s first Prime Minister, Eric Williams, Inward Hunger: The Story of Eric Williams won the Best Local Feature Film jury prize at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (2012), and has been screened at the Havana Film Festival (Havana, Cuba), the Portobello Film Festival (London, England), in Kingston, Jamaica; Florida, USA and Port of Spain, Trinidad. Mariel recently completed a documentary short, Smallman: The World My Father Made, which premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September 2013.
Richard Mark Rawlins is a graphic designer and contemporary artist. He is the publisher of the online magazine Draconian Switch(www.artzpub.com), a co-founder of Trinidad and Tobago’s Erotic Art Week exhibition, and collaborator in the Alice Yard contemporary art-space initiative. Rawlins has designed a number of art catalogs, among themRockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art (Real Art Ways, Hartford Connecticut, USA), Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions (The World Bank), and more recently Pictures From Paradise: A Survey of Caribbean Contemporary Photography, and 10: Alex Smailes Photography 2002-2012. Rawlins recently completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Vermont and his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD, New York), in Kingston, Jamaica, and in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
You can download Rawlins’ original eBook: Small Man: The World My Father Made here.
Chantal Esdelle is a graduate student in Ethnomusicology at York University. She holds a Bachelor degree in music in jazz composition from Berklee College of music where her principle instrument was the piano. She also plays the steel pans and has won the World Steel band Music Festival Solo Competition. As a pianist she leads the Caribbean Jazz Group Moyenne and has performed in several Caribbean Jazz Festivals, including the Havana International Jazz Festival. Chantal writes occasionally for the Trinidad and Tobago Review and produces a weekly radio programme featuring Caribbean Jazz Artists for the WAVE station affiliate in Trinidad and Tobago 100.5WMJX. Her current studies are centred on musical forms from Trinidad and ‘Tobago; kaiso jazz and the steelband panorama arrangements of Clive Bradley. Esdelle has collaborated on several of Mariel Brown’s projects including her 2010 documentary film, The Solitary Alchemist, and the recently released short, Smallman: The World My Father Made.
Director of Photography: Sean Edghill
Sean Edghill has been working as a camera operator since the mid-1990s, and his been the primary cinematographer at SAVANT for a decade. Sean’s current work as Director of Photography includes ongoing television commercials, music videos, narrative shorts and documentary films such as SAVANT’s Inward Hunger: The Story of Eric Williams, The Solitary Alchemist, The Insatiable Season, and most recently, Smallman: The World My Father Made.
Kriston Chen is a Trinidad and Tobago-based graphic designer who makes books, websites, and motion graphics with an emphasis on strong typography, unique concepts, and healthy communities.
A graduate of Parsons The New School for Design, Kriston has worked at Macmillan Publishing (Henry Holt & Square Fish) and Random House (Knopf-Doubleday). He is currently a freelancer based in Port of Spain.