After Mas

Role: Producer

This film tells the story of two young people who defy societal boundaries by persisting with an attraction that takes root between them during J’ouvert, the heated, raunchy street festival that heralds the start of Trinidad and Tobago’s annual Carnival. There were so many wonderful challenges on this project, but the best was probably shooting during actual J’ouvert celebrations with director Karen Martinez, coordinating talent and crew in the midst of joyful abandon by real masqueraders. A richly textured film about identity, desire and conformity, After Mas’ premiered at the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival 2013, where it won the judges’ award for Best Local Short.