NPR radio host Dee Perry welcomes award-winning actor Bill Cobbs who both bring new films to town for the inaugural Greater Cleveland Band Film Festival.
Los Angeles, CA: HappySad, a feature film, set in the twin island Caribbean republic of Trinidad and Tobago and starring veteran actor Bill Cobbs, won Special Jury Honorable Mention for “Best Narrative Feature” at the 17th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) Competition in Culver City, California.
Trinidadian screenwriter Horace Wilson crafted a beautiful and touching story of love, pain, victory, and redemption that takes the audience through a series of unexpected dramatic twists and turns.
Seventeen-year-old Mandy Graham, (Caribbean actress Angel Ross in a breakout role) is a high school football player, intent on making something out her life and desperate not to fall victim to the failures of her parents. Her hopes and dreams are thwarted and her spirit and perseverance are tested when she is forced to leave her home in Trinidad, her school, and her beloved football team, to live with her estranged father and great uncle Cephas (Cobbs) in Tobago. Mandy’s personal struggles intertwine with those of her newly inherited “dysfunctional” family. Passions are unleashed, souls are bared, secrets revealed, tragedy strikes, and redemption is sought.
Award winning director/producer Dianah Wynter, has brought together an exciting ensemble cast of Caribbean actors and using her filmmaking skills, produced a film that appeals to a broad audience.
Hollywood producer-director Bill Duke says of Wynter’s work, “she allowed the audience to care about the characters. It was touching, painful and intelligent. I would recommend HappySad to anyone who has a chance to view it.”