CaribbeanLens International Film Festival pays tribute to Euzhan Palcy

The award winning director of classics such as “A Dry White Season” and “Sugar Cane Alley” was the first black woman to direct a film for a major studio and the first black director to win a César Award.

thumbnail_EP CameraIn celebration of Caribbean Heritage month in June, the Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) will kick-off its CaribbeanLens™ International Film & Art Festival on June 10 with a special tribute to Martinique-born writer and producer Euzhan Palcy.

The annual festival which celebrates Caribbean and American culture and runs June 10 – 14, will dedicate 3 nights to showcase Palcy’s films.

“Sugar Cane Alley” will be the festival’s opening night film on Monday, June 10 at the Graumann’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and “A Dry White Season,” which starred Donald Sutherland and earned Marlon Brando a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award nomination, will screen Thursday, June 13 at the Egyptian Theater.  The rarely-screened music fantasy “Simeon” will screen Friday at the Writers Guild Theater.  Each film will feature a post-screening Q&A with Palcy, who rarely visits Hollywood from her Paris home.

The screenings at the CaribbeanLens™ International Film & Arts Festival also mark the 30thanniversary of the release of  “A Dry White Season and the 35th anniversary of “Sugar Cane Alley’s” release.

“It’s a great honor and a tremendous joy to have the CaribbeanLens International Film Festival showcase three of my films and present me with the Trailblazer Award. It is humbling to be asked to join all those who have made lasting contributions to the growth and flourishing of American culture across multiple fields of human endeavor,” said Palcy. “Representing my Martinique heritage is very important to me and to my work. I look forward to returning to Hollywood for this special recognition”

“Euzhan Palcy is one of the most respected directors of our time and a treasured member of our Caribbean family. We are honored to have her join us for three nights of the festival and to celebrate her achievements at the Gala,” said Marva Griffiths Herman, Executive Producer, CaribbeanLens International Film Festival.

Born in Martinique, Palcy directed “Sugar Cane Alley” in 1983, putting the French West Indies on the world cinema stage. The film went on to win the prestigious César Award (French Academy Award) for best first film making. Palcy is the first black director (male or female) to be granted this prestigious award.”Sugar Cane Alley” won more than 17 international awards including the Silver Lion and Best Actress awards at the Venice Film Festival.

Palcy has led the way with many firsts in Hollywood – the first black woman to direct a film for a major studio (MGM); the only woman to direct Brando; the first woman director to win a César Award; the first black director to win a César Award.

Tuesday night of the festival will feature films and shorts from Caribbean countries including the Bahamas, Curacao, Jamaica and Barbados, screening at the Egyptian Theater (lineup TBA), 4pm – 10pm. Wednesday, June 12 will recognize Dominican Republic Night at the Movies, with films reflecting that dynamic, diverse island country.

The weeklong festival concludes Saturday night, June 15, with the Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood Excellence & Gala at the Sheraton Universal. The festival will bestow Palcy with the Trailblazer Award. Other awards to be presented: Robert Nesta Marley Humanitarian Award to Robin Petgrave, Founder & Executive Director, Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum; Excellence in Entertainment to Amanda Seales, comedian and actress (“Insecure,” “Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin”); Excellence in Entertainment Law to Gordon Bobb, Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano; Rising Sun to Michele Weaver, Actress (“Love Is…,” “Council of Dads”). Festival goers will have the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Martinique.

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