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Casting Call for Actors and Actresses for Sinbad Movie
A Hollywood movie will be shot in Belize and you could be one of the stars. In the first week of February, Asylum Pictures expects to begin filming The 7 Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor on location in Belize. The producers will be holding an open casting call for actors and actresses as well as crew members at the Bliss Center on Friday and Saturday. The film’s director is Ben Hayflick. We spoke to him along with Film Commissioner Nigel Miguel about the opportunities available for local actors and actresses.
Ben Haylfick, Writer and Director - Asylum Pictures
It is an action adventure film about Sinbad who is a shipping magnate and he is cast into a land of adventure when his ship is sunk and so it is an action adventure film with supernatural elements.
Nigel Miguel, Film Commissioner
This is the first feature film that we’re bringing to Belize. It is a proud moment for me individually as well as the Film Commission, NICH, and production entirely in the country.
So there will be opportunities for Belizeans?
Yes beside work behind the camera, they are going to be doing a huge casting session on Friday and Saturday at the Bliss. So we would like all Belizeans that feel like they have talent to come out and audition for some roles.
We are looking for all kinds of people actually at this point. We are actually looking to fill a lot of roles right now. That ranges from extras to speaking parts and speaking parts of different sizes, one line and up, but we are really looking for as many people to come out as we can and we will cast from that on Friday and Saturday.
So anyone interested should show up?
Well it would be preferable if they have acting experience but some of the extra roles, people that don’t have experience will be fit too.
The auditions for Sinbad are 9 to 5 on Friday and 9 to 12 on Saturday. They are also looking for crew members. For more information you can contact II Jam Casting at 678-2828. And while Sinbad won’t be shot until February this weekend scenes for another movie will be shot in Belize. It will be scenes for Piranha. Producer Anthony Fankhauser says some stunts including a high speed chase through Belize City will be shot over the weekend.
Anthony Fankhauser, Producer
We are rapping up our film, we will do a shoot three days here in Belize. We are doing a lot of stunt work, our action work down here in Belize in the jungle and the locations and things more specific to Belize. We are going to be shooting by the harbour, we are going to close off some roads, and shoot in the jungles. We are going to do a little bit of casting. We are bringing in our actors. We are going to need some crew help and general production stuff and a sound operator. We are going to be out of here very quick.
There will no roles for Belizean actors in Piranha but there will be some opportunities for production crew members.
POVERTY IN BELIZE DISCUSSED
The national assessment team of Belize for the country poverty assessment hosted a media workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to identify the current extent, characteristics, trends and causes of poverty in Belize. It also aimed to assist the effectiveness of current policies and the programs and their impact on the poor and vulnerable in the country and thirdly to make recommendations for future policies and programs that can be incorporated into the current MPEAP. Carlos Pol from the Ministry of Economic Development is the country coordinator.
Carlos Pol, Country Coordinator
Today’s objective was to sensitize the media about the overall methodology that was used to come up with the poverty level and also the process that we used in this country poverty assessment. We are using the same methodology that was used in 2002 for comparable reasons so we will be in a position to indicate if poverty has decreased or increased. We also wanted to sensitize the media about what data collection tools we used and how we analysed those findings. We also explained some poverty and poverty related concepts and how to interpret some poverty initiative. We have two lines, the general poverty line and the indigent line which is the extreme or critical poverty. For the general poverty line we used the indigent poverty line plus non goods items. The extreme poverty we used a minimum food basket which includes calories that a person needs to intake for him or her to consider extreme poverty. We had three components which led to a fourth. The first one was the living standard measurement survey which provided us with the quantitative information, the real poverty statistics, the figure of poverty. The participatory poverty assessment gives us the qualitative information indicating to us why poverty has increased or decreased and some of the causes of poverty. This survey we conducted in many villages throughout the country as well as many vulnerable group. A third component which is also important one pertains to institutional analysis. This component is where we look at the specific institutions and organizations that are implementing poverty programmes and looked in depth and found out how those programmes have benefitted the beneficiaries, if it has any impact, why or why not. Those components are the main ones and that link us to the preparation of a plan of action which will have some recommendation for all stakeholders including government, private sector, NGOs to intervene in order to reduce poverty.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Goodbye to Peter 4
Jim Janmohamed carries the casket through an honour parade towards the boat waiting to scatter the ashes on the reef ambergriscaye.com
Holy Cross Anglican School invites the community to join with students and staff at the Family Worship Service this Sunday, January 24th. The service will be held at San Pedro High School and will start at 2pm. The Rev. David Copley, Director of Mission Personnel with the US Episcopal Church, will be the guest preacher. Students in the newly formed Holy Cross choir will lead the singing. For additional information contact the school office at 226-3456.
Support Holy Cross Anglican School in San Pedro www.holycrossbelize.org
The Saga Humane Society would like to thank the San Pedro Police Department in the recovery of their camera stolen from the clinic on Dec 7, 2009. Not only do we use this camera for our Pet of the Week but we like to record activities that happen around the Humane Society. The camera was usefully for recording cases of neglect and cruelty along with helping us to reunite lost pets with their owners. We love to take pictures of volunteers who stop by the Humane Society to lend a hand, walking dogs, painting, or doing general chores around the clinic. We can not thank the police enough for their help in returning this valuable piece of equipment to us. It is very much appreciated!! Saga Humane Society Volunteers and Staff
Blue Water Grill, Caliente, and Red Ginger restaurants are proud to announce their recent partnership with Liberty Children's Home, a shelter for abandoned, abused and neglected children in Belize. Donations can be made at all three restaurants and every dollar that is raised will be matched. For example, if a customer donates 5 dollars, Liberty will get an additional 5 dollars from the restaurants.
For more information about Liberty Children’s Home please visit their website: http://libertychildrenbelize.org To make a donation please visit one of our restaurants. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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