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FILMCO announces new board appointee

—Published on 15th Mar, 2021.

Port of Spain, Monday 15th March 2021: FILMCO: The Filmmakers Collaborative of Trinidad and Tobago, welcomes our newest board member, mediator and Industrial Court judge, Elizabeth Solomon. Solomon is a director of the Mediation Board of Trinidad & Tobago, former executive director of the Dispute Resolution Centre and the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights. She had a full career in television and documentary journalism, winning several national and regional awards for her work. She joined the United Nations and spent the next 20 years as a conflict prevention and peace-building practitioner.

“We’re so pleased that Elizabeth has agreed to join our board,” says FILMCO Interim Executive Director Mariel Brown. “Her knowledge of the law, combined with her passion for the Caribbean and our media/ audio visual landscape, makes her an ideal partner in the growth and development of FILMCO.”

On why she agreed to take up the board seat, Solomon gives two reasons: “Firstly because FILMCO is an excellent initiative started by people for whom I have immense respect, for their tenacity and creativity. Secondly, because film production was my first love and remains so. I am a firm believer in the power of well told narratives to bring about constructive change. Storytelling will change the world!

“I am looking forward to using film to reconnect the Caribbean. There is something historically and viscerally binding us together, but that cohesion needs to be nurtured. I believe sharing our stories will help us in strengthening our common identity that explores each other’s differences respectfully and joyfully. I am also looking forward to helping with the development of FILMCO’s organisational and governance structures: to build a strong, immovable base.”

Founded in January 2017 by four filmmakers from Trinidad and Tobago, FILMCO is a non-profit organisation dedicated to creating a sustainable ecosystem for film and television producers and directors in Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean and to being a leader in the sustained development of a diverse audio-visual industry.