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Fabienne Colas On Her Career, Her Film Minuit and Haitian Cinemas Future

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Fabienne Colas is always on the go. But Kreyolicious caught up with her. The Haiti-born, Canada-residing actress discussed her much-anticipated Fab USA Tour, her first tour of the United States for Minuit, a film she directed.

Go ahead and read this interview she did with your girl Kreyolicious about her career, the future of the movies in Haiti, and her film’s reception in the United States.

Kreyolicious: Would you say that this past year has been your busiest year ever?
Absolutely! The activities and events of the Fabienne Colas Foundation keep me very busy all year round. And this year, I added a Fabienne Colas Big USA Tour stopping in Brooklyn (April 23), Boston (April 24), West Palm Beach (April 30), Miami (May 1st)—screening my latest film Minuit, written by Sophia Desir, followed by a discussion. Unprecedented year for me.

Kreyolicious: You screened your film Minuit in Brooklyn. What was the reception like?
It was an unprecedented happening for Haitian Cinema in the USA! Everyone in New York said it was a first at Brooklyn College Center for the Performing Arts with over a thousand people. I was speechless. So much love…I am so grateful. But it was a team work and I gotta thank my unbelievable team who helped pull it off: Mora Junior Etienne, Gerald Jean, Reginald Simeon, Sarah Vulcain, Joyce Fuerza, Astrid Fidelia, Rhoudini Joseph, Gary Didier Perez, Patrick Ulysse, Marie Carmelle Bastien and many more. My hat goes off to our devoted volunteers too.
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Above: With designer Donna Karan.

Kreyolicious: Is being a director something you’d like to try again?
Definitely! It’s a very important position in filmmaking. For me that’s the dream job! You get to cast the actors, make the script come to life, you decide on everything on the movie set. It’s infinite power, but also a huge responsibility since people trust your vision and you get the last word on the set; you gotta make sure you use this power wisely.
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Above: Danny Glover and Fabienne Colas.

Kreyolicious: What’s next for you? I remember that during our last conversation, you had mentioned that you had some sort of project in mind.
The only project I’m concentrated on is the 2016 Fabienne Colas Big USA Tour that I’m doing now. I put all my head and soul in it. All the details on my website. As far as the Foundation is concerned, we are preparing two big festivals: The Festival Haiti en Folie in Montreal from July 25 to 31, and the Montreal International Black Film Festival from September 28 to October 2. I can’t wait!

Kreyolicious: What advice would you give to another young woman who’s wanting to make it in the Haitian film industry?
Go to school, create your own project, be proactive, surround yourself with people who have more experience than you, and make sure you behave like a lady. [Smiles]


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Actress And Montreal Black Film Festival Founder Fabienne Colas

On-screen character, film chief and celebration ruler Fabienne Colas tries to take travels occasionally. She truly does. Yet she never can never appear to make a go of it. She recounts the story of one of the keep going get-aways she anticipated the island of St. Martin. Third day into her get-away, the performing artist maker celebration organizer had ended up exhausted and eager. She even began to arrange film screenings, and booking meetings. Also the most improper thing of all: she composed two stuffed screenings of Minuit, a film she had administered. Her life partner, who had went hand in hand with her on the trek, was not delighted. He had come to St. Martin to have a great time, and here was his future wife going about as though they had never left their home in Montreal. 

Nowadays when she leaves for excursions, she leaves DVD screening duplicates of her movies at home. Along  these  lines, she won't be an excursion party pooper.

 How are you doing today? 

I feel fabulous and prepared to go! I finished the eighth yearly Festival Haiti en Folie in Montréal, and it was a complete accomplishment with in excess of 100 specialists and countless celebration goers going to. I couldn't request more. [and then I needed to get] prepared for the tenth Annual Montreal International Black Film Festival [which took place] from September 23 to 28. 

 When you at first imagined the film celebration, did you think it would take off the way it has? 

I never thought the Montreal International Black Film Festival—MIBFF—would go ahead to turning into the Canada's greatest dark film celebration! On account of the craftsmen, our group, our volunteers, our accomplices, the press and the gathering of people! I simply had a fantasy and an enthusiasm and I'm more than appreciative everybody tailed me in that insane astounding adventure.

As somebody who has held the fortress on a celebration of this greatness… five celebrations really… what guidance would you provide for an individual needing to dispatch one? 

You require a reasonable vision and a solid motivation behind why you need to make another celebration and that reason can't be "on account of you need to profit"! You gotta be arranged to work hard and you have to have an extreme skin, in light of the fact that some individuals will attempt to demoralize you and you will get heaps of no's from the get go. What's more you need an extraordinary group that likewise accepts and comprehend what you're attempting to make! My establishment made and arranges 5 celebrations a year in Montreal, Toronto and Port-au-Prince, and they are not for benefit: The Montreal International Black Film Festival—MIBFF—the Toronto Black Film Festival—TBFF—Festival Haiti en Folie in Montreal, Festival Fade to Black, Quebec Film Festival in Haiti. We can do them on the grounds that we are on a mission of spreading and imparting dark substances through the most astonishing movies, shows, discourses, meetings, plays; and Haitian society through the best Haiti brings to the table socially. Moreover, the Fabienne Colas Foundation is committed to supporting training in expressions of the human experience. This, for me, is the greatest remunerate ever. There is no mystery formula to the accomplishment of a celebration, yet one thing is certain: your celebration needs to fill a crevice, satisfy a need, and be not quite the same as what as of now exist or way much better than the competition.


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