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Storm Saulter - Filmmaker in Residence at UWI, Mona
Filmmaker Storm Saulter is the 2015 Writer/Filmmaker in Residence at The Department in Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona. Saulter’s appointment marks an important expansion in the Department’s reasonably young In-Residence programme which started three years ago with poet and novelist Kei Miller. Saulter will be the Department’s first filmmaker.
Saulter is the writer and director of the critically acclaimed film Better Mus’ Come and executive producer of the anthology film Ring Di Alarm, produced by New Caribbean Cinema of which Saulter is co-founder. He takes up the residency at the UWI January to May, 2015.
It is expected that Saulter’s presence will enhance the Department’s film studies programme which it began offering in 2012, as a minor.
During his tenure at the UWI, Saulter will be responsible for delivery of the course, “Creative Writing: Screen/Stage”. He will also be available to interact with students and offer guidance to those who are interested in the exciting world of filmmaking.
Saulter comes to the programme with impressive credits.
Better Mus Come was released in Jamaica in 2010 and has had limited theatrical releases in the USA as well as a television release on BBC in the UK. It has been screened at numerous film festivals and has won several prizes including, Best Feature Film (Audience Award) at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, 2011; Best Feature Film (Viewer’s Choice) and Honorable Mention, Spirit of Freedom Award, both at the Bahamas International Film Festival, 2011; Best Director Award, Pan African Film Festival, 2012 in the USA; and Best Actor Award (for Sheldon Shepherd) at the American Black Film Festival, 2012 in the USA.
Saulter’s impressive commercial credits include directing the music videos 'Who Knows', performed by Protoje and featuring Chronixx, and Tarrus Riley’s 'Shaka Zulu Pickney'. He has done commercial work for a number of big names in the corporate world including Puma, Digicel and Virgin Media. His experimental films have also been included in the National Biennial (Tied, 2012) and the Jamaica Biennial (Dark Morass, 2014).