Whether you’re still defrosting your nether-regions from waiting in line for a Park City shuttle, or sitting in your Bushwick studio apartment eating ramen and surviving the polar vortex, you could probably use a little time on a tropical rum-soaked beach right about now. With all the indie-film attention focused on Sundance/Slamdance (not to mention the chilly, angst-ridden fests in Rotterdam and Berlin), it’s worth remembering that there is an entire circuit of film festivals ringed around the Caribbean Sea.Read More
A conversation with Emilie Upczak on her debut feature Moving Parts
CE: Can you tell us about the inspiration and/ or motivation behind this film?
EU: Moving Parts was conceived in January 2013, shortly after the completion and festival run of my first narrative short film Knockabout, a neo-noir shot in Port of Spain using non-actors.Read More
Moving Parts tells a story not often told. It seeks to give audiences a glimpse of life from the perspective of persons who are smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago as well as persons who fall prey to human trafficking. That focus on these invisible groups is laudable, especially at a time when the world is alight with debate over the role of immigrants.
As filmmakers, we sometimes get so concerned with what film festivals can do for us and for our films that we forget about what our films can do for the festivals, and more importantly, for their local audiences.Read More
Denver native Emilie Upczak moved to Trinidad and Tobago and became Creative Director of the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival where she worked for ten years. At that time, she not only helped set up the only Caribbean Film Industry Center but began making a fiction feature film about human trafficking.Read More
Moving Parts' cinematographer, Nancy Schreiber, ASC, is an award-winning cinematographer based in both New York and Los Angeles. She was the fourth woman ever voted into membership into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers.Read More
CreativeTT | 11 July, 2016
If you’re in the local filmmaking circuit, you must know Emilie Upczak. The Trinidad-based, American-born filmmaker just wrapped her debut feature, Moving Parts, a personal drama that maps the story of one woman’s journey and her integration into a new environment. The film, which deals with the sensitive topic of human trafficking in the Caribbean, boasts a cast and crew of local and international talent.Read More
ScreenDaily | 7 June, 2016
Production is underway in the Caribbean island nation on the personal drama from Trinidad-based, US director Emilie Upczak.
Moving Parts charts the story of one woman’s journey and her integration into a new environment, ultimately recounting how she found her way back to herself.Read More