The Ciné Institute, which recently moved to a new campus five miles west of Jacmel, is devoted to developing Haitian film-makers. During the first year, students are immersed in all aspects of filmmaking such as narrative, advertising, music videos and documentary. In the second year, students specialize in screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, sound, editing or production design. Recent clients include Arcade Fire, BET, Brandaid Project, Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti, The Clinton Foundation, Google, Medicos del Mundo, and USAID. Below is an update from Founder David Belle and links to new films produced by Cine students.
Many interesting films have been made about Haiti - but comparatively few of them have been made by Haitians. Someday, this may change. Jacmel's Cine Institute, the only film school in Haiti, is teaching students how to make documentaries, films, and even commercials. Donations help to keep the tuition free. These initial efforts may be short, but they could represent the first steps in the careers of a new generation of Haitian film-makers. Below are links to and summaries of the 2009 Spring Semester films.
Haiti is a beautiful anomaly at the heart of the crossroads formed by Africa, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Michelene Quay, Director of "Eat, This Is My Body", took first prize for at the Miami International Film Festival. She notes that Haiti's very existence confounds the notion of what Latin America is. Above all, Haiti is unique and its art, music, and film reflect this. You can view the trailer here.