A new documentary on the 1976 revolutionary Carnival mas band Paradise Lost, the first local band designed by Peter Minshall, is premiering this month at the trinidad + tobago film festival! It will be shown at MovieTowne in Port of Spain on September 18 at 4 p.m. and again on Republic Day, September 24 at 11 a.m. It will also be shown as part of the CaribbeanTales festival in Toronto on September 14 at the Royal Theatre, 608 College St at 6.30 p.m.
This film details the creation of the band that stunned Trinidad and Tobago and forever changed mas making in the country. Paradise Lost won 1976 Band of the Year for Stephen Lee Heung and King of Carnival “The Serpent” portrayed by Peter Samuel. The late Roy Boyke, photographer and editor of the annual Trinidad Carnival magazine had noted, “It is doubtful that the work of any single individual has had so searing an impact on the consciousness of an entire country.”
Paradise Lost: The documentary traces this famous band from concept to creation, from designs to living embodiment in the masqueraders. It tells the evolution of Minshall’s art at this pivotal point in his career, how veteran bandleader Stephen Lee Heung sought out Minshall after a long relationship with artist and designer Carlyle Chang to take his band in a new direction.
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