Barbara Makeda Blake Hannah Pro
BARBARA BLAKE HANNAH has worked in the film and television production industry for more than 30 years, beginning with on-the-job training in Britain as a current affairs TV reporter and interviewer-producer on THAMES TV (â€˜Today with Eammon Andrewsâ€™), BBC-TV (â€œMan Aliveâ€), and ATV (â€˜ATV Todayâ€™). She was the International public relations officer for the 1972 launch of â€œThe Harder They Comeâ€ in Jamaica, London and the Venice & Cork (Ireland) Film Festivals. From 1972-1986 she worked at jobs with the Office of the Prime Minister, Culture Division; Jamaica Tourist Board, Montego Bay Office; K.S.A.C., Director of Public Relations; the College of Agriculture, Portland; and served as Independent Senator in the Jamaican Parliament from 1994-1997. Barbara Blake Hannah is currently Director of the Reggae Film Festival held annually. She produced the 1974-77 Jamaica Film Festival, 1976 Cuban Film Week, CARIFESTA â€˜76 Film Festival, 1985 Film Festival of the World Festival of Youth & Culture, as well as several Jamaican television programmes and interviews on entertainment and culture. The independent films she has written and directed for JAMAICA MEDIA PRODUCTIONS are: THE PEACEFUL GUN, (1977) Documentary co-production with GDR-TV, Cuban Film Institute; filmed in East Germany about the 21st Leipzig Film Festival. â€œRACE, RHETORIC, RASTAFARI, (CHANNEL FOUR UK - 1983); Award-winning documentary with interviews and commentary on British race relations; Music by Jimmy Cliff, I-JahMan Levi, The Rastafarians, Ras Messengers BY THE LAND WE LIVE â€“ (JBC-TV - 1987); Student tutorial documentary on newly opened Jamaica College of Agriculture in Portland, featuring students as cast and crew. KIDS PARADISE 1â€“ The Great Lost Treasure Hunt, (JBC-TV - 1992); Children's TV drama filmed at Jamaican North Coast hotel starring 4 children, Freddie McGregor, with songs by Susan Couch and Karen Smith. Film, director and 7-year-old star guests at 1994 Chicago Childrenâ€™s Film Festival -Special Audience Award. KIDS PARADISE 2 â€“ Shasta Runs Away, (JBC-TV - 1997); One-hour sequel filmed in Ocho Rios and Negril featuring six children, with adult stars Elise Kelly, Judy Mowatt. Screened at Auburn Film Festival, Sydney, Australia during 2000 Olympic Games. â€œTHE MAKING OF â€˜KLA$Hâ€™, (Kingston Pictures - 1998); Documentary included in DVD package about filming of Jamaican feature film starring Jasmine Guy, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Bradshaw. Silicon Island â€“ TechTV, (ISLAND FILMS Co-production - 2001) Pilot for a Jamaican Technology TV programme with host-interviewer Makonnen Blake Hannah, government Youth Technology Consultant. Filmed at James Bond Beach, Firefly, Golden Eye. ARTISTS IN DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP â€“ (UNESCO - 2002); 18-minute documentary on the 10-day Caribbean Music Expo retreat for 23 young Caribbean musicians and producers to learn professional skills from music industry experts, filmed and edited by end of Workshop. Screened on RE-TV. THE ROAD THROUGH THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF JAMAICA (CPTC Co-production - 2003); 1-hour eco-documentary journey from Papine to Buff Bay through Newcastle, showing the unique attractions, sights, vegetation and people of the world-famous coffee region - Flash Point Film Festival, Jamaica; 2006 Mrs. Hannah has written 4 books: RASTAFARI - THE NEW CREATION, the first book on Rasta written by a member of the faith (1982); JOSEPH - A RASTA REGGAE FABLE, a novel inspired by the life of Bob Marley; HOME - THE FIRST SCHOOL, on her homeschooling experience; GROWING OUT - BLACK HAIR AND BLACK PRIDE, a biography of her youth in Jamaica and years in England. In 2011 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her pioneering work in journalism and media by the British Entertainment Film, Television & Theatre Awards (BEFFTA). She is also the recipient of a United Nations Peace Medal (1974) and an Ethiopian Crown Council Adowa Centenary Medal (1997). Employed: Managing Director, JAMAICA MEDIA PRODUCTIONS Ltd.; registered as a Film Production Company since 1983.