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Filmmaker In The Newz : Ian Harnarine

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Ian Harnarine’s short film DOUBLES WITH SLIGHT PEPPER has been accepted into TIFF. Ian is an alumnus of the 1st CaribbeanTales Incubator in Toronto in 2010, where he met and began working with Mariel Brown, Tony Hall and other CT Incubator participants. Months later, and with their support in casting and crewing, he was shooting the film in Trinidad.

Originally from Trinidad, Ian grew up in Toronto, where he attended York University earning a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy. Sticking with the sciences, he moved to Chicago where he earned a master’s degree in Nuclear Physics. Eventually he became bored with probing the fundamental building blocks of the Universe so he decided to abandon the sciences, move to Brooklyn and become a filmmaker at NYU’s Graduate Film School. He is a faculty member in both the Physics department and Graduate Film School at NYU. Described as a Sound Geek, Ian is the location sound mixer on numerous award winning short films, features, documentaries, special events and commercials. His own films have screened and won prizes at festivals around the world. Currently, Ian is co-writing “Time Traveler” with Spike Lee and an adaptation of David Chariandy’s landmark novel “Soucouyant”.

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DOUBLES is a 16 minute short film set in Trinidad during Christmas. It’s a coming of age story centered around Dhani, a young street food vendor, who must decide if he will help save his estranged Father from dying. The film is beautifully  shot – here is the trailer. If you are In Toronto during TIFF, make sure to support the film by turning out in droves!

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