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Pounder supports CaribbeanTales

Monday, November 18, 2019

Hollywood actress CCH Pounder,  most known for her role as Dr Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans, is throwing her weight behind the drive to raise funds for the incubator programme organised by the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) held in Toronto, Canada.

Pounder, whose roots are in the Caribbean country of Guyana, says her heart belongs to the arts and to those creative processes that bring the world together through emotions and storytelling, hence her support for this initiative which seeks to develop television and film products from the region.

“Recently, I was in Toronto for the 14th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival and I was a judge at the CTFF Incubator Program's Big Pitch Breakfast that was held during the Toronto International Film Festival. What a wonderful experience. Eighteen aspiring producers from all over the Caribbean and African Diaspora pitched their stories for a chance to win CAN $10,000.  It was tough to pick a winner.  There is so much talent in the Caribbean community that needs to be nurtured and supported,” she shared.  

The CTFF Incubator Program is now in its tenth year. It is part of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival, offering new and potential producers a platform to tell their stories.

Pounder noted that this is why she joined the CaribbeanTales Donation Drive to raise CAN$100,000.

“My roots are in Guyana, I now live in America, and I support causes all over the world, especially those linked to the Caribbean and African Diaspora. Right now, I am one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa.  We use actors and artistes with the biggest voices so they can take every opportunity to talk about HIV/AIDS and post-apartheid issues. During my time in Toronto with CTFF founder Frances-Anne Solomon, I encouraged her to reach out to her community to continue building on the last fourteen years of groundbreaking film-making, true to life storytelling, cultural representation and extreme pride in our achievements,” Pounder said.

CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian charity committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and strong communities. The organisation is  also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like-minded artistes, cultural entrepreneurs, community builders and audiences throughout the diaspora.