Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker of Caribbean heritage and a writer, producer and director in film, TV, Radio and new media. She was born in England to Trinidadian parents and educated in Trinidad, Canada, England and France. She then went on to build a successful career over thirteen years in England with the BBC as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer. In 2000, she returned to Toronto where she continued to create direct and produce her own projects. In 2001 she successfully launched the first CaribbeanTales project.
Her directing credits include:
Today, CaribbeanTales has grown into a group of companies – the CaribbeanTales Media Group — that produces, markets and sells Caribbean-themed audio-visual content across the globe.
Nicole Brooks has been making a significant mark on the Canadian arts landscape for more than a decade with her maverick approach to blending her talents in film, television and the performing arts into her work as a filmmaker, director, actress, singer, playwright, producer, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. Her achievements include the critically acclaimed documentary A LINC IN TIME, the docu-series ECHO, the music documentary THE SISTAHS CONCERT and the dance film ORISHA SUITE. Her latest oeuvre OBEAH OPERA, a theatrical epic, will premiere during Panamania, the cultural arm of the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Nicole originally became involved with CaribbeanTales as an alumna of the Incubator Program. She graduated from the Incubator to become one of its facilitators in subsequent years. Over the past year, she has been CTWD’s Distribution Officer and has now joined the 3D Project Team, commissioned to take CT content to new heights and viewership around the world.
Mary Wells is an award winning independent film director, writer, and producer based in Jamaica and in the USA, with over twenty years’ experience in television and film production. In 1999, her short documentary, Now Jimmy! was awarded “Outstanding Documentary from the Caribbean” in the Sheryl Lee Ralph Film/Music Festival. It was also an official selection at TIFF in 2002. Kingston Paradise, her first feature, was recently award “Best Diaspora Feature” in the African Movie Academy Awards 2014. Mary studied Television Production and the Theatre Arts in Washington DC and continues to work on a broad variety of film and TV productions.
Mary is currently on the CaribbeanTales Board of Directors and maintains a close and supportive relationship with all its initiatives.
Rodney V. Smith
Rodney V. Smith has been writing stories from the time he could hold a pencil. Born in Barbados, he has written short stories, screenplays and webseries.
He is one of the founding members of the Independent Web series Creators of Canada (IWCC) and has written and produced several webseries including the critically acclaimed “Dominion” and the sci-fi adventure “Out of Time”. Smith grew up in Barbados with an active interest in writing and art. He has been writing and producing screenplays for over 10 years and has published serialized stories on Wattpad.
Smith has worked in film and television since 2003 and has worked on a large number of independent feature and short films.