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Bahamas consul general hopes to boost local film industry
Published on May 10, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta, Randy E. Rolle (right) confirmed that major Bobbcat Films’ Roger Bobb (left), is considering The Bahamas for his next project. Photo: Arthia Nixon, The Ambassador Agency

By Arthia Nixon

ATLANTA, USA -- Roger Bobb, the powerhouse producer, once known as Tyler Perry’s ‘right hand man’, is considering The Bahamas for a feature film. Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle, who is based in Atlanta, confirmed that he has been working with Bobb and the Bahamas ministry of tourism to ensure that Bahamians will be utilized for their talents if production takes place.

“Mr Bobb is quite familiar with the beauty of The Bahamas as he was behind Why Did I Get Married, Too? which was filmed in Eleuthera,” said Rolle. “One of his upcoming projects will be shot in the Caribbean this summer, and we do stand a very good chance of landing it. We have the locations, the proximity and we also have a talented group of Bahamians on file from our growing film industry. In fact, within short order I will be announcing another opportunity here in Atlanta pertaining to film industry of The Bahamas. We are getting to a point where we are not just watching television, but creating quality films and television. We are in a wonderful era where young Bahamians actually can make a living from working in the industry and actors and actresses have more than church plays or the Dundas Theatre to look forward to. Atlanta is America’s fourth largest city for films and our office is doing what we can to show the studios here what The Bahamas has to offer for destination locations, complete with experienced and competent Bahamians and a thriving industry.”

Bobb is the former executive vice president of Tyler Perry Studios. He produced Meet The Browns, House of Payne and over eleven films including Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married?, The Family That Preys, For Colored Girls and several flicks starring the character Madea. His other credits include Raising Izzie, NYPD Blue, New York Undercover, and the Rickey Smiley Show.

Rolle met with him last fall at Bobbcat Film Studios, introducing him to Marion Bethel, producer of the documentary Womanish Ways and Radel Hanna Parks, who along with her twin sister Ranel Hanna Pierre, has worked with several big names such as Brett Rattner of the Rush Hour franchise, under their theater and film company Redemptive Productions. Also attending the meeting was former Minister of Education Alfred Sears who talked about his autobiography.

The consul general, who attended the Atlanta screening of Ride Along starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, has been working along with that film’s producer Will Packer in several capacities, including his star studded 40th birthday bash in The Bahamas.
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