FULL CIRCLE

FULL CIRCLE: A TAINO STORY
a documentary film

by Travis Neff


Mr. Neff has embarked on an exploration on the lost people of the
Lucayan-Taino Indians, based on the poetic novel "The Lucayans" by Sandra Riley.

Combined with interviews of research scholars
throughout South Florida, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico,
this film blends the scientific study and dramatic portrayal of their way of life.

“It takes you to a world where life is art and nature is sacred;
it reminds us that everything in the universe is connected, we are all One."

Watch the 90-sec
FULL CIRCLE MOVIE TRAILER

 

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PAST SCREENINGS & PHOTO GALLERY OF
FULL CIRCLE: A TAINO STORY


AUGUST 2011

Double Feature Film Presentation
To Honor Indigenous Cultures
The Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, Florida

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In celebration of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Crystal Parrot presents a screening of two films about Taino culture at 6PM.

Following the screening of the films FULL CIRCLE by Travis Neff
and THE LOST TAINO TRIBE by Alexander Zacarias
is a public discussion about the heritage of Caribbean natives
to raise awareness about indigenous cultures everywhere.

Panelists included: the filmmakers
Travis Neff (a Miami native) and Alex Zacarias (from Green Bay, WI);
Sandra Riley, FULL CIRLCE Executive Producer and local historian and author; and
Michael Lopez (Boriquen Taino), local researcher of indigenous cultures throughout the Americas.

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Sponsored by:
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade
County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners

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JUNE 2011

Feature Presentation at the
Taino Summer Solstice
Woodworth Park
Youngstown, Ohio

For the Summer Solstice, Crystal Parrot attended a Taino Ceremony in Ohio.
On June 25th, locals gather at Woodworth Park to enjoy indigenous music, authentic food
and other traditional offerings from the Taino culture at 6PM.

Sponsored by:
THE CANEY INDIGENOUS CIRCLE
THE UNITED CONFEDERATION OF TAINO PEOPLE
RED HAWK AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY

 

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Sandra and Friends
FULL CIRCLE Executive Producer & CPP Artistic Director Sandra Riley (center)
with Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague of Caney Indigenous Circle (left);
Roberto Mukaro Borrero, President of the United Confederation of
Taino People / NYC (above); and Filmmaker Alex Zacarias of 3N Productions (right)

 

TRAVIS-ROBERTO

Travis & Roberto
Filmmaker Travis Neff (left) with
UCTP/NYC President Roberto Mukaro Borrero (right)

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MARCH 2011

Official Selection of the
Fort Myers Film Festival
Fort Myers, Florida

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Crystal Parrot is invited to the inaugural Fort Myers Film Festival taking place March 23-27.
On Friday, March 25th at 2:25PM (Session #12), "FULL CIRCLE"
screens at the Sydney & Berne Davis Art Center,
located in the historic federal building in downtown Fort Myers.

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Travis Neff & the D'Onofrios
Filmmaker Travis Neff (right) with FMff Founders Elizabeth D'Onofrio and
Gene D'Onofrio at the Broadway Palm Theatre Black Tie Awards Gala

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Travis Neff with Peter Halpern
Filmmaker & CPP Executive Director Travis Neff (right)
with Crystal Parrot Board Member Peter Halpern
at the Broadway Palm Theatre Black Tie Awards Gala

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APRIL 2010

Feature Presentation at the
Heritage Event for Bahamian Teachers
Abanico Theatre in Coconut Grove, FL

CPP hosted a weekend of cultural events for a group of 20+ Social Studies teachers
who came to Coconut Grove from Nassau, Bahamas.  On Friday, April 9th at 12:30PM
Film Director & Producer Jeffrey Poitier showed a cut from his film "VOICES"
a documentary about Old Cocoanut Grove, followed by "FULL CIRCLE"
a docu-drama by Travis Neff about the lifeways of the Lucayans in the Bahamas
as well as his short documentary "CONNECTIONS UNEARTHED"
on the 1998 discovery of the Miami Circle.
 
Sponsored by:
A&M

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APRIL 2009

Exclusive Screening & Fundraiser
at the Miami Beach Cinematheque

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SEPTEMBER 2008

World Premiere Screening
at the Historic Tower Theatre in Miami, FL


Sponsored by:

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Travis Neff, Sandra Riley, and TL Brown
Filmmaker Travis Neff (left) with Executive Producer Sandra Riley (center)
and Crystal Parrot Board President TL Brown
at the World Premiere of FULL CIRCLE
at the Historic Tower Theatre in Miami, Florida.

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SEPTEMBER 2007

Preview Screening
at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida
Miami, Florida

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 Background Information for
FULL CIRCLE: A TAINO STORY


 “Full Circle: A Taino Story” explores the first encounter of the Lucayan-Taino of the Bahamas with European explorers, and the repercussions of that contact. Based on the poetic novel “The Lucayans” by Sandra Riley, Miami filmmaker Travis Neff blends a unique dramatization of their way of life with interviews of research scholars throughout South Florida, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico to create a compelling story about the earliest caretakers of the Caribbean islands.    

History tells us that within 15 years of Columbus’ arrival, several million Lucayans and Tainos from the Bahamas, Haiti/Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and Puerto Rico were eliminated in the genocide and ecocide that followed in his wake.  Sandra Riley began her research on Christopher Columbus and the Lucayan Indians in 1973 for the Columbus Landing Company in San Salvador and ten years later published Homeward Bound, a definitive history of the Bahamas to 1850.

In 1988 the Bahamas Postal Department sponsored Sandra Riley and artist Alton Lowe to further research Columbus’ arrival in San Salvador for its Quincen-tennial stamp collection.  MacMillan Caribbean commissioned the collective research efforts of Alton Lowe and Sandra Riley and published their book The Lucayans in 1991.

As the lost civilizations of the Mayans, Aztecs and Anasazis have been the subject of great speculation, intense research and high drama, the story of the Lucayans must also be told.  Full Circle will not only provide the CPP with an opportunity to entertain, but also to educate.  This new film is a perfect tool to use as a springboard for public discussion about the cosmology and heritage of Caribbean natives and raise awareness about indigenous cultures everywhere.

Through our ongoing community relationships and audience development events, it is the hope of Crystal Parrot that our programs will instigate a dialogue between leading artists, our audiences and participating scholars of various disciplines.  Our ultimate creation of a dramatic documentary of our collaborative exploration about these native people can simultaneously be displayed nationally and internationally at public parks and facilities, such as museums, libraries, universities, ports as well as preservation and historical sites and film festivals and other arts venues.

Specifically, the purpose of Full Circle: A Taino Story is to create a true marriage between the magic of the dramatic arts and the science of anthropology.  We have made a commitment to this project, and hope that the investors of our initial matching funds as well as individual donors see our project successfully come to fruition.  Since the completion of our final phases of production in 2010, Crystal Parrot began promoting the film on the internet and the film festival market as well as international ventures.

Future screenings of Full Circle: A Taino Story may offer opportunities to include additional educational and outreach activities such as unique historical site tours, traveling interactive museum exhibits and, more importantly, encourage more discussion panels between historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and artists residing locally and abroad.

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