If you were present on Sunday at the Barbados Visual Media Awards held at the Accra Beach Hotel, you would have heard one name being called when the awards were being given out – Kia Redman.
Redman grabbed the majority of awards winning Best Film Editing for a Short Film, Best Sound Editing for a Short Film, Best Cinematography for a Short Film, Best Original Story for a Short Film, Best Director for a Short Film and Best Short Film.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes, the 23-year-old who has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with first-class honours said the concept of Roots/Routes was her finding her place in the sector as well as a way to connect with Barbadian culture.
“All the six different mini animations are based on experiences you have when you’re a child or the current experiences [of] living in this place. Instead of the old definitions of culture like the Mother Sally, Crop Over and of everything you can sorta identify with but not truly, I was trying to find a thing that no matter where in the world you go or where you see this thing, or you hear this thing [you] know that it is something Bajan,” Redman said.
Her award-winning film shows the house of a Shirley biscuit travelling through obstacles to finally affix itself on the biscuit.
“That is because we always eat around the house when we eat a Shirley biscuit. So that is where that sparked [from]. Each character goes on [his or her own] journey. So for me, one part of it is [that] these are our roots… something that is embedded in us but [it] also [charts] a journey that we travel along,” Redman told Bajan Vibes.
The talent in video editing is not surprising as Kia’s father, Ricky Redman, is a videographer and video editor known for his work in Payday and Next Payday which also captured the lion share of awards in the 2014 Barbados Visual Media Awards.
Kia told Bajan Vibes that at first, she was trying to fight becoming involved in the film industry.
“It is kind of interesting and neurotic because for my whole life, I have been trying to get away from that because both of my parents are designers, creators, videographers, painters, that sort of stuff. They are creative people and I was trying to find my own path. It is kind of ironic that I end up doing animation and video. Even though it is in their realm, it is different,” Redman said.
Her idea to become an animator came via her experience at Barbados Community College while she was a student creating sculptures and she wanted to make her sculptures move.
“There were sculptures and drawings and I just said I could make them move,” she told Bajan Vibes.
Reflecting on the number of her awards she said it was a great experience to be appreciated in Barbados for her film.
“It feels pretty amazing. It is great being appreciated and acknowledged in the place you are from because I made it with Barbadians in mind. The film was screened in Trinidad and Toronto this past month. You hear a lot of people say they do not get appreciated where they come from so for me it was a special experience,” she said. (LG)