Mariel Brown is a documentary filmmaker and the director of SAVANT Ltd (savantmedia.tv), a creative and production company based in Trinidad and Tobago. She has worked in television and print since 1997. Mariel recently completed a documentary short film on acclaimed Trinidadian artist, Christopher Cozier and a three-part documentary series on Trinidad and Tobago’s first Prime Minister, Dr. Eric Williams, broadcast in September 2011. Two of her recent award-winning documentary films are “The Solitary Alchemist” (67 mins, 2010) and “The Insatiable Season” (52 mins, 2007).
Mariel is the managing editor of art and design publications: “Meiling: Fashion Designer” and “Barbara Jardine: Goldsmith”, and has written feature articles for several Caribbean magazines. In particular, she writes about writers and artists, including fiction author Edwidge Danticat and memoir writer Rachel Manley. Her features and news reports have been broadcast internationally on CNN, as well as throughout the region. Mariel is the creator and producer of ‘Sancoche’, and ‘Makin' Mas’, – television series designed with Caribbean content for a Caribbean audience.
“The Solitary Alchemist”, a revealing and intimate profile of Trinidadian jeweller, Barbara Jardine, was awarded the jury prize for Best Locally Produced Film in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. “The Solitary Alchemist” was also screened in Jamaica, at the Best of Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Barbados, at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and at Real Art Ways in Hartford Connecticut, as part of “Rockstone and Bootheel”, their seminal exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art.
“The Insatiable Season”, a journey through the creations, crises and passion of the Carnival season with masmaker Brian MacFarlane and his band in Port of Spain, Trinidad, was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. It was screened at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival and the Harbourfront Festival, which were both held in Toronto, Canada.