The diplomat revealed that he has been personally with Bobb and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. He added that he wants to make sure locals in the islands are used 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 during a recent briefing. “One of his upcoming projects will be shot in the Caribbean this summer, and we [The Bahamas] do stand a very good chance of landing it."
He pointed out the that country boasts several competitive shooting locations, a great proximity to the United States and that the talent pool in The Bahamas is tremendous as there has been growth in the local film industry recently. Rolle further stated that there is another project in the wings for Atlanta and The Bahamas and that he is already reviewing candidates.
"We are getting to a point where we are not just watching television, but creating quality films and television," he said of the Bahamian market. "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.”
Roger Bobb is the former Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios. His production credits include 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 which is shot at his south Atlanta studios.
In Fall 2013, Bobb gave Rolle a tour of his studios. Rolle was joined by Bahamians 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, the Hon. 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 last month.