FIVE The Documentary: Art Exhibition

On Monday, April 29th, Artistic Soul Production Studios (ASPS) held a press conference at Pelican Bay Hotel to announce their upcoming crowdfunding event on Sunday, May 5th for a documentary called “FIVE”.

The documentary, which details the story of the five missing boys on Grand Bahama Island, is an all Bahamian project dedicated to healing and educating the community.

Aryana Joy Roberts, Proprietor and Head Producer, ASPS, said, “Today, we are here to promote the public launch of the film “FIVE The Documentary”. The production of this feature-length film is mainly intended for educational purposes, to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in the community, community-mindedness, as well as the prevention and eradication of child abuse.”

The event, which will honor the parents of the five boys and open a conversation for healing, is meant to raise money to produce the film through an exclusive all Bahamian art exhibition.

The artwork of a total of ten Grand Bahama residing artists will be featured throughout the night and will also be available for sale.

Some of the featured artists will include Chantal Bethel, Claudette Dean, Sheldon Saint. Paul Boyd Farrington, Matthew Wildgoose, Laurie Touchel, Greg Farrington, Del Foxton, Ben Ferguson Jr. and Marina Gottlieb Sarles.

Roberts said, “As this story is a Bahamian story, it should be told primarily by Bahamians. Our goal, therefore, is to include and employ both seasoned and budding filmmakers for the production of this film, thereby increasing the sustainability of the Bahamian film and television industry.”

Sanique Culmer, Manager, Groups and Events, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, said, “As film is a growing sector in our industry, we believe that it is extremely important to bring to life shared experiences which tell the stories that we hold dear to our heart and those that educate the public on our culture and our history.”

She added that “We have made subtle strides in strengthening the film community here on Grand Bahama Island. From the dive shoots, dolphin movies, and other commercials and TV series filmed here in the past year, to the most recent movie masters series with Hollywood producer Sean Robbins and the FLIFF film festival, it is safe to say that a space for local films and filmmakers is without a doubt emerging stronger than ever.

With this said, I would like to congratulate the team behind “FIVE” simply for the fact that this is a Bahamian project being produced here on Grand Bahama Island.”

By way of this event, those involved with “FIVE” would like to create an open forum where art can evoke change and speak the things that words cannot. Guests will be encouraged to speak among themselves as well as with the relatives of the boys about preventative measures against child abuse and mental illnesses.

FIVE The Documentary Art Exhibition will take place in Canal House at the Pelican Bay Hotel on Sunday, May 5th at 5:00 pm. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available for sale at Bellevue Business Depot, The Seventeen Shop, and Eventbrite for $55.00

This event is sponsored by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ashes Beauty Loft, Pelican Bay Hotel, Sabor, Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau, After Seven Boutique, Bellevue Business Depot, Events by Crème de la Crème, Bristol Wines and Spirits, Freeport Advertising, and the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. For further information about the event, please contact