caribBEING is a boutique non-profit organization whose mission is to build community through the lens of Caribbean cinema, culture and art. Our programming reflects the diversity and artistic contributions of the Caribbean including Afro-Caribbean Basin countries such as Cuba, Panama and Colombia and Diaspora communities such as Brooklyn’s Flatbush, Toronto’s Brampton and London’s Notting Hill. Based in Fl@tbush, Brooklyn and founded in 1999, cariBBeing is the brainchild of Caribbean-American (Trinidadian) Shelley Vidia Worrell.
To date, caribBEING has presented three years of successful programming that included successful presentations of several indoor and outdoor film series, art exhibitions, cultural programs and residences showcasing the cultural and artistic contributions of the Caribbean Diaspora with an emphasis on Flatbush, Brooklyn drawing over 4k attendees. We find and showcase the best in cinema, art and culture.
Public programs and events have been presented at Brooklyn College’s Whitman Theater, Flatbush Dutch Reform Church, Brooklyn Public Library’s Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, MoCADA, ReRun Theater, Pulse 48, Maysles Cinema, TriBeCa Cinema, Queens Museum of Art and during the 13th Annual Summer Film Academy in Poland. We’re global in reach, but truly local in presence.
caribBEING is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
MEET THE TEAM
Shelley Vidia Worrell, Chief Curator & Cultural Entrepreneur
Shelley Vidia Worrell is the Founder & Chief Curator of caribBEING and Flatbush Film
Festival. In her role, she is responsible for the creative execution and planning of the overall
programs, as well as outreach and maintaining relationships with artists, filmmakers, venues,
press and sponsors. In August 2012, Worrell presented a series of Caribbean cinema at the
13th Annual Summer Film Academy in Poland. A first generation Caribbean-American, Shelley
was born and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she maintains 2 gardens.
Saleema Josey, Program & Community Outreach Coordinator
Saleema Josey joined Team caribBEING in 2012 because of her interest in community
service and love for the arts. She has interned at Brooklyn Historical Society and
performed in a number of theatrical productions. Currently majoring in History and
Political Science at St. Francis College, Saleema would like to eventually pursue a career
in public service.
For more information, to schedule an interview or inquire about volunteer, partnership or
sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at email@example.com.
+ caribBEING, etc…
+ Bi-Annual Art Exhibitions
+ Flatbush Film Festival
+ Pop-Up Film + Art Series
+ West Indian Film Series
+ HT Chambers Memorial Fund