Friday, December 15, 2017
The Most Popular Online Review of a Nigerian Film Festival
The most popular online review of a Nigerian film festival is "5th Eko International Film Festival Ends With Maria Blumencron's "Jesus and the Vanished Women" written by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima and published by Nigerians Report Online on
It has been viewed more than 40, 438 times and still counting.
The expository documentary film "Jesus and the Vanished Women" (Jesus und die verschwundenen Frauen) closed the 5th annual Eko International Film Festival Sunday night at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos. It was one of the three special films from makido Film of Vienna in German and dubbed in English for English audiences. The other two makido films included "Diplomatic Liaisons - Mistresses of the Vienna Congress - Sex, Lies and Diplomacy"(Der Wiener Kongress und die Macht der Frauen) by Monika Czernin, Melissa Müller and The Righteous Among the Nations: Rescuers and Volunteers During National Socialism" (Die Gerechten unter den Völkern. Retter und Helfer im Nationalsozialismus), a very powerful documentary by Andrea Morgenthaler. A timeless memorial tribute to "honor those who stood by the Jews in their darkest hour" during the Holocaust. It followed the 1963 Yad Vashem worldwide program to find and pay tribute to those who had rescued Jews, calling them the “Righteous Among the Nations".
The exceptional biographies of Dorothea Neff, Franz Leitner, Jaroslawa Lewicki, Esther Grinberg-Boissevain, and the Helmrich couple demonstrate how it was possible even under the most adverse circumstances to show humanity and sympathy.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Angelina Jolie's Film for Foreign-Language Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards
Hollywood diva, Angelina Jolie is Representing Cambodia for the Foreign-Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
Jolie's biopic thriller, First They Killed My Father is in competition for the final nominations in the Foreign-Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards.
She is representing Cambodia, because she has dual U.S./Cambodian citizenship.
She filmed "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" in Cambodia in 2001, where she adopted her first child Maddox Chivan from an orphanage in Battambang in 2002.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Ryan is the 6-year-old host of the YouTube channel "Ryan ToysReview" who made £8,200,000 in 2017! And that makes him the youngest Millionaire in the world just having fun reviewing toys on YouTube.
Forbes has named Ryan one of the world’s highest paid YouTube stars of 2017.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Monsieur Pascal Ott of the French School in Lagos is the most friendly European I have met in Nigeria. He worked closely with Pascal Letellier who was the Director of the Maison de France, the French Cultural Centre on the Kingsway Road (now called Alfred Rewane Road) in Ikoyi on the Lagos Island before Letellier left in 2003 for another appointment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the French government.
Ott and Letellier during their time at the centre that also included the Alliance française Nigeria, made it the central hub for arts and culture in Africa's largest megacity with regular events of dramas, musical shows, art exhibitions, literary activities by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and others. They hosted the annual World Music Day, photo festival on the legendary King of Afrobeat music, Fela Kuti and the first Black Nobel laureate in Literature, Prof. Wole Soyinka showed up at the first annual international film festival in Nigeria, the Lagos International Forum on Cinema, Motion Picture and Video in Africa curated by the famous multiple award winning filmmaker, Femi Odugbemi when he was the President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN) from 2002. The same year, Pascal Letellier hosted my political drama, "Sleepless Night" featuring Segun Adefila and the Crown Troupe of Africa doing the choreography on the June 12 crisis in Nigeria; about the annulment of the June 12 1993 presidential election, which Bashorun MKO Abiola, was adjudged the winner.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
The world premiere of the most anticipated romantic comedy, "The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai", is tomorrow Sunday evening at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos. A production of ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios.
One of the Executive Producers and winner of the 2017 Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoDN) Award, Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV and EbonyLife Films commended the Director, Niyi Akinmolayan and DOP, Malcolm McLean for doing an awesome job in the production of the follow up to the first box office hit, The Wedding Party directed by Kemi Adetiba and broke box office records in Nigeria as the highest grossing #Nollywood movie so far.
In the sequel to the 2016 smash hit, we follow the romance between Nonso Onwuka (Enyinna Nwigwe) and Deirdre (Daniella Down), the bridesmaid from London. Nonso proposes by accident while on a date and sets off a chain of events too powerful to stop.
Deirdre’s upper-crust British family are against the match, as are some members of the Nigerian clan, but Deirdre’s determination can’t be contained.
After a near-disastrous introduction ceremony in Lagos and Nigerian opposition to a London wedding, both families reluctantly agree to a wedding in Dubai, setting us off on another colourful, chaotic and memorable journey to everlasting love.
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Friday, December 8, 2017
No good film school comes cheap.
Filmmaking is a combination of art, craft and science. Both geometry and symmetry are very important to filmmaking and physics plays a significant role in the photography and cinematography of filmmaking.
The following filmmaking techniques of #Hollywood can be achieved in the production of low budget movies in #Bollywood and #Nollywood. This first of it's kind presentation on a Nigerian website is for the benefit of those who did not go to film school.
~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.
Good old chocolate syrup just won’t cut it anymore. To create realistic blood spurting and spraying effects these days takes careful planning and placement. While movie goers know that the blood they see on screen is obviously not real, they don’t often know how the effect is created. Blood is one of the basic practical effects that any number film making courses will reveal the secret behind.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Intellectual comprehension is a big problem in #Nollywood, because of the poor intellectual abilities of many of the actors, filmmakers and marketers.
That is why they are producing the same teleplays with the same storylines and only giving them new titles.
Only few of them can sit down with you and have an intellectual discussion on the characterisation of the nuances of life beyond the pedestrian observations of daily life.
You wonder if they are afraid or lazy to make films to compete with their counterparts at the major international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Toronto. Only few have competed for the coveted prizes at major international film festivals.
Even when they make films on great subjects, they only end up with poor interpretations of the subjects without good screenplays. Their dialogues are often flat.
They like you when you flatter and lie to them to boost their egos for bragging rights. But they become nasty when you tell them the truth that does not favour them. They even threaten your life for saying the truth!
That is why they like sycophants in the Nigerian press. They pay the journalists to flatter them and live in denial of the realities of their shortcomings. They prefer their lifestyles of conceit and deceit.
Only few of them have the intellectual curiosity to think outside the box. But they are not popular with the crowds of sycophants in Nollywood.
~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
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Monday, December 4, 2017
Unknown to majority of people, including the most acclaimed film scholars and followers of #Nollywood, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) midwifed the first African video film industry, the phenomenal Nollywood in 1992 when the ace NTA director, Chris Obi Rapu, aka "Skipo" made the groundbreaking Living in Bondage for TV producers, Kenneth Nnebue and Okechukwu Ogunjiofor.
Believe it or not, he was paid less than US$100 (by current exchange rate of the USdollar to the Naira ) to direct the first blockbuster movie in the history of Nollywood.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.
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The best shots are best in natural light for outdoors.— 247 Nigeria (@247nigeria) December 4, 2017
Like this shot of two beach girls at the Elegushi beach in Lekki, Lagos. From my "Lagos in Motion" documentary. pic.twitter.com/Q2Mp2VPMeX
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Fast rising Nigerian indie filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu known for "Hot Irons" 1999, winner of Best Documentary at FESPACO and Reel Award and critically acclaimed dramas,
"Restless City", 2011, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, "Mother of George", 2013, which also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and "Where Is Kyra", 2017, has praised #Nollywood for it's universal authenticity and uniqueness.
"It's very important that we have our own voice as filmmakers. What's our story? What's the style of films we make?"
Dosunmu says he admires Nollywood film-makers for that very reason.
"They have a voice. They have their own particular style. Like our literature, it's universal but it's specific.
"As a filmmaker, that's what it's about: how do I create that universal subject from our perspective and specifically with our voice?
"That's what I'm in search of, what influences me, the way stories are told orally and how does one transcend that into a visual medium?"
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Recommended by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.
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