Sunday, March 17, 2019

Countdown To the 9th annual iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival


The final countdown to the ninth edition of the annual iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival holding Thursday March 21 to Sunday March 24 2019, at its traditional home, Freedom Park, by Broad Street, Lagos, and the Nigerian Film Corporation, Ikoyi, Lagos, began this weekend.

General Idea:
The 2019 Festival is conceived on the traditional framework of Africa in Self-conversation.

Theme: STORYLINES – it arises from current realities about imagery and perspectives. Technology is constantly redefining the impact of human experiences and challenging us to tell our story as a means of engaging the world with our identity, individuality and personal experiences.
Every human being is a story and we are constantly in pursuit of tools to advance and promote alternative facts about ourselves; and how we wish to be seen. The contention between what is real and what is preferred is shaping the currency of human exchange.
The ability to construct and reconstruct stories by anyone with a social media account is challenging the traditional story form. How would people own their stories without compromising the truth? How would documentary films respond to this reality?

See the programme schedule on
https://www.irepfilmfestival.com.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Major TV Network To Adapt Best-Selling Nigerian Children's Book into Cartoon Series


Major TV Network is Slated To Turn Best-Selling Nigerian Children's Book Author's Book Series into an Educational Cartoon Series for Young Children
Dr. Peter Isikwe, author of Jack's Awesome Adventure gears up for his latest book tour

HOUSTON, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Meet Dr. Peter Isikwe, author of the children's book series Jack's Awesome Adventure (www.jacksawesomeadventure.com). Peter introduces a unique style of education and imagination into his writing while splashing diversity and hip-hop into it as well.


Peter has recently finished his latest children's book in his educational book series, and now is turning it into a cartoon series for young children to view everywhere. Dr. Isikwe's book series is full of imagination and creativity for early readers. He's had a chance to tour across the US, Nigeria and even London for his last book while working with educators, teachers, and librarians amongst the few. Peter turned in my mortar & pestle and white coat to pursue his passion for writing children's book. For those who do not what that is, pharmacist use it to make drug products.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Obsession: The Love Affairs of Bolade, Nnana and Segun


Olu Balogun's novella, Obsession will be a romantic thriller as a telenovela.

Description
A short romantic Novel exploring deep feelings of attraction between the sexes. It features three stories, which finally fuse into one. Each story is about a different guy, his approach towards a girl he is attracted to, and experiencing how it unravels:

● Bolade has an uncontrollable desire for Nneka; his friend's girlfriend, even though he knows it's wrong to betray the trust. He discovers how amazing she is, only after he messes up his lucky chance with her.

● Nnana fell in love with Tope on the first day he met her and he was convinced she felt the same way but she continues to resist him. After enduring time away from her, he tries again to rekindle their love.

● Segun has had a crush on Titi; his close friend for years but he has never found a way to express his feelings. He decides to gamble on love and reveals how obsessed he is with her.

These three stories fuse into one and the a question you might ask yourself is: Which is lust, which is infatuation and which is love?

Get to uncover various unforgettable characters in 9 breathtaking chapters.



The Forbidden Love of Aisha and Father John


Have you read Aisha and John - by Olu Balogun?

Description
There is only a very thin line between romance and religion...

Aisha is a favored daughter of the Emir of Kano and Father John is a young Catholic Priest in the Lagos Archdiocese, but they share a history; one that is beckoning to be revisited.
Aisha never knew what love was until she met John, back when she was a teenager, however, things have changed now. John fell deeply in love with Aisha, back when he was still in University, however, things have changed now. Life drove them apart but what can one coincidental meeting cause?

From the Author of OBSESSION, comes this awesome, modern story, about two lovers who have become separated by a valley of religion and time.
Can they bridge this gap? Should they?

Features & details
Publication date: March 4, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07P7J51GR

Friday, March 8, 2019

Jann Arden and Aisha Alfa To Host the CTV Galas at the Canadian Screen Awards


Jann Arden and Aisha Alfa To Host the CTV Galas at the Canadian Screen Awards

Mar 07, 2019, 14:44 WAT
- Both galas to be streamed for free on CTV.ca on March 26 and 27 -
TORONTO, March 7, 2019 /CNW/ - The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) announced today the hosts of the CTV Galas at the Canadian Screen Awards, and confirmed both will be streamed live on CTV.ca and associated platforms. Jann Arden (CTV's JANN) will host the Canadian Screen Awards: CTV Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling on Wednesday, March 27, while Aisha Alfa (CTV's THE BEAVERTON) will host the Canadian Screen Awards: the CTV Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming on Tuesday, March 26. Both events will be held at Heritage Court at Exhibition Place as part of Canadian Screen Week (March 25-31).

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Happy International Women's Day 2019!


Happy International Women's Day 2019!

#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter


The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

9th iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival To Host Top Filmmakers and Scholars in Lagos


IREPRESENT INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2019: PUBLIC BRIEFING


The 2019 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is the ninth edition of the popular annual festival, which is the biggest on the West African coast and it is scheduled to hold from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March 2019, at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos, and the Nigerian Film Corporation, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Born On a Tuesday: A Gripping Story from Inside Northern Nigeria


From two-time Caine Prize finalist Elnathan John, a dynamic young voice from Nigeria, Born On a Tuesday is a stirring, starkly rendered first novel about a young boy struggling to find his place in a society that is fracturing along religious and political lines.

Who Will Win the #Oscar for Best Director?


Tomorrow, Sunday, February 24 is the biggest day for the celebration of the best in the global film industry at the 91st annual #Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U. S. A.

@imdb asked:
Who Will Win The #Oscar For Best Director?
Alfonso Cuarón for "Roma" or Spike Lee for "BlacKkKlansman"
Who Will Win? It's a two-horse race between Cuarón and Lee. The experts are picking Cuarón ... we're going with the upset: Spike Lee wins.
From all the reviews I have read, it is tough to predict who among the outstanding nominees will win the Academy Award for the Best Director.

Spike Lee
BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay
Vice

Paweł Pawlikowski
Cold War

Alfonso Cuarón
Roma

Yorgos Lanthimos
The Favourite
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Photo Collage Credit: Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Everything To Know About the 2019 #Oscars On Sunday



91st Academy Awards.
Date: Sun, 24 Feb • 5:00 pm GMT-8 (Mon, 25 Feb • 2:00 am WAT)
Location: Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.


Everything To Know About the 2019 #Oscars- Vogue Australia


Preparations for the 2019 Oscars, arguably one of the most prestigious ceremonies on the awards calendar, have officially begun. With a date, location and host having been announced, the time to start taking note of the evening’s festivities is now.

Farewell the First Beauty Queen of Nigerian Models


Farewell the First Beauty Queen of Nigerian Models

I am speeches.
I don't know what to say. Words fail me now.
The time has frozen before my eyes.
One of my best, kindest and loveliest friends has passed on without saying good bye?
Did you decide to follow a day after Karl Lagerfeld passed on?
The fashion world lost two wonderful icons within three days. How can I say good bye to you?
Over two decades ago, you gave me an unprecedented honour by hosting my first ever solo salon art exhibition in your restaurant at 44, Falolu Street in Surulere on the mainland of Lagos.
All our guests dined and wined cheerfully and in the awesome Christian love of your beauty in dignity and humility of your nobility you served me in front of the guests happily.

Farewell Karl


Karl Otto Lagerfeld (10 September 1933 – 19 February 2019)

Farewell Karl

You cannot talk about House of Chanel without talking about Karl Lagerfeld. And you cannot talk about Karl Lagerfeld without talking about
House of Chanel. He was the signature of the haute couture of Chanel. His legacy will remain outstanding in the history of modern fashion from the 20th century to the 21st century.


The fashion world and his beloved white cat, Choupette will miss his signature hairstyle with white ponytail and dark shades.

* Karl Lagerfeld and the famous French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent
feuded for decades. Saint Laurent passed away in 2008.







Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Opening of the Berlinale Africa Hub 2019 at Martin-Gropius Bau


Opening of the Berlinale Africa Hub 2019 at Martin-Gropius Bau - Greeting by Minister of State Michelle Müntefering

BERLIN, 11 February 2019 / PRN Africa / -- I am delighted to welcome you today on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office to the 3rd edition of the Africa Hub at the European Film Market.

Love and Red Wine



"Red wine is good for the heart
The heart is good for love
Love is the red wine of life."
~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,
Coauthor and Editor of "The Language of True Love" and other books available @amazon , @barnesandnoble and other booksellers.


#redwine
#wine
#lovequotes
#healthyfood

Pour yourself a glass, and take a look at the ten ways wine benefits your health.
It contains antioxidants. ...
It boosts the immune system. ...
It increases bone density. ...
It reduces the risk of stroke. ...
It reduces the risk of heart disease. ...
It can lower cholesterol. ...
It reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

How Many Oscars Will "Roma" Win?



"Roma" tops all the predictions for the most likely winners of the 91st Oscars.


Academy Award winning director,  Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" just won the 2019 BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Direction and Best Cinematography held Sunday night of February 10, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, United Kingdom.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Journalism 360: Creating the BBC's First Augmented Reality App



Journalism 360: Creating the BBC's First Augmented Reality App


BBC - Civilisations AR: Preview.
Creating for Augmented Reality
Civilisations AR brings artifacts of ancient civilizations to life, from Renaissance masterpieces to ancient Egypt. The project is a collaboration between BBC Arts, BBC R&D, Nexus Studios and about 30 museums and galleries in the U.K. The concept came, in part, from a 2017 BBC Two series called Civilisations, a 10-episode show looking at 5,000 works of art over the course of human history.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Stephanie Linus Gets Special Recognition for "DRY" for the Black History Month in America



Stephanie Linus Gets Special Recognition for "DRY" at the Black History Month Ahead of Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) Screening


"Dry", the film which was written, produced and directed by Stephanie Linus is in 2019 still making great impact around the world. The movie has been selected to screen for the second time at the highly coveted Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, USA this February, and as a prelude to the festival, Mrs Linus was recognized at the first ever Blacks In Cinema presentation. The event took place at the Los Angeles City Council Chambers yesterday.

IFFR Closes Its 48th Edition and Zhu Shengze Won the Tiger Award



Last Sunday, after twelve days filled with the best of worldwide independent cinema, the International Film Festival Rotterdam closed.


  • 2019 festival’s motto was 'feel IFFR'
  • 500+ films - including 146 (festival) world premières.
  • 327,000 visitors
  • 2,400 film professionals
  • 337 directors


Zhu Shengze won the Tiger Award with her "Present.Perfect.", a film that – according to the jury – “takes audiences to places we’ve never been” and which “expands the cinema’s language with new grammar”. "Take Me Somewhere Nice" by the Dutch Ena Sendijarević won the Special Jury Award for “portraying a journey with a unique and exacting personal vision”. Aya Koretzky’s "A volta ao mundo quando tinhas 30 anos" won the Bright Future Award, Anna Eborns' "Transnistra" won the VPRO Big Screen Award, and Nadine Labaki’s "Capharnaüm" won the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award. Finally, a celebration of the power of short film in the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition. We presented three equal prizes to Wong Ping's "Fables 1" by Wong Ping, "Ultramarine" by Vincent Meessen, and "Freedom of Movement" by Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sanim, all of which take home the Ammodo Tiger Short Award.

And The Winners Are…

The juries have pondered, the votes are in and the winners of 2019 IFFR Pro prizes are:

Sunday, February 3, 2019

"The Pilgrim’s Progress" Movie Ready for Easter in More than 700 Theaters in America



"The Pilgrim’s Progress" Movie Ready for Easter in More than 700 Theaters in America



This Easter (on our one-year anniversary) we will launch The Pilgrim’s Progress movie in more than 700 theaters in the USA alone. We will also be making a major announcement concerning our Animated Bible Series that we know you will be very excited to hear. We had a blessed year in 2018, and we look forward to witnessing what God brings in 2019.

Thank you for being part of our team!

Steve Cleary
RevelationMedia
CEO/Founder.
John Bunyan’s 1678 fictional classic The Pilgrim’s Progress, which has been translated into 200 languages and is sometimes called the first English novel. The goal is for Heavenquest to be the first of several films based on the book.



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Thinking Aloud on My Birthday: Choose A Good Legacy


I pray for those who are still lost in the jungle of life; ignorant of the existential realties in the world.
Life is more than having a meal ticket otherwise called your paycheck or salary.
If your life is not worth more than your salary then your worth will amount to nothing more than just your salary. And the day you collect your last salary in life that is the day you will realise that what matters most in life is not earning a seven figure salary, but what you have done with every moment spent in the journey of life for the best or for the worst.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Lady-Like: A New Romantic Comedy



Lady-Like
Comedy | English | 83 minutes


COMPANY
Octane Entertainment

CAST & CREW
Director
Brent Craft

Producers
Autumn Bailey, Andrew Carlberg, Matt Garner, Matt Nemeth

Cast
Beverly D'Angelo, Stephanie Simbari, Allie Gallerani

SYNOPSIS
When a quick-witted but co-dependent college girl helps her best friend land a boyfriend, she's left on the outside looking in and is forced to deal with the realities of adulthood for the first time.

COMPLETION YEAR
2018

Sun Award: Lady Chukwudozie Eulogies Husband


Sun Award: Lady Chukwudozie Eulogies Husband

- By Ingram Osigwe

Non controversy: Behind every successfully man is indeed a dutiful, intelligent, loyal, beautiful, loving and hardworking woman. Lady Ada Chukwudozie, the amiable wife of industrialist, Sir (Dr.) Daniel Chukwudozie, Chairman of the Dozzy Group, fits the above bill. At the recent 16th annual Sun newspaper Award, the Okija, Anambra state born business mogul was conferred with the Sun’s Manufacturer of the year (2018) Award. On hand to receive the Award on behalf of her husband was Lady Ada Chukwudozie.

Friday, January 25, 2019

"Black Panther" Deserves Nomination for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects



"Black Panther" Deserves Nomination for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects


The phenomenal record breaking Marvel Studios' Black Panther became the first superhero movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar for the 2019 annual Academy Awards (Oscars) with a total of seven nominations, including Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Original Song. But I am surprised it was left out of the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

"Crypto", A New Film on the Blockchain Revolution



Crypto
Thriller | English | 103 minutes
COMPANY
Film Mode Entertainment


CAST & CREW
Director
John Stalberg Jr.

Writers
Carlyle Eubank, David Frigerio

Cast
Kurt Russell, Beau Knapp, Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth, Vincent Kartheiser

SYNOPSIS
Set in the high stakes world of banking and blockchain technology, Martin, an IT specialist on Wall Street is promptly reassigned to his hometown after a fallout with his bosses. While there he reconnects with his “old school” father and childhood friend, both dealing with their own financial crises. Far from the fast-paced environment he’s left behind, Martin is thrust into a vast scheme involving money laundering, undercover FBI agents and the Russian mob. It soon becomes evident Martin’s reassignment was anything but coincidental.

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COMPLETION YEAR
2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

South Africa and Nigeria Will Account for 60% of Africa's SVOD Subscribers by 2023


Sub-Saharan Africa OTT TV and Video Forecasts to 2023 - SVOD Revenues will be $775 Million

DUBLIN, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

The "Sub-Saharan Africa OTT TV and Video Forecasts" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The report forecasts 9.99 million SVOD subscribers across 35 Sub-Saharan Africa countries by 2023, up from 1.56 million at end-2017. Although massive growth will take place, the Sub-Saharan Africa OTT TV & Video Forecasts report estimates that SVOD revenues will only be $775 million by 2023 as some platforms are very cheap.


South Africa (3.37 million by 2023) will remain the leader, with Nigeria (2.61 million) in second place. South Africa and Nigeria will account for 60% of the region's SVOD subscribers by 2023 - down from 74% in 2017. So, the rest of the region is growing faster than the two main countries.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Her Name in My Mouth: A New Film



Her Name in My Mouth | IFFR


The film revisions the Aba Women’s War, the first major anti-colonial uprisings in Nigeria, using embodiment, gesture and the archive. The film is structured around the repurposing of archival films from the British propaganda arm cut against a gestural evocation of the women’s testimonies. (Onyeka Igwe)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lindsay Lohan in Horror Thriller "Among The Shadows"



Among The Shadows


Horror, Thriller | English | 92 minutes

COMPANY
VMI Worldwide

CAST & CREW
Director
Tiago Mesquita

Writer
Mark Morgan

Cast
Lindsay Lohan

SYNOPSIS
Kristy Wolfe (Charlotte Beckett) is a Brussels private eye descended from werewolves who must go to work when her uncle Harry Goldtsone is murdered in a politically-motivated attack. Patricia Sherman (Lindsay Lohan), the wife of European Federation President Richard Sherman, hires Wolfe to investigate Goldstone’s killing, as he was her husband's campaign manager. Wolfe finds bodies falling all over city and must use her innate instincts to unravel the case and stay alive long enough unmask the conspiracy.

COMPLETION YEAR
2018



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Using Drone for Real-Time Motion Planning for Aerial Videography



Shooting professional quality video with a drone is not an easy task, and often requires multiple human operators. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) think they’ve found a way to take humans out of the operation part of the equation altogether. The team teased a system this week that they plan to unveil at a conference later this month in which filmmakers can set certain parameters and then let the drone do all the work.


The group calls the system “real-time motion planning for aerial videography,” and it lets a director define basic parameters of a shot, like how tight or how wide the frame should be, or the position of the subject within that frame. They can also change those settings on the fly and the drone will adjust how it’s filming accordingly. And, of course, the drone can dynamically avoid obstacles. MIT researchers develop a drone system that can do a camera operator’s job - The Verge Click here to read more.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

MultiChoice Africa Blames Netflix for Losing More Than 140,000 Subscribers


MultiChoice Africa Blames Netflix for Losing More Than 140,000 Subscribers

MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela blamed an unregulated Netflix for their loss of more than 100,000 subscribers in the last financial year, and an additional 40,000 in this cycle. In a July 12 interview with the Business Day newspaper in South Africa, Mawela called on regulators to clamp down on Netflix and other over-the-top services.

Click here to read more.








iQIYI Variety Show "I, Actor" To Cultivate New Generation of Actors


iQIYI Variety Show "I, Actor" To Cultivate New Generation of Actors

BEIJING, Dec. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- iQIYI, Inc. (NASDAQ: IQ) ("iQIYI" or the "Company"), an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, today announced the release of "I, Actor", an innovative variety show that follows the training of 59 promising young actors scouted from agencies across China. The show will link up with iQIYI's other variety shows to serve as a source of outstanding new talent in China's entertainment industry.

Happy New Year 2019!


Happy New Year 2019!

A cool harmattan breeze is blowing in Lagos on the first day of January of the new year 2019 . The year has started beautifully for me as I walked side by side with one of the most beautiful young women in the world after the awesome cross over praise and worship in fellowship with others at the Shiloh Sanctuary parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), the glorious and victorious church of our Almighty Father JEHOVAH God on earth where we love to make joyful noises with shouts of HALLELUJAH!. We had an  anointing and holy communion service with overflowing outpourings of the Holy Spirit. JESUS Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. We clapped and shook hands in jubilation. I hugged our pastor to thank him with congratulations. There were celebrations to thank Almighty God to be alive and well to welcome the new year with fireworks and street parties as we left for our houses.
We have not seen since September last year before I left for my important appointment in the State House in Abuja. I gave her my progress report so far.
We discussed the goals for 2019, especially her graduate studies and  professional career with great expectations and prospects. I always like to see the Big Picture of the future. We love our country. We want the best for our people. We  prayed for peace, progress, security and unity in Nigeria.
She got to her residence before mine and I wished her the best new things this year. I told her she must be tops before 25 within the next three years.
2019 is an awesome year of awesome things of the manifestations of the infinite glory of our infinite Almighty God who is going to do awesome wonders in our lives with celebrations and thanksgivings.
Happy New Year with Cheers all the way to the top!

Hugs and kisses,
EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima,
The Knight in Shining Armour, Defender of the faithful children of God.