Posted in Cinema culture, Cultural Agency, Distribution, Fulbright Award, Tunde Kelani, Uncategorized, tagged FLAS fellowship, Fulbright-Hays, Mainframe, Michigan State University, Pan-African University, University of Ibadan, Yoruba on September 17, 2012|
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I am thrilled to revive FindingNollywood.com by introducing the blog’s new contributor: Connor Ryan. Connor will continue the blog’s fine tradition of Fulbright scholarship by exploring the burgeoning Yoruba film industry through documenting the impact of Tunde Kelani‘s Mainframe Productions studio has made upon Nollywood, giving special attention to its mobile cinema project. From October 2012 to August 2013, Connor will conduct research at The University of Ibadan’s National Archives and the Nollywood Studies Center (NSC) at the Pan-African University in Lagos.
Connor’s work in African literature and film originated at Michigan State University where he was awarded a FLAS fellowship in 2009 to study Yoruba. In 2010, he spent two months studying Yoruba at Obafemi Awolowo University – Ile-Ife with the Fulbright-Hays Yoruba Group Project Abroad. He had the good fortune to return to Nigeria in the summer of 2011 to build the NSC’s start-up website. It was during this period that he met Kelani, me, and developed the basis for this research project.
I cannot think of anyone more uniquely qualified to link people and resources in this continuing online inititative to broaden Nollywood research and scholarship.
Much love from Burma/Myanmar,
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Posted in Cinema culture, Cultural Agency, Distribution, Formalization, Funding, Funke Akindele, Ma'ami, New Nollywood, Piracy, Premieres/Screenings, Tunde Kelani, tagged Abeokuta, Adebayo Faleti, Agogo-Eewo, Akinwumi Isola, Arugba, Bayo Adebowale, Fashola, Femi Osofisan, Koseegbe, Lagos, Mainframe, O le ku, Saworoide, The Narrow Path, The White Handkerchief, Thunderbolt, Tinubu, Wole Ojo on May 27, 2011|
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Five months after shooting wrapped in Abeokuta, Tunde Kelani is finally ready to unveil his latest feature film, Ma’ami – starring Funke Akindele, Wole Ojo, Tamilore Kuboye and Olumide Bakare. The invitation-only premiere will take place at Agip Hall of the MUSON Centre in Lagos on Saturday 4th June 2011 to celebrate the re-election of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.
The event marks the latest in a string of collaborations between Mainframe Productions and Lagos State. In 2008, Kelani celebrated Governor Fashola’s inaugural year in office with the premiere of Arugba. The premiere of Saworoide in 1999 honored election of former Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, while Agogo-Eewo celebrated Tinubu‘s 50th birthday in 2002.
Ma’ami is based on Femi Osofisan’s novel of the same title and follows Kelani’s tradition of bringing Nigerian literature to the big screen. Past works include Koseegbe and O le ku, written by Akinwumi Isola; Thunderbolt (Magun) adapted from Adebayo Faleti’s MAGUN : The Whore (with Thunderbolt AIDS); and The White Handkerchief and The Narrow Path adapted from Bayo Adebowale‘s The Virgin.
Due to the threat of piracy, Kelani is only releasing Ma’ami at cinemas throughout the country. He also plans to organize free mobile cinema screenings and lectures at universities throughout the Southwest.
Watch FindingNollywood.com’s behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ma’ami shoot.
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Tunde Kelani oversees the editing process with Hakeem Olowookere (Editor). Photo © 2010 Bic Leu
When I stopped by Mainframe last week, Tunde Kelani treated me to the first nine minutes of the Ma’ami final cut. Since then, the production team has been working around the clock to finish the film in time for FESPACO submission. I checked back with TK yesterday, and he expects to complete the first hour today. In the meantime, work on the sound and original score are progressing with musician Siji and composer Udy Frank.
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