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Executive Producer Emem Isong at the 'Kiss & Tell' premiere, Silverbird Galleria. © Bic Leu and FindingNollywood.com, 2011.

Bird's eye view of the 'Kiss & Tell' premiere, Silverbird Galleria. © Bic Leu and FindingNollywood.com, 2011.

When I sat next to Guy Murray-Bruce, President of Silverbird Entertainment, at fundraiser dinner last night, he identified the burgeoning growth of cinema releases as one of the most important developments in Nollywood in the last 15 years (although he was not able to tell me approximately how many Nigerian films Silverbird had screened in 2010). This trend was confirmed tonight at the Silverbird premiere of Kiss & Tell, the latest drama from Executive Producers Emem Isong and Monalisa Chinda, and long-time collaborator Director Desmond Elliott. The film also features the acting talents of Desmond ElliottMonalisa ChindaNse Ikpe-EtimUche Jombo and Joseph Benjamin.

In a recent conversation, Isong divulged that when she shot the film about a year and half ago, she had originally intended it for straight-to-video release. Upon further review, she became taken with the movie’s quick-witted dialogue and decided to unveil it on the big screen.

This revelation brought up an issue that I’ve encountered numerous times in the industry: Just because cinema release is now available in Nollywood, should filmmakers exercise this option indiscriminately? (The worst offender being Vivian Ejike’s A Private Storm). While I quite enjoyed Kiss & Tell’s clever verbal sparring and chemistry among the main characters, there were a few elements that made it apparent that the film was made for the small screen, such as the inconsistent sound quality and the slow pacing in the middle (which is around when the movie would have been cut into Parts 1 & 2 for the video release).

Thus, is the current cinema culture in Nollywood sustainable or are filmmakers rushing into the trend to turn a quick profit?

Read FindingNollywood.com‘s behind-the-scenes coverage of Desmond Elliott’sMidnight Whisper.

 

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'City People' Celebrates Emem Isong. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Yesterday, I was honored to attend City People Magazine’s tribute to veteran Nollywood producer Emem Isong to commemorate her fifteen-year career in the industry. Isong is the producer behind such hits as Emotional Crack, Private Sin, Games Men Play, Games Women Play, Guilty Pleasures, and Reloaded. Click here for my on-set coverage of her newest English-Ibibio feature with Desmond Elliott.

'City People' Celebrates Emem Isong. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Among the industry insiders who praised Isong onstage was Rob Emeke Eze, Isong’s long-time marketer: “In 1997, I saw Breaking Point and was moved. I realized that the only way to let people know the talent of this young lady is to provide her the funds.”

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde arrives on the red carpet. 'City People' Celebrates Emem Isong. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Other attendees included Isong collaborators Stephanie Okereke, Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliott, and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.

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