Nollywood Babylon (2008)
This weekend a trio of song-singing chipmunks will do box office battle with a charming super sleuth and the ultimate Hollywood rebel. But if the weather outside’s too frightful for you to venture out, enjoy these selected streaming adventures that feature beguiling gumshoes, screwball siblings and brilliant and bizarre showbiz docs — all from the comfort of your couch!
The to sequel Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has the dapper detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his devoted Watson (Jude Law) chasing down Holmes’ malevolent nemesis Moriarty (Jared Harris). Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams co-star.
Screen Sherlocks through the ages:
Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill (1946) Basil Rathbone,
Titles like One Piece Strong World or Trigun Badlands Rumble are unlikely to draw in the uninitiated, but you don't need to be a Scottish otaku to appreciate Japanese animation. Nor is it all still about robots and futuristic male fantasies. You're just as likely to get a detective yarn set in Victorian London (Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva, pictured) or a rural family saga incorporating a virtual gaming community (Summer Wars), though admittedly Evangelion 2.0 has all the giant-robot tech-porn you could wish for. As well as bringing eight features to Scotland, these weekend events are augmented by real live humanoids including Jonathan Clements (author of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures In The Anime And Manga Trade), introducing the screenings and talking about their work.
Glasgow Film Theatre, Fri to 10 Oct; Edinburgh Filmhouse, 15-17 Oct; visit lovesanimation.com
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Despite the prolificacy of nollywood, the festival will screen a total of just six films, to be shown one a day from Wednesday 6th to Tuesday 12th October.
For long-term nollywood fans, there’s be nothing new to see but the festival will be a chance for them to get together and celebrate Nigerian film in a public space. For those not so versed in nollywood, the festival will introduce the joy and excitement of Nigerian film to new audiences.
The schedule is as follows:
Wed 6: Nollywood Babylon (Dir: Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, Canada 2008. 75 minutes)
A documentary feature which captures the Nigerian film industry in its social and political context.
The film follows filmmaker Osita Iheme, a prominent film maker in Nigeria who, at the time of the film, was working on his 157th film. The Nigerian film industry started in the beginning 90’s as way for Nigerians to make films that they could relate to. Their film strategy is to pump out as many films as they can, and then sell them on the streets. The other side to their film industry is the religious figures that push films that they make they make themselves. These are directed towards promoting Christianity, and keeping those who are already devoted to their religion.
The main idea is to make films for Africans, by Africans. Sure, American films are featured in Nigeria,
However, that is hopefully going to change with both the recent name change of the website formerly known as The Auteurs, and now according to a press release, a brand new release from Lorber Films is going to have Nigeria’s film culture on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
The distributor is set to release the “buoyant and energetic expose” on the booming Nigerian film industry, a documentary called Nollywood Babylon, on DVD. The film began playing the festival circuit in 2008, and hit Us theaters last year, now getting its first release on DVD.
Nigeria currently boasts the fastest growing cinema industry in the world and this documentary hopes to enlighten those of us who haven’t had
With titles such as "Highway to the Grave," "Divine Twins" and "Stronger Than Pain," the movies are strictly for video sales, since the only three functioning movie houses in the capital Lagos, population 14 million, don't project local fare.
The little-known story of Nigeria's movie success is examined in "Nollywood Babylon," a fascinating documentary by Canadians Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal.
Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal's new documentary, Nollywood Babylon, takes a look at the "pop-pop-pop" style of filmmaking that has been made Nollywood the fastest-growing film industry since it sprung up in the early 90's.
Cheaper than Telenova and just as much an acquired taste, Nollywood probably won't be taking the Us by storm anytime soon. But Nollywood Babylon serves up a few bona fide curiosities, including the incredibly popular pint-size acting duo Aki and Pawpaw (Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Kenneth Iheme). Our first thought too: very YouTube-able. Check them out in this list of our favorite gonzo Nollywood trailers:
Amreeka was acquired by National Geographic and will open New Directors/ New Films. It showed as a work in progress at the Dubai Film Festival and went from there to its world premiere at Sundance. William Morris Independent brokered the deal on behalf of E1 Entertainment which has acquired Charlotte Mickie's and Robert Lantos' Maximum as well as U.K. distribtution company Contender all of which are very notable moves in the industry.
Afghan Star which showed at IDFA went to ZeitgeistZeitgeist[/link] for U.S. It was the Sundance World Doc winner of both Best Director and Audience Awards. Earlier this month they acquired Three Monkeys from the bankrupt New Yorker whose auction earlier this month found no takers. So its catalog still resides with its creditor Technicolor.
Nowhere Boy went to The Weinstein Co. for U.S., Latin America and German speaking territories from Hanway.
The Greatest went to Senator for North America who saw it at Sundance. It was repped by Graham Taylor of Endeavor and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
Paranoids went to Oscilloscope from Visit Films for North America just before its SXSW premiere. The Toronto and Berlin film of Fortissimo, Unmistaken Child, went earlier to Oscilloscope for North America. Earlier in the month Oscilloscope acquired Burma VJ and The Garden.
B-Side acquired its first film for U.S., RiP: A Remix Manifesto before its SXSW screening. Disinformation will release it on DVD. In Canada Eye Steele and National Film Board of Canada will partner with B-Side on its release there.
One of several new U.S. distributors, Trela Media, acquired its first of 6 envisioned yearly acquisitions, Guest of Cindy Sherman which has played in several festivals already for North America.
Another new and innovative U.S. distribution configuration of Variance Films, Elementary Films and Argyle Productons will will release the Hot Docs, Hamptons and Margaret Mead festival film Nursery University in April 2009 in New York.
Lorber HT Digital acquired Intangible Asset #82 before it SXSW premiere and Nollywood Babylon which showed in Toronto and Sundance for North America.
Anvil! The Story of Anvil was acquired by VH1 for North America.
Strand acquied U.S. rights to The Headless Woman from Focus. It had been named one of the best as yet undistributed films of 2008 by IndieWIRE after its premier in Cannes last year.
First Run acquired Four Seasons Lodge by Albert Maysles and a handpicked team for U.S.
Wolfe acquired Pedro for DVD and VOD, and MTV acquired TV rights in North America. Produced by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland for U.S., it premiered in Toronto.
The Cove which premiered in Sundance and was acquired for world sales by The Works went to Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions and Participant for U.S. The deal was made with William Morris Indendent and Submarine.
Alive Mind, Richard Lorber's intellectual, spiritual and alternative distribution outfit acquired North American rights to Theater of War.
Film Movement acquired North American rights to Munyurangabo from Umedia after its festival screenings in Cannes' Un Certain Regard, Berlin, Toronto and New Directors/ New Films. It premiered at Slamdance.
Regent acquired worldwide rights excluding North America to Weather Girl from Submarine Entertainment.
Indies Online. Our friends at SnagFilms announced a deal to provide a portion of of their library to Hulu for online distribution. Best known for offering free clips and TV episodes, Hulu is launching a new documentary film section. The SnagFilms library now features 600 docs available for free streaming. Both services remain Us only, which I know is frustrating for our readers in Canada and the rest of the world. However, both services intend to expand to international streaming, which can't come soon enough to really expand the online audience for docs.
Deals. Emma Franz's Intangible Asset #82, which is playing at SXSW, and Ben Addelman and Samar Mallal's Nollywood Babylon, which played at Toronto and Sundance,
Check out the film list after the break. via Variety.
* Adam (Max Mayer)
* Amreeka (Cherien Dabis)
* Big Fan (Robert Siegel)
* Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (John Krasinski)
* Cold Souls (Sophie Barthes)
* Dare (Adam Salky)
* Don’t Let Me Drown (Cruz Angeles)
* The Dream of the Romans (John Hindman)
* The Greatest (Shana Feste)
* Humpday (Lynn Shelton)
* Paper Heart (Nicolas Jasenovec)
* Peter and Vandy (Jay Dipietro)
* Push (Lee Daniels)
* Sin nombre (Cary Fukunaga)
* Taking Chance (Ross Katz)
* Toe to Toe (Emily Abt)
* Art and Copy (Doug Pray)
* Boy Interrupted (Dana Perry)
* Sergio (Greg Barker
This year's 16 films were selected from 1,026 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.
Adam (Director-screenwriter: Max Mayer)
A strange and lyrical love story between a somewhat socially dysfunctional young man and the woman of his dreams. Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison.
Amreeka (Director-screenwriter: Cherien Dabis)
When a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son move to rural Illinois at the outset of the Iraq war, they find their new lives replete with challenges. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat.
Big Fan (Director-screenwriter: Robert Siegel)
The world of a parking garage attendant who happens to be the New York Giants' biggest fan is turned upside down after an altercation with his favorite player. Cast: Patton Oswalt, Michael Rapaport, Kevin Corrigan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Matt Servitto.
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (Director-screenwriter: John Krasinski)
When her boyfriend leaves with little explanation,
- World Cinema Documentary This year's 16 films were selected from 744 submissions. Films screening in World Cinema Documentary Competition are: 211:Anna / Italy (Directors:Paolo Serbandini & Giovanna Massimetti)—The story of Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist and human rights activist who risked her life to report the truth about the Chechen conflict and President Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
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