Mark Kaigwa

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[Video] OK Go – This (Ukwelii blogging silence) too shall pass

In Perspective on April 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm

To make up for the blogging silence so far, I’m giving you a couple videos that have over the past couple of months caught my eye or I know will enthuse you as I prepare for a return to the interwebs…If you’re looking to catch up on where I’ve been  you can check my Posterous Blog “Ukwelii wa mambo” – lot’s of nice snippets and titbits of my daily trails along the web and the universe

Below is rock band OK Go who (with a little help from insurance company State Farm) made this viral video which captivated me with it’s use of a Rube Goldberg Machine (that “simple” contraption that works throughout the video)

I’m sure you’ll be fascinated for the moment…And yes, this blogging silence shall pass. Consider this the beginning.

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Kibera Kid

In African Filmmaking, Film on October 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm
Screen shot from Kibera Kid, Nathan Collett's ... 

As part of the continuing series on African Filmmaking, we look at a film that’s made acclaim in both filmmaking and development in Nairobi’s Kibera Slum.

We’re looking at Kibera Kid this time. A short film revolving around the choices that people have in Kibera, and one young boy’s choice to change his fate.

Otieno, a twelve year old orphan living in Kibera, Kenya, Africa’s largest slum,  lives with the Razors gang, his substitute family.  Otieno has to choose between a life of crime or redemption. KIBERA KID was shot entirely on location in Kibera, with a cast from Kibera. KIBERA KID has won seven international awards, including the prestigious student EMMY, has been screened at 38 international film festivals and has been featured by media throughout the world.

 

Nathan Collett, the film’s Writer/Director/Co-Producer studied African History at Stanford University, California, USA and completed his Post-Graduate degree in Film Production (MFA) at the University of Southern California Film School. Nathan was a Fulbright scholar (2006-2007), researching storytelling in Nairobi slums.

From this, he founded Hot Sun Films and it’s non-profit arm Hot Sun Foundation, both located in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. Hot Sun Foundation started the Kibera Film School to train youth in all aspects of filmmaking. Through filmmaking and cultural exchange, Nathan hopes to change the world’s impressions of Africa. And so far, with the progress Togetherness Supreme is making, they’re getting there.

Hot Sun Films is currently producing the follow up the 12 minute short, Kibera Kid. The first-ever feature film made in Kibera, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, a story of hope and reconciliation. It’s a fictional feature film made through screenwriting workshops with over 50 young residents of Kibera and examines the events related to the 2008 post-election violence. It’s positive message and unique approach are sure to bring it success similar to the 7 Awards that Kibera Kid was awarded including a 2007 Student Emmy for Best Children’s Film. It’s also been covered extensively by Reuters and The BBC.

A Teaser for the film is out on Youtube and you can keep up with Hot Sun Films on Youtube here

The film’s cast all come from the Kibera Slum and are a part of the Hot Sun Foundation’s initiatives to bring sustainable development projects to Kibera. So far, they’ve kept a pretty detailed log of how things have been going as far as the filming and production of the film on their About Page. They’re shooting on a RED Camera, they’re the only ones at the moment with the RED One camera in East Africa. The first Kenyan film to be shot on a RED was Judy Kibinge’s short film The Killer Necklace a couple years ago.

A great film and an awesome initiative, it’s amazing to see this kind of dedication to developing Kibera, which will finally be known for something other than what’s been making the news recently: Slum Tourism. I can’t wait to watch Togetherness Supreme and all the other films that will come from the Kibera Film School.

 

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The African Filmmaking Diaries: Episode 0

In Film, Happenings, Perspective on September 25, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I had the privilege of attending the Maisha Filmmaking Lab this summer, and the experience was eye-opening, tiring, exhilarating and very rewarding. I went in with a half-baked script (In retrospect, only God knows how it got selected) and I came out with a short film that I’m proud to have my name on.

I learnt a whole lot, and I felt it only fair to share my experiences from Maisha on:

  • Writing – From a concept to a screenplay.
  • Rewriting – The unmistakable process that makes screenwriting what it is.
  • Pitching – The 15 Minute pitch to direct film as experienced by me 🙂
  • Pre-production – Casting, Reccies and Planning, Planning and some more Planning.
  • Directing – From making short lists to your Shot List. Working with Actors, etc.
  • Editing – Make room for the cutting room.

Now, I am by no means an expert on any of these things, nor do I claim to be, but I want to share my experience and hope it will inspire or teach something to someone. I will be doing this all from the perspective of Dawa, my short film.

Along with my film, I’ll also showcase a couple Kenyan and East African Films that you ought to have a  look at. Some in post-production, some that have been released and some that are ongoing projects. I’ll include videos and hopefully examples that can help inspire and encourage you to do capture light and do something with it. 🙂

Hope you enjoy the ride over the next couple of blog posts…

Sit tight for the African Filmmaking Diaries!