A Nairobi-based youth group that specialises in performance and screen arts shall be in focus during the 98th Lola Kenya Screen film forum that screens and debates movies and provides a platform for forging of friendships and partnerships.
The group, known as Geatrics Production, shall perform a skit and dance before presenting their debut film at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi on February 27, 2017.
LKSff is usually one of the first places–if not the only one!–where new films can be seen and young talent spotted as it focuses on equipping players in the movie sector with requisite skills for turning the motion pictures sector into an industry.
While the skit to be presented tackles dishonesty in relationships and the dance provides an interlude of entertainment, the film revolves around the life of a girl after the death of her parents.
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As the audience watch and discuss short movies from eastern Africa and network, they also get skills in moviemaking, event programming, public speaking, theme-based discussion moderation, cultural journalism and criticism, promotion and marketing, and resource-mobilisation through LKSff’s learn-by-doing approach.
“The aims of LKSff are to build capacity in the movie sector of Kenya and eastern Africa; and to help turn moviemaking in the region into a sustainable industry,” Ogova Ondego, the creative director of Lola Kenya Screen of which LKSff is a part, tells ArtMatters.Info. “Consequently, Ondego says, “For this reason, LKSff showcases all sorts of short moving images: Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Commercials, Animations, Experimentals, Avant-Garde, Documentaries, Music Videos, and Fictions.”
It is into this network that Geatrics Production hopes to tap, gets known and succeed in the fledgling movie arts sector.
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“Geatrics Production was founded in 2014 with the aim to help and nurture young talents in acting,dance, art and music. We’ve managed to stage several live plays and shot our first short film,” says Victor Layson who directed STAINS, the film to premiere on February 27 in Nairobi.
Some of the youth who act and play various roles in moviemaking include Felix Kamau, Gordon Odhiambo,Victor Layson, Hempstone Groin, Benard Onwong’a, Faine Nyaboke, Passie, Francis Mimi, Nelson Momanyi, Walter Mwori, Daniel Githinji, Joy Njoki and Sarah Masive.
LKSff, that is in its 12th year, is presented by ComMattersKenya consultancy in collaboration with Goethe-Institut.