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Looking Beyond Nairobi’s 100th Premier Critical Movie Meeting

Lola Kenya Screen staff stand in front of the auditorium of Goethe-Institut in Nairobi in 2007.

By Iminza Keboge Published June 18, 2017 As Lola Kenya Screen (LKS) presents its 100th bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff) on June 19, 2017, Ogova Ondego, Managing Trustee and Creative Director of LKS speaks about what is in store for this movie platform for children and youth in eastern Africa in 2017 and beyond. What is Lola Kenya Screen and why does it exist? Lola Kenya Screen is a movie festival and skills-development and marketing platform focusing on children and youth in eastern Africa that seeks to integrating movie production with other socio-cultural and economic sectors in order to come up with a vibrant and sustainable motion pictures industry. RELATED:Short Fiction Contest for Africans Calls for Submission How many films has Lola Kenya Screen produced with the youth since inception? Though children and youth of Lola Kenya Screen have made more than 50 fictions, animations, documentaries and experimentals many of which have won or been nominated for prestigious awards–Jugend Medien Festival Berlin,Kids For Kids Africa, Africa Movie Academy Awards, World Summit on Media for Children–Lola Kenya Screen does much more than just produce movies. We equip children and youth with the skills to conceive, create, promote and consume high quality, audience-sensitive, culture-appropriate  content. With their skills, our children and youth are left to their own devices to do as they see fit in their families and communities. Any notable directors, actors or production engineers as a result of over 10 years and 100 film forums? Lola Kenya Screen, particularly its film forum, is often one of the first places where new films can be seen and young talent spotted.During the forum a selected short film is screened followed by an open discussion based on the production as pertains to universal moviemaking standards.The films exhibited and discussions arising from …

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Lola Kenya Screen to Host Moviemaking University Student Collective

Some of the experimental work of Zero Chill TV, whose slogan is ‘We Believe in Aliens’, shall be seen at 100th Lola Kenya Screen film forum at Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya.

By Irene Gaitirira Published June 13, 2017 Some of the work of a group of moviemaking university students that describes itself as ‘a bunch of overpaid and underworked post teens with a lot of food in our time’ shall be showcased during the 100th bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff), Nairobi’s premier critical movie screening, discussion and networking platform. RELATED:Gospel Music Awards Presentation Leaves Tongues Wagging Zero Chills TV, whose slogan is ‘We Believe in Aliens’, was founded in 2015 by ‘by broke campus students’ of Moi University in Eldoret, western Kenya. Zero Chills TV makes lots of experimental movies on various issues affecting young people: dating, drugs, religious extremism and terrorism, tribal chauvinism and stereotypes, and the desire to belong. RELATED:Young Actors, MovieMakers and Community Developers to Converge in Nairobi ‘We do v-logging and are the first Netizens before they finally shut down the Internet,’ the group says. ’We talk a lot in an attempt to make the world a better place through laughter. Our job is to shoot things that don’t matter, then post them like they matter and then probably get a contract here and there? In addition to being big-headed spoilt brats, we love sharing.’ RELATED:Greater Investment in Local Networks Can Drive Broadband Data Explosion in Africa Zero Chills TV comprises location manager and production assistant Nicy Ammallar; graphics designer Brian Wachira; cameraman Morris Wamiti; video editor Steve Musila; scriptwriter and camera operator Simon Kairo; videographer Eric Mutuma; actors Vanessah Wambui Ochieng and Kennedy Ovita Eravo; and group coordinator and production designer Eddy Ashioya. RELATED:What Lola Kenya Screen Is These members of Zero Chills TV shall tell you what and who they really are if you care to ask them during the networking session of LKSff when you meet them at Goethe-Institut in the Nairobi …

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Young Actors, Moviemakers and Community Developers to Converge in Nairobi

Wanjiku Mburu who is currently appearing on MACHACHARI series every Friday on Kenya's citizen TV

By Iminza Keboge Published June 9, 2017 She hangs upside down, spitting blood, moaning pitifully as if in excruciating pain, begging for mercy, several fresh cuts oozing with blood visible on her face. She is one of the many nameless bodies hanging in a nondescript dark room that resembles an execution chamber. Are these people, humans, or are they livestock carcasses in an abattoir? As screams and wails give way to a deathly silence, someone suddenly shows up. This is a summary of TORTURE, one of the eight films to be screened and discussed at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi, Kenya, during Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff), the longest running and most consistent movie gathering on the arts and entertainment calendar of Kenya’s capital. RELATED:Kenyan Actor Who Enjoys Playing ‘Bad’ Guys Speaks About His Real Career The meeting, on June 19, 2017, shall also see this premier critical movie platform mark its 100th monthly (bi-monthly since 2016!) meeting since its inception in 2005. TORTURE is a production of Film Lab, a group of young thespians and moviemakers that came into being in 2014 with the aim of creating ‘life-changing movie content that influences people and provokes discussion’. BEHIND THE SEEN, a film that explores the limits to which love and fear, driven by deep-seated secrets, can push a man; LIFE GUARD, a movie that looks at what could possibly go wrong when a supposedly well trained, well equipped and much sought after life saver is on duty; and NAZIF, the story of a distressed father searching for his child who has gone missing while his nature works for and against his quest, shall be shown on the BIG screen for players in the movie sector to appreciate as LKSfff, in its 12th year, marks its 100th gathering. RELATED:99th Lola Kenya Screen film …

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Nairobi Celebrates Art, Film, Heritage and Self Expression

New African Women are Bold for Change.

By Irene Gaitirira Published May 13, 2017 Despite rising inflation and mounting anxiety over impending general election in Kenya, the arts and entertainment calendar for May remains packed as attested to by African Arts & Entertainment Diary that is updated around the clock. Running at Nairobi National Museum the whole of May 13 is the 5th Nairobi International Cultural Festival on the theme ‘Celebrating Cultural Diversity’. This single day event brings together participants from all walks of life around the world to celebrate diversity in Art, Cuisine, Music, Dance, Handicrafts and Fashion. RELATED:African Arts & Entertainment Diary Coming hot on the heels of the cultural festival at Kenya’s house of culture and heritage are two art shows. The first exhibition, that runs through May 30, 2017 in the Temporary Gallery, is a display in text and images by Patrick Abungu and Okoko Ashikoye and it looks at the abolition of slave trade in East Africa and its legacy on contemporary Kenyan society of slave descent. The second show, in the Creativity Gallery, runs through June 30 and is by Michael Soi, Patrick Mukabi and Joseph Bertiers who are described as artists who do not flinch from controversial issues.And true to the description, their exhibition is titled Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. Both exhibitions are aimed at celebrating the International Museum Day on May 18, 2017. RELATED:Nairobi’s Premier Critical Movie Platform Celebrates Youth Creativity Not to be forgotten are other art shows that have been running at Nairobi National Museum and Nairobi Gallery since April 2017. While the former, titled Hope: A Story of Courage & Sacrifice, ends on May 30, Transitions, the latter, ends on June 30. You can read more about them in the African Arts & Entertainment Diary of ArtMatters.Info. This paves way for the 26th …

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Stage and Screen Arts Group to Perform at Lola Kenya Screen’s Event

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. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen’s Programmes 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. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen “Geatrics Production was founded in 2014 with the aim to help and nurture young talents in acting,dance, art and …

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Movie Platform Trains Creative Entrepreneurs

Following proceedings during a Lola Kenya Screen film forum gathering at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi.

Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff), Nairobi’s most consistent and longest running critical movie platform, convenes for the first time in 2017 on February 27. Scheduled to grace the occasion after the Christmas break are young performing artists from a group called Geatrics whose movie shall premiere at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen LKSff has over the past 12 years reached more than 8000 creative entrepreneurs through a monthly gathering of players in the movie sector. A ‘Closed’ or ‘By-Invitation-Only’ gathering, LKSff–that brings together players in the audiovisual media sector–is a training ground for creative entrepreneurship in Event Planning, Discussion Moderation, Public Speaking, Cultural Journalism, and Resource-Mobilisation. LKSff has since December 2005 when it started showcased 230 movies from eastern Africa and reached 8800 movie lovers at the end of 2016. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen’s Internship Lands Youth Media Job The forum switched from a monthly to a bi-monthly schedule in 2016. It is now run every last Monday of the other month. RELATED:Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) LKSff has over the years been bringing together stakeholders such as moviemakers, critics, writers, students, researchers, policymakers, funders, actors, community developers to: a). watch and discuss short movies in eastern Africa b). exchange ideas on how to improve movie production c). explore ways of creating a sustainable market for moving image products and services. Every meeting of LKSff shows a movie for children and youth to encourage practitioners to make such movies in eastern Africa. Also in the programme is a segment called ExpertSpeak that features an experienced practitioners talking about their work. The aim of this is to  equip movie practitioners with skills in the various departments or areas related to the 7th Art. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen school outreach The Lola Kenya Screen movie platform for children and youth in …

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Lola Kenya Screen Marks 12 Years of Celebrating Movies!

Movie practitioners interact during the 96th Lola Kenya Screen film forum

Lola Kenya Screen film forum entered the 12th year of bringing movie practitioners together to monthly screening, discussion and interaction on October 31, 2016. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen Billed as Kenya’s premier critical movie platform, 96th LKSff marked the occasion by showing and discussing DYSLEXIA, a film on how a mental disorder could adversely affect not just children’s school work but also family unity. The work is written by Fred Wendo and directed by Robert Machoka under Theluji Africa Productions. Among the shortcomings identified in DYSLEXIA was inadequate research on the topic of dyslexia as the subject was just touched on but not explored in a medium like film that is driven by showing and not telling. Eunice Ayuma, an actress, voice-over artist and brand model noted that “a good film should educate the audience and that research should be done to ensure that the target audience can relate to the theme of the film.” RELATED:About Lola Kenya Screen Moses Sheldon, a script writer and Emcee also noted that some of the shots in the movie should have been edited out. He noted that the overhead microphone is visible in one scene. Lawrence Mwangi, a theatre arts and film technology student whose films have been showcased at LKSff stressed that the editing of the film would have been done better to get rid of unnecessary stuff. You’re happy and safe one minute and the next you and your family must flee your home or get killed. What effect does this have on 6-13-year-old children? THE KITE WITHOUT WIND, a film by Salem Salavati of Iran tackled this in the Childfare segment of the 96th LKSff. Also shown but not discussed was DAVID G MAILLU, A bio-documentary film on Kenya’s father of pop literature who also doubles up as an …

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Young Movie Enthusiasts to Showcase Their Work

Movie enthusiasts network at a Lola Kenya Screen film forum

Some eight months after a group of young people interested in the 7th Art came together to create movies, they are ready to showcase their creativity for peer review. The group, known as Theluji Africa Productions, shall present two of their productions during the 96th Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff) in Nairobi on October 31, 2016 at 5:45 PM. RELATED:My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer LKSff—one of the five programmes of Lola Kenya Screen movie platfiorm for children and youth in eastern Africa—is organised by ComMattersKenya communications consultancy in collaboration with Goethe-Institut and in association with ArtMatters.Info cultural journalism and criticism in Africa publication and IPO-Eastern Africa network for community developers in eastern Africa. LKSff has since its founding in 2005 been held every month at Goethe-Institut in the Nairobi CBD. Among the movies to be screened and discussed followed by networking shall be DYSLEXIA; the work of writer Andega Fred Wendo and director Robert Mogendi Machoka created in September 2016. As per tradition, the crew and cast of the movies in the programme shall be in the house to introduce their work, field questions and network with movie enthusiasts. RELATED:I Found My Career Path and Forged Lifelong Friendships at Lola Kenya Screen The aims of LKSff are to build capacity in the movie sector of Kenya and eastern Africa; and to help turn movie-making in the region into a sustainable industry. LKSff deals with all sorts of short moving images: Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Commercials, Animations, Experimentals, Avant-Garde, Documentaries, Music Videos, and Fictions. The programme of every LKSff consists of ExpertSpeak; Screening; Discussion; and Networking. RELATED:Practical Experience Enriches My Theoretical Learning A training platform for moviemakers, event programmers/presenters, public speakers/discussion moderators, journalists/critics, promoters/marketers and resource-mobilisers— LKSff is often one of the first, if not the only one, …

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Budding Filmmakers Prepare for Peer Review

Christine Muthee (centre) flanked by Roselida Taabu (l) and Mercy Adundo (r).

Does a man’s happiness lie in the number of women he relates with and a woman’s in finding romance in soap operas? Do perfect relationships exist? Is a wife’s obsession with settling scores with her husband fair game? Answers to these questions are likely to be answered in Nairobi on August 29, 2016 when a group of up-and-coming filmmakers that was born in Nairobi in 2013 with a view to helping hone the skills of its members in the various departments of movie-making presents its work for peer review during the 95th Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff). Members of Mizani/Hamba Production shall present five short films titled ARE YOU HAPPY?, CLICHÉ, INDULGE ME, HAPPY VALENTINES and ROLEX for screening and discussion during Nairobi’s monthly networking forum for players in the movie sector at Goethe-Institut. Mizani, that means both weights and rhymes in Kiswahili, comprises what Christine Kasiva Muthee, one of its leaders, describes as a team of dynamic, passionate and young filmmakers who have set out to hone their skills by making a short film every month. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen Christine Kasiva Muthee is a movie producer and editor who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Daystar University. “My love for film started way back in campus where I was a casting director in our campus film project titled CONTROL,” she says. “I produced my first film with Mizani for the 48 Hour Film Project.” Since then, she says, she has “produced and co-produced four more films for the Mizani/Hamba Production team.” As if being guided by the saying education is a continuous lifelong experience, Kasiva says she received trained as an editor in a One Fine Day Films Workshop that equipped her with the skills she uses in editing some of the productions of Mizani/Hamba. …

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Lola Kenya Screen Hosts Evening of Short Films

The main cast and crew of INDULGE ME blocking a scene

A group of young filmmakers who have set their focus on producing a short film every month, shall have their work screened and discussed on 29.08.16 during the 95th monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum in Nairobi. RELATED:Apply for Lola Kenya Screen Internship The films lined up for screening by the team known as Mizani (Weights or Ryhmes in Kiswahili) and Hamba are a relationship drama by Ian Kithinji titled INDULGE ME; a comedy co-directed by Ian Kithinji and Henry Mutisya titled ROLEX; a Henry Mutisya film called ARE YOU HAPPY? that revolves around a man whose happiness lies in women; and HAPPY VALENTINES, a film by Tyler Martindale that looks at the relationship of a woman who is obsessed with romances as depicted in popular soap operas. The team of filmmakers that draws membership from various media schools in Nairobi and its environs was born in November 2013 in order to participate in a moviemaking contest that pushes filmmakers to the limit by having them create a short film in two days from scripting to distribution. RELATED:Why Lola Kenya Children’s Screen Exists! ROLEX was the movie they made during that 48 Hour Film project; it earned Elsaphan Njora the Best Male Actor award. Christine Kasiva, one of the leaders of the group, says the group kept together even after the 48 Hour project ended. “We decided to keep on making high quality short films for both local and international audiences. Each one of us took up various roles with the hope of getting multi-skilled in the process of moviemaking.” She says that though many of them work five days a week, they continue to meet and make films. RELATED:Internship for University Students Their film, INDULGE ME, participated in a film contest known as Machakosfest Film Competition. It emerged the …

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