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Nairobi Celebrates Art, Film, Heritage and Self Expression

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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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Performance 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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Nairobi’s Critical Movie Platform Trains, Reaches 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 Work at 96th Lola Kenya Screen

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. The movie was partly inspired by one of their friends who suffered from TMJ and had to use a Sleep Right Dental Guard when sleeping. 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 …

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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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Lola Kenya Screen’s Specialised Forum to Serve Romantic Drama

Nairobi, Kenya's commercial, political and cultural capital and the home of Lola Kenya Screen film forum

Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff), Nairobi’s premier critical movie platform, convenes, for the 93rd time, on April 25, 2016 at 5:45 PM. JUST A SIP, a romantic drama directed by Brian Prince Ochieng and starring Sharon Wanjiku, Felix Kiveu and Ken Njiru, shall be shown and discussed. RELATED:Learning-by-Doing Experience Charts My Career Path The initiative of ComMattersKenya and ArtMatters.Info in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, LKSff deals with all sorts of short moving images: Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Commercials, Animations, Experimentals, Avant-Garde, Documentaries, Music Videos, and Fictions. The crew and cast of the film in focus usually attend the meeting and field questions from players in the movie sector. 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. RELATED:Viber Offers Users Full End-to-End Encryption and ‘Hidden Chats’ A training ground for Moviemakers; Event Programmers and Presenters; Public Speakers and Discussion Moderators; Journalists and Critics; Promoters and Marketers; and Resource-Mobilisers, LKSff is often one of the first–and perhaps the only–place where new films can be seen and young talent spotted. LKSff is a networking platform for practitioners who are committed to the development of the 7th Art–Movies–into an industry in eastern Africa. Each monthly meeting shows and critiques motion pictures, encourages filmmakers and explores ways of integrating movie-production with other socio-cultural and economic sectors in order to come up with a veritable creative industry. RELATED:The Role of the Movie-maker in Contemporary Society LKSff is one of the five projects of the Lola Kenya Screen (LKS) arts and media fesival, skills-development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa. LKSff, that has been running every month since 2005, is so far the most consistent and longest running movie platform on …

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My Life-Changing Internship

Sharon Onyango records proceedings during monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum in Nairobi, Kenya

By Sharon Atieno Onyango As I leave Lola Kenya Screen three months after doing my pre-internship placement interview, I can proudly say that my experience in this skills-development movie organization for children and youth in eastern Africa is not just life-changing but also non-forgettable. RELATED:Practical Experience Enriches My Theoretical Learning Though I am an undergraduate student of film and media studies, the organisation strategically positioned me in the cultural journalism department. As a cultural journalist and critic, I was required to write creative, critical and analytical articles. It was also my duty to report on various outdoor events. I also ventured into public relations, event planning, camera operation, and video capturing and editing. At the end of three months I can positively say I have become a better person who can write all types of articles, conduct interviews and analyse situations. I have learnt to work under pressure, on the understanding that things are not always as they first appear. RELATED: How to Secure That Internship in Media & Information! Being a student of film and media studies, I had thought I would be confined to covering film and film-related areas; little did I know that I would be exposed to other areas in media, information, journalism and communication which I had no knowledge of. I have attended, reported on and networked with people at both local and international events: The BBC Global Questions debate series on What Equality Means for African Women; Broadcast, Film and Music Africa conference and exhibition; Sudanese Vision Art exhibition and artist talk; the monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum. RELATED: My Graduation from Technical to Creative Producer My articles have been published on both and besides operating the camera at various outdoor events. I found the working time very flexible as I …

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Lola Kenya Screen Inspires Me into pursuing Public Relations Career

Leah Loreni, left, with ArtMatters.Info writer Daisy Nandeche Okoti during the 88th Lola Kenya Screen film forum at Goethe-Institut on 27.07.15

By Leah Amani Loreni When I joined Lola Kenya Screen in April 2015 as a Public Relations Intern having studied Journalism/Mass Communication, I almost lost hope as it appeared like I was taking rather long in mastering the craft of writing proposals, having taken only a single unit in PR in college. However, through guidance from my supervisor, I managed to learn how to write not just proposals but also persuasive communication in general. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen Equipped Me with Skills in Cultural Journalism, Arts Criticism and Event Management During my four-month internship programme that ended on August 4, 2015 I had managed to draft five proposals on the various programmes–School Outreach, Community Mobile Cinema, Film Forum, Skills-Development, Movie Festival–that Lola Kenya Screen undertakes throughout the year. I also participated in the planning of the monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum, in previewing the films to be screened and discussed and also served as a Public Relations Assistant during the events over the entire period of my internship. RELATED: Twelve-Year Old Turns Ordinary Stories into Films! This internship enabled me to not just discover my strengths but also my weaknesses as well: I gained new knowledge and skills; I got new insights and also the motivation to pursue a career in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Lola Kenya Screen offers 8-16-week internship to final year university students in Media and Information Literacy, Creative writing, Cultural Journalism, Critical Appreciation of Creativity, Event Planning and Presentation, Movie Production, Graphic Design and Website Development.Eligible are students of Media, Information, Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, TV/Video Production, Visual Communication, Advertising, Literature and related areas. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen’s Cinematography Workshop Introduces Me to Culture, Ornithology, Botany and Environmental Conservation

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