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Discover the new modes of production that are being explored in Nigerian cinema.
Discover the new modes of production that are being explored in Nigerian cinema. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013) has been touted as the most expensive Nigerian film in the history of Nollywood, and funded almost entirely by Nigerian investors. Using this backdrop, the panel we will discuss Nigerian cinema - past, present, and future - on the verge of a narrative shift.
- Aboubakar Sanogo
Assistant Professor, Cinema, Carleton University (MODERATOR)
Aboubakar Sanogo is an Assistant Professor in Film Studies at Carleton University. His research interests include African cinema, documentary, world cinema, colonial cinema, and the relationship between film form, history and theory. He is also a film curator, and has curated programs at the Smithsonian Institution and the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou. Professor Sanogo is currently the North American delegate of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) in charge of promoting the visibility of African cinema in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
- Biyi Bandele
- Biyi Bandele was born in Kafanchan, Northern Nigeria. He studied drama at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife. His plays have been produced by the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Half of a Yellow Sun (13) is his feature directorial debut.
- Andrea Calderwood
Producer, Half of a Yellow Sun
Andrea began her career in freelance production in Scotland, producing documentaries, short dramas and music videos with independent company Crash Films, before being appointed Head of Drama at BBC Scotland in 1994. At the BBC, she commissioned several hit TV series and mini-series, as well as the feature films Small Faces and the Oscar-nominated Mrs. Brown. She then joined Pathé Pictures as their Head of Production, executive producing eight feature films including Oliver Parker's An Ideal Husband, Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher and The Claim. Through her own production company, Slate Films, Andrea Calderwood's producer credits include Mike Figgis' experimental digital film Hotel (2001); Shane Meadows' Once Upon a Time in the Midlands; and Kevin Macdonald's The Last Kind of Scotland, to name a few. Calderwood is currently producing A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts.
- Kisha Cameron-Dingle
Executive Director, Africa First and Producer, Completion Films
Kisha Cameron Dingle runs the production company Completion Films, which has a first-look deal with Focus Features. Kisha uses her knowledge, passion and relationships in the world of African cinema to bring in and produce films with some of Africa's most promising young filmmakers. Kisha is also the Executive Director of the Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program, which was conceived to be a unique initiative with funds earmarked specifically for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence. Previously, she served as Associate Producer on Sometimes in April, the HBO film based on true events surrounding the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; and on Spike Lee's controversial film, Bamboozled. She also has an extensive background in studio development, having been an executive at New Line Cinema and Walden Media.