THE BEAUTIFUL ONES ARE ALL MAD

THE PROJECT

TBOAAM is a feature length film set in a Mental rehab ward in an Austin Hospital. It is a multi-ethnic, multi-dimensional and multi-genre’d look into the world of mental health as it relates to young people. It is a fast-paced, psychological drama set amongst the popular landmarks of Austin, Texas. This character driven story follows a culturally diverse cast of scarred individuals whose lives have become intertwined through a series of co-dependent relationships. With a raw intensity reminiscent of Dev Patel in the box-office hit, Slumdog Millionaire, the feature TBOAAM will often have you on the edge of your seat as two seemingly lost souls go on a romantic, whimsical yet real and fully gritty journey only to end up where they first discovered each other, alone and empty

Over the course of three days, the concept trailer (Featured Video) above was put together with a crew of only four (The two featured actors, a cinematographer, and a production assistant) on a very minimal budget. Given the resources we had, and what we were able to achieve, it should come as no surprise that with your generous donations, we can truly make an epic film that you can be proud of.

Your donations are going towards the following:

Production Costs: Equipment rental, Set/Location fees, Cast and crew pay, meals, Housing, and accommodation, costuming, Set design, Props, and other shooting expenses.

Post-production: Picture editing, color grading/correction, sound mixing and music/score composition.

Marketing: Project promotion and advertisement, audience engagement, social media campaigns.

Festival Fees: Submission fees for global festivals, in order to reach a much wider audience.

Regardless of the contribution, your donation would be an asset to our production team.

WRITER/DIRECTOR

Uche Aguh as Kunle

Uche is a Nigerian-American filmmaker who is most passionate about telling stories about the human experience. With each story, he seeks to transcend the audience into a distant world, through which they can also examine, their issues. With this particular story, the characters and their behaviours are not vindicated, justified, or validated. Simply, they are allowed to live in their mess and complexity, in hopes the audience, will engage and participate in active dialogue and conversation.

THE CAST 

Rizelle Januk as Dr. Lolita Madhumatti

Rizelle is an actress who has a deep connection with this particular story and project. In 2016 she came on board to  play the role of Lola. With the inception of this character, Rizelle has found within herself a personal journey and growth that will not only strengthen that of Lola, but also herself in the future. She is most delighted to serve this character in all of her beauty as well as her madness.

The Cast also includes the following:

Silvia Mathis Manning as Miriam

Barry Piacente as Dr. Madison

Peter Mayer as Bradley

Sauman Badiei as Anwar

 

THE CREW

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Dennis Schmitz is an inspiring and talented cinematographer who plays an integral part in the production and post-production of all 55media Films. As a meticulous director of photography, he pays special attention to the minute details that most would oversee.  His eye for specificity is most incomparable to many others all over the globe. Truly, an incredible and dedicated artist.

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AMERICANAH

**Disclaimer** (This is not meant to be a real film)

This is merely a series of scenes chosen from the brilliant book, Americanah which was written by the incomparable Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. These scenes are a part of a concept package/pitch for the producers behind the screen adaptation of this book.

Scenes:
1: Lagos, Nigeria ~1995- Ifemelu and Obinze meet at a school party in Lagos. They fall madly in love immediately afterwards.

2. Princeton, New Jersey ~2009- After many years of living in America, Ifemelu finds herself unsettled in her new life and in her relationship with the college professor, Blaine. She must find a way to resolve this issue.

3. Lagos, Nigeria ~ 2010- Now back in Lagos after fifteen or so years apart, Ifemelu and Obinze rekindle their love. But the newness in both their lives, will only prove difficult to their undeniable love.

4. Lagos, Nigeria ~ 2010- Chanced with the rare opportunity of falling back in love with the woman he never fell out of love with, Obinze must take matters into his hands as he plans to move forward with Ifemelu.

These scenes were adapted (written and directed) for screen by Uche Aguh, and produced by 55Media.

Americanah tells the tale of a young love torn apart by the perils of migration and the constant search for greener pastures. It is a deeply moving and profound story that challenges the idea of race, class, nationality, and socio-economic status. For its protagonist, Adichie, has written a marvelous character in Ifemelu- A young girl, brilliant and unapologetic, uprooted from her home in Lagos, Nigeria and transplanted, in North America. Her identity becomes questionable, when she realizes suddenly that she now bears the label of a Black-American.

This concept package is a direct pitch to the producers (Plan B, Lupita Nyong’o, Potboiler) of the feature film currently in development, for consideration in the areas of writing and directing (Uche Aguh) and cinematography (Dennis Schmitz) as well as the featured actors involved in the production.

This concept was shot over a period of seven days, on location in London, on no budget.

Cast:
Isio Esiekpe- Ifemelu
Damola Adelaja- Obinze
Jamila Wingett- Kosi
Uche Aguh- Blaine
Freddie Scobey- Curt
Winston Sarpong- Kayode
Daniel Annoh- Dike (Teenage)
Jinmi Onabolu- Dike (Child)
Fatima Hernandez- Ginika

Cinematography: Dennis Schmitz
Editing: Dennis Schmitz and Uche Aguh
Music arrangement: Uche Aguh
Music composition:
– Toni Braxton: Another love song
– Junior Mafia: Get Money
– Onyeka Owenu: Iyogogo
– Rihanna: Unfaithful
– Nina Simone: Black is the color of my true love
– Chopin- Prelude in E-Minor (op. 28 no.4)

Thanks to cast and crew involved!

[Update]
Media coverage:
The Huffington Post
Bella Naija

I STILL DO

Written, directed and produced by Uche Aguh, “I STILL DO” serves as his directorial debut. The dramatic short film stars Chinwe A Nwokolo and Aguh.

“I STILL DO”, which is set in Lagos, Nigeria follows a young Nigerian politician named Emeka (Aguh) and his wife, Chioma (Nwokolo), in the midst of a political election. Chioma is in her mid thirties, a beautiful woman. Everything about her is pageant-like. But through the dark lens of her eyes, a much different story exists. Emeka, also in his mid thirties, a man full of charisma and charm, poised to be a governor. A miraculous feat, given his age and income. Their marriage in apparent crisis, the couple can no longer hold on to elegant pretense.

In this particular style and theme, “I STILL DO” is inspired by European French, art-house cinema.
Aguh is joined behind the camera by cinematographer, Dennis Schmitz, who made use of small LED lights and modified natural lighting to achieve a picture that is both magnificient and terrifyingly beautiful.

The film was shot in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Sound Director – Alexander Moyerer,
Make up and hair – Tiffany Sanz,
Production designer – Marcus Schumann,
Production Assistant – Davidson Lourenco.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Chinwe A Nwokolo, Uche Aguh, Gael Zigo
Written and Directed by: Uche Aguh
Produced by: Dennis Schmitz, Uche Aguh