Posts Tagged "digital. Watershed"

African Interactive: the Moving Image

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in 2012 Programme

African Interactive: the Moving Image

Friday 9th November, 2 – 4 pm in Bristol, and 5 – 7 pm Nairobi. A discussion on how Digital can expand the audience for the African moving image. Free. Why not reserve your place at Watershed? Otherwise you’ll need to pick up a free ticket from the box office on the day (space is limited). STOP PRESS. If you can’t attend at Watershed or the iHub, why not follow the event via google plus and Twitter? Go to Tim Kindberg’s google plus page for a live video of the proceedings (and a recording afterwards). We’ll be tweeting with hashtag #africani. Add your voice! Following on from the recent discussion at Encounters, Afrika eye is looking deeper into the question of how Digital can help expand the audience for the African moving image. We are holding a panel discussion simultaneously – both at Bristol’s Watershed and Nairobi’s iHub – live-linked by video. The Bristol panellists are Afrika Eye’s Simon Bright, director of Mugabe, and Andrew Mugoya, founder of Afriapps.com. In Nairobi will be Wanuri Kahiu, director of Pumzi, John Mwangi, owner of Zenj Multimedia Communications, Bob Nyanja, director of The Rugged Priest. Additionally, David Tosh Gitonga, director of Nairobi Half Life, will join us from Los Angeles. See below for further information about the panellists. Panellists and audience will debate where Digital will take the African moving image, and how African digital practices will affect the rest of the world. Differences between the Kenyan scene and other parts of the continent will be discussed. The goal is to look at some of the leading figures and the digital and cultural context they work in, including film creation, distribution and viewing. Ultimately we aim to foster collaborations that will bring more African moving images to viewers inside and outside the continent. This event is organised and moderated by Tim Kindberg of africaninteractive.org in Bristol, and The Creativez in Nairobi. The African Interactive discussion precedes the opening film of the Afrika Eye Film Festival, La Pirogue at 8.30 pm. Panellists Producer Simon Bright (Bristol panel) is a director of Afrika Eye. He and co-director Ingrid Sinclair lived and worked in Harare, Zimbabwe, where they founded Zimmedia Film and Video production company and were founder members of the Southern African Film Festival. Last year Afrika Eye screened the European premiere of Simon’s new major documentary, Robert Mugabe… what happened?, which went on to be nominated for best documentary at the South African Film and Television awards. In the months to come, he’ll be on the lookout for the latest and greatest productions from the bottom of the world.       David Tosh Gitonga (Nairobi panel) popularly known as Tosh was born in a small town named Nanyuki in the East of Kenya on 20th Sep 1981. He studied Marketing and ended up in a Production Studio Baraka Studios for his internship. Here he was introduced to the world of Film as he did his first feature film Dangerous Affairs as a production assistant making coffee and photocopying scripts. He wasn’t bothered since he was only there for his internship but the film bug caught him and before he knew it he was doing more productions  Babus Babies 2003 and going up the ladder into the Directors department. He dealt with extras in the German Film Die Weise Maasai (The White Maasai) 2005. Tosh continued to work on several other productions as an assistant director,  Africa mon Amor 2006, Malooned 2007, Garden of Eden 2007, First Grader 2009 and finally in 2010 he enrolled in the One Fine day Master class where he  was selected to direct his first feature film Nairobi Half Life under the supervision of Tom Tykwer.     In 2008, Wanuri Kahiu (Nairobi panel) completed her first feature film From A Whisper based on the real life events surrounding the August 7, twin bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.  The film won 5 awards at the Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. The film went on to win awards including, the Golden...

Read More