[Videonews] New Release: WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD

Ryan Krivoshey (rkrivoshey@cinemaguild.com)
Tue, 13 Nov 2007 11:52:57 -0500

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The Cinema Guild is pleased to announce the release of WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD,
a fascinating documentary on the world's third largest producer of feature
films - Nigeria.


"Relentlessly entertaining and informative! Docu is a must for cinema
classrooms and fests and a hoot for curious auds on TV and beyond.. One
exits the theater wondering how such a massive phenomenon could have gone
largely undocumented until now - and grateful that Vassar film prof Meltzer
opted to take a closer look." - Variety


Welcome to Nollywood

After the U.S. and India, the world's third largest producer of feature
films is Nigeria. Barely a decade old and already generating over $286
million for the Nigerian economy, Welcome to Nollywood explores this
burgeoning industry, from its unique challenges to its diverse array of
films that both mirror and comment upon the social issues of the continent.


As countries across Europe and Asia continue to grapple with the influence
of American movies, the Nigerian film industry has been quietly undergoing
an unprecedented boom. "Nollywood," as its come to be known, is the most
popular cinema in all of West Africa, more popular even than Hollywood or
Bollywood films. This dramatic growth can be attributed as much to the
Afro-centric storylines and themes, as to the easy availability and
affordability of new technology. All Nollywood films are shot on digital
video, completed within several days, and immediately distributed to
consumers. They are sold at markets and bazaars for a few dollars each. The
sheer volume of production is staggering: one estimate has a film being
produced for each day of the year.


Welcome to Nollywood offers a fascinating look inside this newly emerging
industry. The documentary follows three of the country's hottest directors
as they shoot their films about love, conflict, and the supernatural -
including an epic war film about Liberia and Sierra Leone - while
incorporating interviews with scholars, actors, and journalists who
celebrate Nollywood as a whole, its unique character and genres, as well as
its impact on the culture of West Africa and Africans at home and abroad.


Directed by Jamie Meltzer

2007, 57 Minutes

Purchase: $295 Rental: $85


* Official Selection, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2007

* Official Selection, Avignon Film Festival, 2007

* Official Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival, 2007


"Roger Corman would swoon at the DIY antics employed by Nigerian
moviemakers.. Director Jamie Meltzer paints an astounding backdrop -
cardboard plots, three-day shoots, failing generators - then follows 'Mr.
Prolific' Chico Ejiro as he mounts his most daring production to date, a
re-creation of the Liberian civil war that threatens to bankrupt him." -
Time Out New York


For More Information:

http://cinemaguild.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD
<http://cinemaguild.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TCGS&Product
_Code=2277> &Store_Code=TCGS&Product_Code=2277





PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS:

Ryan Krivoshey

The Cinema Guild

115 West 30th Street, Ste. 800

New York, NY 10001

Tel: (212) 685-6242

Fax: (212) 685-4717

Web: www.cinemaguild.com


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<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>The Cinema
Guild is pleased to announce the release of WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD, a =
fascinating
documentary on the world&#8217;s third largest producer of feature films =
&#8211;
Nigeria.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>=

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'>&#8220;<b>Rele=
ntlessly
entertaining and informative!</b> Docu is a must for cinema classrooms =
and
fests and a hoot for curious auds on TV and beyond&#8230;. One exits the
theater wondering how such a massive phenomenon could have gone largely
undocumented until now - and grateful that Vassar film prof Meltzer =
opted to
take a closer look.&#8221; &#8211;<i> Variety</i><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>=

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-size:26.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Welcome
to Nollywood<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>After the
U.S. and India, the world&#8217;s third largest producer of feature =
films is
Nigeria. Barely a decade old and already generating over $286 million =
for the
Nigerian economy, <i>Welcome to Nollywood</i> explores this burgeoning
industry, from its unique challenges to its diverse array of films that =
both
mirror and comment upon the social issues of the continent. =
<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>=

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>As
countries across Europe and Asia continue to grapple with the influence =
of
American movies, the Nigerian film industry has been quietly undergoing =
an
unprecedented boom. &#8220;Nollywood,&#8221; as its come to be known, is =
the
most popular cinema in all of West Africa, more popular even than =
Hollywood or
Bollywood films. This dramatic growth can be attributed as much to the
Afro-centric storylines and themes, as to the easy availability and
affordability of new technology. All Nollywood films are shot on digital =
video,
completed within several days, and immediately distributed to consumers. =
They
are sold at markets and bazaars for a few dollars each. The sheer volume =
of
production is staggering: one estimate has a film being produced for =
each day
of the year. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>=

<p class=3DMsoNormal><i><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Welcome
to Nollywood</span></i><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'> offers
a fascinating look inside this newly emerging industry. The documentary =
follows
three of the country&#8217;s hottest directors as they shoot their films =
about
love, conflict, and the supernatural &#8211; including an epic war film =
about
Liberia and Sierra Leone &#8211; while incorporating interviews with =
scholars,
actors, and journalists who celebrate Nollywood as a whole, its unique =
character
and genres, as well as its impact on the culture of West Africa and =
Africans at
home and abroad. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>=

<p class=3DMsoNormal><b><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Directed
by Jamie Meltzer<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><b><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>2007, 57
Minutes<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><b><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Purchase:
$295 Rental: $85<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>=

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>* Official
Selection, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, =
2007<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>* Official
Selection, Avignon Film Festival, 2007<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>* Official
Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival, =
2007<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>=

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>&nbsp;&#8220;Roger
Corman would swoon at the DIY antics employed by Nigerian =
moviemakers&#8230;.
Director Jamie Meltzer paints an astounding backdrop &#8211; cardboard =
plots,
three-day shoots, failing generators &#8211; then follows &#8216;Mr.
Prolific&#8217; Chico Ejiro as he mounts his most daring production to =
date, a
re-creation of the Liberian civil war that threatens to bankrupt =
him.&#8221;
&#8211; <i>Time Out New York</i><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal>For More Information:<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><a
href=3D"http://cinemaguild.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=3DPROD&amp;Store_C=
ode=3DTCGS&amp;Product_Code=3D2277">http://cinemaguild.com/mm5/merchant.m=
vc?Screen=3DPROD&amp;Store_Code=3DTCGS&amp;Product_Code=3D2277</a><o:p></=
o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;color:teal'>PLEASE =
NOTE OUR
NEW ADDRESS:<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><ns0:PersonName>Ryan
Krivoshey</ns0:PersonName> <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'>The Cinema Guild =
<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><ns0:Street><ns0:address>115
West 30th Street, Ste. =
800</ns0:address></ns0:Street><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><ns0:place><ns0:City>New York</ns0:City>,
<ns0:State>NY</ns0:State> =
<ns0:PostalCode>10001</ns0:PostalCode></ns0:place><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'>Tel: (212) =
685-6242 <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'>Fax: (212) =
685-4717 <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'>Web: =
www.cinemaguild.com</span><span
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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