I am pleased to announce that "Mr. Gele" has been picked up by the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) as an Official Selection! The 42nd CIFF, yes, 42nd ( meaning they've been in this festival game for a while) takes place April 4th - April 15th at the Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. A total of 253 short films were selected to represent 72 countries and I cannot deny the excitement I feel to know that Mr. Gele is one of them. I am deeply moved and just beyond thrilled to experience this. My goal with this film was to reach a wider audience, an audience who may have not even had the opportunity to see a film like this. I have been to so many festivals, seen so many films and find that African stories ( or stories about Africans ) are mostly showcased in a negative light. But I am so glad that for a moment, audience members ( who are not familiar with African culture) can see a film filled with positivity and inspiration. Thank you so much to CIFF42 for this amazing honor.
Click on the flyer below for the program lineup on the CIFF42 website.