We recently received word that our film, “Mr. Gele” has been selected to be an Official Selection in the West African Film Festival which is taking place in the very city we shot in, Houston, Texas back in July of 2016. It is also the home of Mr. Segun Gele and his family and we are beyond thrilled that the documentary can finally be viewed by his entire family and a plethora of his friends as well as clients in the Houston area. Hopefully, we will also be able to have some of his clients that were featured in the documentary to make an appearance. Fingers crossed!
Continue to watch this space for more information!
Since I returned from New York, its been really crazy. Shortly after NYAFF25, we got news that Mr. Gele got accepted into the 2nd Annual CineOdyssey Film Festival located in Charlotte, NC!!
The festival took place from July 12th - July 15th and I was able to be in attendance. Since my little ones were still on their summer vacation, I took the opportunity to take a drive down to Charlotte from Atlanta, GA which is about a 4 hour drive. We spent a day with family for a day and then I headed downtown the very next day to prepare for the "Mr. Gele" screening taking place later that evening. I had enough time to sneak in to place all my "Gele" fliers at the venue before anyone got there. Yes, I have great marketing skills I never knew I had :-)
A few hours later, I returned in my traditional Nigerian outfit ( designed by Bridget John ) adorned with a pink colored turban scarf accompanied with a large chocolate brown fascinator courtesy of Segun Gele himself. You should have seen me walking down Tyron street. A police officer stopped, paid me a compliment on my outfit and asked what the occasion was. Ha!
The screening went well and a Q & A ensued shortly after with the festival's programmer - Mr. Tre Smith who was such a great and gracious host. Thank you Tre! I also got interviewed on the red carpet as well. I had the pleasure of meeting multiple award winner, Christine Swanson (Come Share My Love, The Miki Howard Story, All About You, just to name a few) who was in attendance to screen her film BlacKorea. And a very special THANK YOU to my dear filmmaker sister girlfriend, Tomeka Winborne who came out to support me. Her film, AGED OUT screened on Saturday, July 14th and I got to support her as well. We women filmmakers have to be there for each other, you know!
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