The Mr. Gele Film Poster is HERE!

So after months of conceptualizing, designing, re-doing and fine-tuning, we now have a finished poster. I would like to thank the lovely Ms Timi Majek of Skratchaus for bringing my idea to life. 

I met Timi through a mutual friend at a Thanksgiving party. As we began to have more conversations with each other, I learnt that she was a graphic designer. So as soon as I needed a film poster for my film, I approached her about creating one for me and she was fully on board. At first, I did not have a clear vision of what I wanted specifically on the poster but knew that it had to bright, colorful and unforgettable. After searching the Internet for every single documentary-style movie poster I could find for inspiration and wearing myself out, I finally decided to just settle on a simple, unique, striking and colorful concept. Since the film is centered around Segun's craftsmanship of tying the gele, why not include different patterns of gele fabric? But how do we display all these patterns on a poster? And this is how we came up with the idea to incorporate all the beautiful gele fabric patterns within a side profile of Segun. I liked the light golden color text because it's soft enough to allow the patterned gele image to stand out and the emerald green text was selected to incorporate the documentary subjects favorite color.  Everything came together nicely and I am very happy with the end product. Thanks to Segun for taking the time and obliging us by sending all kinds of side profile photos that we asked for. Once he had someone take a photo of him at the airport while waiting on a flight ( smiles ). He is quite the busy man!!

Fun Fact: Timi and I combined a collection of geles that we had in our own closets to make this happen. I took photographs of about 10-15 individual gele pieces which were all spread out in my home office ( this process was fun). I sent all images over to Timi and she did her magic. A few days later, we had this masterpiece shown below. 

A curious designer and paper lover, Timi is the owner of SkractHaus Studios located in Atlanta, GA

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Submission time!!!

As promised in the previous post, here are the top 10 film festivals on our radar (in no particular order):

1. *Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles, California)

2. *Sundance Film Festival ( Park City, Utah )

3.  Bronze Film Festival (Atlanta, Georgia) 

4.  *South by Southwest (Austin, Texas)

5.  *Atlanta Film Festival (Atlanta, Georgia) 

6.  Raindance Film Festival (London, UK)

7.  Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)

8.  Africa International Film Festival (Lagos, Nigeria)

9.  DOC NY (New York, New York)

10. Atlanta Docufest (Atlanta, Georgia) 

*Already submitted

We definitely have more on our wish list but we have to be strategic when submitting to film festivals as this  can become very expensive venture. It is definitely going to be an adventure waiting on the responses from each festival as time goes on and best believe we will keep you posted on the acceptances as well as the rejections (these are sometimes unavoidable). After all, it is a journey and we want you (reading this) to be a part of this adventurous ride. Stay Tuned. 

Thanks for reading!

Gee!

P.S: If you have any film festival suggestions for us, please send us a note and we will be sure to add it to our wish list :-)

Trailer...now released to the universe!!

When the editor told me these words "And here is your final trailer edit", I was over the moon. As a typical producer would do, I watched it at least 10-15 times to ensure it was perfect! It was! Shock was the next feeling and then excitement. I caught myself saying, " You mean, it is finished, it is really really finished." The feeling was quite indescribable. The next step was to release it for the world to see but yet, I held on. Why? I couldn't tell you.  I think in my deepest subconscious I managed to convince myself that it was still not perfect! In the end, I was forced to get out of my head when I heard someone say during a Creative Live Class ( They offer great educational content for creatives. Check them out!!!) ..."Don't wait till your product is perfect...release it and just get into the game." And that I did...and it feels so good. So to all my fellow creatives out there, GET OUT of your heads and your WAY...and just RELEASE those "precious babies" because the universe is waiting!

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Gee

 

It's been a long journey....but we are here!

This whole idea started in 2013 and 4 years later it has become a reality! Making a film no matter the length.. short or feature is difficult. First you get the idea, then the doubts, the questioning, the stopping, the darkness, the light and then the darkness, the tears, the frustration, the sweat, the lack of sleep, the planning and more planning, the spending, the losing, the lost friendships, the new friendships....need I go on. Despite all the trials and tribulations, it has been a joy to be the vessel used to bring this passion project to life. 

It all started on July 29th, 2016 and editing locked on September 2nd, 2017. My entire team: Akin Okunrinboye (Director of Photography), Associate Producer (Imani Warren) and Mimi Wilcox (Editor) completely rocks! I have been blessed to have such an awesome team of talented individuals! THANK YOU GUYS!!

Next FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS! Yes, I spent a lot of time the past couple of months composing my TOP TEN festivals that I would like to submit to and I will share those in my next post. 

Continue to watch this space as I take you on our journey from film completion to film festivals submissions. And of course, I cannot forget FUNDRAISING! Oh yeah..my absolutely favorite subject.......NOT :-) But I am determined to crack that tough nut and make it through just like every FILMMAKER has to. Funds raised will be applied towards PR & Marketing, travel , film festival fees and distribution. We also have our eye on T.V too!  

Thanks for reading!!!

Gee