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An African girl once made a TV show. Then another. And after making her first cinematic short film, her eyes were filled with stars... Hollywood stars! But how do we get there? And most importantly, what is YOUR hollywood? As you join her journey, she shares what not to do, how to do what you should be doing and how like a phoenix, to keep rising up from the ashes of defeat, over and over and over again. To succeed in this indie-storyteller life, you need THE WRITE STUFF! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yolanda27/support

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An African girl once made a TV show. Then another. And after making her first cinematic short film, her eyes were filled with stars... Hollywood stars! But how do we get there? And most importantly, what is YOUR hollywood? As you join her journey, she shares what not to do, how to do what you should be doing and how like a phoenix, to keep rising up from the ashes of defeat, over and over and over again. To succeed in this indie-storyteller life, you need THE WRITE STUFF! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yolanda27/support

    African Film Extraction Contractions...

    African Film Extraction Contractions...

    We're back! 

    And in this first episode of the new year, we speak to award-wining filmmaker, visionary and self-taught, self-promoted film educator Amil Shivji. I met Amil in New York as part of our Africa First win many years ago and at some point in our trip, we were 2 starry-eyed Africans, stuck in a Halloween Parade in the middle of Greenwich Village, listening to Swedish House Mafia amazed at how many people don't mind walking around half naked in freezing weather, just to celebrate Halloween! We have both grown since then and we speak about the idea of African cinema; What is it? Does anyone even know...? We discuss how the process of cinema can be so extractive, contracting the overall experience and how we can make it more collaborative as Africans. There are on set stories stories about disrupting communities, ginger tea and ostentatious African weddings and having a proud and solid African identity.

    Amil's new period love story, Vuta N'Kuvute or Tug of War is set to be release in the last half of 2021!

    https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/financing/projects/grants/tug-of-war



    Links to some of Amil's work can be found below:

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5065217/

    https://www.kijiweniproductions.com/films

    And on KWELI TV!






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    • 28 min
    Pitching Platforms

    Pitching Platforms

    This week I speak to producer, storyteller and businesswoman Deshuna Spencer! Deshuna is the brains and brawn behind Kweli TV, a streaming platform which celebrates global black culture through curated, undiscovered and award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series, children’s programming and events. If you were once told that you can't make money from short films, well clearly you haven't found the right platform as yet and for me, Kweli TV has been it!

    We talk about failing and pivoting,  biblical "Job" moments, paralysed dogs, long awaited breakthroughs and one day building a "Disney" one curated film at a time.

    Check out KweliTv and subscribe!

    https://www.kweli.tv

    More about Deshuna in the articles below:

    https://www.theringer.com/2020/11/19/21575015/kwelitv-founder-deshuna-spencer-on-creating-a-home-for-black-content-and-running-a-streaming-service

    https://medium.com/authority-magazine/deshuna-spencer-of-kwelitv-optimal-performance-before-high-pressure-moments-how-to-relieve-cc25fe63e4b5






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    • 27 min
    Ego Decks, Ancestors and the Ark of the Covenant

    Ego Decks, Ancestors and the Ark of the Covenant

    This week I speak to award winning filmmaker and a multi-degree earner, Sihle Hlophe .  Sihle has written and directed two short films that have been screened at over 30 international film festivals. She is an alumni of the IDFAcademy (the Netherlands), the North-South-South Student Exchange Program (Finland) and the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Story Lab (Canada).  She is also the producer/director of a feature length documentary, Lobola, A Bride’s True Price. Sihle has worked as a scriptwriter and story-liner for episodic drama series on SABC, eTV and DSTV. 

    Amongst some very serious things, like making films that matter, Sihle and I talk about out-of-body experiences that lead you down a rabbit hole, the ark of the covenant being in Africa, Southern Africa to be specific, and why everybody is supposed to give you a chance after your first successful short film, I mean hello...! 

    Links to some of the works mentioned are below:

    Nomfundo Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePr-iiLv22Q

    Follow the development of Lobola: a bride's True Price on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/lobola_brideprice_documentary/

    Work Readiness for emerging filmmakers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF-wmittq6s






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    • 30 min
    Artists and Auteurs

    Artists and Auteurs

    This week, we speak to award winning artist and commercials director, Nare Mokgotho. Nare has won major awards for both his fine art work and his leap into the world of film rewarded his bravery with 2 Cannes Lions Gold-Screen awards for his very first 2 ads - Ever! How is that?! Some think he has a charmed life. Others think he's lucky. I think he is just a regular (very talented) oke with a lot of curiosity in his pocket! In this episode we speak about what happens after success, the imposter syndrome and the hope that is creating a work of art. See some of Nare's award winning work below!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVJN9HvUCUA&feature=emb_title

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUTtSELY0b0&feature=emb_title

    https://foundwork.art/guest-curators/madeyoulook


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    • 29 min
    Soccer Strategies & Netflix Negotiations

    Soccer Strategies & Netflix Negotiations

    This week we speak to award winning cinematographer Motheo Moeng. His work ranges from commercials to music videos to award winning feature films and of course, Africa's first Netflix original. We first met Motheo on our film set for Hair That Moves and he would be such a supportive collaborator and visionary. In this frank interview, he tells us about his first big break, how playing professional soccer helped him navigate his approach to a sustainable film career and how on earth he got Christian Epps - the gaffer on Beyonce's Black is King and Ava DuVernay's Selma to work with him!

    The trailers to some of the work mentioned:

    Skyf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXiCZKqomx4

    Thina Sobabili: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv0y8n0Pu0E

    Catching Feelings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BagGDvbVK9A

    Queen Sono: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zgxDFEifyI&list=PLRNUgRphSKZsirT_duz7e05KseCKyVZgh


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    • 29 min
    Redcards and Roadblocks

    Redcards and Roadblocks

    In our first interview, we chat to a young man who became the unlikely face of our very first TV Show!

    Mthunzi Ntoyi is a South African rising star who has appeared in a number of television series including Khululeka, Sokhulu & Partners, Home Affairs and The Lab. When we first met Mthunzi as he auditioned for our show, we thought, could this be "Joe"?  The stars aligned and yep, it was! His time working on this TV show with us, was as much training for him as it was for us. Having trained at AFDA, Mthunzi is also a musician and stand-up comedian. In 2016 Mthunzi began co-hosting the daytime comedic adventure game show for children "Disney Cookabout" - the first collaboration between The Walt Disney Company Africa and SABC of a long-form series in South Africa. 

    In this interview, he shares his journey as an artist, his struggle with fame and early success as well as what has given longevity to his career. He also shares with us, what is his Hollywood...

    The two cooking shows mentioned:

    Meet Joe Food: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg_sYT6F5a8

    Disney Cookout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoSkmtpSsEQ






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    • 26 min

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