Harlem Film House Partners With KoolKidz TV To Launch It’s First Film Department in Guinea
A first-of-its-kind film program plants the seed for a new generation of Guinean filmmakers
NEW YORK — May 4, 2021 — The Harlem Film House, along with KoolKidz Television and Publishing, is launching the first film and media program at the University of General Lansana Conte Sonfonia in Conakry, and within the NGO, Bouche d’Air in Dubreka, in Guinea, West Africa. Qualified students will receive international exposure and learn essential skills to build a business and establish a Guinea film economy.
Taught through micro-budget workshops, aspiring filmmakers will learn to use provided tools and equipment to shoot and produce professional narratives, documentary storytelling, and promotional marketing content. During the program, students can use their skills to support the local economy, using cross-cultural filming techniques to create promotional videos for local businesses, tourism, and events.
Guinea does not have an existing film industry for entrepreneurial filmmakers, creating a void for unique Guinea stories. West African cinema is rooted in the tradition of European representation of Africans and their cultures. In 1934, Governor Pierre Laval issued a decree requiring filmmakers to receive French government approval prior to filming in the colonies, banning Africans from making culrurally relevant films, an impact still visible today.
“Our training platform for young, creative professionals from indigenous communities teaches filmmaking and business management through an industry lens,” said Rich Mckeown, Film Program Director and Owner of KoolKidz Television and Publishing. “We provide the tools for aspiring creators to develop their storytelling skills and business ideas, to establish their own microenterprises.”
One of the goals of this program is to have the launch team come for four separate workshop dates, to increase the likelihood of impacting and jump starting a Guinea film industry and creating a strong film department. The functional introductory filmmaking course lays out a roadmap for students to become indie filmmakers. Participants will learn the American “run and gun” and “guerilla” styles of shooting video from pre production to post production.
“This is a unique opportunity to establish a film economy in Guinea, while supporting film entrepreneurship in Guinea,” said CR Capers, Founder of Harlem Film House and the Hip Hop Film Festival. “For those participants who show promise, our flagship program, The Hip Hop Film Festival will be a conduit for their work to gain awareness, press, and funding.”
Films submitted to the festival circuit have the potential for international exposure and possible distribution or broadcast deals. Filmmakers also have the option of placing content on Harlem Film House’s streaming service 247films.tv, a unique network for stories from the culture. KoolKidz Television and Publishing also offers qualifying filmmakers marketing and distribution mentoring.
About Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House, a 501(c) (3) corporation, produces film and music festivals, operates year-round workshops, theatre productions and live events, while also offering business consulting to filmmakers and content creators in underserved communities around the world. The Harlem Film House creates an economic ecosystem by providing filmmakers services and resources to ensure longevity in careers in film, theatre and related entrepreneurial pursuits. More info at HarlemHouseFilm.org.
About KoolKidz Television and Publishing
KoolKidz Television & Publishing, LLC. Established in 2005, KoolKidz has garnered over 300 Film Festival selections and awards worldwide. Their afrocentric children’s content has been featured on the Education Channel in Tampa, Florida, PWCSTV on Verizon FiOS channel 36, as well as the East Africa Television’s Kids Time Program and are available in libraries throughout the United States and Canada. In 2013 KoolKidz embarked on producing award winning documentaries that have been broadcast on REVOLT TV, the URBAN MOVIE CHANNEL, and screened throughout the country, in various colleges, universities and museums.
About the Hip Hop Film Festival
Out of over 5,000 festivals in the world, the Hip-Hop Film Festival is the only one to focus on writers, directors and producers who grew up in the global culture of Hip Hop. The festival hosts over 200 filmmakers from the United States, France, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the UK, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya, India, Japan, Portugal, Argentina and more. The Hip Hop Film Festival features stories from a variety of genres, including mystery, sci-fi, horror, action and romance. It is also the only film festival that shares profits directly with participating filmmakers. HipHopFilmFestival.org
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