New partnership holds promise for Eastern Cape arts sector

A new partnership between the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Mandela Bay Development Agency brings benefits to artists from Port Elizabeth and surrounds.

Artists from Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas are set to walk under a bigger spotlight at this year’s National Arts Festival, the result of an exciting partnership that has been brokered between the Festival and the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), an entity of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM). Central to the partnership is a strategic relationship that will offer increased visibility and capacity-building opportunities for Port Elizabeth artists participating at the Festival. The recently revamped Little Theatre at the Athenaeum will also be one of the beneficiaries of the project, which will consider ways in which Fringe productions visiting the Festival can also present their work at the small intimate venue in the Athenaeum.

The partnership between the Festival and the MBDA will enable fifty musicians from the Port Elizabeth Youth Violin Project a dynamic opportunity of participating in a “Festival Encounter”. The young violinists will be scheduled for a performance at the Festival and be given the opportunity of attending other Festival concerts. They will also attend a workshop led by leading Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Samson Diamond (2010) and other musicians. The workshops will offer guidance on playing techniques and life-skills that are essential for young people who intend to pursue a career in the music sector.

In addition, at least one major arts project from Port Elizabeth will be presented on the Festival’s Main programme. Details about this production will be released when the Festival officially announces its programme in April.

“With so many on-going inspiring cultural developments in the Mandela Bay, this partnership is crucial to profile the creative economies of Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas to a captive audience of passionate art lovers who come via Port Elizabeth to the Festival from all over South Africa and the world. This is a major step towards positioning Port Elizabeth as a mainstream player in the South African arts sector. I’m delighted that the Festival and the MBDA can work together with a shared vision”, the Festival’s Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed said.

“The MBDA is thrilled to be partnering with the National Arts Festival. It marks the culmination of a three year programme of investment in the Arts, through the implementation of Route 67, a public art driven tourism infra-structure project. The Agency is committed to supporting the growth of the creative economy of the Metro, as a tool for urban renewal and place making. Being part of a world class event such as the National Arts Festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the creative talent in Nelson Mandela Bay.” Planning and Development Manager of the Mandela Bay Development Agency, Dorelle Sapere said.

The agreement between the Mandela Bay Development Agency and the National Arts Festival was signed at the Athenaeum in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday 30 January 2013.

The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net.

NEW ROMANTIC COMEDY EXPLORES THE FUNNY SIDE OF LOBOLA

The tricky question of lobola is at the heart of a delightful new comedy releasing in cinemas on 1 March 2013. ‘Fanie Fourie’s Lobola’, a contemporary romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society, looks at what happens when Fanie Fourie (Eduan van Jaarsveld), an Afrikaans guy and Dinky Magubane (Zethu Dlomo) a Zulu girl, fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of the age-old African custom of lobola.

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Although their relationship begins as a bit of a joke to annoy their irritating families, soon Dinky and Fanie find that they are bonded by their feelings for each other, a shared sense of humour and a desire for something more than their parents’ expectations of them. But as they navigate their way through lobola their relationship falls apart.

Negotiating lobola – the process when a man or his family pays a certain amount to the bride’s family in order to obtain the right for the man to marry their daughter – can be a recipe for disaster in even the best of circumstances, which these certainly are not. The film explores how two families who come from entirely different cultural backgrounds can find a way to make the negotiations work.

“In both Afrikaans and Zulu cultures, family comes first,” says producer Kweku Mandela. “Fanie has to go along with a member of his family to negotiate an agreement. Naturally, his relatives have no idea where to begin, so Fanie takes along his khaki-clad uncle and the family’s trusted gardener Petrus. In the tradition of lobola, Petrus has no personal interest in the negotiations and only wants to do the best for Fanie and his future wife.”

Cows and cash are equally prized when it comes to lobola, but many modern families today choose cash simply because of convenience. In the film, Dinky’s father Dumisani – played with much aplomb by the legendary Jerry Mofokeng — demands 30 cows from Fanie for Dinky, with some very funny results, given that he lives in a township and not on a farm.

From Dinky’s point of view, lobola is an outdated custom and she has many conflicting emotions around it. An aspiring businesswoman with a mind of her own, she finds the whole process a little distasteful. But the traditionalist Dumisani insists on it because it is intended to create a bond between the two families – that of the bride and of the groom.

“What makes lobola so important for him is that it is based on mutual respect and dignity, and through the process, the love between the man and woman is expanded to include the immediate and extended families,” says Mandela. “But, like all traditional customs, it is open to abuse and distortion in the modern world and Dumisani himself proves to be a little greedy.”

When the negotiations collapse and Fanie is sent packing, his mother welcomes him back to the fold, telling him that lobola has taught him he is not African. In a heart-rending moment, he responds, “If we’re not African, what are we doing here?” Finally seeing what Dinky means to her son, Louise encourages Fanie to try to win her back.

Filled with humorous but hard-hitting social commentary, ‘Fanie Fourie’s Lobola’ was inspired by the book of the same name, written by Nape à Motana. A Sepedi, he writes the book from an Afrikaner’s perspective, and deals with the subject of inter-racial relationships with humour and candour.

The film is the first from Once Upon a Story, a script development initiative headed by veteran industry leader Paul Raleigh and Janine Eser, which aims to take great South African stories to the big screen and the world. It is directed by Henk Pretorius (‘Bakgat!’, ‘Bakgat! 2’) and is produced by Out of Africa Entertainment, the production company behind ‘Schuks Tshabalala’s Survival to 2010’ and ‘The Bang Bang Club’.

Official website: www.faniefouriemovie.com

TACIT for Lucky Lucy Foundation

TACIT reaches out with hearts, voices and guitar strings for charity.

TACIT is putting their soul-capturing talents together the 16th of February at the Jamrock Theatre in Brackenfell to raise funds for the Luck Lucy Foundation. Freshly back from over international waters the six musicians are
determined to put together a phenomenal one night only show to express their support and help lift the financial burden on this important organization.

TACIT has been dubbed by United Arab Emirates media as the best band in Bahrain, and possibly the UAE. Their music is a collection of passion, creativity and honed skill. It is influenced by various genres ranging from jazz, to rock, to blues. Every performance is a journey through some of the world’s greatest music – reminiscing the classics from Bon Jovi; Queen; Whitney
Houston; Bryan Adams; Michael Jackson; and Tina Turner to keeping up to date with the Top 40 such as hits from Lady Gaga; Maroon 5; Bruno Mars; Jason Derulo; Chris Brown; to David Guetta.

The Lucky Lucy Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to relieve the plight of cruelly neglected and abused township and street animals. The foundation also aim to socially uplift and educate needy and underprivileged children and people around Cape Town. They have been improving the lives of animals and families since its commencement in 2010.
Booking is essential as no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets available from Santina at 083 703 4240.
There will be a cash bar and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks or platters.

All proceeds goes to the foundation.

Date: 16th February 2013
Venue: Jamrock Theatre
Address: Shop 57, Brackenfell Shopping Centre, Old Paarl Road, Brackenfell, 7560
Time: Doors Open 19:00
Cost: R120 per ticket
Tickets available from Santina at 083 703 4240

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AFDA Film Nominated For Student Oscar

Kanye Kanye, a fourth year students’ film is the AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) nomination for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Student Short Film.  Kanye Kanye is a romantic comedy that deals with a forbidden love affair between two young township teenagers.  The film is directed by Miklas Manneke whose 3rd year film Electricity, won a number of awards in 2012.

“The wonder of film is the ability to change the world by creating another” says Miklas Manneke, who is thrilled with the nomination. “It is an honour for everyone involved in the making of Kanye Kanye, to be selected on this international platform to represent AFDA film school as student’s at the beginning of our careers, especially considering the high standard of the Student Oscars. It is great to know that my voice has had an impact on an audience and that I could bring a drop of enjoyment to the world from a South African point of view.”

Kanye Kanye won 9 AFDA GOLD Awards at the annual awards including sound design, visual effects, editing, production design, costume- make-up- and styling, screenplay, directing, acting and cinematography.

Kanye Kanye is a reflective short film by a student director and team whose attention to detail has made it a work of art which will resonate world-wide,” says Gina Bonmariage, Postgraduate Course Director AFDA Johannesburg.

The Academy Student Awards are held in Los Angeles in June at the Academy of Motion Picture and sciences building, the same building where AFDA received their first OSCAR award in 2006 for best foreign student short film Eleleni.

Kanye Kanye has also been nominated as the AFDA candidate for best fiction film for the CILECT (International Film School Association) Awards, along with the AFDA Cape Town documentary Crumbs in the documentary category and the third year Cape Town animation Like Clockwork in the best animation category.

“Although the Oscar award is by far the most prestigious of all student awards, the CILECT Award is possibly one of the most difficult awards to win as it is contested by over 100 of the world’s top film schools, “ says AFDA co-founder and CILECT executive board member Garth Holmes, “but our congratulations to all the films that have been nominated – it’s a rare honour and we look forward to the results in the near future.”

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Job Opportunities, Cape Town to CFC members.

Please see below for job opportunities that are currently available via the Cape Film Commission Membership.

SOUND ENGINEER

Cape Town based film production company requires a creative part-time sound engineer with knowledge of Protools 10 to do final mix in post production for a children’s educational program. Chosen candidate should be available immediately and will be required to work at least twice a week. Experience is essential.

STUDENT EDITOR

Required specifically for working with Adobe After Effects (or similar motion software). This is for a small independent production company based in Rosebank, Cape Town.

The job entails adding motion to still media (newspapers and photographs) as part of a documentary project.

Own editing set-up required

A show-reel of similar work is required

Modest remuneration offered on a contract basis

 VIDEO CAMERAMAN/PHOTOGRAPHER

A camera man is required to film a graduation ceremony for one of the sessions (3-4 hours of footage + stills) on Saturday, 26 January. Must have own equipment. R2-3.5K (for labour and finished product)

If you are interested please forward your CV with the position you are applying for in the subject line, no later than 16h00 Friday 25th January to info@capefilmcommission.co.za

(If you have sent us your CV in the last month just respond your interest in the position stating that your CV has been previously sent).

Top SA Film and Theatre Personalities Appointed to AFDA’s Three Campuses

AFDA executives are pleased to announce the appointment of a number of senior staff in key positions at their three campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.  As part of its consistent drive to provide a high quality and relevant education for young aspiring filmmakers, TV producers and performers, AFDA has appointed a number of prominent academics and practitioners to top posts within these campuses.

Current Artistic Director of the Market Theatre, Malcolm Purkey, has been appointed as Dean Designate of the AFDA campus in Johannesburg. Malcolm will also continue in his role as Artistic Director of the Market, on a revised contract for the foreseeable future. Respected award-winning theatre director Greg Homan is head of the Performance School while award-winning film-maker Brent Quinn will head the Film School.

In Cape Town prolific producer, director of photography and photographer, Roy Zeitsky has been appointed as Head of the Film School, with highly experienced TV presenter, producer and news editor Megan Rusi, as Head of the TV School and well-known academic and director Dr. Christopher John as head the Performance School.

Then in Durban respected film maker Richard Green has been appointed Head of the Film School, with award-winning actor/playwright and director, Rajesh Gopie  as Head of the Performance School and Franco Human, moves from the Cape Town campus  where he held the position of Deputy Undergraduate Course Director and Producing Lecturer, to take up the position as Dean of School in Durban.

Malcolm Purkey, is an award-winning theatre director and playwright, (Breytenbach Epathlon, English Academy Award, and multiple Vita Awards, including Best New South African Play for Love, Crime and Johannesburg and most recently a Fleur du Cap as best director for the Cape Town production of The Girl in the Yellow Dress). He is also a screenplay writer, teacher and academic (Fulbright Scholar), and a founder member and director of Junction Avenue Theatre Company, one of South Africa’s leading workshop theatre companies.

“I am really proud to be associated with AFDA, and am excited about moving back into the world of academia and professional studies, and look forward to working with a dynamic and enthusiastic team.” Says Malcolm.

Greg Homann, who has until recently headed up the Writing and Directing programs in the division of Dramatic Arts at the Wits School of the Arts, has a BA Dramatic Arts degree from Wits University and an MA (with distinction) in Text and Performance Studies from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and King’s College London. As a theatre director, actor, academic and occasional writer he has worked on a broad range of productions and projects as both a performer and director from Comedy to Drama, Musical Theatre to new South African plays.

Brent Quinn describes himself as a South African storyteller with over twenty five years experience working in film, television, film training and advocacy media. His producing and screenwriting work has garnered around 60 global recognitions. He currently consults on various television and feature film projects.

Roy Zeitsky, who studied at the Brooks Institute of Film in Santa Barbara, California has years of experience as a Producer, Director, DOP and Photographer. He has been filming and directing commercials and film since 1990 and was a prolific fashion and social documentary photographer for ten years prior to that. He has been executive producer of 3 major South African production companies, Zigi Films, Fresh Water Films and Pistoleros Films. He is also a partner and director in the feature film company Jet Black Entertainment, launched in 2011, with the production of the feature film The Good Man, for award winning Irish director Phil Harrison, on which Roy was producer and Director of Photography.

“I am most honoured by this appointment and excited about the challenge of making one of the greatest film schools in Africa, even greater.” Says Roy.

Megan Rusi has worked in the television industry for over twenty years as a television journalist as well as presenter, producer and news editor for SABC news and current affairs. She worked as Acting Editor-in-chief at ETV and was instrumental in setting up ETV’s news operation. She’s also produced a current affairs programme for the last five years that is broadcast on the DSTV platform, as well as other countries abroad. She has extensive training experience having trained at many broadcast organizations, universities and corporate companies.

Christopher John has a PHD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Masters Degree in English from the University of Natal. In 2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the Theatre Department at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona. He was born in Zimbabwe and travelled to the UK in 1975 where he studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has experience working with both Western and African theatre companies including with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and on Broadway. From 1997 to 2011 he was Senior Lecturer in the Drama and Performance Studies programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. From 1999 to 2011 he led a Prison Theatre project at Westville Correctional Facility in Durban and ran a project in an informal settlement in Inanda, using theatre and video to help heal a community torn apart by political violence.

Franco Human, is excited about the possibilities the new Durban school will offer students and the film and theatre industry.  Human, who has been with AFDA for 10 years, started at the Johannesburg school as production co-ordinator and later took up a position as a junior lecturer in the producing department before moving to Cape Town. He has produced many short films, theatre musical productions, a celebrity campaign for M-Net and the SABC, a television series for CTV and an Afrikaans horror feature film as part of his Masters of Fine Art degree (which played to rave reviews), to name a few.  He has worked with the lifestyle show “Expresso” on SABC 3 and you may just recognise him as “the guy in the green shorts” doing Zumba.

Richard Green, the Durban-based director/producer, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the mix. Green has a string of well-known films to his name including Spud, District 9, Otelo Burning with his most recent being assistant director on Anant Singh’s Long Walk to Freedom, which is currently in post-production.

As an actor Rajesh Gopie has worked with many eminent South African directors as well as working with the world renowned, Handspring Puppet Company. He has performed the title role in Hamlet directed by Janet Suzman, which went on to be performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rajesh was a recipient of the prestigious Oppenheimer Grant, which allowed him to train with various teachers in England, including attendance at British American Drama Academy at Baliol College in Oxford during the summer of 2004.  He has also acted in a number of major TV shows and films and as a writer, his plays OUT of Bounds and The Coolie Odyssey are now firmly in the cannon of South African theatre classics.

“Accepting this position as head of live performance is a bold step for me.” says Rajesh Gopie, whose professional career up until now has been as a “sole agent” in the tough world of live performance, “But this heralds an exciting new phase in my life and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and growing a new generation of live performance practitioners.”

“AFDA has always and wishes to continue to develop talent that is networked, skilled and enthusiastic about creating culturally-relevant entertainment; producing products for local markets as well as global niche markets.” Says AFDA Co-Funder and Chairman Garth Holmes. “The ultimate axis on which this creativity sits is in the quality of academics and practitioners of the institution.  We have therefore selected individuals for their experience in the entertainment industry as well as their academic and professional achievements.”

“It’s an exciting new era for us and we have re-structured the schools’ management in order to provide a relevant and fruitful education – one that is comparable and in some instances better than the top institutions in the world, and one that meets the challenges of a society that is changing and evolving at an exponential rate.” says AFDA co-founder and CEO Bata Passchier.

For more information about AFDA contact Lanna Lamberts on lanna@afda.co.za or go to www.afda.co.za.