FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The INDIEFEST AWARDS.
Season: October 2017
MIGHTY JOT STUDIOS
Lagos - Nigeria.
STANLEE OHIKHUARE and DAVID SCHIFTER win in IndieFEST Film Awards
Lagos, Nigeria, November 2nd, 2017 – STANLEE OHIKHUARE (Nigeria), of MIGHTY JOT STUDIOS, has won a prestigious Award of Recognition, from the IndieFEST Film Awards.
The award was given for STANLEE OHIKHUARE'S exciting Surreal Drama, (IDAHOSA TRAILS), which is a well crafted fictional narrative, with a story - line fostered by true events (Facts)
IDAHOSA TRAILS features an exceptional story line that is true to its premise. It also features believable performance by the actors; especially DAVID SCHIFTER - who also won the BEST ACTOR award for the same movie. His Nigerian supporting lead; KUNLE IDOWU was also a delight to see on screen.
The visual story - telling style employed by the filmmaker is quite compelling, and the pace and story progression is sufficiently engaging.
IDAHOSA TRAILS' clear and compelling picture is further complemented by the high quality of the movie's sound.
Accepting the award, STANLEE OHIKHUARE says "We set out to accomplish a movie with a steady progression in the story - telling. Many people from our country are always on the look out for a quick fix of spontaneous slap sticks and excessive lines. They crave for action and talking heads; thereby losing the essence of true story - telling. Such people might not find IDAHOSA TRAILS meeting their expectations because it does not satisfy their quest for "action and noise" over storytelling. But we're certain that the discerning few, who really understand pace, progression and story in Film would be delighted with it" We thank the organizers of the Award for recognizing our hard work.
The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theindiefest.com
In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, STANLEE OHIKHUARE & DAVID SCHIFTER join the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, A Path Appears Documentary featuring George Clooney and Blake Lively, Radical Grace executive produced by Susan Sarandon, a searing expose Davids and Goliath by Leon Lee, and Touched with Fire starring Katie Holmes.
Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”
For more information on this exceptional movie, call the producers at MIGHTY JOT STUDIOS or the distributors - FILMONE DISTRIBUTION, both in Lagos - Nigeria or visit the INDIEFEST'S website at http://theindiefest.com/awards-and-prizes/
IndieFEST Film Awards
The IndieFEST Film Awards sister competitions are Accolade Global Film Competition, the Best Shorts Competition, and Impact DOCS Awards. All four competitions have independent judging. Judging results from one competition will not influence the outcome of the other.
It's not an easy task to interweave Suspense, Drama, Action and Humor seamlessly in one timeline hence, the eventual appreciation of the cognitive development of IDAHOSA TRAILS' story - telling.
A surreal drama with dynamic emotions inherent in both dialogue and visual representations, the movie's Audio and Sound Design are also quite decent.
Impressive also is the revelation in the end credits that Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) was employed in the post production pipeline.
The pace is carefully tailored to create anticipation for an expected "reveal" throughout the five key moments of the movie. Viewers are pampered into the visually stimulating inciting incident, through the "narrative" medium.
Both the inciting incident and lock - in happen quite spontaneously; early enough in the movie to sustain interest and imagination.
The simplicity of an otherwise ordinary Drama is embellished with surreal suspense ushered in by frantic hallucinations and vague, opaque suggestions of an underlying turmoil shrouded in Thomas Book's past.
This keeps the viewer attentive, and expectant of the full disclosure of the character's "Lock-in" - in an unfolding revelation of the travails of his past, as the main culmination and final twist are eagerly anticipated.
The manner in which Benson Idahosa's characters (young and old) are revealed is phenomenal. The medium of the book, driven by dreams and hallucinations to the depiction of Idahosa's deeds from the past is both endearing and remarkable.
The movie boasts of high Artistic Standards and Production Value and scores remarkably in technicality.
Casting however, is where this movie scores a "remarkably tall" point. The candidness of the Fictional Characters' resemblance to the actual people is quite overwhelming.
In the end, the movie is true to its premise, and the story is not distracted by the personality of Benson Idahosa; though the Character of Benson Idahosa - especially the older look-alike (in Charles Okafor) could have been introduced in perhaps one or more scenes to satisfy the longings of the viewer.
In all, story- wise, the fact that the movie sticks to its premise qualifies the log line - "an inglorious journalist seeks to interview a deceased preacher".
A full biopic on the man Benson Idahosa appears imminent.
With cooperation from a lecturer of the Theatre Arts Department of the University of Benin; MR. ISRAEL WEKPE, the director of the IDAHOSA Trails Movie has been mentoring the students since their First Year in the University and promised to get them involved in a large scale production by their Final Year.
THROWBACK PICTURES OF THE STUDENTS AS FRESHMEN DURING THE 2013 / 2014 ACADEMIC SESSION.