Nollywood Cinema Series kicks off in USA
With the premiere of Two Brides and a Baby
After over a decade of tremendous growth in the Nollywood film industry, and thousands of movies released but primarily delivered to Western viewers by VCD/DVD and low quality web streams, a new breed of movie makers, who are committed to bringing the rich African stories to cinema audiences around the world, are emerging.
Movie lovers in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean can now enjoy Nollywood in American cinemas, courtesy of SnapFlix Incorporated, a distributor of African media content.
The New Nollywood films are shot exclusively for cinema by award winning Nollywood producers and directors, using state-of-the-art cameras and equipment. The Nollywood Cinema Series is an ongoing showcase of new Nollywood in cinemas across major cities, including Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, DC/Maryland, Toronto and Kingston, Jamaica.
The series takes off with the premiere of award-winning movie, Two Brides and a Baby, on April 14, 2012 at the Hill auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE.
Two brides and a baby, a romantic comedy starring Stella Damasus, Kalu Ikeagwu, Keira Hewatch, O.C Ukeje, Chelsea Eze, Okey Uzoeshi and Blessing Egbe is written and produced by Blessing Egbe and directed by famous Nollywood director, Teco Benson. The movie received 5 awards at the 2011 Best of Nollywood Awards and several nominations at the Abuja Film Festival 2011 and AMAA 2012.
According to SnapFlix founders, Deji Eniojukan and Jide Akanbi, they are meeting the entertainment needs of Africans and lovers of Africa in the diaspora, a need for a cinematic presence of Nollywood movies in North America.
“Nollywood is the largest film industry in Africa and second largest in the world, and we are exporting contemporary and traditional African culture, talent and creativity to a continent that is ready for the new perspective that African arts and entertainment is bringing to the world stage. This contributes to promoting a positive image of Nigeria and Africa internationally,” they said.