By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 2, 2012 at 4:24PM
News on the march!
By the way, SnapFlix (the entertainment subsidiary of Sinet Technologies Inc. (www.sinettechnologies.com) is a distributor of African and Caribbean media that's based in Atlanta, GA., with operations in the USA and in continental Africa. The company distributes content via multiple channels including theaters, online and brick & mortar rentals and sales.
ATLANTA, GA (April 2012) – Announcing a revolutionary milestone in the Nollywood movie industry. Following the huge success of Nollywood films in cinemas across Africa and the UK, Movie lovers in the US, Canada and Caribbean can now enjoy Nollywood in American Cinemas courtesy of SnapFlix Incorporated, a distributor of African media content in the USA. The new brand, the ‘Nollywood Cinema Series’ is an ongoing showcase of new breed, top quality Nollywood movies (being referred to as the “New Nollywood”) in Cinemas across major cities in the Americas. The initial lineup of cities for the series include Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, DC/Maryland, Toronto and Kingston, Jamaica.
After over a decade of tremendous growth in the Nollywood film industry and thousands of movies released but primarily delivered to American viewers by VCD/DVD and low quality web streams, a new breed of movie makers are emerging who are committed to bringing the rich African stories to cinema audiences around the world in high-quality, high-class and in high-definition for a true movie experience. The New Nollywood films are shot exclusively for cinema by award winning Nollywood Producers & Directors, using state-of-the-art cameras and equipment. These movies are only available in cinemas and will not be available on DVD or online during the theatrical release runs worldwide. An exclusive lineup of these top Nollywood films is already scheduled to be released this year, with brand new releases launching across cinemas each month.
The series takes off in style with a red carpet premiere event of the widely acclaimed, award-winning drama ‘TWO BRIDES AND A BABY’ on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6pm (Red Carpet starts at 4pm) at The Hill Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. TWO BRIDES AND A BABY’ is a beautifully crafted romantic comedy drama starring Stella Damasus, Kalu Ikeagwu, Keira Hewatch, O.C Ukeje, Chelsea Eze, Okey Uzoeshi and Blessing Egbe. It is written and produced by model/actress/producer Blessing Egbe and directed by the famous Nollywood director, Teco Benson. The movie has received rave reviews and has to date received a total 16 nominations from ‘The Best of Nollywood Awards’ 2011, Abuja Film Festival 2011 and AMAA 2012. ‘TWO BRIDES AND A BABY’ also bagged 5 awards at the Best of Nollywood Awards in 2011 including awards for Best Director, Achievement in Sound, New female Act, Best Screenplay and Movie of the year. The main cast and crew will be in attendance at the red carpet premiere event and will also host an exclusive after party at Cream Ultra Lounge (home of The African Experience) located at 3249 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30329. More details at www.snapflix.net. Press endorsement by NotJustOk.com
SnapFlix also launches its brand new website WWW.SNAPFLIX.NET. The new website will provide information about Nollywood Cinema Series theater locations in each city, film schedules, show times and box office information for current and future showings of movies from the Nollywood Cinema Series. Visitors to www.snapflix.net will find the new site informative and exciting, site visitors can watch trailers of current and upcoming films, get movie details, share and interact with friends around upcoming films using Facebook and Twitter, buy tickets for upcoming movie premiers and screenings, and get information about Snapflix and the Nollywood Cinema Series.
SnapFlix founders, Deji Eniojukan and Jide Akanbi say “This is a grand landmark for Nollywood and the beginning of a new revolution of film in African Entertainment Industry. We 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. Launching a structured distribution of Nollywood films to American cinemas is filling a major gap in the industry, this is also key to ensuring the producers and content owners are able to recover quality returns thereby encouraging investment in the Nollywood Industry based on the performance of these quality films in American cinemas. It’s a big breakthrough and it’s been a long journey, but we are excited about the future of Nollywood and we’re glad to be part of it”.
Producer of TWO BRIDES AND A BABY; Blessing Egbe says “There is a proverb that goes ‘when one door closes, another opens’. I am excited that a new door has opened for Nollywood films in the US via Snapflix distribution. These are a new crop of distributors with good intent for content owners. They have unlocked the strong doors of some US theatres and I hope that thousands of Nollywood fans and supporters will walk through these doors to enjoy the selected movies showing in these theaters. Producers will no longer face the problem of selling their content to some persons who take advantage of the laxity in mainstream distribution in the diaspora. I am happy for the innovation and look forward to the launch. I am even happier that my film is the one that will launch the series, Glory be to God!”