ROFFEKE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 2021

ROFFEKE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 2020

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I liked all the films especially the one for Superman [“This is Joe”] and the last one which was longer [“ Frontman ”]. I look forward to at...

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Reviews: One-Hit Wonder - directed by Amanda Dow

You can watch One-Hit Wonder HERE:

"I love the concept of this video. Was he a ghost? Did the cab lady have something to do with his death? Many musicians are a disturbed lot. With all they go through, it's no surprise this was his way out of misery. To be that creative and still haunted by invisible demons that can't be explained is hurtful. I wanna reach out and just hug them."

Review by Love Kassim.

"I like the suspense - the ride to an undisclosed destination. The conversation is cordial. However, the eventual news hurts. It's a sad twist of fate that he didn't replicate the success of his hit song "Humma Humma Ding Dong". What a tragic demise of a popular celeb devastated by a fallen career. One-Hit Wonder reminds me of a gruesome suicide of a favourite friend I cherished. Like the cab driver, I had just dropped him at his apartment."

Review by ROFFEKE Reviewer.

For information about mental health and creativity, check out ROFFEKE's mental wellness division, rockafya.blogspot.com

Check out a comparison of: Clay Calloway of Sing 2 and Ellery Demarco of One-Hit Wonder (Directed by Amanda Dow)

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Aphorisms for a Wounded World - directed by Robert David Duncan

The setting for "Aphorisms for a Wounded World" is an "imaginary place, built from AI-enhanced digital art." You can watch this micro-short film between June 30th and July 31st 2022, HERE:

In a ROFFEKE Radio interview, I asked director Robert David Duncan: "What are your views on Artificial Intelligence and creativity?" Here is his answer:



Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Peace

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." - Desmond Tutu.

"Peace begins with a smile." - Mother Teresa.

"The world is now too small for anything but brotherhood." - Arthur Powell Davies.

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Of "African" Products and "Mzungu" Music

In an entrepreneurship forum I recently attended, one participant was quite vocal about the need for entrepreneurs to provide African goods and services. This brings up the question I always ask myself whenever I come across concepts such as “Kenyan film” or “Kenyan story” or “buy Kenyan”.

Are Kenyan or African goods and services those created and sold by Kenyans/Africans or are they only those that are uniquely Kenyan or African? Is an African entrepreneur who deals with smartphones made in China, providing African goods and services? Does the foreign nature of the goods/services he provides disqualify him from being categorized as an African entrepreneur? What about an African agri-entrepreneur who deals with genetically modified seeds? What about an African pharmacist who largely sells products created outside of Africa?

What about the European, American and Arab slave traders who were dealing with African “goods”? Were they African entrepreneurs?

African slaves were exchanged for foreign goods:

Trade Relations among European and African Nations.

The business of barter on the pre-colonial Gold Coast.

What about rock ‘n’ roll, whose roots can be traced to the slave trade mentioned above? Is rock ‘n’ roll an African product? Is rock ‘n’ roll made by an African still “mzungu” music? 

(Written by Mildred Achoch.)

Coda: "Jean-Baptiste Say pointed out in his own writings that it was entrepreneurs who sought out inefficient uses of resources and capital and moved them into more productive, higher yield areas. Simply put, entrepreneurs seek opportunities for profit and, by doing so, create new markets and fresh opportunities. By constantly disrupting the balance of competition, entrepreneurs prevent monopolies from forming and create a wide diversity of products that keep consumers consuming and producers producing."Source: Who Coined the Term 'Entrepreneur'? by Andrew Beattie

Friday, February 4, 2022

Interview: Marvin Glover - Director of Red Gate Sessions

 ROFFEKE: Many of your artistic works center around themes of hope and empowerment. If, as the saying goes, "bad news sells" why then do you choose to focus on hope and empowerment?

MARVIN: Well I suppose the best way to answer this question is that, by definition, empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights.  The creative works that we develop and the content that we create can often provide hope to those that feel hopeless and also give a voice to the unheard.  This should be empowering!   I had to think long and hard about what kind of human I wanted to be and what kind topics I wanted to raise awareness of or shine a spotlight on.  It's also about thinking about yourself and what you want to represent, as creators we become a brand.

ROFFEKE: You have produced more than 20 films in the short film, documentary, feature length and web series categories. What similarities and differences are there in producing each of these categories?

MARVIN: The work is generally the same.  It takes the same amount of creative energy to make a short film as it does a feature.  The process is the same.  The difference is the budget and timeline!  The elements can vary as with every project but the core items are pretty much the same.  

ROFFEKE: Being a minority - whether in terms of race, gender, etc - is challenging in any field, including the film industry. What has been your journey in giving yourself permission to create?

MARVIN: I have never operated from a deficit, my mantra has always been that I don't need permission to create.  I came into the profession with an edge so to speak.  I had confidence, career experience in other industries that support entertainment, I had a stellar resume of education at some of the best schools.  I am fluid in law, marketing, advertising and social sciences.  I am a renaissance man and ambassador of travel, food, culture and the arts. I find interest in most everything.  I say it's okay to be uncomfortable every now and then; you can learn and grow.

ROFFEKE: Any tips on fundraising for projects?

MARVIN: I was fundraising before the term became saturated.  I have fundraised for every project that I've ever done.  Every musical recording and every film has been supported by my "supporters".  Tip number one: email is the best tool at your disposal to make a real connection.  Tip number two: be authentic, people can smell a "fake" a mile away.  Tip number three: give to others.  Are you out to take someone's hard earned cash and give nothing in return.  Tip number four: Drop the word investors from your vocabulary.  People can support you and your projects, if you want an investor... invest in real estate!  Seriously, in the U.S., if you are a first time home buyer and have decent credit.  Buy a starter home with 3.5 percent down.  Put some paint on the walls, cut the lawn, pull some weeds and anything else reasonable to improve the place and then sell it in a year.  Take the cash that you profit from the sale after you pay off the loan and go make YOUR MOVIE.  It's that simple.  Skip the kissing backsides hoping that someone will fund your bright idea.  What do you have to offer them in return?  Nothing!  Hollywood in general is a closed system so you need a body of work to get a seat at the table these days.  I went to the best film school in the world, that cracked the door open for me.  I wrote my own songs and placed them in my movies, which allowed me to become recognized in the music industry.  I don't owe anyone anything and I own my work.  Now this is not for everyone... We have multiple ways of making one's career successful.  I carved my own path and forged it in the mold that I created.  I think my supporters help me with my projects because they like me.  It's not necessarily the type of music or the genre of film, it's about me continuing to produce content.  They have the joy of bragging to their friends that they know me.  I might add, make sure you can deliver on what you promised.  Integrity is everything, the one time you slip and don't come through or follow up, you're done.

So obviously I can hold a clinic on fundraising, and most people will fail miserably at it.  Set realistic goals.

ROFFEKE: In some parts of the world, rock and rock-laced music is considered "white". Your thoughts?

MARVIN: I say define this premise.  I write and style my music based on my experiences.  Rock music was taken from southern American blues and has morphed into many styles and genres.  My story is one of global travel and I never stay squarely in one musical genre.  This has likely hurt me because my initial audience of listeners may not have followed my musical journey from genres such as blues, R&B, pop, rock, psychedelic, traditional, etc.  Everything is derivative, everyone is borrowing from someone else.  I was born in Texas (the home of bluegrass/country/gospel, you name it.  I was schooled in the early years in the UK (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, they were imitators of black blues artists like, Robert Johnson, etc.) I then moved to the Pacific Northwest (the home of Jimi Hendrix, Heart, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Macklemore and Sir Mix A Lot) and then Chicago (with its robust rock and blues scene).  Then I lived in Australia and Hawaii ( each area has its own flavors and my music reflects bits of all of it.  If you sat down and listened to my entire musical catalog from beginning to end you would pick up bits and pieces as far ranging as the ear can imagine. As consumers we need to put things in baskets in order to understand them.  Some creations resonate with us on a deeper and more visceral level.  I leave it up to the individual to bond or reject whatever is presented.  I make music and create films based on my experiences and no one has traveled the specific road that I have.  However points of reference that may be common in those works to others can be enticing.  We all gravitate towards the familiar.

Marvin Glover

Review of "Red Gate Sessions" by Love Kassim

Marvin Glover introduces us to the studio where his five-man band is recording and playing live. The first song 'The Coming' has a religious vibe to it. Could be the coming of the Messiah or just the realization of oneself to a place or point in life.

As the band continues with the session, we are also introduced to the different members. The music is catchy, mellow and thought-provoking.

The second song "Four Twenty" talks about chilling, vibing and marijuana. A general banger if you ask me.

Four songs down the line and the band finishes softly and subtly.

I love this music; it will resonate with most people. It's about love, consumption and the togetherness of a people.

Looking forward to hearing more from them and hopefully they will still do live renditions.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Screenplays - ROFFEKE Official Selections 2021 (Part 2)

“Surreal” is one word that could be used to describe “Tomi Thirteen”, a screenplay by Max Sparber and Coco Mault, and “Tethered” a screenplay by Kirimi Kiage, Teddy Gitau and Blake Simpson. Tomi Thirteen, is both light and dark. It is an “anime-inspired half-hour comedy, set in a future in which all of humanity lives in giant arcologies protected by superheroes.” You can watch the ROFFEKE screenplay trailer of "Tomi Thirteen" here.

Speaking of the future, 15 years ago, Thomas Behe wrote a graphic novel about “five people’s discovery of this century’s greatest tech convergence - online communities and video mobiles.” Result? A “frighteningly accurate prediction of today’s malignant world of social media - an eerie FORESHADOWING of today’s tech-driven paranoia and online political mayhem.” Thomas submitted the “Contraband” screenplay and although it is longer than ten pages, it is selected since the themes are in line with ROFFEKE’s motto of ‘Friendship, Fun, Freedom’. You can learn more about the Contraband graphic novel here and read reviews of it herehere and here.

Both Tomi Thirteen and Tethered feature a female protagonist. In “Tethered”: “A woman tethered to her ancestors, who she had long misunderstood but not forgotten, is forced to reckon with an experience she cannot explain. You can watch the Tethered screenwriters interview here.

Another screenplay that features a female protagonist is “A short film about a metal head” by Simon X. Frederick: “A mother of two tells a bedtime story. Once upon a time, a young lady discovered the key to her heart…heavy metal.” Simon says: “…I am interested in the psychology of an individual and how society influences us.” You can watch the ROFFEKE screenplay trailer of Simon’s screenplay here.


Read ROFFEKE Official Selections 2021 part 1 here