A Nigerian movie producer and director Chike Nwoffah has come out with a movie titled ‘A Rose for Freddie’.
The movie which opened in cinemas across Nigeria on Friday, August 10, will give moviegoers a breath of fresh air in style and sophistication in filmmaking, according to the movie director and producer.
The 101 minutes color film, was written by Michael Osuji and had Ifeanyi Iloduba as the director of photography.
“Set in present day Lagos, A Rose for Freddy follows the lives of six university educated and upwardly mobile friends as they navigate the often unpredictable terrain of love, life and work.
The lessons from the film is a must watch for every young man and woman in the society because of the exposition of intrigue, jealousy and true friendship.
“You can’t trust anybody nor can one imagine what’s in anybody’s mind, little will you know what your innocent actions do to your friends either hate, envy, jealousy, love or friendship,” he said.
Nwoffiah said that the Rose for Freddy stars some of Nigeria’s highly talented actors, including Osas Ighodaro- Ajibade (Gbomo Gbomo Express,), Kiki Omeili (Lekki Wives),
Others include Gregory Ojefua (Nigerian Prince), Udoka Oyeka (Las Gidi Vice), Kocabelle Guemini (The Johnsons.), Lucianne Ukpabi and introducing Atlanta based award winning recording artist, Freddie George, in his feature film debut role.
According to the California based entertaiment don, the film is produced by Rhesus Media Group in association with Bank of Industry Limited and in partnership with 4SCREAMS STUDIO and Silverbird Film Distribution.
This will be California based multiple award wining director, Chike Nwoffiah’s first film in
Nigeria since he left the country over 25 years ago.
Reflecting on coming home to make the film, Nwoffiah says
“I may have moved to California, but my heart always lived in Nigeria. I am happy to be back home to craft a film that meets global best standar” We have taken great care in all facets of the production process and our audience will enjoy every second of what we have to offer. It was a pleasure working with so many talented actors and crew.” he said.
A Rose for Freddy was filmed on several locations in Lagos, from beautiful hotel sets to the
Lagos skyline that opens the film.
As the young, educated and upwardly mobile stars of the film navigate life in this cosmopolitan heartbeat of Nigeria, Lagos is presented to the global audience as a hip, fun and welcoming city.
“I couldn’t miss the opportunity to
work with a master director like Chike and I am glad I did. I learned so much from him.
“He is a director, a teacher and a mentor who knows how to bring out the best in an actor.
“I will work with him again and again” says the film’s star, Freddie George, who came down from his base in Atlanta to feature in the movie,” said George.
Nwoffiah, a graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and Columbia University’s
Graduate School of Business INM program, the Hollywood Film Institute and a Senior Fellow
of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, demonstrated his wealth of experience in the film.
He is the president of Rhesus Media, a Nigeria, USA and South Africa based full service film and television production company,
and the founding executive director of the Silicon Valley African Film Festival.
Nwoffiah is a past president of Mountain View Community Television (KMVT Channel 15) and currently serves as an Arts Advisory Commissioner of the San Diego International Airport, and on the
boards of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, African Diaspora Network and Families Without Borders.
He also served as the Chairman of the Arts Council Silicon Valley Grants Committee for 8 years and managed the annual distribution of over $1million dollars to Artists and Arts organization.
In 2013, he was appointed by the California Superintendent of Education, Tom Torlakson, to serve on the California Blueprint for Creative Schools Task Force.
In 2014, he served as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant for the Houston Endowment.
Listed as one of the “Top Ten Most Influential African Americans” in the San Francisco Bay Area, California by CityFlight Magazine in 2000.
Nwoffiah is a leader and respected voice in the California arts community and has testified several times before the California State legislature in support of funding for the arts.
In 2004, 2005 and 2008, he served as a Fund For Folk Culture strategy panelist on the development of support systems for Immigrant and
Refugee Arts in the United States.
He has been an adjunct professor at Menlo College in Atherton, California, a guest lecturer at University of California Los Angeles Urban Policy Institute, Sacramento State University’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution and
Suffolk University’s Black Studies Program.
He was a contributing author to the acclaimed book “Black Cultural Traffic – Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture” edited by Stanford University Professors Harry Elam, Jr. and Kennel Jackson.
The accomplished actor and director with over 50 stage and screen credits, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG) and worked alongside Hollywood actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Djimon Hounsou in the Steve Spielberg’s classic film “Amistad”.
He is a highly sought after consultant on theater, film, television and multimedia projects.
In 1998, Nwoffiah won the International Cinema Industry Competition (Cindy) gold award and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame award for his children’s film of African folk stories – Ago!
His other film projects include: A Jewel in History – a feature length documentary on the history of Black hospitals in America. His 2006 documentary A Killing in Choctaw on a 1962 race killing in Choctaw County.
Alabama was profiled by the New York Times and premiered in Europe at the 20th Black International Cinema Festival in Berlin, Germany where it won the 2007 Award for Best Film on Black Experience.