O-Town: “I Shot Countless Short Films That No One Will Ever See.”

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O-Town is C. J. Obasi’s sophomore feature film, which tells the story of a young man, who aims to climb the ladder of the small-town criminal underworld to become the boss of all; but not when there’s a suave-mannered kingpin simply known as The Chairman, who is running things …

According to Obasi, “It is a crime-gangster thriller … a semi-autobiographical tale because it draws from some of the crime stories I knew and heard; growing up in a small town called Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. It’s also my exploration into genre Film-making, where I explore basically my love for film. It’s the kind of film any cinephile or film connoisseur will go in to see and go “ah hah”. But in my classic style, I don’t take myself too seriously, so it’s also a very fun film. It’s like Ojuju in that regard: serious, but fun.”

Ojuju is Obasi’s yet-to-be released first feature film, which gave him The Trailblazer Award at the 2015 AMVCA and won the Best Film from Nigeria at the 2014 AFRIFF.

Obasi also revealed in a chat that in the process of teaching himself Film-making, he shot countless short films, which no one will see because it was in those short films he made all his mistakes; learning through trial and error.

Below are behind-the-scene pictures and stills from O-Town:

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Amarachukwu Iwuala

Amarachukwu Iwuala

A writer … in pursuit of excellence

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