Royal Roots Production Takes Beyond Blood To Hollywood
ROYAL Roots Production and HF Media have premiered their first full feature film, Beyond Blood. The flick chronicles societal ills from prostitution to drug addiction, HIV/AIDS pandemic, homosexuality, Eastern European human Trafficking gangs and a culture that legitimises tyranny and injustice especially of women trapped in the vagrancies of culture and tradition.
Produced with supports from Heritage Bank and Project ACT Nollywood, an interventionist initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria, it was shot in English, Pidgin English, French and Yoruba language with subtitles and on locations in Lagos and London.
The work, which premiered at the prestigious Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival, which held at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California, USA, has been attracting international interests.
The event began with an all-star panel discussion moderated by Mr. Newton Lee. The distinguished panel included Dr. Edward Clift, President of Brooks Institute, David Collins, Filmmaking Chair at Woodbury University, Elizabeth Regal, CEO of Envision Motion Pictures, John Rubey, CEO of Fathom Events, Destiny Thomas, award-winning writer-director and AFI Conservatory student and (Moderator) Newton Lee, CEO of Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships.
The highlight of the evening was the award ceremony. Sponsored by Nehita Inc, and Banneker Watches, a small cadre from our elite security detail escorted a polished table carrying Oscar-like miniature trophies into the packed screening room.
On the table sat 4 neatly placed wooden boxes, each with a Banneker Watch inside. Affixed on each box was a label, which described the nature of the award, which included Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival “Nollywood Director of the Year” and the “HWMFF Humanitarian Award.”
Written by Debo Oluwatuminu, Beyond Blood is the first Nigerian film to be screened at the festival in the presence of some of Hollywood’s best in the heart of Rodeo Drive. Director of the film, Greg Odutayo, was honoured as Nollywood Director of 2015 at the event.