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Nollywood Meets Hollywood for “Turning Point” – Starring Patience Ozokwor, Lauren London & Jackie Appiah

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HekCentrik Productions, the makers of Africa’s first digital 35mm picture “TWisTED”, today formally announced their next feature, a Hollywood feature titled “Turning Point”.

The movie is Executive Produced/Directed by Niyi Towolawi (CEO of HekCentrik Productions) and Co-produced by Egor Efiok (CEO of E4 PR).

According to Niyi Towolawi, CEO of HekCentrik Productions and writer/director of “Turning Point”, “we start principal photography in less than a month and the excitement couldn’t be greater.”

Set in New York, the plot explores ethnic prejudice amongst the various black communities in America and centres around a Nigerian investment banker who bows to family pressure to abandon his American sweetheart for an arranged wife from back home. His life is turned upside-down when the marriage turns out not too rosy, setting off a chain of events that forces him to confront his reckless past.

The movie features Nollywood stars Jackie Appiah, Igoni Archibong, Patience Ozokwor (Mama Gee), Enyinna Nwigwe, Ebbe Bassey and Chelsea Eze, alongside Hollywood actors Lauren London (“ATL”, “I Love You, Beth Cooper”, “Good Hair”), Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”, “Law and Order”, “Desperate Housewives”), Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”, “Everybody Hates Chris”), Cynda Williams (“Mo’ Better Blues”, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”) and Joe Estevez (“Apocalypse Now”, “Spanish Fly”).

The Hollywood production crew who have worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters are very keen to bring to life this innovative approach of Africa-centric storytelling. “They are nothing but a dream team and it’s amazing how they have caught the vision and passion that we convey”. The crew includes award-winning FX makeup artist and E4 PR Star, Lola Maja-Okojevoh.

The Producers, Niyi Towolawi & Egor Efiok

There will be daily blogging from the set courtesy of Co-producer/E4 PR’s CEO, Egor Efiok via E4 PR’s blog and website and video diaries will feed the EPK  television shows, a “behind the scenes” and a “making of the movie” respectively.

Filming begins middle of October in America, followed by a trip to Nigeria for additional scenes. “Our crew is very excited to visit Nigeria and a film workshop with Nollywood professionals is being lined up for their time there”, says Towolawi.
Egor Efiok adds, “Writing this movie with Niyi has been a marvelous and bonding experience. My ideas are usually unique and unusual and I found it difficult to collaborate with like-minded people until I met Niyi. We are the perfect tag team and you will definitely be hearing more from HekCentrik Productions and E4 PR in the near future”.

32 Comments

  1. partyrider

    October 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    nice

  2. libra

    October 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    cool concept.

  3. Bella

    October 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    my people doing bigger and better things. i am so proud o.

  4. jwezeeee

    October 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Cant wait, sounding gud and am proud of Niyi Towolawi & Egor Efiok

  5. Lue

    October 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    WOW………………i like this
    http://lucianochinwe.blogspot.com/

  6. ima

    October 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    oya na lets go there……

  7. Bolanle

    October 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    look at Patience! i love her! Mama Geeeeeeeeeee

  8. pynk

    October 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    leggo! big things popping!

  9. kingsley muoneme

    October 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    naija kep wil fal at my foot wen i blow my song

  10. Duvy

    October 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Correct… Cant wait

  11. Aibee

    October 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Okaynow! Lesgodia! Mama Gee reminds me of an older slimmer version of Whoppi Goldberg.

  12. cathy

    October 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    with all the collabo i can’t fit wait to see the movie o.

  13. Dianne

    October 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    My hottie ENYINNA NWIGWE flying sky high!! Always knew he had something more than the average Nollywood actors. Black Gold in Hollywood and now this. Ride on Niyi and Egor, keep doin Naija proud!

    • Vera

      October 6, 2011 at 7:35 am

      Dianne leave my Prince Charming for me o pls I can’t shout. LOL

  14. faith

    October 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Can’t wait!!!!

  15. Rolex

    October 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    looking forward to this

  16. Tiki

    October 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Wow, Patience looks fab! i wonder what the movie will be like…can’t wait to see it.

  17. nabila

    October 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    pls mama gee is prettier dan whoopii,,love mama gee

  18. chioma

    October 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Madam Patie!!!

  19. AdaChi

    October 6, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Wow, this should be interesting

  20. Vera

    October 6, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Enyinna Nwigwe!!!! Yaaaaaaaayooooo! Bring it on!!!!!!

  21. Brenda

    October 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Enyinna is in deed one of Nollywood’s hottest, I see Nollywood is gradually shedding it’s razz skin and letting pure breeds raise their heads. Thumbs up to the producers, I believe we’re in for a change. Who is Igoni Archibong? Anyone?

  22. Naveah

    October 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    “Egor Efiok adds, “Writing this movie with Niyi has been a marvelous and bonding experience. My ideas are usually unique and unusual and I found it difficult to collaborate with like-minded people until I met Niyi. ”

    This is confusing! How do you find it difficult to work with LIKE-MINDED people? If people are likeminded, that connotes being of same mind, same thinking, same vision so how would you find it difficult to work with people who share your goal, vision, thoughts, ideas or concept? Or am I reading it all wrong? English, na wa!

    • Obi

      October 8, 2011 at 3:35 am

      I think her point is that they are like-minded does not mean they have the same idea/vision. Just like how they say 2 captains cannot mind one ship someone has to step down for the other at one point or another. Imagine your ideas so “unique & unusual” that another person’s input would seem like unwelcome attempts at alteration/change of your original ideas. Not everyone works well with equally talented counterparts because of the I-know-my-stuff attitude and that can create trouble. So I think the lady is confessing her weakness of having a hard time working with others & praising Mr Niyi’s talents as an able collaborator.

  23. Naveah

    October 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    This is an awesome collaboration, I can’t wait for the finished product. KUDOS, Niyi and Egoruomare.

  24. Bassey

    October 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Go Egor go Egor GO!! So happy for you girl!!! This is Bassey from FGGC, ride all up!

  25. SARAFINA

    October 7, 2011 at 12:11 am

    i love it cos of patience ozokwor. am so happy

  26. corely

    October 8, 2011 at 5:12 am

    im so happy mama Gee is in this movieee. Cant wait to see it.

  27. Gucci Bags

    October 23, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Ok, I’m going back to my movie! Miss you all! XOXOX

  28. Ihuoma Nwigwe

    December 2, 2011 at 2:57 am

    So proud of my lil’ brother. The sky is not even ur limit. Keep climbing baby bro.

  29. lily

    December 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    jackie and patience, can you imagine , that’s going to be funny.

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