In a couple of weeks, movie lovers across the globe will experience fun and excitement as a new movie “Papa Joe”, will hit the Cinema. For fast rising film maker, Alero Okorodus, she cannot stop talking about the exceptional star studded cast of the movie.
–Ayoola Ayolola, Linda Ejiofor, whom she described as amazing talents. “I feel blessed by the crop of talents who made huge sacrifices working on this project; but I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the level of talent and professionalism displayed by the amazing cast and crew.
The ebony skinned producer stated this while speaking on the soon to be released movie, “papa Joe” written by Lani Aisida and directed by Harry Dorgu and Philip Okpokoro; the movie according to her features Ayoola Ayolola, Linda Ejiofor, Lydian John, Bollylomo, Boma Mac-Ake, Tony Akposheri, Ijeoma Aniebo, Essense Uwale, Charles Jaybo, Richard Dike among others, tells the story of “a young man who wants to by all means become successful in life without learning a trade or getting the required skill set. He tries his hands on a lot of things before delving into movie making which he knows nothing about.” The movie is full of “intrigue, comedy and drama”.
Okorodus, who began as an actress says taking time to study Film making at the Montana State University in the United State of America has opened her eyes and given her a sense of direction. “At first when I got into acting through Tajudeen Adepetu’s “One Love” it was to escape boredom after my secondary school days. After getting my degree in Architecture, and going on to train as a production designer and a film maker, it will be difficult to see me in front of the cameras again as I have found my real purpose and fulfillment as a Film Producer”.
As a young pretty girl who is stepping into the world of Movie Making how is she handling male admirers and has she ever been sexually harassed? “So far so good I have not experienced it yet, but I will like to state clearly; I am against all forms of sexual harassment. Mind you, to produce a movie is capital intensive and nobody will give you a movie to produce just because they slept with you; except they do not want their money back, and I doubt if any investor wants that. Besides; women have taken over leadership positions in the movie business and men now have no choice other than to behave themselves.
Just take a look at Mo’ Abudu, (whom I admire a lot) she is calling the shots, do you think any man can take advantage of her?, or Emem Isong or Mildred Okoh or any other top female producer?.
Men are not alone in the business of harassing women as rich lesbians and cougars abound in the industry… “I doubt if women will be as bold as the men have been in that aspect over the years. Let’s face it, any form of sexual harrasment should be condemned in its totality and I pray all film makers will take a stand and use their talents to tell stories that will promote values in our society.“
What step is Okorodus taking to ensure she gets return on investment? “we have reached an advanced stage of negotiation with a cinema house but we cannot reveal any name for now and we are still in talks on other possibilities of getting the movie to lovers of Nigerian Films across the globe”
“Papa Joe”, is a production of Darkbrid productions and Lexanton Media Productions and is due for cinema in a couple of weeks.