Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton will present a special showcase event for the award winning Birmingham based filmmaker and photographer Pogus Caesar on Thursday July 3 between 6-8pm.
OOM with a View: Past, Present, Futuristic will include a screening of selected highlights from Caesar’s award winning career, including work produced and directed for Central Television, BBC, Channel 4 and Carlton Television.
Pogus will also be in conversation with Prof Roger Shannon, professor of film & television at Edge Hill University, who will discuss Caesar’s inspirations, travels and experiences during his 30 year career.
The event is free and has been programmed to coincide with the photography exhibition That Beautiful Thing by Pogus Caesar at Wolverhampton Art Gallery which runs until Saturday July 12.
Pogus Caesar arrived in Birmingham at the age of five, having been born on the island of St Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean.
His travels to Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the States as an adult inspired his photography and produced a vast body of work which depicts the world at large with touching observations of events and humanity. Pogus has also documented major events throughout the Midlands, and is well known for his photographic records of Birmingham’s black history and the Handsworth riots.
His work in television began with presenting and producing for Channel 4, BBC, Carlton and Central Television as well as his own production company Windrush Productions. He was the first chairman of the Birmingham International Film Festival in the mid 1980s and has produced award winning films including Forward Ever – Backward Never, Francesca’s Key, Muscleback and Vicer Verser.
Meanwhile, following on from last year’s success the Black International Film Festival (BIFF) 2008 will be bringing an eclectic mix of film, music, live arts and education in the form of seminars, exhibitions and master-classes to Birmingham between October 29 to November 2. BIFF is now calling for nominations for the festival’s Movie Video Screen Awards whose winners will be announced in a lavish ceremony at the International Convention Centre on November 1.
Nomination is open to any films with ethnic themed stories or with ethnic characters in lead roles across all genres (fiction, documentary, shorts, animation, features), ethnic artistes (singers/actors/actresses/presenters), and urban music (R&B/ Soul/ Hip Hop/ Reggae/ Dancehall/ Grime and any other urban influenced music not mentioned).
To be eligible for nominations films and music must have been released to the UK public within the awards qualifying year, between July 1, 2007 to July 31,2008.
This includes music downloads, and any other official music medium. Films must be available for the MVSA board to screen in full edited capacity (final version) by August 1, 2008.
Categories for awards are:
Emerging Young Film-Maker Award
BIFF Preferred Music Video Award (given to the most popular video shown at the festival)
BIFF Most Creative Music Video (given to the most popular creative video shown at the festival)
Best UK Actor
Best UK Actress
Best UK Actor/ess in Comedy Role
Most Popular UK TV Presenter (Public Vote Included)
Most Memorable UK Music Video 2007 – 2008 (Public Vote Included)
Best International Music Video
Best Regional Film
BIFF Award - Best ‘Short’ Film (given to the most popular short-film screened at the festival)
Best UK Film Award
BIFF Award - Best International Film (given to the most popular Int’l film screened)
Best Black Theatre Production (Public Vote Included)
MVSA Westmore Ezekiel Honorary Award
*For complete submission guidelines and nomination forms and more info about the festival see: www.biffestival.co.uk