Sunday, November 9, 2014

CASTING CALL : "ESTHER WANJIRU THE MOVIE"



KEY DATE

November 22, 2014 9:00 – 3:00 PM

Audition Location:
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

2730 East 31st Street
Minneapolis MN 55406
Email: kibirafilms@gmail.com


Union / Non-Union: Non-Union

Production Type: Independent  

Production location: Twin Cities 

Compensation: Deferred Contract

Company website: www.Kibirafilms.com

Director: Josiah Kibira

Director of Photography: Sam Fischer

Casting Director: Mary Higgins



CHARACTER BIOS

Esther Njeri Wanjiru (20-30) African
An educated girl from Kenya. Came from an educated family meaning both of her parents hold college degrees and considered to be in high class of Kenya. She is the middle of the three siblings in the family. She graduated from Kenyatta University about 3 years ago. After graduating, she started working in Nairobi until Laban brought her to America. She practiced law in Nairobi. She is very aggressive type of a gal who speaks her mind whenever she can. She is not shy, we can call her a girl with a type A personality. 

Laban Onyango (35-40) African
Laban Onyango is about 35 years old. He has been in the United States for over 10 years. He first came in the States as a student and completed his education about 5 years back. His intention was to return to Kenya after he completed his studies, but his friends convinced him to stay and make some money before heading back. This is how he met Sue and married her. They never got any kids. Laban has been in the same state for all the years he has been in the United States. Occasionally, he returns home to see his big family of 7 kids. He is the second oldest in the family.

Violet Githing’u - (40-45) African
Violet Githing’u has been in the United States for over 20 years. She is well established and well to do. She is a very opinionated lady who is against the traditional mentality of an African Woman. She claims that she will never get married because as she puts it, “I don’t depend on a man to survive”. She lives alone and she has been in and out of relationships. She is well respected in the community and she takes pride in helping out the new people who come to the country and works hard to show them how to navigate the new world. Violet’s main motivation is the protection of Esther especially after Laban’s story started falling apart few days after Esther was in the country. She can be called Esther’s big sister.

Moses  Kamau (30-35) African
Moses is younger than Laban and he is also Laban’s confidant. He came to the United States about 5 years. He is very smart guy. He works as an Engineer for a manufacturing company in town. He was recruited by this company while he was still in college. He is very well paid. Moses is very responsible and is always serious about his job. He is not very social and most of the time hangs out with Laban. Laban has taken up the responsibility of taking Moses under his wing. 

Jerry (30-40) White
Jerry knew Esther before she came to the US. He was in Kenya as  a Peace Corp when they first met. After his time in Kenya, they continued to correspond. They were good friends. Jerry was even introduced to her family and he spent some time with that family. Jerry feels too obligated for Esther now that she is here. Even though there is no outward romance, it is somewhat implied throughout the movie. Esther respects Jerry and feels more comfortable to him than even her own husband.

Sue (25 - 35) White 
Sue was once married to Laban. They dated for one year before they got married. Sue has a very strong personality even though she can be a bit shy. She loved Laban very much up to until when their marriage broke. She is an independent woman who does not like taking a back seat to any man. She works hard and is loved by her family.

Judge (45-50) White

This is a typical smart experienced judge who is serious lawman with conservative roots. He has not tolerance of mundane arguments of the lawyers arguing in front of him. He is patient and wiling to listen to most of the presented arguments but he shows his impatience when it gets too long. He plays an authority figure with a lot of wisdom. 

HR Guy (45-50) Not Race Specific
A typical suit from HR. Always being careful on what he says protecting the company’s interests. He is sympathetic with Laban’s predicament and even though he is trying to talk Laban out of the decision to cash in his retirement because of the tax implications but he cannot talk him out of it because it his right. So, he has an interesting cryptic conversation with Laban.

Blair (25-30) - White
Blair is Esther’s new friend. They met at a class for the BAR exam prep class. She is not very well versed with world affairs. Overtime she became a good friend of Esther she even introduced her to her family. Esther respects and likes Blair and she was surprised of how quickly they became friends and how open Blair was to her.
Mike (25-35) - Not Race Specific - Lawyer
Max (25-35) - Not Race/Gender Specific - Lawyer
Beatrice (25-35) - African - Esther’s sister in Kenya
Beth (25-35) - Not Race Specific - Office worker in Laban’s lawyers office
Blair’s Uncle (50-60) - White - Blair’s uncle - Rich professional guy.
Boss (>50) - Not Race Specific - Boss in Jerry’s office
Boss II (>45) - Not Race /Gender Specific - Another boss in Jerry’s office
GUY I (30-40) - African - Regular guy at a party - Funny
Guy 2 (30-40) - African - Regular guy at a party - Funny
Malik - Real Malik
Waitress - 20 - 30 - White - Waitress in a Restaurant
Pete (30-35) - Not Race/Gender Specific - Lawyer


Friday, October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS


This is a love story filled with deception, greed and misguided intentions.
It is a story of Esther Njeri Wanjiru, a sharp African woman from Kenya who just arrived in the United States on a fiancée visa after graduating from law school. She has big dreams.  She wants to practice law, build a family, accumulate wealth and take care of the family she left behind in Kenya.

After spending few months in America, she becomes impatient with how slowly her big dream is unfolding. She wants her dreams manifested now. After all, this is what her fiancée promised her.
As much Esther looked forward to a new life as a "New woman in America," Laban, her fiancée, viewed her as “a Traditional Kenyan woman”…the kind he longed for since he arrived in America ten years back. 

Laban sees that this relationship is becoming toxic and could spell disaster to both their dreams. 
In time, Esther and Laban discover that getting along now is the only way to assure their future in America. Esther’s patience will be tested in a major way as she will find out much later that “it’s not easy to spot a lizard in a parade of crocodiles” Or as we say in Swahili, ”Katika msafara wa mamba, kenge wamo” and so the story goes...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

ESTHER WANJIRU - THE MOVIE - WE NEED YOU!!

Kibirafilms International is getting ready to produce its next feature film. “ESTHER WANJIRU” is a film about an African couple going through life and relationship struggles in the United States, with a bizarre twist. The movie's tag line summarizes it here: "In a parade of crocodiles, it is not easy to spot lizards."  Or, as we say it in Swahili, "Katika msafara wa mamba, kenge wamo."  It will be shot locally in the Twin Cities. Please see the synopsis at the bottom of this email.

 You are receiving this email as an invitation to be part of this feature film. There are many opportunities in all stages of the process: preproduction, production and post production.  Please send your information and we will place your name on our mailing list.  When the time comes  you will receive details of where and when will the casting take place. We expect this to be by the end of next month. We are looking for individuals of all ages, colors, nationalities etc. 

Please send your information to:

Email  - kibirafilms@gmail.com - with the following information:

(a) Your contact information 
(b) Tell us a little bit about yourself - acting experience. 1 paragraph please. No acting experience required.
(c) If you want to be considered for acting - include a head shot - Selfie is accepted - (Done tastefully.)
(d) If you want to be part of the crew - specify your preference.
(e) Tell us any information that may help you get a part.

Please pass on the emails to whomever may be interested in this opportunity and thanks in advance.

For more information about Kibira Films previous projects see the links below:






SYNOPSIS
This is a love story filled with deception, greed and misguided intentions.
It is a story of Esther Njeri Wanjiru, a sharp African woman from Kenya who just arrived in the United States on a fiancée visa after graduating from law school. She has big dreams.  She wants to practice law, build a family, accumulate wealth and take care of the family she left behind in Kenya.

After spending few months in America, she becomes impatient with how slowly her big dream is unfolding. She wants her dreams manifested now. After all, this is what her fiancée promised her.
As much Esther looked forward to a new life as a "New woman in America," Laban, her fiancée, viewed her as “a Traditional Kenyan woman”…the kind he longed for since he arrived in America ten years back. 

Laban sees that this relationship is becoming toxic and could spell disaster to both their dreams. 

In time, Esther and Laban discover that getting along now is the only way to assure their future in America. Esther’s patience will be tested in a major way as she will find out much later that “it’s not easy to spot a lizard in a parade of crocodiles” Or as we say in Swahili, ”Katika msafara wa mamba, kenge wamo” and so the story goes…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bukoba Serengeti Fiesta 2014

Since I am far away from my hometown, Bukoba, Tanzania, it is always very refreshing to see and hear sounds from home, especially when I get an image or a 3 second video attached to WhatsApp. This weekend, I was reading my hometown's blog and saw extensive coverage of Serengeti Fiesta 2014. It showcased well known national artists -- mainly Bongo Flava..a Tanzanian version of Hip-Hop and Rap.

I have to say, I was very impressed and surprised. Having grown up in Bukoba, I would have not thought that this sort of thing could happen there. I only recall such gatherings for national holiday celebrations or religious events,  not Hip Hop concerts.





Africa is the youngest continent , and it is very evident when you look at the crowd enjoying the music. The opportunities and the future of the continent need to be harnessed for the greater good. There is hope in seeing people enjoying themselves. They seemed to be saying,  "We know who we are, we know where we are going, and we are enjoying the ride."

This is inspiring!  There is only one place to go, UP!  If you take into account what it takes to put on an event like this in a town, you begin to understand that this is not simply about Hip Hop,  it is about stimulating the local economy. Our nation once looked down on artists of this kind, but now people see that the economic injection that my town received from this cannot be argued with.  Think of the trucks that brought the equipments for the event, add the drivers, and the gas that fuels every one of these trucks. Then think of all the hotel rooms that will be booked, the restaurants visited, and the injection of cash into the economy from patrons to local businesses, and on and on.

Economic advantage aside, think of the young kids watching the event coming together. Maybe one will see the sound man putting together the mixing board for the whole show.  Maybe that will trigger something in his mind to think, "Hey,  maybe I can do this, or better yet, how can I learn how this thing works?"  Another youth will see a performer and start to wonder whether it is a possibility that she can also sing and perform  and be admired by so many. 

At the end of this concert, as these two kids walk home, they will have a new outlook. They will have a new goal, perhaps subliminal, but a goal nevertheless. Then, you see, next time the fiesta comes to town, these two kids will be on the performing side, or the marketing side or the sound engineering side.

Congratulations.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rasta man Justin Kalikawe,  you will always be remembered! Rest In Peace!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ACT ONE

This is it ! ACT ONE! 

There are no encores, 
There is no second ACT. 
This is your play. 
This is your stage, 
This is your time to shine. 

No Excuses. 

No Fuss. 
No one to point to. 
Except YOU. 

 So, 


 Go for it with all your might, 

Give it all you got, 
Pull hard, 
Push hard, 
Keep it going 

Why? 
  
Because, this is your life. 
You only get one shot. 

Yes, 


Just one. 

You are in it now. 
No more. 
No less. 
Not tomorrow. 
Not Yesterday. 
Now. 
This is it. 

Win it. 


Don't waste it. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

AMERICANS INTEREST IN BUKOBA TANZANIA

This week the little town of Bukoba in Tanzania got a lot of attention from some Americans. First was a group of over 12 people from Holly Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis MN. The church has a long relationship with the Lutheran Church in Bukoba.

You can read more about their travels HERE

Then in the same week Joe Ricketts visited Bukoba on behalf of his foundation about Education in the developing world.

You can read more about Joe Rickett's visit to Bukoba HERE

Who is Joe Ricketts? - He ranked 371 th wealthiest Americans in 2009. He is also founder of TD Ameritrade.