A Regina filmmaker says he’s making an attempt his finest to assist revive the province’s movie business.
Filmmaker,Sobe Charles Umeh, left a promising profession behind in Nigeria and moved to Saskatchewan for a contemporary begin.
Numerous Umeh’s initiatives at the moment are streaming on main video on demand streaming tv companies like Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime.
His manufacturing firm, 1st Price Photos, was garnering main buzz in Nigeria when Umeh married his spouse, Isioma Concilia in 2014.
Following their wedding ceremony, Concilia moved to Regina and shortly it grew to become inevitable that Umeh would want to do the identical to save lots of their marriage.
Though it took Umeh years to lastly transfer, a risk of divorce from his spouse who was already residing in Regina was the push he wanted to lastly depart.
After deciding to maneuver to Regina for love, Umeh says he was decided to comply with his goals whatever the challenges.
“I felt actually dangerous that I needed to depart all that success behind down there to come back over right here,” he mentioned. “I thought of it as a much bigger image — taking your artwork into a much bigger local weather however I got here to Regina and realized that the business right here is lifeless so it kinda killed my morale.”
Umeh is speaking concerning the Saskatchewan movie tax credit score, which was eradicated in 2012 and brought on many individuals within the movie business to go away the province.
“It has been a battle to make a movie in Saskatchewan proper now. The business — it is steadily dying,” he mentioned. “I imply we’re struggling to maintain it alive but it surely’s steadily dying. I hope one thing goes to revive it once more.”
Regardless of this, Umeh has been in a position to produce one characteristic size movie and two quick movies since shifting to Regina. He has additionally been capable of finding connections with fellow filmmakers, centered on creating artwork.
“It has been a labour of affection for everyone and that was how we made Sorelle, my first characteristic movie and that was the very first movie I made in Canada,” he mentioned.
Whereas he continues to develop as a filmmaker, Umeh has shifted his focus to socially acutely aware initiatives by way of Widespread Weal Group Arts. The group commissions storytelling initiatives in addition to facilitates artist workshops, dwell theatre, video, and cultural occasions. Umeh was excited to find that he landed the function after a rigorous utility course of.
“At this level in my life with the entire change of my profession to be extra socially acutely aware — which is the core of Widespread Weal, the one group that does socially engaged artwork in the entire of Saskatchewan, so it’s a nice match for me,” Umeh mentioned.
Umeh is at the moment within the early levels of creating two socially-conscious movies right here in Regina. He’s excited to start taking pictures subsequent month.
At Widespread Weal, Umeh hopes to encourage filmmakers within the metropolis and past to comply with their ardour and slowly assist revive the movie business within the province.