#BLKARTS Artist of the Week: Shola Amoo

I met a dope filmmaker during my time this year at SUNDANCE2017! Shola Amoo is one to watch out for folks. His film, DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE queers the concept of one of Shakespeare's most known plays, OTHELLO. The images, poetry, and message of the film is important and definitely pushed #BLKART making to the next level. 

Shola is a graduate of the National Film and Television School, his graduate film Touch won Shooting People’s Film of The Month competition, chosen by Oscar nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto. Touch also toured the UK as part of The BFI’s Sci-Fi season.

Shola’s debut Feature is a multimedia Film called A Moving Image. It had its World Premiere at The LA Film Festival 2016 in competition for the World Fiction prize and received The Special Recognition Award at The Blackstar Film Festivalin Philadelphia. It had its European Premiere at The BFI London Film Festival 2016.

Shola was commissioned by The British Council to direct a reinterpretation of Othello, called Dear Mr. Shakespeare. It was written by visual artist Phoebe Boswell as part of “Shakespeare Lives” and was released on The Guardian’s Website. Dear Mr. Shakespeare will screen at The Sundance Film Festival 2017.

Shola is currently developing more feature projects, includinga drama called The Last Tree, with The BFI and a Sci-fi script called Dome, developed on the British Council’s Script Junction program, with The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Nigeria.

Continue to support Shola and his films.