Turning Point In Pre-Production

HekCentrik Productions, the makers of Africa’s first digital 35mm picture “TWisTED”, today formally announces their next feature, a Hollywood feature film titled “Turning Point”.

Set in New York, the plot of the movie explores ethnic prejudice amongst the various black communities in America (a la “Crash”) and centres around a Nigerian investment banker that bows to family pressure to abandon his American sweetheart for an arranged wife from back home. His life is turned upside-down when the marriage turns out not too rosy, setting off a chain of events that forces him to confront his reckless past.

It features Nollywood stars Jackie Appiah, Igoni Archibong, Patience Ozokwor (Mama G), Enyinna Nwigwe, Ebbe Bassey and Chelsea Eze, alongside big name Hollywood actors Lauren London (“ATL”, “I Love You, Beth Cooper”, “Good Hair”), Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”, “Law and Order”, “Desperate Housewives”), Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”, “Everybody Hates Chris”), Cynda Williams (“Mo’ Better Blues”, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”) and Joe Estevez (“Apocalypse Now”, “Spanish Fly”).

The movie is Executive Produced/Directed by Niyi Towolawi (CEO of HekCentrik Productions) and Co-produced by Egor Efiok (CEO of E4 PR). The project has been generating a buzz in recent months amongst people in the know within the industry that a that a Hollywood film starring Nollywood stars in leading roles is in pre-production.

Niyi Towolawi, who is also the writer/director of “Turning Point” stated, “we start principal photography in less than a month and the excitement couldn’t be greater.”

The Hollywood production crew who have worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters are very keen to bring to life this innovative approach of Africa-centric storytelling. “They are nothing but a dream team and it’s amazing how they have caught the vision and passion that we convey”. The crew includes award-winning FX makeup artist and E4 PR Star, Lola Maja-Okojevoh.

There will be daily blogging from the set courtesy of Egor Efiok (check E4 PR’s blog and website) and video diaries will feed the EPK (electronic press kit) television shows, a “behind the scenes” and a “making of the movie” respectively.

Filming begins middle of October in America, followed by a trip to Nigeria for additional scenes. “Our crew is very excited to visit Nigeria and a film workshop with Nollywood professionals is being lined up for their time there”, says Towolawi.

Egor Efiok adds, “Writing this movie with Niyi has been a marvelous and bonding experience. My ideas are usually unique and unusual and I found it difficult to collaborate with like-minded people until I met Niyi. We are the perfect tag team and you will definitely be hearing more from HekCentrik Productions and E4 PR in the near future”.

This looks promising. See pictures of the cast below:

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