AWESOME REWARDS!!

We’ve got some really mega rewards to give out as thank yous to everyone who backs our Kickstarter campaign!

Help us finish our documentary Paa Joe & The Lion and you can bag yourself  a bundle of great Amy Blackwell Paa Joe merch…

Get a Tote Bag, T-shirt AND an A5 Amy B print AND be the first to see the film with a high quality digital download!

I know you’re probably thinking “but that must be at least 70 quid’s worth of stuff…”

It is.

But we’re giving it to you for just a £50 pledge.

So you get to support a great film made in the UK & Ghana, and you get a totally rad bundle of amazing stuff as a thanks from us!

Let a bit of movie-biz glamour rub off on you and pledge now to get this limited edition magic bundle perk

Interview with Charlie Philips of Sheffield Doc/Fest FameThe wonderful folks behind Sheffield Doc/Fest have been very generous in their support of Paa Joe & The Lion so far. From hosting guest blog posts from us to offering up an exclusive Doc/Fest VIP reward as part of our Kickstarter campaign - including a special professional date with their Deputy Director, Charlie Philips. To give you a tiny taste of what it’s like to gain such exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the festival here’s a quick natter we had with Charlie earlier this week…

PJ&TL: What is your role at the festival?CP: Deputy Director…and what exactly does that entail?That entails doing everything really.  So anything from inviting people to come to the Meet Market, either to ask for money or to give money, helping to programme the films, raising money for the festival, just kind of anything and everything really.   What is the best thing about working for Doc/Fest?It has organisational ethics and a real commitment to helping filmmakers rather than doing an event for the sake of it. We’re totally committed to supporting the industryWho has been your favourite festival guest over the years?I was really excited to have Ira Glass.  He’s such a big hero of mine so purely on the basis of getting one of your heroes to come, that would be it… and he was really nice as well, really inspiring.What can a newbie from Doc/Fest expect from the festival?That we’ll treat you as an individual…that’s kind of what we do.  We try and give everyone a chance to live up to their potential and to get everything out of the festival.What are you most excited about for Doc/Fest 2014?Urrrmmm… well it’s too early to say anything really, we haven’t confirmed anything!  But just that it’s going to be even bigger and more exciting than ever, but I can’t say any more than that!
So, you’ll have to wait and see what surprises are in store for Doc/Fest 2014 but rest assured if you love films or want to get unprecedented support for your film this is the festival for you
http://sheffdocfest.com/
http://kickstarter.com/projects/paajoeandthelion/paa-joe-and-the-lion-documentary/

Interview with Charlie Philips of Sheffield Doc/Fest Fame

The wonderful folks behind Sheffield Doc/Fest have been very generous in their support of Paa Joe & The Lion so far. From hosting guest blog posts from us to offering up an exclusive Doc/Fest VIP reward as part of our Kickstarter campaign - including a special professional date with their Deputy Director, Charlie Philips. 

To give you a tiny taste of what it’s like to gain such exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the festival here’s a quick natter we had with Charlie earlier this week…

PJ&TL: What is your role at the festival?
CP: Deputy Director

…and what exactly does that entail?
That entails doing everything really.  So anything from inviting people to come to the Meet Market, either to ask for money or to give money, helping to programme the films, raising money for the festival, just kind of anything and everything really.   

What is the best thing about working for Doc/Fest?
It has organisational ethics and a real commitment to helping filmmakers rather than doing an event for the sake of it. We’re totally committed to supporting the industry

Who has been your favourite festival guest over the years?
I was really excited to have Ira Glass.  He’s such a big hero of mine so purely on the basis of getting one of your heroes to come, that would be it… and he was really nice as well, really inspiring.

What can a newbie from Doc/Fest expect from the festival?
That we’ll treat you as an individual…that’s kind of what we do.  We try and give everyone a chance to live up to their potential and to get everything out of the festival.

What are you most excited about for Doc/Fest 2014?
Urrrmmm… well it’s too early to say anything really, we haven’t confirmed anything!  But just that it’s going to be even bigger and more exciting than ever, but I can’t say any more than that!

So, you’ll have to wait and see what surprises are in store for Doc/Fest 2014 but rest assured if you love films or want to get unprecedented support for your film this is the festival for you

http://sheffdocfest.com/

http://kickstarter.com/projects/paajoeandthelion/paa-joe-and-the-lion-documentary/

Danke!

As Wayne (and Ferris) would say Danke to all these lovely people for pledging on Kickstarter and supporting the film.

  • Anthony J Sullivan
  • Chrisón Thompson
  • Jonathan Carr
  • May Davies
  • Penny Reeve
  • Alison Little
  • Kathy Brummell
  • Elspeth Berry
  • Joe Hardy
  • Andrew Payne
  • Jes Benstock
  • Yvonne Mustapha
  • Rachel Clare Williams
  • Andy Eastwood
  • Adrian Bhagat

Oh, and we have to say a special little thank you to actor Toby Jones who kindly contributed to the campaign this week. 

If you’d like to join this roll call of awesome people head to our Kickstarter page now!
http://kck.st/16uVnlT

Interview with Anna Griffin, producer of Paa Joe & The LionPeople often ask about the various roles involved in making an independent film like ours. So, we decided to shed some light on the behind the scenes action.
Here’s an introduction to our producer Anna and what she gets up to making films like ours, not to mention working alongside star talent and top directors like Nicolas Winding Refn.
Anna Griffin is an independent film producer who works for Wellington Films. She has been involved with a range of productions including Bronson and Only God Forgives and has recently produced the spine-chilling short horror, The Gas Man.
How did you get into Producing?I landed my first job as a Production Runner on the seminal film, Goal!3, in 2007.  Rachel Robey hired me and Rachel Dargavel got my foot in the door.  From there I went on to work on numerous productions, many of which took place in Notts, (Bronson, Unmade Beds, Skeletons) in various roles, Director’s Assistant, Floor Runner, 3rd AD.  I loved the buzz of working on a shoot but was always a bit bummed that that was the only part of the process I saw.  I wanted to know what happened before and after the shoot.Since 2010 I’ve been with Wellington Films, the brilliant production company behind London to Brighton, founded by Al Clark and Rachel Robey, my first boss.  And more recently, I’ve joined forces with Rachel Dargavel and her company, Crybaby.  It’s all gone full circle! For the uninitiated, what exactly does a producer do?Try to make the director’s dream come to life.  A less floaty answer would be plan, budget, write, encourage ideas, solve problems, drive vans, try to keep everyone happy, cook breakfast and try to pay people on time.What has been your favourite film to work on so far – and why?Oh goodness, they’ve all been incredible for so many reasons!  Bronson was ace because it was my first time working with Nicolas Winding Refn and I just think the film is incredible.  And the duties were varied – being sent on cookie-buying errands to helping with script amendments.  Unmade Beds was filmed almost entirely in Roden House, Sneinton, and by the end of it, it really did feel like cast and crew had become one big weird bohemian family.  Best wrap party EVER!  On Skeletons the director, Nick Whitfield, called everyone Jimmy and we were filming in a village near Matlock where everyone seemed to have pampas grass in their front gardens… I’ve heard that’s supposed to signify something.I actually can’t pick my favourite and I think that’s because for a couple of years, with the help of local screen agency EM Media, there were so many great films being produced in Notts. This meant that we had loads of really talented crew-members based here. We’d all go from one production to another together, eating on double-decker dining buses in the cold and gossiping about who fancied who.  It was really fun and built the foundations for some great friendships and working relationships.Have you got a funny behind-the-scenes moment you could share with us?During Bronson and Valhalla Rising Nicolas would choose to shout “Let’s f**k!” instead of “Action!”, often to the horror of any unsuspecting set visitors or extras we’d have on set that day.As a producer what’s the question you get asked most often?Can we afford that?  Normally, no.Who’s the nicest celeb you’ve met?Mads Mikkelsen, nicest, funnest, silliest man in Hollywood.  All round babe.What has been the toughest part of the Paa Joe project so far?Well, I thought it was trying to organise a performance with fire spinners, Vikings, drummers, dancers, a stilt walker, giant puppets and a 6ft lion.  But it turns out it’s trying to run a Kickstarter campaign. What has been the best part of the Paa Joe project so far?Having Paa Joe and Jacob over in Nottingham in the summer.  It was such an honour to be working with them, seeing them create the masterpiece that is The Lion.  And taking them to see Paa Joe’s eagle coffin in the British Museum was really special.  He’d never seen his work in an exhibition space before and the British Museum is a pretty magical place.  Plus watching Jacob eat a burger for the first time at Annie’s Burger Shack… I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed that.And we had so many laughs, in between the tiredness.  Even now I can’t think of Anthony Caro without smiling from ear to ear.  (For a long time we thought Anthony Caro had visited Paa Joe’s workshop in Ghana.  After many phone calls and emails with his assistant, trying to set up meetings with the world-renowned artist and one of the best sculptors Britain has ever produced, we realised it was Aunty Carol who’d visited Paa Joe’s workshop).If you could travel back in time to when you were first starting out and could give yourself some advice, what would it be?Don’t underestimate anything – money, time, effort or energy – production’s a tough slog.Plans for the future?
For the Paa Joe & The Lion party to take over the world! 
—-For more information see http://paajoe.artdocs.co.uk
And please support our film on Kickstarter - we’ve only got 7 days left and several thousand pounds to raise - every small (or large!) donation gets us one step closer. Thank you! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paajoeandthelion/paa-joe-and-the-lion-documentary 

Interview with Anna Griffin, producer of Paa Joe & The Lion

People often ask about the various roles involved in making an independent film like ours. So, we decided to shed some light on the behind the scenes action.

Here’s an introduction to our producer Anna and what she gets up to making films like ours, not to mention working alongside star talent and top directors like Nicolas Winding Refn.

Anna Griffin is an independent film producer who works for Wellington Films. She has been involved with a range of productions including Bronson and Only God Forgives and has recently produced the spine-chilling short horror, The Gas Man.

How did you get into Producing?
I landed my first job as a Production Runner on the seminal film, Goal!3, in 2007.  Rachel Robey hired me and Rachel Dargavel got my foot in the door.  From there I went on to work on numerous productions, many of which took place in Notts, (Bronson, Unmade Beds, Skeletons) in various roles, Director’s Assistant, Floor Runner, 3rd AD.  I loved the buzz of working on a shoot but was always a bit bummed that that was the only part of the process I saw.  I wanted to know what happened before and after the shoot.

Since 2010 I’ve been with Wellington Films, the brilliant production company behind London to Brighton, founded by Al Clark and Rachel Robey, my first boss.  And more recently, I’ve joined forces with Rachel Dargavel and her company, Crybaby.  It’s all gone full circle! 

For the uninitiated, what exactly does a producer do?
Try to make the director’s dream come to life.  A less floaty answer would be plan, budget, write, encourage ideas, solve problems, drive vans, try to keep everyone happy, cook breakfast and try to pay people on time.

What has been your favourite film to work on so far – and why?
Oh goodness, they’ve all been incredible for so many reasons!  Bronson was ace because it was my first time working with Nicolas Winding Refn and I just think the film is incredible.  And the duties were varied – being sent on cookie-buying errands to helping with script amendments.  Unmade Beds was filmed almost entirely in Roden House, Sneinton, and by the end of it, it really did feel like cast and crew had become one big weird bohemian family.  Best wrap party EVER!  On Skeletons the director, Nick Whitfield, called everyone Jimmy and we were filming in a village near Matlock where everyone seemed to have pampas grass in their front gardens… I’ve heard that’s supposed to signify something.

I actually can’t pick my favourite and I think that’s because for a couple of years, with the help of local screen agency EM Media, there were so many great films being produced in Notts. This meant that we had loads of really talented crew-members based here. We’d all go from one production to another together, eating on double-decker dining buses in the cold and gossiping about who fancied who.  It was really fun and built the foundations for some great friendships and working relationships.

Have you got a funny behind-the-scenes moment you could share with us?
During Bronson and Valhalla Rising Nicolas would choose to shout “Let’s f**k!” instead of “Action!”, often to the horror of any unsuspecting set visitors or extras we’d have on set that day.

As a producer what’s the question you get asked most often?
Can we afford that?  Normally, no.

Who’s the nicest celeb you’ve met?
Mads Mikkelsen, nicest, funnest, silliest man in Hollywood.  All round babe.

What has been the toughest part of the Paa Joe project so far?
Well, I thought it was trying to organise a performance with fire spinners, Vikings, drummers, dancers, a stilt walker, giant puppets and a 6ft lion.  But it turns out it’s trying to run a Kickstarter campaign. 

What has been the best part of the Paa Joe project so far?
Having Paa Joe and Jacob over in Nottingham in the summer.  It was such an honour to be working with them, seeing them create the masterpiece that is The Lion.  And taking them to see Paa Joe’s eagle coffin in the British Museum was really special.  He’d never seen his work in an exhibition space before and the British Museum is a pretty magical place.  Plus watching Jacob eat a burger for the first time at Annie’s Burger Shack… I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed that.

And we had so many laughs, in between the tiredness.  Even now I can’t think of Anthony Caro without smiling from ear to ear.  (For a long time we thought Anthony Caro had visited Paa Joe’s workshop in Ghana.  After many phone calls and emails with his assistant, trying to set up meetings with the world-renowned artist and one of the best sculptors Britain has ever produced, we realised it was Aunty Carol who’d visited Paa Joe’s workshop).

If you could travel back in time to when you were first starting out and could give yourself some advice, what would it be?
Don’t underestimate anything – money, time, effort or energy – production’s a tough slog.

Plans for the future?

For the Paa Joe & The Lion party to take over the world! 

—-

For more information see http://paajoe.artdocs.co.uk

And please support our film on Kickstarter - we’ve only got 7 days left and several thousand pounds to raise - every small (or large!) donation gets us one step closer. Thank you! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paajoeandthelion/paa-joe-and-the-lion-documentary 

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Some handy advice from Ben Wigley, the director of Paa Joe & The Lion, on how to make a good project video (even if you hate being on camera). 

BEFORE PAA JOE THERE WAS SIR PAUL SMITH

Here’s director Ben Wigley’s award-winning short film PS Your Mystery Sender(after the trailer for his latest project) for your enjoyment.

The film began when Ben heard about the world renowned fashion designer receiving strange and curious gifts from an anonymous admirer .
With 20 years’ worth of these mysterious offerings to show Paul agreed to meet our film-maker to discuss these odd items along with other ideas such as his inspirations, creative process and much more.

imukheli:

Brogues

Snap of a dapper chap in Ghana

imukheli:

Brogues

Snap of a dapper chap in Ghana

lucajsage:

© Luca Sage 2013
Another from portrait from Accra, Ghana, from my ongoing series focussing on young boxers.

Great photograph from a fascinating blog

lucajsage:

© Luca Sage 2013

Another from portrait from Accra, Ghana, from my ongoing series focussing on young boxers.

Great photograph from a fascinating blog

We’re offering one lucky person a chance to grab a full delegate pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest right now on our Kickstarter. So, here’s our producer Anna Griffin to share some of her best experiences of this amazing film festival…

An Insiders Guide to Sheffield Doc/Fest
Roller Discos, Real Ale & The Best Documentaries in the World


Sheffield Doc/Fest really is unlike any film festival I’ve ever attended before.  It’s fun, it’s vibrant and there aren’t any egos in the room.  Well, not in the rooms I go in anyway.

As soon as you get off the train and you see the bright pink boards and flags with big bold writing “Sex & Docs & Rock ‘n’ Roll”, you know you’re in for a treat.  And everyone seems to be carrying record-bags with the same message.  And you want one! So you head to The Workstation and join the queue of excited film fans and filmmakers.  You get your bag and inside there’s a plethora of goodies!  A catalogue, a ‘who’s who’ guide, DVDs, badges, stickers, event invitations…it’s like being given the party bag before you’ve even found the party!

Then, the roller coaster begins.  First stop, get your ticket for the opening event!  If you don’t, the next day is like being in the playground at school when you didn’t watch Big Brother the night before and everyone else did.  Last year saw Jarvis Cocker lead a live orchestra including a brass band, a harpist, a choir and Richard Hawley!  The orchestra were providing the live soundtrack to The Big Melt, an archive film produced by festival director, Heather Croall, and Crossover Lab Director, Mark Atkin.  The event was held in The Crucible and it was stunning – completely immersive.  Everyone was wowed and Jarvis looked like he was having the time of his life.

The year before we were honoured to be in the presence of Rodriguez when he surprised everyone by performing a secret gig at the opening night party.  The crowd, from first time filmmakers to hugely influential commission editors watched and listened together.  It was beautiful.

Then the next few days are filled with whatever you choose to fill them with:

  • Gain insight into the inner world of documentary making with industry panels
  • Marvel at interactive, cross-platform projects in the Crossover Lounge
  • Watch filmmakers of the future try to secure their finance in front of a live audience in public pitches
  • …and of course watch films, films, films!

And if it all gets a bit too much, then you can just slip off to the Café Bar at The Showroom and sample some of Doc/Fest’s own real ale while you peruse the film and event guide and decide what you’re going to do that night.

And the night-time events kick total ass too!  The Thursday night is roller-disco night.  If you’re anything like me just make sure you’ve got someone with you to keep you standing.  Two years running I’ve crashed into a very influential distributor, luckily he’s also one of the nicest men in the industry so it’s fiiiiine, and maybe one day it’s something we’ll laugh about at the premiere of our film he’s distributed (fingers crossed, fingers crossed!) and Friday night it’s Guilty Pleasures hosted by Documentary Campus.  If the bright pink bunting and the roller disco weren’t camp enough, you just wait until you get to Guilty Pleasures.  The crowd of filmmakers, financiers, distributors and commissioning editors all whoop and squeal together when cabaret dance troupe Hot Gusset hit the stage.  Oh my, they’re amazing.

But of course, the most important and impressive part of the festival is the films that are showcased.  Sheffield Doc/Fest truly is one of the most influential and respected documentary film festivals in the world, attracting world premieres from films that go on to win accolades the world over.  I’ve only been going to Doc/Fest for the past 2 years but the documentaries I’ve seen there will stay with me forever. 

-    Searching for Sugar Man
-   
The Act of Killing
-    Ai Weiwei:  Never Sorry
-    5 Broken Cameras
-    The Moo Man

Big up the Doc/Fest team!  The most hard-working and nicest people in the industry who will do anything they can to help.  The other night, I was emailing Deputy Director, Charlie Phillips, and he was responding until 11pm!  “Why are you still answering your emails?”  I asked.  “Because you’re emailing” was the response.  For a group of people who are perpetually busy, they always make time to support filmmakers in any way they can.  So, thank you Doc/Fest team for being totally rad and creating one of the best events of the year.

-    Heather Croall – Festival Director, film producer & roller skating pro
-   
Charlie Phillips – Deputy Director, quickest man on emails, giver of great advice & super sharp dresser
-   
Hussain Currimbhoy – Director of Programming, another sharp dresser & great taste in films
-   
Sylvia Wroblewska – Business & Marketing Director, ex-Current TV producer, beautiful hair
-   
Chris Black – Marketplace Manager, super busy, super helpful, super beard.
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Mark Atkin – Crossover Lab Director, Head Master of Documentary Campus Masterschool, lover of bold dance floor moves


To find out more about how you can grab an exclusive Sheffield Doc/Fest pass head to our Kickstarter page now