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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Maybe our indie scene should take a look at the low budget populist success of Nollywood

While great indie films come & go quickly, unnoticed by the majority of the population in the US, in Nollywood it's a different story. Yes, I know, Nollywood is not similar to the US indie film scene but rather comparing it to Hollywood (the Hollywood of Nigeria) would be fair. HOWEVER, according to this trailer, most Nollywood movies are made for less than $10,000 (the price of many DIY/ultra-low budget/real indies in the US - $10K or less) and they are popular with ordinary people (as opposed to the art/foreign/indie film loving subculture). Can we duplicate this in the US? Can we make low budget indie movies that appeal to the "ordinary" person? Probably. Here's the trailer to Nollywood Babylon (thanks to The Obenson Report for the link):




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2 comments:

1Way or Another said...

Fascinating. It would be nice to see that appetite for truth travel to the US.

The Sujewa said...

I think we already have a pretty healthy appetite for truth - docs are pretty popular these days. And maybe, since Hollywood already makes a ton of movies that appeal to "regular" people, maybe it isn't possible for the indie scene to compete with that. Since Nigeria does not have a Hollywood I guess it's a completely different story over there. Regardless, the idea of thousands of under $10K flicks being popular in the US is an attractive one, but probably not doable due to the costs involved in distribution & marketing.

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