Action Triggerz Ltd, a nascent local film production company that boasts of grooming its members into tomorrow’s superstars, will premiere their latest film, Chicago Bastards, at DB9 Pub in Kalerwe this Friday.
The group, consisting of some 40 young filmmakers and actors, was established in 2011, but is yet to make an impact on the intricate local film scene, thanks to lack of finances and the general poor audience attitude towards local cinema.
Their only film title by far, Zirabamuzaale, was released direct-to-video in 2012, and went on to participate at two local festivals. It won some praise for its riveting storyline chronicling a dysfunctional family trying to come to terms with infidelity and an unwanted pregnancy.
The picture was however shot in a guerrilla style, and fell short of many basic production elements – something the group’s director, Tony Lutakome, says has been addressed in the new film.
In a recent interview with us, 23-year-old Lutakome said his group has been focusing on training its members in all aspects of filmmaking, and that the fruits of this professional approach are evident in Chicago Bastards.
The comedy-thriller, whose only form of publicity has come by way of a comical poster on Facebook and a few TV mentions, follows a group of young African American students visiting their colleague in Uganda.
Playing on the clichéd stereotypes about Black American culture, the film depicts the students getting into trouble with ancestral spirits due to their debauched morals including raunchy dressing, cursing and public display of affection while a ‘holy’ forest.
“We don’t just make our films to entertain, but also to educate the youth, particularly about the need to uphold our culture as Africans,” Lutakome says of the film’s inspiration.
Originally shot in English, Chicago Bastards’ premiere copy has had to get a Midas touch from a local VJ to suit the group’s downtown Luganda-speaking audience. About 300 guests are apparently expected to grace the red-carpet premiere that will also feature music performances from Bobi Wine among others.
An actor himself, self-styled Ghetto President Bob Wine could help draw huge audiences to the event given his popularity in Kalerwe, a vibrant city suburb and part of the singer’s self-declared republic.
Tickets to the event are selling at Shs5, 000 and Shs20,000 for ordinary and VIP guests, respectively. The latter category will enjoy a cocktail, snacks and an opportunity to mingle with the cast and crew. Gates open at 6pm. For more information, contact 0703857679 / 0789349299.