Multi-award winning and acclaimed Actor, Director and Producer Tim Reid will once again present a 2-week intensive filmmakers workshop in partnership with the British Film Institute – Southbank. Reid, best known for his roles in the television series Frank’s Place, Sister Sister, and more recently Tremé, will host the workshop from March 3rd to the 15th, 2014, through his initiative, the Legacy Media Institute (LMI).
The LMI-BFI workshop, unparalleled amongst the black British filmmaking community, creates a unique exchange where participants collaborate with top Hollywood and UK industry professionals to refine their filmmaking skills.
The participants will culminate the programme by producing their own short narrative film to be screened at the end of the workshop in front of a UK audience in the BFI-Southbank theater on Saturday, March 15th, in conjunction with the BFI’s African Odyssey Film Programme.
Under the guidance of Actor/Director Tim Reid, the participants will be exposed to the expert advice of other established industry professionals such as: award-winning cinematographer John Simmons, ASC; UK’s award-winning actor and director, Burt Caesar; and Ken Roy, a producer and post-production supervisor. Various other UK industry professionals will also join the group to cover directing actors, marketing and promotion.
Tim Reid aims to bring about more interaction amongst filmmakers of African descent globally. Based on the positive previous two London-based workshops, for which both LMI and BFI-Southbank agreed to continue their international collaborative, he said: I am once again excited by the opportunity to expand our mission of promoting excellence and accountability in the industry of media creation by a diverse international group of filmmakers.
David Somerset, Curator of Adult and Community Education at the BFI also stated; I welcome this continued partnership with the Legacy Media Institute as a model for promoting genuine diversity within the media. It’s a perfect accompaniment to BFI Southbank’s African Odysseys, which aims to deliver films by and about the peoples of Africa and its diaspora. Such films, if they are fortunate enough to have been made, and often through sheer determination and self-financing, regularly fail to reach an audience despite their artistic excellence and potential to extend the knowledge and experience of all humanity.
During this session, LMI will also premiere a film written and directed by Praheme, an LMI fellow who participated in the 2012 LMI-BFI workshop. His film, “Troop 491, Adventures of the Muddy Lions,” will premiere at 11am on Saturday, March 8th at the BFI-Southbank’s main theater. This special screening for the British filmmaking community is sponsored by the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia Film Office. After the screening, Praheme and Tim Reid will be available to answer questions from the audience about the production of the film. Tickets are available via phone at 0207 928 3232, or in person at the BFI-Southbank box office from 1100-2030 Monday-Sunday, and a trailer of the film is available here.
To attend the workshop:
1. Filmmakers of a BME background are eligible to apply. The 2-week LMI Workshop will cost £100.
2. To apply applicants must submit a CV and online links of examples of their work to LMI at
firstname.lastname@example.org stating their suitability for the scheme. Deadline is 21st Feb 2014.
Upon acceptance into the workshop, payment by PayPal can be made here:
3. The Legacy Media Institute (LMI) is based in Virginia, USA. LMI was created as a support system for diverse, independent film artists with a state-of-the-art facility providing training in
filmmaking, business and media production.
4. Previously over 40 black British Filmmakers have benefited from the LMI scholarship programme and workshops, and our growing roster of “LMI Fellows” includes Nosa Nedion, Sheila Nortley, Souleyman Garcia, Nuakai Aru, Philip Javens, and Aisha Amarfio.
5. The BFI Southbank’s African Odysseys is a series of films by and about the people of Africa and its Diaspora. BFI teamed up with cultural leaders and activists and set up an ongoing
series of films that would educate and raise the audience understanding not only about ‘film’ but also the subject of the film.
The BFI is the lead organization for film in the UK and since 2011 has combined a creative, cultural and industrial role as a Government arm’s length body and distributor of National Lottery funds. Its key priorities are to support a vibrant UK film culture by investing in film education, audience access, filmmaking and film heritage. Founded in 1933 the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. Visit bfi.org.uk for more information on BFI activities.