Omo Awo is the story of a man who is a child of God. Unknown to him his father is an occultist. His mother and other siblings died when he was two years old. He is the only child left by his mother. His father has had struggles in business and family in his early life which has led his father to seek solutions from all spiritual and physical sources. His father's wife is a witch, his father's concubine/mistress is a triple witch. His father's mistress who is also a member of the occult introduced his father to the occult. Omo Awo lives in London and his father lives in Nigeria. Is London a place where there is enough fire to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy unleashed against Omo Awo in the bid to initiate him into the occult. How will Omo balance his love for God with his duty to family and to his father? Will he remain a child of God - or become a Child of the occult?
Child of the occult is directed by Adesola Sunday Oyin-Adejobi and Isaac Oluwole Olaleye. It is our pleasure to speak with Isaac Odeniran, the producer of the film.
How did you start making films and what was the first film project you worked on?
Initially we were making music from 1999 as a record label then started making films in 2013 when we set up our Film imprint.
What genre of filmmaking are you looking to work on and why?
We make films predominantly about Black British experiences and heritage. We do this to tell the stories of the people to the world.
What is the most challenging aspect of being an independent filmmaker?
The most challenging aspect of being an independent film maker is getting a project to the market, that is overseeing a project from conception to delivery.
How challenging is it to fund indie films?
Most times as independent film makers we rely on good will and in kind donations to make financing of projects work.
Please name three of your most favorite directors. How have they been influential in your work?
At the moment I have no favorite Directors.
What is your next film project and what are you currently working on?
We have about 50 films in work in progress at the moment and about 20 scripts ready to shoot. Our next project looks likely to be "Angry People of God" and "Father!".
What was the inspiration behind your latest film project?
Life experiences and attitudes are the main inspirations behind the next two projects we will be working on.
How did you find the cast and the crew of the film?
We have a database of existing cast and crew but we also look for new talent every time we shoot movies. We endeavour to develop talent as part of our movie making process so we can source talents from people we have helped to develop.
What is the distribution plan of the film and did the film receive any screenings or was it featured in festivals?
We have direct distribution with digital platforms. We also Licence films through other distributors, sales agents and film markets. "Child of the Occult" has been selected in at least 7 film Festivals and has won various awards whilst "I Want Out" one of our previous films was selected at at least 14 festivals and also won various awards.
Why do you make films and what kind of impact would your work have on the world?
We want our films to educate, raise awareness and preserve heritage.