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CineWomen features Nightrunners Writer/Director Rowan Nielsen

CinéWomen, a women’s cinema and performing arts journal has featured the Nightrunners writer/director Rowan Nielsen in their most recent publication!  We are so proud of you Rowan – what a wonderful interview about the vision of the film.

To read the article, click the link:


Public Voting Is Now Open For The Kalasha Awards

Calling all friends, family and fans of Nightrunners!

The public voting portion of the Kalasha Awards (Kenya’s version of the Oscars) is now available online.

As we ecstatically announced earlier, we’ve been nominated by the jury for Best Feature Film.  How cool is that???

So now it’s your turn.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Find 8 seconds of free time in your schedule
  2. Visit
  3. Click where it says: Click HERE to begin your voting!
  4. Scroll down to Category 3: Best Feature Film
  5. Tap that button beside “Night runners”
  6. Click on “Submit”
  7. Pat yourself on the back for once again supporting the Nightrunners team
  8. Know that we are grateful beyond measure for that support

That’s all there is to it!

So go now.  Go soon.  It’s really that easy.

Thank you!  Assante sana!

We’re Nominated for a Kenyan Oscar!

It was just announced by the Kenyan Film Commission!

Our Kenya/Canada co-production, Nightrunners, has been nominated for a Kalasha award in the Best Feature Film category.  The Kalasha awards are Kenya’s equivalent to the Oscars.

Congratulations to the entire Nightrunners team for the nomination.

The awards will be announced October 30.  Cross your fingers.  And your toes.

Live from Zanzibar…

Hello, team Nightrunners!

Canadian Executive Producer Eric Brinberg, Kenyan Executive Producer Fostine Odhiambo and Canadian Writer & Director Rowan Nielsen are all in Zanzibar for the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF 2015). We’ll update here as often as we can but for more up to the minute coverage, check out our twitter streams.




AND… our male lead, Neville Misati, will be joining us tomorrow for more ZIFF action.

It’s a beautiful day for a film festival.

Official Selection by CinéWomen

We are thrilled to announce that Nightrunners  has been selected for the Biennial Edition of CinéWomen.  More details coming soon but we couldn’t wait to share the news with all of you.

For more info on  information on CinéWomen you can check out .

Thanks and congratulations to the team!

NIGHTRUNNERS wins BEST FEATURE at the LA Thriller Film Festival!

While we were thrilled just to be selected for the Los Angeles Thriller Film Festival this past weekend, we are practically beside ourselves with the excitement of winning the Best Feature Film award!

Congratulations to the whole team and thank you to the LATFF for the privilege of selection and, of course, the award.

Thank you!  Asante Sana!



NIGHTRUNNERS is selected for Zanzibar International Film Festival!

And it’s official!

NIGHTRUNNERS has been selected for ZIFF, the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival!

ZIFF runs July 18th – 26th and is the biggest in East Africa.  Last year’s attendance was over 200,000.  The opening film is Ava Duvernay’s Oscar nominated film, SELMA, so we’re in great company!

We’ll give you more news as we have it, but for now, check out those beautiful laurels!!

Congratulations, everyone!

Onwards and upwards!

If Films Were Children

The idea for Nightrunners was born shortly after my volunteer trip to Rusinga Island in early 2011.  But it didn’t become real in my mind until we returned to Rusinga for the first scout trip in the summer of 2012.  This is incidentally when Mama Benta’s granddaughter was born.  And they named her Rowan.

Yesterday, I received a picture of “Little Rowan” from John Geddes.   Little Rowan is not so little anymore.  So it’s interesting to think that the film, Nightrunners, and the child, Little Rowan, are essentially the same age.

This is how long Nightrunners has been growing.

Kind of puts things in perspective, really.

ps – Isn’t she beautiful??

Throwback Thursday

We can’t tell you how amazing it feels to have our first finished feature film.  It’s just that amazing.

It’s hard to believe that 2 years ago, we were up to our elbows in pre-production, getting ready to head over to Rusinga Island, Kenya to film.  Aside from all of the usual paperwork and meetings and table reads, there were immunizations, passports photos, plane tickets and … maps.  We created maps to send to worried partners and parents:  THIS is where we’re going.

So for Throwback Thursday, here’s a little piece of the past.  HERE is Rusinga Island on a map.

Today’s Tusker toast!

While filming Nightrunners in rural Kenya, we often wrapped up our days (or nights) with toasts of Tuskers, Kenya’s finest brew and a crew favourite.

Today we marked the final playback of our sound mix sessions at the Royal Theatre with another Tusker toast.  Thank you to our amazing sound mixers, Steven and Christopher, for putting it all together.  We only wish that our Kenyan teammates could have been there to share in the celebration.

We are so excited to share Nightrunners with you all.  Soon.   Very, very soon.

For now, cheers to a (nearly) finished film!


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