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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!

The Final Sound Mix

We are going into Day 3 of the final sound mix for Nightrunners. That’s pretty awesome all on its own.  But what makes it even more exciting is that we get to mix our movie at the Royal Theatre in Toronto!  So we’re putting the whole soundscape together in the environment that it will actually be played in.  Seriously.  Who gets to mix their film in a 400 seat theatre? Oh yeah.  We do.

Fostine Opiyo Odhiambo selected as Kenyan Executive Producer!

We are very pleased to announce that Fostine Opiyo Odhiambo will assume the late Mama Benta Odhiambo’s role as Executive Producer for the film, NIGHTRUNNERS.  Fostine has been involved in the project from the earliest stages and we are all very proud to have him in this new role.   You can read all about this incredibly talented and charismatic man in the Crew Bio section of our website. Welcome, Fostine!


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