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Mahogany Too by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Mahogany Too
Super 8 transfer to video
3 mins

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SYNOPSIS

Inspired by Nollywood’s distinct re-imagining in the form of sequels, Mahogany Too, interprets the 1975 cult classic, Mahogany, a fashion-infused romantic drama. Starring Nigerian actress Esosa E., Mahogany Too, examines and revives Diana Ross’ iconic portrayal of Tracy Chambers, a determined and energetic African-American woman enduring racial disparities while pursuing her dreams. Mahogany Too uses analog film to achieve its vintage tones which emphasizes the essence of the character, re-creating Tracy’s qualities through fashion, modeling, and styling.

STATEMENT

While living in Ghana promoting Kwaku Ananse in 2013, I met Nigerian actress Esosa E., in Makola Market, a popular market place and shopping district in the heart of Accra. I recognized Esosa from several of Kevin Jerome Everson’s films. Our serendipitous encounter in Ghana and direct connection to Virginia, places where I consider home, called for a collaboration. Our mutual obsession with Diana Ross’ style and attraction to West African features inspired me to overcome the anxiety I felt around returning to analog filmmaking aesthetics. Our schedules eventually synced up across the Atlantic in Virginia, where Mahogany Too had its genesis. - Akosua Adoma Owusu

CAST & CREW

Produced by Obibini Pictures, LLC
Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Starring Esosa E
Cinematography by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Edited by King Z
Styled & Vocals by Esosa E
Sound Design & Mix by Kari Rae Seekins

GRANTS & SUPPORT

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

AWARDS

Nominated - Onion City Experimental Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - San Francisco International Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - Athens International Film + Video Festival, 2018
Nominated - Images Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2018
Nominated - African Movie Academy Awards, 2018


OFFICIAL SELECTION

International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018
CinemAfrica Sweden, 2018
Onion City Experimental Film Festival, 2018
University of Richmond, 2018
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2018
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2018
Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2018
IV Fronteira Festival, 2018
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, 2018
Athens International Film + Video Festival, 2018
Images Film Festival, 2018
Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2018
Maryland Film Festival, 2018
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, 2018
Crossroads2018: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2018