Electric South has supported African artists from a spectrum creative disciplines to explore 360 filmmaking.
We act as a production studio – securing finance for projects; guiding creative development of ideas; mentoring first-time VR filmmakers throughout the production process; and facilitating post-production.
Our first projects were co-produced under the New Dimensions banner by Electric South and the Goethe-Institut South Africa, with additional support from Big World Cinema, Blue Ice Docs and the Bertha Foundation.
In 2018, we have a further seven projects in development.
The New Dimension 2017 workshop opened me to the possibility VR technology affords as a tool of expression for a visual artist, making it easier to transition into viewing the world in a sphere. Special thanks to the Electric South team for the opportunity.” – Jumoke Sanwo
Change in the Tide
Zimbabwean journalist Nyasha Kadandara has completed shooting in Chad, following 3 characters subsisting from the shrinking Lake Chad. The piece is in post-production now with Kenyan VR studio, Black Rhino VR.
Meghna Singh and Simon Wood
South African artist and filmmaker duo Meghna Singh and Simon Wood are exploring modern indentured servitude, inspired by the discovery of remains of a slave ship at the affluent Clifton beach. The project, “Container”, was pitched at IDFA last year, and featured in Variety magazine. It was selected for the Gap Financing Market at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2018.
Shelley BarrySouth Africa
South African filmmaker Shelley Barry is challenging representations of disability with a VR journey through a vibrant, theatrical dance event in Johannesburg called “Here”. Filming will begin in early 2019.
Lagos at Large
Nigerian photographer Jumoke Sanwo is unpacking the post-colonial identity of megacity Lagos with our co-producing partner Imisi3D, a Nigerian tech hub. Test shoots are underway.
Goma La Belle
Documentary filmmaker Petna Ndaliko from the DRC is ideating on a musical exploration of history and rhythm through the city of Goma.