“One Night in Brooklyn” – Award-winning Esosa Edosomwan to direct first feature film

by Hauwa Gambo

 Actress, Writer, “Directress” Esosa Edosomwan who was recently named a “Young African Visionary” by Obaasema Magazine and included in Applause Africa’s list of “30 Most Intriguing Africans in NY” will be directing her first feature film titled “One Night in Brooklyn.”

 The film is about a group of Brooklyn bohemians whose bonds of friendship and love are put to the test when they decide to throw a TransAfrican Independence Day party.  

The multi-cultural cast will bring to life characters of Nigerian, Ethiopian, Haitian, Afro-Latino, and African American backgrounds. “One Night in Brooklyn” is set to launch a fundraising campaign online through Indiegogo.com on February 15, 2012 and has the goal of beginning production in July 2012. Esosa, who is a first generation Nigerian born in the United States, commented: “At the core of “One Night in Brooklyn” is the idea of the TransAfrican community. I define the TransAfrican community as a group of people within the African Diaspora…who are not afraid to honor where they come from and let this inform how they express themselves where they are today. I realized how many others of varying multi-cultural backgrounds shared similar experiences. This film is for the generation worldwide that is looking to consume content that reflects their experiences as TransAfricans living abroad.”

Esosa’s recent projects include the television pilots “Brooklyn Shakara,” and “An African City,” and roles in the independent films “Ma George,” “Unguarded,” “The Exposure,” and “The Imperialists Are Still Alive.” Her work as an actress has appeared on VOX Africa, BET, BET-J, and MTV and screened in numerous festivals and art circles worldwide including: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Milano Festival, the MOMA, and the Whitney Biennial.

 In January 2012, Esosa debuted her one woman show “Hatshepsut” in Ithaca, NY as a part of the Actors Workshop of Ithaca Theatre Company’s season. As a filmmaker, Esosa has written and directed several short films including: “Simple As Blk & White,” and “50 Bucks in Argentina,” which was an official selection in the 2011 Cannes Film Short Corner, was MTV-U Film of the Week, and won Best Short at the Nigerian Entertainment Film Festival.

 She was handpicked by Hollywood Producer/Director Joel Schumacher as the winner of the filmmaker competition on the 2007 MTV-U reality show “Meet or Delete.” Esosa studied Directing, Producing, and Marketing Management at Columbia University and Textiles & Apparel Design at Cornell University.


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