post Looking for Actor

March 4th, 2012

Filed under: Art — Lissan Magazine @ 17:49

We received the message below to transmit to those who are interested in film production. Please help the film maker  Bazi Gete to find an actor for the film production described below… The LissanTeam


My name is Bazi Gete, I’m an independent Film producer & director from Israel. In the past 2 years, me and my partner working on a Feature Film about the cultural difference between the generations of the immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel Inspired by the immortal play - “King Lear”.

We are looking for an actor for the main lead character: “Solomon” - a 74 year-old  hard, tired and angry notgentle” and the head of the family. Preferably with experience in Theater & film - age 65 and above. The shooting of the movie will be in Israel and are planned for the end of 2012
Fully paid..
We have difficulty finding the actor in the usual ways .If you can recommend on actors / agents we can approach it’ll be much appreciated
Attached a short synopsis of the film.

Many thanks.

A short Synopsis for “Tezta – Nostalgia”:
Solomon Tadela, aged 74, is a hard, obstinate, and nervous man. He immigrated to “Eretz Yisrael” (the Land of Israel) from Ethiopia 22 years ago with his family. Solomon has chosen to zealously retain his original culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew.
Our story begins with the unveiling of the tombstone of Solomon’s wife, the late Ivtam, after thirty days had passed since she died. At the family meal right after that, a giant quarrel erupts when Solomon wants to divide his estate among his sons and daughters, and a deep rift divides the family.

A month later, Solomon sets out on a journey that leads him through his children’s homes. Solomon comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing variety that believes in retaining the Ethiopian culture and values and that he thought that he had managed to pass on to his children. But the harsh reality hits him in the face.
The disappointment and the ensuing waking up are too difficult to bear. Solomon, having come to know some of life’s new realities, tries to survive according to his own ways….

My last film



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post The Producer and the Star

March 4th, 2012

Filed under: Youth Network — Natty Mark Samuels @ 17:23

Who do you think about, when you contemplate great producers? My mind immediately goes to Clement Dodd of Studio One, as well as Berry Gordy of Motown.


Just like they built up their roster of stars: Dodd with Bob Marley and Burning Spear, Gordy with Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye; Kurt Smith has began to work with his peers - the young luminaries of the Oxford scene, such as Sheldon Cadogan.

True Music is the name of the production company and label, that seventeen year old Kurt has set up, to channel his creations through. Which will have established itself somewhat, by the time he completes his music media course, at Oxford and Cherwell College.


He says he enjoys every aspect of the productions; from arranging the session, the marrying of lyric with music, to the engineering, as well as the editing.

When listening to Kurt talk about music, you sense his determination and feel his vibrancy. You get the impression that he’ll continue to go forward. Taking True Music, as far as it can go; remaining true to the reason why.

Sheldon, a star in the local constellation, has been a lyricist since the age of thirteen; a kit drummer since twelve. He cites UK figures such as Hunt and Joe Blax, as influences in his music.

This youth of sixteen years, a construction student at the aforementioned college; enjoys the chance to construct rhythms, to weave in and out of his words. He hopes that his need to express himself, will ignite other young people to do so; whether through music, drama, painting or sculpture.

Knowing that Sheldon is a drummer, I look forward to the day, when he presents me with a recording of a song, with him on cymbals and snare.

Thinking again of great producers, I think of King Tubby, the inventor of dub. Then my thoughts stop at the name Willie Dixon, that icon of blues music. But it’s crucial that we take time, to celebrate our local heroes. To recognise the trying men and to salute them now.
Kurt Smith and Sheldon Cadogon, we say your names with respect.

©Natty Mark Samuels, 2012

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