‘A Moving Image’ Director Shola Amoo on Being Selected for the 2016 LA Film Festival
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‘A Moving Image’ Director Shola Amoo on Being Selected for the 2016 LA Film Festival

Tanya Fear in "A Moving Image"
Tanya Fear in “A Moving Image”

As many of you film lovers may have seen, the LA Film

Festival on Tuesday released their 2016 lineup, and numerous S&A featured

filmmakers have been selected. Check out Tambay’s post on the Fest here.

Among them is British director Shola Amoo’s “A Moving

Image,” a multimedia feature film about gentrification in Brixton,

incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art, which is in the World

Fiction Competition.  The film

stars Tanya Fear, who was also featured in Amoo’s festival favorite film

“Touch,” as Nina, a young stifled artist who returns to her community after a

long absence – and is soon painted as a symbol of gentrification.  As she struggles with her own

complicity, we follow her mission to create a piece of art that can bring her

community together. On her journey, the filmmakers speak to real people

affected by gentrification in Brixton, blurring the line between reality and


Featured here in the past year while working on “A Moving

Image,” I got a chance to talk to Shola Amoo yesterday about his


“I’m very excited to be having the world premiere of “A

Moving Image” at the LA Film Festival. In a way, it’s the perfect place to have

this conversation about gentrification, as there’s a lot of similarities

between what’s happening in places in London like Brixton and Peckham and

places in Los Angeles like Boyle Heights and Echo Park.  I’m looking forward to the retreat and the chance to connect

with the other filmmakers. There’s a lot of prep needed by my team but I’m sure

we won’t forget to have some fun, plus London is a bit grey right now – some

sun will be nice.”

The retreat Amoo is referring to is the Film Independent

Filmmaker Retreat – an annual event which brings each year’s feature category

directors together with high-profile mentors and selected Film Independent

Board Members for a community-building event prior to the official start of the

2016 Festival.  Also in attendance

at the retreat is Film Independent Spirit Award winner and LA Film Festival

alum Ryan Coogler (Creed), who will be honored as the 2016 Festival’s

Guest Director.

The opening night film for the festival is Peruvian director

Ricardo de Montreuil’s “Lowriders” which focuses on East LA car culture and

Mexican culture, very prominent in Southern California, and starring Demian

Bichir and Eva Longoria.

See more about “A Moving Image” on their website and

check out the lineup of the LA Film Festival here.

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