We hope you are very well and enjoying the summer, wherever you may be.
We wanted to update you all with the film project, as it has been a while since we last reached out.
Since we were denied access to Nigeria, we have broadened the narrative to include Bisi's friends who he lived with in Mushin, Lagos. We have been filming with Saheed, who lives in Coney Island, New York, creating some wonderful scenes telling his story and how it interconnects with Bisi's. Later this year, we are planning to film in Toronto with Shola, another close friend who lived with them in Mushin. As the film develops, it is becoming a story as much about friendship in exile, as it is about LGBT rights in Nigeria. The working title has now rightly changed to The Boys From Mushin.
Recently we were very excited to be invited by Open City Documentary Festival in London to show a work-in-progress screening at their Rough Cut events, held at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury. We had a lively audience comprised of public, friends and industry professionals. Overall we received very positive feedback, and the agreement that we still have more to film, including potentially another attempt for us to film in Nigeria, if at all possible.
As the film develops and changes, we have had to adjust our budget accordingly, and the ever pressing search for funding and sponsorship continues.
We'd like to thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your patience, for believing in us and the film, and for helping us get this far.
Looking forward to sharing more with you soon,
Joe, Aleks and The Boys From Mushin team.