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Written and Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.

It’s very interesting how things echo and even parallel one another. I was just watching a trailer for finally completed Orson Welles movie “The Other Side of the Wind”. Finished by his long time friend and actor in the film- Peter Bogdanovich and producer Frank Marshall the movie will be published by Netflix in November after almost 50 years of production!

Now, there’s another director albeit definitely less acclaimed that’s having his final “masterpiece” published in November too. Coincidentally, the man in question was himself inspired by the The Great Welles. And that man is non other than Edward D. Wood Jr.  the writer/ director of such hits like Glen of Glenda, Bride of the Monster and of course Plan 9 from Outer Space (often considered the worse movie of all time).

“Dramatisation: May not have happened!”

His final film “Take It Out In Trade” a sexploitation detective comedy he shot in the 1970 is finally seeing light of day! Meticulously restored and converted from the only remaining 16mm theatrical print by Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird to crisp 4K BluRay. The only previous version was VHS of outtakes without the sound published in ’95.

The plot centers around a wealthy Frank Riley (Duke Moore) and his wife who hire an unreliable but mustachioed P.I. Mac McGregor (Michael Donovan O’Donnell) to locate their missing daughter Shirley (Donna Stanley) and features a dangerous world of prostitution. It even has a nod to Wood’s  real- life crossdresing passion (as he shows up as a transvestite character- Alecia). Movie also features  The Amazing Criswell  and truthfully, it wouldn’t be an Ed Wood picture without him.

 

Ed Wood as Alecia

So, if you decide to watch Welles’s “lost” film in November why not make it a double billing with the fantastic Edward D. Wood, Jr.-  what could possibly go wrong?

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WakaliwoodPeople in Wakaliwood get all the fun!

Now, sometimes you stumble upon a true  jewel of a B- movie filmmaking like it was the case with Fatal Deviation  but never did a random trailer on the internet open the door to the whole parallel universe of film-making like in this case. I’m talking of course of Ramon Film Production’s TEBAATUSASULA!

“COOMING SOON!”

Yes, Uganda has a movie industry! Yes, Uganda has strong genre- Action and Horror movie industry (called Wakaliwood)! And- all thanks to one man- Nabwana I.G.G. producer/ writer/ director and editor working out of slums of Uganda. In this age of “I can’t” this man proved you all wrong and he’s been doing it for 7 years non- stop. This self- taught filmmaker started his career with one course in computer repair ( he didn’t have funds for 6 months proper course) after which he used his new found knowledge to BUILD HIMSELF A COMPUTER out of spare parts he found!!! Then he slowly though himself the use of editing software and thus legend was born. Soon enough he founded RAMON FILM PRODUCTION- the name derived from the names of the  important ladies in his life- his grandmothers  RAchel and MONica who raised him through the hardships of Uganda’s Civil War.

Short part of documentary on Wakaliwood and Nabwana I.G.G.

He’s first big success came with Who Killed Captain Alex, first Action- fest ever produced in Uganda! His business became to bloom and he would in the year to come permanently abandon his teaching job and dedicate himself to movie making full time. Over the years he would gather a tight team of actors (who he trained himself ’cause Uganda doesn’t posses an Acting School), stuntman, martial artist, prop master and together they would travel to  all parts of  Uganda to shoot new projects and also distribute their DVD’s on local markets (not being able to pay actors he lets them keep 50% of the DVDs they sell). RFP as of now produced over 35 feature films including such hits as Who Killed Captain Alex, Rescue Team, Canibals and Return of Unkle Bennon! His films are even slowly making ways among the Ugandan upper class, which can be further confirmed by inclusion of English subtitles in his newest DVDs.

As it is a custom in slums of Uganda movie is presented by a Video Jokey, a narrator, comedian, and slum tour guide!

So, the next time you feel something is impossible or unattainable take a moment and think of Nabwana I.G.G.- then stop whining and start working on your dream! That’s all.

MV5BMjA1ODMxNDA3Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzk1MjE3NwThis man loves his job!