Feature, which was a great honor as two other Uganda films were also in the category.
Fast forward a few years, Jan lets me know he has decided to become a filmmaker and would like me to mentor him. Off he goes to college and begins his journey.
So here we are in 2017. We have come full circle. Ten years after meeting Jan, he has won his first award for his very first film. It is quite an accomplishment, which I know he won’t take for granted. Jan could not have done his job without the help of our crew-Emily, Dylan, Anna and of course the local talent who assisted. He also had a great story to work with, beautiful Ugandan landscapes, wonderful and very patient people in the villages who were extremely helpful and generous with their time to allow our cameras in to capture the powerful and moving images. The post production finishing by our colorist/grader Tim Werner brought it all together. So as you can see, this award was hard earned by all.
I am so proud of my entire team. There are no words than can express my feelings about Jan's recognition as I know the effort he put into this film. I also know he wanted to make his family and me proud. But he also wanted to make Jackson, the Mukaakas and the children-especially…the children of Nyaka proud of his work. He did this for them.
Congratulations Jan. You deserve it!