The Interesting #004: Arthur Musah – Mentors, Failure, Effort – Engineer & Filmmaker
Arthur Musah is a filmmaker from Ghana, Ukraine, and the United States. His first documentary NAIJA BETA premiered in 2016 at the Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, and has won several other awards. He studied filmmaking in the MFA program at the University of Southern California as an Annenberg Fellow, and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He continues his exploration of African identities in a globalized age through his upcoming feature ONE DAY I TOO GO FLY. In this chat Arthur tells us about the power of having good mentors, the importance of failure, and trying. Arthur Musah - http://www.arthurmusah.com/ Ways to watch Naija Beta Film: AMAZON - https://www.amazon.com/Naija-Beta-Obinna-Ukwuani/dp/B07BCCFD3B/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523033923&sr=8-1&keywords=naija+beta ITUNES - https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/naija-beta/id1356372517 VHX - http://naijabeta.vhx.tv/ VIMEO - https://vimeo.com/ondemand/naijabeta/ One Day I Too Go Fly - http://www.onedayitoogofly.com/ Kickstarter Campaign - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arthurmusah/one-day-i-too-go-fly-documentary-post-production Stuff mentioned in The Interesting #004 Video Editing Software - https://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/the-best-free-video-editor-1330136
NYAC S3 E1: Identity and Filmmaking (with Arthur Musah)
Not Your African Cliché
The ladies of NYAC are back for season 3! On this episode, they talk with Ghanaian filmmaker, Arthur Musah (@pidgincinema) about his identity, experiences at MIT and in the US, transition from engineering to filmmaking and his two documentaries- NAIJA BETA and ONE DAY I TOO GO FLY. We also discuss the responsibility of turning a lens on African stories with (or without) the gaze of the West hovering over our shoulders. Find out more in the episode!Resources: - Watch NAIJA BETA here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/naijabeta- https://thisisafrica.me/ghanaian-filmmaker-arthur-musah-tells-story-african-immigrant-students/WWRLW: - ShowDemCamp https://soundcloud.com/showdemmusic/sets/palm-wine-music-vol-1- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Adichie- Ekaabo Live by Femi Leye- Call on Me by Adekunle Gold- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder- Brave Confusion by Nakhane TouréEpisode mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze. Theme song is Ayo by Femi Leye
Arthur Musah's documentary Naija Beta highlights the untold potential of Lagosian youth
African Tech Roundup
Naija Beta is a documentary that follows a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students who dream of shaking up education in Nigeria and head to Lagos one summer to teach technology to high-schoolers through a competitive robotics camp. As they seek to contribute to a new and better Nigeria, their ideals are tested by reality.Arthur Musah is the film's director and hails from Ghana and Ukraine. Naija Beta premiered in 2016 at the Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, and won Best Documentary Feature at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta, an Achievement in Documentary Film Award at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, and the High Output Director Award at the Arlington International Film Festival. Naija Beta was also screened at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where it won Best Documentary Short Film at the Roxbury International Film Festival. Arthur continues his exploration of African identities in a globalised age through his upcoming feature One Day I Go Fly. Arthur studied filmmaking in the MFA program at the University of Southern California as an Annenberg Fellow, and holds a bachelor͛s and a master͛s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.