The South African Red Carpet Premier of Straight2! Productions movie VOICES OF FAITH, written by Antony Ehlers and Directed by Alan Farber will take place at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Ext 10) Diepsloot.
“The Church was used as a location in the movie, all of which was shot in Diepsloot, and as is the ideal venue to showcase this special film”
Says Chris Avant Smith the Producer. Nokwanda Shabangu of the Wot-If? Trust who will be hosting the premier says
“The premier of Voices of Faith marks the start of our 67 Days for Madiba digital program”
she also added
“We will dress to kill” for this fantastic Gala occaision.
The event takes place on Friday the 20th July starting with the Red carpet at 3pm and the Viewing at 4pm sharp.
The story ‘Voices of Faith’ is a family drama. A split is healed through song and faith.
Gloria (Boshadi Nkomo) is a South African phenomenon, a Gospel star with a reputation (deservedly so) of being a complete Diva!
At the beginning of the story, Gloria loses her voice while doing a live recording of her TV show. She leaves the high light and the gossip of the tabloids and escapes back to the comfort and security of her sister who lives in Soweto. Her sister Eunice (Regina Dube) hasn’t seen Gloria in a long time and seems to put up with her sister’s presence as opposed to embracing it. It is obvious there is an underlying anger towards her younger sister. Eunice’s daughter, Thandi (Sani Dlamini), by contrast is very excited to have her aunt back in the fold.
Thandi is one of the stars of the local youth gospel choir that finds its home in their local church.
The choir is in full swing, practicing for a major choral competition. Their coach without much warning leaves the choir in the lurch as she attends to some personal issues. The Pastor (David Matamela) decides to take a chance and he convinces Gloria, against her own fears, to take over while the choir mistress is on leave.
Gloria does agree, but not happily. They say through adversity comes triumph, and Gloria is the true example of this. Slowly through the backdrop of training the choir she comes to term with her past failures, and comes to grips with the familial guilt that have plagued her.
Gloria finds her faith again. She does this by helping the choir find their own voice, and by helping her sister (unwitting as it may be) find her voice to be able to vocalise the past hurts her sister put her through.
This story is about coming to terms with ones own demons, and finding the faith to be able to deal with them.
Watch the Trailer here:
GLORIA - Boshadi Nkomo
THANDI - Sane Dlamini
EUNICE - Reginah Dube
MPHO - Tumelo Nkwanca
LUNGILE - Siphokuhle Mdingi
CEBILE - Nomonde Matiwane
DAVID - Phillip Molepo
PASTOR PAUL - David Matamela
Voices of Faith – The Good News Story behind the making of:
Straight2! Production company shot their feature film Voices of Faith over 11 days in Diepsloot in February and March 2017. The film was funded by AFI on what is regarded as a small budget.
The ethos of Straight2! Is to provide communities with the tools and expertise to create professional full-length feature films telling South African stories.
Voices of Faith has proven that the business model that Straight2! Has developed over the past four years, is a workable model, that can be replicated nationwide in underserviced communities.
The model is relatively simple, S2! Approached an NPO (The Wot-If? Trust) in Diepsloot to assist us to source services and human capital to work on the movie in a non-partisan way.
Each traditional film department was headed by an industry professional who in turn was assisted by trainees from the Diepsloot Community.
The Producers had prior experience of working in Diepsloot when they assisted The Sloot Motion Picture Collaborative to answer an RFP from the SABC to create local content. 3 feature length proposals were submitted and one was taken forward to the second round of approvals.
The producers did not only use aspirant filmmakers and performers but also auxiliary services such as catering, transport, security and of course local actors and extras.
Voices of Faith injected over a quarter of the budget directly back into the Diepsloot Community.
Straight2! Is currently in pre-production for their second movie out of a slate of five movies. We will be looking to extend the training for those involved in Voices Of Faith giving them the skills to be able to create their content in the future as well as up skilling them to be able to join the industry in the main. A few of the trainee crew and performers who worked on Voices Of Faith have already achieved this
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – Anthonie Kotze, Olga Kotze, Vimbai Tsopotsa, Chris Avant-Smith, Alan Farber
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER – Prince Vusimuzi Zulu
DIRECTOR - Alan Farber
PRODUCER - Chris Avant-Smith
SCRIPTWRITER – Anthony Ehlers
BASED ON CONCEPT BY – Alan Farber
PRODUCTION MANAGER - Ben Algrain
TRAINEE PRODUCTION SECRETARY - Cleopatra Matuwane
1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Simon Maringa
TRAINEE 2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Esther Khoza
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Justus de Jager
FOCUS PULLER - Drikus van der Merwe
TRAINEE 2nd CAMERA ASSISTANT - Tshiamo Makopo
KEY GRIP - Clinton Heath/ Lawrence Mmatli
BEST BOY GRIP - Vuyo Ntuli
TRAINEE GRIP - Ofentse Kgoele
GAFFER - Andries Modise
BEST BOY - Hendrik Manenzhe
TRAINEE SPARK - Thabo Radebe
TRAINEE SPARK – Ithumeleng Moeng
AUDIO TECHNICIAN - Samukele Masuku
TRAINEE BOOM SWINGER - Thabang Moyo
CHORAL SOUND RECORDIST and SCORE – Alli Heyns
CONTINUITY SUPERVISOR - Halala Sabela
TRAINEE CONTINUITY ASSISTANT - Rudolph Shikwe
ART DIRECTOR - Lanah-Lee van der Berg
TRAINEE ART DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT - Clinton Makgalutsi
TRAINEE ART DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT - Lesego Molefe
KEY MAKE-UP ARTIST/HAIR STYLIST/WARDROBE - Sigrid Shaw
TRAINEE MAKE-UP ASSISTANT - Mmabatho Mdebula
TRAINEE MAKE-UP ASSISTANT - Palesa Mkhonto
TRAINEE WARDROBE ASSISTANT - Thelma Hlongoane
TRAINEE PRODUCTION RUNNER - Isaac Makhura
DATA WRANGLER - Ben Algrain
TRAINEE EDITOR – Praise Matlapeng
MUSICAL PRODUCER AND CHORAL SOUND RECORDIST - Alli Heyns
CHOIR MASTER - Xolani Nkomo
SET SECURITY - Smile Ngwenya
SET SECURITY - Sent Mashilo
ON SET CATERING - Y Not Caterers
HERO CHOIR - MELODIES OF DIEPSLOOT
LEAP SCIENCE & MATHS SCHOOL CHOIR
DIEPSLOOT COMBINED SCHOOL CHOIR
DIEPSLOOT WEST SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOIR
RIVERSANDS INCUBATION HUB
BLACK STAR COFFEE BAR
SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH - DIEPSLOOT
FATHER LOUIS BLONDEL CENTER - DIEPSLOOT
DIEPSLOOT SECTION 2 TAXI RANK
BOPHELONG SPORTS CLUB - DIEPSLOOT
POST PRODUCTION FACILITIES - Digital Workshop
CAMERA & EQUIPMENT - Panavision
GENERATOR SERVICES - Globes Media Power
Special Thanks to Gail Styger and the WOT-if! Trust, for their continued support and guidance