Thin Skin Event
Sneak-peek short excerpt from Seattle filmmaker and author Charles Mudede’s upcoming feature Thin Skin. The excerpt will be followed by an on-stage interview with the creative team about the process of turning a true story into a feature film, with the real-life subject (and writer) Ahamefule Oluo plyaing himself in the film.
Monday, May 27, 2019
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Sneak-peek short excerpt from Seattle filmmaker and author Charles Mudede's upcoming feature Thin Skin. The excerpt will be followed by an on-stage interview with the creative team about the process of turning a true story into a feature film, with the real-life subject (and writer) Ahamefule Oluo playing himself in the film.
Ahamefule Joe Oluo's days are spent at a soul-deadening corporate job and his nights come alive behind a trumpet at Seattle jazz clubs. As he struggles to climb out of the ruins of his broken marriage, Aham has to deal with endless bureaucracy, a boss trying to lead him to the Lord, and a mother who refuses to cut ties with his ex.
After losing his home, Aham is living with his entire family once again. Aham's older sister, Ijeoma, has reluctantly opened her one-bedroom apartment to Aham and his two young daughters, along with their mother, a well-meaning white lady from Kansas, and her array of caged animals. The one person missing from this living situation is Aham and Ijeoma's estranged Nigerian father. He left the family when the children were young and headed back to his village to start over again. He is the ghost in this cramped family living situation. One day, the ghost makes contact after years of silence. This sends the family into a mad scramble for meaning. Some wish to forget this man's very existence. Some wish to remember him as he was. Some wish to put the pieces back together again. Pressed together in this vise of a home, the family struggles with adult life and the meaning of family
Thin Skin is a music-infused dark comedy about keeping it together when you're falling apart. This story is loosely based on the award-winning Off-Broadway hit "Now I'm Fine."
Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, urbanist, writer, and filmmaker. He collaborated with acclaimed director Robinson Devor on the films Police Beat and Zoo, both of which premiered at Sundance. Police Beat is part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, and Zoo was presented at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. Mudede is currently the film editor for "The Stranger," a Seattle alternative weekly publication.
- Director: Charles Mudede
- Country: USA
- Year: 2019
- Running Time: 120 minutes
- Producer: Michael Seiwerath, Jennessa West