‘Gem of the Rainforest’ reveals class act in African filmmaking

Houston based and time tested Movie writer and director Don Okolo has put his print on the sands of time with yet another masterpiece; ‘GEM OF THE RAINFOREST’- the ultimate in African Action-Adventure.

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 Perez Egbi on set of ‘Gem of the rainforest’

The producer, Nkem DenChukwu states; “this is my first solo outing as a producer. The film was shot in Houston and Cat Spring, Texas. We had some of the best cast and crew whom are all Houston residents with the exception of Ramsey Nouah. Gem of the Rainforest was shot on Scarlet Red camera with its prime lenses.”
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Movie writer and producer; Don Okolo

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Cast and crew including Ramsey Nouah (middle)

Gem of the Rainforest is the story about the two-faced diamond mask stolen from Africa some 300 years ago when the first White men landed on the shores of the River Niger. Suddenly, for the first time in 300 years, the mask surfaces in the hands of a Texan resident, Dr. Dye Oppenheimer (Played by Joe Grisaffi). Geologist and Anthropologist professor, Dr. Catherine Ileka (aka Cat, played by Kae Shakir) gets a phone call from a friend, Sweetwater Brown (played by Perez Egbi), regarding the unveiling of a diamond mask in Houston. Cat comes to Houston to see if it’s true, and not just a myth.

To ascertain that the mask most believed never existed, does indeed exist, Cat and Sweetwater will crash the exhibition event to confront Dr. Oppenheimer and Jesse Holland (played by Ramsey Nouah) about the mask’s origin. The adventure truly begins when Cat and Sweetwater attempt to steal the mask and take it back to Africa.


Producer of ‘Gem of the rainforest’ Nkem DenChukwu

The story is so compelling that Desmond Fernandez and Johnny Marquez from ABC 13 KTRK Eyewitness News Houston where on the set during one of our shooting days, and it was aired on their Hometown News segment. Trendy Africa, the magazine also came on the set.

Gem of the Rainforest will premiere in Houston on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at AMC LOEWS FOUNTAINS 18; Red carpet at 6PM; Showtime: 8PM-10PM Prompt. Other cities include Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, New York, and DMV area.

by Tosan Aduayi (A Trendy Africa Media Production)

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