Ts’episo Mahase on her nuanced filmmaking.

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Ts’episo Mahase (26) is a filmmaker who sees her creative vision as greatly helped and lead by God. She is an independant filmmaker whose visual storytelling is nothing short of perfection from frame to frame. We got to find out a little more about the contemporary filmmaker.

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

What inspired me to become a filmmaker was a curiosity about how the process of filmmaking really is, the more I learnt about it the more interesting it became and I pursued it further.

What do you think makes your filmmaking and storytelling unique?

I don’t really think it is unique in anyway. There is such a huge realm of filmmaking that is unexplored by the masses and to think of my filmmaking as unique would be blind. It may be nuanced but I don’t think of it as unique. There’s always an element of posing questions and I guess making people feel like they are detectives trying to solve a puzzle.

What film projects are you currently working on?

I recently released a film called Roses For The Ocean which is a part of a bigger project called CLAIRVOYANCE: The End. We are shooting the rest of it and getting cracking with post production soon after so we can have it ready for the Johannesburg screening. The screening is free and is on the 14th of December and can book their tickets on Quicket

What do you feel the next step should be for your industry as a whole?

The next step should be making local films accessible for the masses and not just put this big emphasis on just showing them at festivals. I guess the biggest thing is who are they making films for, for other filmmakers, for film viewers or both? They need to make it accessible for all. It means nothing that you got selected to screen at TIFF but your audience does not even know where to watch your film when festival rounds are done.

What would you say to upcoming filmmakers in the industry to inspire them?

I would say learn as much as possible and open yourself up to different ideas. Don’t be a bully and work fairly with people in your team.

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Twitter: @mahase_ts

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Underestimate Me Not.

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I intimidate
I threaten and throw you off your tracks
Blindsided by ego and a lack of respect
You never thought I had it in me to retaliate.
How could it be?
In your validated bravado, accolades and strength
Bested by quick wit and a brazen smile
Intelligence and a soul too deep
Your shallow mind could never read
The intricacies and nuances of higher knowledge
Only elevated thinking could acknowledge
There is more to me than this
There is more to me than this frame you see.
This skin, this hair
These hands and this flair
Behind the beauty and smile
Is a mind worth more than your while
You hold me to a limited stature
Of basic looks and flattering conjecture
Choosing to focus merely on what is seen.
What you perceive, assume and fill in
And ignore all that maketh me
But I am made of more than looks and simple thoughts
My creativity ebbs and flows like rivers into waterfalls
Psyche made of convolutions and depressions.
Surface deep has never left much of an impression
Understanding of the world with skin its harshness couldn’t peel
A wild spirit, a mixture of fire and feels
Sensitivity to heal, hear me; I am a woman
Interwoven with longing, jubilance and spontaneity
Poetry by Tamara Lesabe
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“This is poem is based on a woman in the creative industry, the assumptions that are placed on a woman by society, creatives and men. It is about being more than the physical and woman breaking barriers beyond their looks and what people have always expected to do. Doing away with the limitations put on woman because they do not believe that woman are capable of doing a “mans job”. Its also about exposing the beauty of the mind and creativity.” – Tamara Lesabe.
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Photographer: Ray Manzana.

Ray Manzana, Beyond Visual Hype.

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Ray Manzana is a photographer and filmmaker who describes his work as being beyond the visual hype, storytelling is at the core of his creative expression. His portfolio boasts amazing photographic work with numerous artists including Frank Casino, Chiano Sky and Reason to name a few. Here’s a little bit on his journey as a creative.

“My environment inspires me, I feed off the energy, people, textures, taste. I like to use all my senses to draw inspiration from my surroundings and create a theme that indulges all the senses.

I try to capture the good and bad of life. I contrast a lot through my photography, for instance I could have a beautiful model captured in a somewhat toxic uninhabitable environment, that speaks to the realities that occur in life. My photography is centered around the ying-yang of life.

I’m not working on a particular big project at the moment, I’m working on various tv projects freelancing but in terms of my own creative projects I’m looking forward to creating a short film.

The next step for the creative industry is for creatives and artists to own their platforms and attain more resources. People need to pay creatives more as well, it can be really hard to survive as a creative off of your craft alone.

I’d encourge upcoming artist to remember that there is no right way or formula to creating art, stick to what feels most genuine to you.” – Ray Manzana

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Twitter: @raymnzn
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Watch Video -> Ray Manzana, Beyond Visual Hype.

 

 

 

Theto Maleka on her artistic journey and Rata Rata Store.

Theto Maleka is a filmmaker, musician, digital strategist and the founder of the art, fashion, travel agency and ultimate creative hub Rata Rata Store. This creative on the move shares a piece of her artistic journey with us.                                                                                                    
“I started making film while traveling and working in Asia for 3 years. One of my close friends was a skater and he used to get me to film him most times. I worked at a production company and met some really cool creatives. I worked on a couple of big features during pre production like Kong Skull Island, Kick Boxer, Transformers 3, Avengers, Prayer Before Dawn. This exposed me to the entire format of film making even though I wasn’t schooled to do film. I was mentored by Nic and Shawn Simon from Indochina Productions on how to survive the industry. I got chosen as one of the 20 digifiers in Johannesburg in 2016 and got trained by Google x Livity Africa  on how to work smart online.

 

Music is my happy place. I discovered my talent for it at a New Years beach party on at one off my favoirite live music spots Jambay. I jumped on stage and sang for a good 2 hours, people where dancing and singing along and that kind of grew my confidence in my voice. I also sing to some of my producer friends beats, I’m still discovering my sound. Its really difficult to define myself as a creative because I do what I love to be honest. I take my time in my creative process. I always share when I feel like I am ready.

 

My work is super pre-meditated and won’t always make sense to everyone. I share from a broken place and sometimes I just share to inspire the next kid who might be going through a lot.

I’m currently working on a making more video projects, some music and I’m working on running a volunteering program with Hero Holidays.

The arts and culture industry needs to assign proper management teams for upcoming artists and more investments need to be made in order to pay artists well.

I’d encourage upcoming creatives to do what they love and stay debt free. Its ok to be yourself. Take your time perfecting your craft. Fuck Drugs, just kill em with the sauce.

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Twitter: @madintruder |@rataratastore

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Wath Video -> Theto Maleka on Rata Rata Store.

 

The rebel photographer, Tshepiso Ramosela breaking boundaries.

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Tshepiso Ramosela is a documentary photographer and creative rebel who is unapollogetocally breaking boundries in the art world. This creative on the move shares her self discovery through photography.

“I think my approach to my art always involves breaking boundaries and stereotypes especially ones that are held against women. I like doing things that are “suppose to be done by men”
What inspired me to become a photographer was the fact that God didn’t give me the talent of being a painter so photography became the alternate visual artform I could express myself through. I like real authentic, relatable stories.

I like photography because it allows you to share stories, the language of photography is powerful because it gives everyone to an opportunity to interpret it however way they want. There’s no wrong or right. It opens up conversations that weren’t there; it addresses what’s uncomfortable, the freedom is unlimited.

I conceptualize some of my work, which involves a lot of thinking and referencing, by looking at other peoples work. I like minimalism a lot. I also believe less is more, so I try to put that in my images. I recently started taking pictures of the things I see in my dreams, I think my photography reflects my personality alot.

I am currently working on a documentary project called :Wrongfully Accused”. It’s about people who have been wrongfully accused of crimes that they haven’t committed and have spent time in prison for that. So what I basically do is interview them, try to explore their feelings, document their life and try my best to project what they felt into a frame. It’s important for me to represent them well. It’s a very Important project for me. I am currently doing a project with Yeoville market that is partnered with Market photo workshop.

I think the industry has opened lots of opportunities for young people. I see this with street photographers sitting in advertising spaces with these agencies, explaining what is happening in street culture. Young people are educating brands om how to do things. So I think more Investing in the Youth. People say photography is dying because everyone has their phones. I believe its emerging cause now new story tellers are coming out and its interesting.

I’d encouage all visual artists to tell their stories the best way and most importantly have fun.” – Tshepiso Ramosela

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Chasing The Noise Music and Arts Festival.

 

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The 2018 Chasing The Noise Music and Arts Festival is bound to be one of a kind. The event will be taking place at the Worker’s Museum in Newtown on the 30th of June, it seeks to bring the youth into a space of learning and reflection, under the guise of rave music and art.

At a unique historical site the event will expose the youth to The Worker’s Museum, one of many structures that attest to the rich history of the Johannesburg Metropolis. The very same spot where the museum is located, just over a century ago, was a compound for black male workers. The compound was built to host migrant workers from all over South Africa who came to work in mines and factories. Leaving behind their families in search of ‘greener pastures’, the men sacrificed their privacy and subjected themselves to slave-like treatment. We believe spaces such as these are essential for youth to immerse themselves in. However, distracted by the hustle and bustle of modern city life, most young people do not visit such places regularly.

This gap thus created an opportunity for the Youth Urban Connect Culture Team – to create a two-fold experience. To firstly, bring young people together in the spirit of fellowship and celebration, secondly, educate and enlighten them on our history to remember the sacrifices our forefathers made and how this enabled us to enjoy the many privileges of the city we currently live in. The organising team stems from Back2Back Productions, an events company that seeks to give youth a voice through music and poetry. In association with NikKi’s Jazz Bar, we have hosted over 20 shows where young and old people alike could come under one roof to enjoy music and poetry from the youth’s perspective.

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We at Youth Urban Connect Culture believe in investing in the youth. We have employed young local artists and DJ’s to entertain the crowd as well as have made available stalls for multimedia artists to showcase their work.

We look forward to hosting the first of many youth festivals and we seek to make this the biggest Winter festival in the city.

Youth Urban Connect Culture – For the youth. By the youth.

Get your tickets to Chasing The Noise Festival at chasingthenoise.co.za

The Model Next Door.

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Lehlohonolo Ramathe better known as the model next door is a 22 year old model currently working under Boss Models Johannesburg. This well sculpted Creative On The Move always lets his work speak for him through the excellent work on his editorials which are always aesthetically pleasing.

“I see modeling as a creative art and a way for me to express myself through images in a creative way. There were various people who inspired me to become a model, Yannick Konan, Paul Zirhumana, Toyin and many more these are just a few people that I look up and draw inspiration from their work or the energy that they bring into my life.

I believe that every single human being is unique from the next until a form of comparison starts thats when you loose your uniqueness. For me I would say my look, my dying passion and always striving for more within the modeling industry gives me my edge.
I am currently busy with some new work with Fucking young Magazine its a European magazine, I’m also working with a local magazine called Ilaph’lam magazine. The next step for me as a model would be to sign with a Cape town agency and a London based agency.

I’d encourage aspiring models to never ever compare themselves to other models you are unique and to always do it with passion or dont do it at all.” Lehlogonolo Ramathe

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