Uzanenkosi, creator and producer of Intersexions, has recently returned from Hollywood where he clinched a three-project film deal.
Uzanenkosi, of Ants Multimedia, told DESTINY he had met with producer Alan von Kalckreuth, of Argonaut Films, to discuss partnering on several upcoming film projects. Mahlangu said he arrived off the plane with the Peabody award under his arm and went straight to the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge to meet Von Kalckreuth.
He is fresh from New York where he scooped the oldest electronic media award in the world for Intersexions. A joint effort between Curious Pictures, Ants Multimedia and Johns Hopkins Health and Education South Africa, Intersexions has also won 11 SAFTA awards.
According to Uzanenkosi, the Hollywood deal will include the production of a series titled Frequency but written Frikwenci. “The story is centered around an ensemble cast of DJs who are battling their own demons. We are looking at having real celebrities in the show to give it universal appeal,” he said.
On what clinching this deal meant to him, Uzanenkosi said it was a visa to access the international film industry. “I am passionate about the African continent, making it accessible to the world. The project means I can get more work done.”
It has taken Uzanenkosi two years to conceptualise Frequency and according to him, the story is complete. However, Uzanenkosi believes it was a good idea to involve an overseas production company seeing as the American industry is very competitive.
“South Africa’s film industry is certain to benefit from a little stardust from Hollywood, and the creative team at Ants, as they go on to produce great programmes that can be shared with the rest of the world,” he said.
“Hollywood might be a point on the map, but Uzanenkosi has learned that it is an approach to filmmaking that looks at demographics as age and gender, not ethnicity or nationality. “We have evolved a storytelling tradition that speaks to the common traits that all humans share,” said Von Kalckreuth.