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Lara and The Beat
Nigeria, 137 min., Color, English
Lara and the Beat is a coming of age movie about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the centre of a financial scandal with their late parents' Media Empire. The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future - through music and enterprise - to salvage their family's past
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Tosin Coker

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Tosin Coker is a multiple award winning filmmaker of both Nigerian and American heritage with a corporate background in entertainment marketing and licensing at Viacom, and Universal Music Publishing. He has produced, directed and edited music videos for international talents, documentaries, short films Television Series and feature films including the award winning film 'Doorways' starring Emmy Award Winner Diahnna Nicole Baxter ('Scandal', 'True Blood’ Bosch) and Elimu Nelson (‘House of Lies’, ‘Things Never Said’ and ‘Private Practice’). ‘Doorways’ toured the national and international film festival circuit in 2011 and 2012; including The Pan-African Film Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, Action on Film International Film Festival and Urban Suburban Film Festival bagging several official selections and awards. It was also selected amongst the Black Stories Matter Series by the Diversity in Cannes Film showcase sponsored by the California African American Museum. Doorways made its world television premiere on ‘Aspire Television Network’ with the American Black Film Festival showcase sponsored by HBO in September of 2015. It was viewed nationally in the United States and was later dubbed and subtitled for distribution in Francophone Europe and Africa after being Acquired by Ivorian Production and distribution company H-Studios. Tosin’s other motion picture achievements include nominations and wins for: ‘Motherless’ which was Nominated for Best Short at the San Francisco Black Film Festival and ‘Finding Neptune which was nominated for Best Short Film at the SoCal Independent Film Festival, Langston Hughes Black Film Festival, Charlotte Black Film Festival, Gary International Black Film Festival and won at the Capital City Black Film Festival. Tosin directed the Pilot season of the critically acclaimed Web series "On The Real"; dubbed Nigeria's edgiest television show for continental cable broadcaster Ebony Life Television. The pilot season which was sponsored by Samsung and Ciroc, is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Accelerate TV; an online content platform backed by Access Bank; a multinational financial services organization and one of Nigeria's foremost financial institution. Tosin returned to direct the second season of ‘One the real’ which premiered in the summer of 2017 to critical acclaim and is currently streaming on the Ebony Life ON Platform. Tosin co-produced and directed the theatrical motion Picture “Lara and the Beat; A collaborative effort between Nigeria’s Biola Alabi Media and Tosin’s company Skylar Pictures LLC. The movie won the Programmers Best Feature Narrative prize at the 29th Pan African Film Festival. It has also won Best International Film at the Charolette Black film festival 2019, Best Foreign Film at the Oakland International Film Festival, and an award at the Capital City Black Film Festival. Lara and the Beat has also been nominated in 7 categories at the upcoming Africa Movie Academy Awards. Tosin is signed to Creative Artist Agency (CAA) where he is developing a slate of projects, with the first scheduled for release in 2020. He has a bachelor's degree in Media arts and Animation from the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles and received an MFA in Motion Picture & Television from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
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