Thanks to The Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and corporate assistance from Nike, Microsoft, Warner Brothers and Atlanta’s own Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta filmmaker Frederick Taylor is well on his way to bringing the plight of Mukuru, a village in Nairobi, Kenya, to the world’s attention.
Buzz Central got an advance peek of a few minutes of footage from Taylor’s Tomorrow Pictures’ “Africa Project,” and the images will hearten and horrify viewers.
Taylor recently spent two weeks in Nairobi at the invitation of PEPFAR, which is working with Partnership for an HIV Free Generation to reduce infection rates of HIV by 50 percent in the next five years.
“Our biggest goal is to raise awareness,” Tomorrow Pictures’ Lillian Lee told Buzz. “Despite all the AIDS fund-raising money being pumped into the area, we know that HIV is still a major problem in these communities.”
Taylor’s film puts a human face on the poverty-stricken village teeming with 600,000 people. And yet, when Taylor’s cameras started rolling, smiling children ventured forth to greet the strangers.
The children’s faces are among the most enduring images shot for the project. Locals like Moses Wahor, a Hope Worldwide volunteer and Africa College of Social Work student, help explain the region’s sizable obstacles for preventing further HIV infection: “It’s not just a health issue. It’s a social, economic and politcal issue.”
Lee said even with current corporate belt-tightening, Tomorrow Pictures hopes other generous donors like Coca-Cola will choose to help finance the film so it can be finished and ultimately shown in the first-ever Nairobi film festival.
She points to a certain Best Picture Oscar winner as an example.
“The global exposure of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ gives us hope that people will respond to our film once they get a chance to see it. I’m hopeful that the money will come. The biggest obstacle is just letting people know.”
Career Boot Camp Today
With radio ad revenues sagging right along with everything else these days, it’s nice to see Cumulus Atlanta and its radio station properties Q100, Rock 100.5 and 99X throwing a sizable job fair for under-employed listeners today. Get Hired: A Career Boot Camp, a job fair for those who have been laid off or those seeking a fresh career path, will be held from 10am to 3pm at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross.
Among the scheduled employers and sponsors: Liberty National Insurance, Oxygen Financial, Alliance Residential, Intelliteach, Raving Brands, Authentically Speaking, Jack’s Harvest, Integrated Excellence, Javelin Technical Training Center, Atlanta School of Massage, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, Brenau University, Healthe Trim, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Georgia National Guard and the U.S. Navy.
Said Cumulus Radio Atlanta market manager Gary Lewis via e-mail: “Cumulus has long been committed to making our community of listeners aware of job opportunities they might not otherwise have been exposed to because they weren’t actively seeking a job at the time. With the economic challenges faced in 2009, we felt we would best serve both our listeners and our clients by putting the unfortunate loss of employment in the context of the opportunity to learn a new skill, embark on a different career, path, or direct a long-held passion into the start of a new business.”
U2 Comes 360 in Atlanta
U2 will bring its 360 Tour to Atlanta on October 6. The bad news? It’s booked into the Georgia Dome downtown. Of course, with today’s sonically superior Philips Arena now available for concerts, newbie music lovers may have forgotten that U2 and the Dome have a place in history together.
The Irish band was the venue’s inaugural musical act, selling out the 50,000-seat football stadium on September 25, 1992. Their opening act? Public Enemy.
This time out, however, Muse will open the Oct 6 show. Tickets range from $250 to $30 and go on sale Monday, April 6th at 10 a.m.
Actor Richard Chamberlain is 75. Actress Shirley Jones is 75. Actor Christopher Walken is 66. Actress Rhea Perlman (”Cheers”) is 61. Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC is 54. Actor Ewan McGregor is 38.
Contributing: News services.
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