VIRI – MEET THE CAST & CREW

The #VIRIDiaries series continues here on the MMPR blog and today we bring you our little chat with one of the main characters. Read below to find out more about him…

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Alenne Menget, is a Cameroonian Investigative journalist, actor, writer, singer, comedian and CEO of ATS Productions. His greatest inspiration as an actor and a person as a whole was his late father who was also a writer and an actor so growing in his footsteps has been a rewarding process to Alenne.

Alenne started early hosting events and radio shows and then enrolling on a Journalism course at the University of Buea which led him to work as a journalist almost all his life while doing acting on the side. Today he owns a production house that produces socially conscious documentaries, awards, and events.

MMPR: IF YOU WERE NOT AN ACTOR WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

AM: I think my introductory line already answered that question ha-ha. Acting is my passion it is not my career. So I am a journalist by profession and every other thing is a passion of mine.

MMPR: WHAT PROJECTS HAVE YOU WORKED ON SO FAR?

AM: My very first film was SACRAMENT by a Nigerian director Emeka Igwegbu in cooperation with the Joe Walkie foundation starring Emmanuel Franz of Nigeria. Then I produced and starred in VIRAL SQUAD, and the first English Comedy THE RETURN TO BATIBO.

I also did JUNGLE OF HEIRS with Jim Iyke and Quinta Eyong. FAR produced By Agbor Gilbert Ebot, MY GALLERY directed by Johnscott Enah and then VIRI produced by Nkanya Nkwai and just to name a few.

MMPR: HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH VIRI?

AM: I got involved with VIRI through the producer Nkanya who is a good friend of mine and with whom I share mutual appreciation of work. I read the script and I knew I had to do the film.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT VIRI THAT MOTIVATED YOU?

AM: It is a film about a jungle, frogs, mis-communication and love, Perfect combination. I have rarely done movies with such endearing nature and I have been taking roles that are challenging with extreme characters. The character I play Mr. Ebena is one of those roles, like I speak no English at all and I don’t dress fancy, I am a hunter, it is exciting.

MMPR: HOW WAS IT ON SET WITH YOUR CO-STARS, AND THE CREW OF VIRI?

AM: A remarkable thing about VIRI is that it required different personas from the characters so the set was always hilarious. A lot of the characters don’t speak English and can’t understand each other so it was hard to keep a straight face. The crew was professional, make up on point. The D.O.P; ANCESTOR is one hell of a guy who worked on the award winning NINAH’S DOWRY.

MMPR: WHO WAS THE ONE PERSON THAT FACILITATED YOUR WORK, WHOM YOU FOUND IT MOST EASY WORKING WITH?

AM: Ha-ha, this is a tricky one but I will say the director JOHNSCOTT ENAH. I would work with him any time any day anywhere. He is patient, tolerant, composed, in fact he is just a delight. I would cheat on this one by also mentioning some great actors that facilitated the work like DESMOND WYTE and FONACHI STEPHANIE.

MMPR: WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS STORY IN CAMEROON TODAY? WHAT LESSONS CAN BE DRAWN FROM IT?

AM: This story is significant in Cameroon today in its originality. It is not the typical glamour movie with a recycled story. It is fresh, it exposes our languages, blends our culture and indigenous life. I believe viewers will learn the value of communication, love, family and togetherness.

MMPR: IN FAIR COMPARISON WHAT WAS PARTICULAR TO THE VIRI SET AS TO OTHER SETS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?

AM: The set of VIRI was full of life and laughter that’s it in summary. Most times the vibe on set is so serious and tensed because the script is a serious one but this was an exact opposite.

MMPR: WHERE DO YOU SEE CAMEROON ENTERTAINMENT IN FUTURE YEARS?

AM: Our entertainment is growing and expanding. We see lots of collaborations more often with international and national artists; gradually we are using our bilingual advantages. I see the next years promising in Cameroon entertainment.

MMPR: LAST VIRI WORD…

AM: Mr. and Mrs. Ebena will crack up your ribs. So do watch VIRI when it is out.

Below are some images of Alenne from the VIRI set and off set.

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Based on this our chat with Alenne, we are even more excited to see VIRI the movie when it is released. Hope you the public will love it like we do! See you soon here on the #VIRIDiaries series.

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VIRI – MEET THE CAST & CREW

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If you were not already aware, ModeMaison PR has partnered with a Cameroon film producer on a film that is currently being shot somewhere in the forests of Cameroon.

We are ecstatic to be part of such a project because there is a new breeze blowing through the Cameroon entertainment industry and we love to be at the helm of things – creating change, changing perspectives and setting new trends with our weapon – PR!!

VIRI is a very exciting film to be. A drama thriller, a fictional trilogy of lack of communication, love and impunity that takes the characters through the known and the unknown, through a life path of different sequences that will ultimately lead them to their destiny.

Today MMPR brings you another report continuing our #VIRIDiariesSeries where we talk only about VIRI the movie. Here below is our chat with the head of the VIRI team…

MMPR: Tell us about you, your journey – inspiration & motivation

NN: My name is Nkanya Nkwai, 100% Cameroonian, an actor, writer and producer. My acting comes from a place of passion and began in 2007 when Seaside movies gave me a chance in Limbe.  I did a couple of projects with them some of which were released and others not. Then I moved to South Africa later in 2009 to further my education and acting took a bank bench. It was revived in late 2009 in Lithuania where I became a permanent part and crew of  LCC International University plays and skits.

While in the USA in 2012, I signed up with a company as part of the crew for the movie JOSHUA TREE shot in Colorado. I later thought to myself, why not start my own productions? That’s how THE AFRICAN GUEST the movie was shot  – 70% in the USA and 30% in Cameroon.

MMPR: What projects have you worked on?

NN: I have taken part in the movie PINK POISON RELOADED AKA FAR produced by Agbor Gilbert. I also worked in the productions of MY GALLERY both as cast and crew [Production designer and production manager] after which I embarked on the production of VIRI.

MMPR: Tell us about the cast and director of VIRI.

NN: I am particularly thankful to the cast and crew of VIRI, they all gave in a 100% and went beyond boundaries to help in the realisation of this project. They were just AMAZING!!

A pertinent setback on set was at the level of props and little technical issues, but they pulled through it professionally.

MMPR: And the location choice?

NN: It was very important to pick a location that will bring life to the script seeing that VIRI is a movie of duo settings, the rural and the urban. It was very essential that the wild incorporated well with the glamour and made a perfect blend. So watch out for natural views, a touch of Gods creations and a jungle feeling. The glamour side was easy to create [he chuckled]

MMPR: And the characters in the VIRI movie?

NN: We have amazing characters in this movie, most of which are exactly opposites of the actors playing them. An actor isn’t an actor if he has no ability to interpret which in this case was not a problem. The characters are hilarious, lively, dramatic and everything in-between. Characters like Mr and Mrs Ebena and wife plus the students will keep you on your feet!

MMPR: What should the public expect from VIRI?

NN: VIRI is a narrative film, grim in nature but the writers seasoned the story and screen play into a drama thriller with incredible humour and really engaging characters. The tendency with Cameroonian films to recycle Nigerian stories has discredited our creative ability, but VIRI has explored outside the box and is not a predictable story which is why people should watch it.

MMPR: Your take on the Cameroon entertainment industry now and future?

NN: It is very positive and full of hope! For the one year that I have been involved, I will say without blinking an eyelid that Cameroonians have what it takes to compete effectively with any other film industry in Africa. It is just sad a thing that we are being ignored by three important stakeholders in the sector.  The Cameroonian audience is not yet in place to consume our products, media attention is low and WE LACK PROMOTERS.

The big companies who are capable in fostering growth prefer to import artists from abroad and pay them huge sums of money well guess what? WE HAVE THESE TALENTS IN CAMEROON!!!

MMPR: Pheewww…you said it! Your final word?

NN: Buy a Copy of VIRI when it comes out, It will surely entertain YOU.

So there you have our little catch up with Mr Nkanya Nkwai the producer behind VIRI. Below are some images of him…

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