Movies of Thursday, 9 November 2017

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

I turned down an offer to direct pornography - Pascal Aka

Award winning film director Aka says he turned down an offer to direct a pornography movie after he won ‘Best Action Sequence’ and ‘Best Foreign Film’ at ‘Action On Film Festival’ in 2009.

Narrating his ordeal to the host of ‘Tonight Show’ Andrew Tandoh Adote, the film and music video director said after winning the awards, he went to a strip club because he had issues with his girlfriend.

At the strip club he was taken into a room where the offer which came along with cocaine and huge sum of money was given to him.

“In the room, I saw some cocaine and money and I was asked to direct some porn movie” he stated.

Pascal Aka said he had to tell those involved that he will be right back.

“I told them I will be right back,” he said.

Profile of Aka

Pascal Aka was born in Ivory Coast on July 17th 1985 and raised in Ghana. He is a graduate from Carleton University's film studies program and is a former trainee at the Independent Filmmaker's Cooperative of Ottawa, where he eventually became an elected Director's General, Chairman of the Diversity Commitee and Vice-President.

At the young age of 21, Aka completed his first feature movie "Jamie and Eddie: Souls of Strife", which he wrote, directed and co-starred in. The film became an official selection at the 2009 "Action On Film Festival" where it was given an award for "Best Action Sequence" and nominated for "Best Foreign Film". It was also rated as one of the "Best Film By A Local Filmmaker" in the Ottawa Xpress Magazine in 2007.

His sophomore feature action film "EVOL" (Love spelt backwards) proceeded to gain even more success as Aka and his team returned to the AOF Festival the next year with a whopping 5 Award nominations (Breakout Action Star, Best Action Sequence, Best Martial Arts Sequence, Best Fight Choreography, Best Guerrilla Film).

After a packed sold out screening at the theatre in California, the film left the festival with the "Audience Choice Award".

EVOL's success outside Canada attracted a media blitz, stories of the film's success were featured on CBC, CTV, Roger's TV, A-Channel and was featured on numerous newspapers, which all helped the film's homecoming premiere to be a double sold-out event on November 19th and 21st 2010 at the Mayfair Theatre.

After a successful 9 years in Canada, Pascal Aka has returned to bring his skills and passion to the home country, Ghana; where he found a new production company -"Breakthrough Media Productions".

Aka and his new team form the company produce music videos for West African artistes and have plans to revolutionize the standards in the West African movie industry.