By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Lonzo Nzekwe is a young veteran Film Director, Producer, Consultant and C.E.O at IronFlix Inc.
Award-winning writer, director and producer. C.E.O of IronFlix film production and video streaming platform based in Toronto, Canada. With debut feature film, Anchor Baby which he wrote, directed and produced,and won multiple film festival awards including Best Film and Best Actress awards at the 2010 Harlem International Film Festival. The film also received two nominations at the 2011 African Movies Academy Award (AMAA). His second film, Meet The Parents has won three awards including the Best Short Film at the 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). In 2013, he co-founded the first black owned television network in Canada, FEVA TV. He left the television network business in March 2015 to focus on film and series productions at Alpha Galore Films. In 2016, he founded the Video On Demand (VOD) streaming platform, IronFlix.com with special focus on high quality films, series and documentaries from Africa and the diaspora.He is also a freelance director and consultant on films, commercials and music videos. He is currently developing several feature film projects and a TV series.
To brings the veteran and one of the unutilized talents of African origin to limelight of his people. Elanza News go all the way to interview him and discuss relevant issues in the entertainment industry. Here take a sip…
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when you first got into directing?
My name is Lonzo Nzekwe. I’m a Nigerian/Canadian writer, director and producer based in Toronto, Canada.
What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?
I’ve always been a creative person right from a very young age. I started off with fine arts, and then got into music in secondary school in Nigeria. When I moved to the US in the late 90s, I studied as a recording engineer and started a record label. Later on in Canada, around 2009, I was inspired to write and direct movies after I enrolled for a course in film editing. It was during the course that I developed an innate desire to tell stories of human struggles that affect people in positive ways.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I’m a self-thought filmmaker. I didn’t attend any film school. I learned from reading books about filmmaking, and watching behind the scenes DVDs of great films to figure out how the directors made the film.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Directing hands down. I enjoy writing scripts, but I really produce out of necessity because I have to at the moment.
What projects do you have coming up?
My debut film, Anchor Baby which I shot in 2010 is currently being released on Netflix from May 20, 2020. The film is starring Omoni Oboli, Sam Sarpong and Terri Oliver. The one we’re releasing on Netflix is a remastered version of the original film with some new edits. It’s also dedicated to my actor, Sam Sarpong who passed away a few years ago in Pasadena, California.
Who would you most like to work with?
The scripts I write dictate who I’d like to work with on the project. Without mentioning names, there are a lot of talented Nollywood actors I’d like to work with in my upcoming projects.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m currently raising funds for two feature films and several TV series I’ve had in development for some time.
Thank you Lonzo Nzekwe