Romi Studios, a film studio based in Lagos, Nigeria is set to release Africa’s first Web3 based film titled Small Town Burnouts. The experimental, independently produced film explores the lives, struggles and moments of breakthroughs of a music band named The Small Town Burnouts. The band is made up of young Nigerian emerging music artists, KARAH and SoulBlackSheep. The movie is to directed by Promise Nwalozie.
Small Town Burnouts explores the story of how pursuing a creative career in an African country could affect one’s socio-cultural views and personal psychology. The film is a social experiment as both KARAH and SoulBlackSheep who make up the band in the film are themselves real life music artists. Hence, the film is a documentation of real-time corporeal experiences defined by a scripted story line.
Romi Studios, the studio behind the production of Small Town Burnouts has tapped Barnabas Emordi, the highest grossing Director of Photography in Nollywood (2021) to join in on the project. Barnabas Emordi brings in experience to the film’s direction as he already has a résumé filled with some of Nigeria’s biggest cinema blockbusters including “Prophetess”, “DOD” (Nollywood’s first time-travel film) and multi award-winning film, “Elevator Baby”.
The Small Town Burnouts is set to be Nigeria’s first Film3 project, and it is currently undergoing crowdfunding on Web3 through NFTs. The crowdfund will have holders acquiring an NFT which gives them a host of special utilities including, access to the visual audio gallery in order to listen to the album before its release, a special premiere of the film, a Small Town Burnouts merch box, an invite to Small Town Burnouts live in Concert in Ìbàdàn and Lagos [physical and virtual depending] etc. Full details on the tiers can be found on the website.
The film is set to be released in December 2023 with premiere events set to happen in the Nigerian cities of Ibadan and Lagos.
To be a part of the film crowdfund or to find out more about the project, you can check out the website theburnoutsmovie.com or follow the social channels @TheBurnoutsFilm on twitter, @SmallTownBurnouts on instagram and tiktok.
Drummr Africa is a core partner in this project.