True Blood Alfre Woodard Actress is in town


Twelve time Emmy Award nominee Alfre Ette Woodard is in town for a three-day film workshop for African filmmakers.

Alfre who is known for her stunning roles in TV series like True Blood and Desperate House Wives jetted into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Saturday night accompanied by seven members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Her other television credits include L.A. Law and Homicide: Life on the Street.

The Academy delegation includes producer Stephanie Allain, cinematographer John Bailey, sound mixer Willie Burton, editor Carol Littleton; writer-director Phil Robinson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and Ellen Harrington, the Academy’s director of exhibitions and special events.

The tour is part of an educational and cultural exchange with African filmmakers, students and the local creative communities.  The delegation will then travel to Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday, July 17; then return to the U.S. on Sunday, July 24.

The itinerary in Nairobi includes numerous workshops and seminars at One Fine Day – Films (formerly known as FilmAfrica!), a training facility where more than 65 student filmmakers from nine African countries gain experience in a variety of filmmaking disciplines and collaborate on a feature-length production.

In addition, several delegates will present and discuss a film from their career; films to be screened include “Silverado” (Bailey and Littleton) and “The Shawshank Redemption” (Burton).

Academy members will also visit the Kakuma refugee camp near the Sudanese border, where they will experience the work of FilmAid International (an Academy Institutional Grants beneficiary), a non-governmental organization that provides film training and open-air screenings to help address social and medical issues affecting long-term camp residents, and the community of Kibera.




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