Trailer Spotlight: Finding Fela

From Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney, Kino Lorber‘s Finding Fela documents the story of Fela Kuti, an African visionary who used his Afrobeat music as a weapon to ignite a revolution against the repressive Nigerian military regime and illuminate his Pan Africanist political beliefs. The film weaves together footage of Fela from the 70’s and 80’s with numbers from the musical adaption of his life as well as interviews with his children, The Roots’ Questlove, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and Paul McCartney among others.

Cutting the trailer for a documentary about this monumental figure in music history was certainly a challenge – for any biographical documentary you need to find the right balance of educating and entertaining.  Read more for insight into the process of creating this trailer.

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Wheelhouse Creative on Entertainment Weekly Radio

Wheelhouse Creative co-founders Rob Lyons and Jeremy Workman had the opportunity to chat with Julia Cunningham and Mario Correa from the News & Notes show on Entertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM channel.  Julia and Mario had “just about a million” questions about the trailer creation process, which Rob and Jeremy were more than happy to answer.  Hear them chat about the history of trailers and the in’s and out’s of the trailer industry.

Listen to an excerpt of the interview above, or click to read more for some of our favorite questions and answers.

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