Cross River born multi-award winning movie producer, and Director General of Callywood, Egor Efiok has taken to the public space to express delight over the global recognition accorded her new movie, ‘The Dark Passage Home’.
Egor took to her official Facebook page @Egor Efiok(LadyBoss) to share her bundle of joy over the development and disclosed that the movie script had won a Gold Award at the International Independent Film Awards.
She said the story behind the award is deep, and advised young people never to give up on their dreams and aspirations in life.
See what her Facebook post looks like:
“I have been keeping this to myself for a while now, but I think it is time to let the cat out of the bag.
“The story behind this award is deep, but I will try to “neutralise” it. First of all, I would like to dedicate this award to my Calabar carnival team. Special thanks to Ibok Ekpenyong who offered me my very first chance to serve as a Calabar Carnival judge 8 years ago. I have never looked back since then. Same to Chairman Carnival Commission Gabe Onah, Chief Judge Arnold Udoka, Mr Lopez, the coordinators and my fellow adjudicators whom I have learnt a lot from.
“Someone asked me to write a Migration film last year January which was proposed to be shot in Calabar and Brazil. We had just finished the carnival and the theme for that year was Migration, so using what happened in Libya as my touchstone, coupled with the knowledge about Migration I had garnered as a carnival judge, I put everything else on the backburner and set to work on writing a gripping story. If you know me well, I can write and can spin stories that would make you think I am a dreamer…or that it is impossible…but I almost always shock myself and others with the things I can do.
“I wrote a 20 page extended synopsis in about a week and sent it on WhatsApp to the person who asked me to write it. Long story short, he read it and ignored me. I will not bother recounting all that transpired after then. I actually watched myself being “robbed” and could do nothing about it…but if it ain’t coffee, it ain’t coffee (if you get my drift); so in hindsight, it shouldn’t have bothered me. I could not afford to shoot the film as I had no support, so I handed it over to the Lord in prayer and forged on regardless.
“A few months later, I was chatting with my friend, Hollywood director Keith Barrows, about something entirely different and just before we finished chatting, I sent him the story and asked him to let me know what he thought of it. He called me less than an hour later and said that it was such a fantastic story and that he would love to shoot it. He then sent it to Award Winning Screenwriter Eric Granger, to screenplay and myself and Eric spent almost a month Skyping as he wrote the screenplay and we merged ideas. We decided to title it, “The Dark Passage Home”. Keith then told me that Tara Reid read the script and wants to feature in the film. As for the Brazilian part of the story, I will keep mum about what he told me for now. I have the Calabar part of the story covered already.
“Imagine my shock…or rather, pleasant surprise, when Eric informed me that “The Dark Passage Home” script had won a Gold Award at the International independent Film Awards. I had no idea that he had even entered it into any screenwriting competition. Thank you JESUS. Thank you to all the people who have ever believed in me. I promise, I won’t let you down.
“Finally, I shared this story because, I do not want you to ever give up on yourself. No matter how many times you fall, keep picking yourself up. Yes, some people would laugh at you and mock you behind your back because not everybody wishes you well. Dust them off your shoulder. Dust yourself off and keep trying and trying again and again until you succeed. You will rise above it all. It may not seem like it at first and it does get frustrating and depressing along the way, but God will eventually bless the works of your hands. The key is in not giving up. Have a blessed day,” the Callyhood DG wrote on Facebook.