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Iquo Essien
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multimedia storyteller | marketing consultant
multimedia storyteller | marketing consultant

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My short film Aissa's Story is available for download on Amazon Instant Video! Rent for $1.99, buy for $7.99. http://amzn.to/22YGc0y -- "In Aissa's Story, an African immigrant housekeeper and single mother must decide whether to move on with her life or fight when the case against her assaulter is dismissed." 
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Check out my latest post about how LinkedIn can work better for creatives. "For those of us with useful brains who aren't pursuing a more traditional career path, how do we excel in the job market? Typically, those in the performing arts and entertainment industries rely on low-wage jobs like waitressing, bartending, and increasingly Uber. But I'm interested in understanding how LinkedIn can offer the career solutions it boasts about." https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/underemployed-artist-iquo-b-essien

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My new short "New York, I Love You" is (also) screening at the 23rd NY African Film Festival, Inc. at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:45pm in the "Africa in New York" shorts program. https://www.facebook.com/events/644092239064894/

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My new short, "New York, I Love You," premieres Sat, April 23 @7pm at BAM's New Voices in Black Cinema Festival before Tahir Jetter's feature, "How to Tell You're a Douchebag." Get your tix fast, it will sell out!  

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"The drama was inspired by the highly publicised real life case of hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, who, in 2011, alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the then managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

After completing a lengthy investigation, prosecutors filed a motion to drop all charges against Strauss-Kahn, who later reached a settlement with Diallo for an undisclosed amount over the civil suit.
So captivated by the story, Nigerian-American writer and filmmaker Iquo Essien, returned to film school after a lengthy period of leave, to start working on Aissa’s Story."

http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/aissas-story-art-imitating-life

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Happy to announce that Aissa's Story will be screened in the FESPACO showcase at the Durban International Film Festival! More info: http://diff.creativelead.co.za/index.php/event/elangeni-hotel/item/1082-aissa-s-story

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Pleased to announce that Aissa's Story was nominated for the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards! ‪#‎AMAA2015‬ ‪#‎bestshortfilm‬
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Check out my review of Bazi Gete's "Red Leaves" that had its U.S. premiere at the NY African Film Festival last weekend: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/ethiopia-meets-israel-in-bazi-getes-critically-acclaimed-debut-feature-red-leaves-20150512?

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"For years I had dreamt of attending FESPACO, the continent’s version of the Oscars that convenes biennially in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Ousmane Sembene. Haile Gerima. Mahamat Saleh Haroun. These and many others had won the coveted Étalon de Yennenga prize, some from countries that didn’t even have cinemas. I had a hard time imagining myself walking in their footsteps." -- Iquo B. Essien http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/my-fespaco-diary-one-filmmakers-journey-to-africas-oscars-the-highs-lows-meeting-abderrahmane-sissako-20150313?page=1
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