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Doctor Bello (2013)
Opened: 02/22/2013 Limited
|AMC Empire 25||02/22/2013 - 02/28/2013||7 days|
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The Cure for Cancer has been found...In The Sky Mountains of AFRICA...
Brilliant Cancer specialist Dr. Michael Durant is emotionally troubled, wrestling with the traumatic loss of his 10 year old daughter from Cancer. Immersing himself in his work in the hospital, away from his wife who blames him for their child's death, he forms an unlikely bond with a sick, loving, but rambunctious seven year old boy Sam, the son of a rich Jewish couple who are major contributors to the Hospital's Cancer Research Fund.
Unfortunately, Sam's health deteriorates drastically, and soon, he slips into a coma, with only a few days to live. Dr. Durant becomes desperate, willing to risk anything to save the child's life. A surreptitious Nigerian Nurse convinces him to seek the help of Dr. Bello, an uncertified Nigerian Doctor, known in the Brooklyn-African underground as a miracle worker. Dr. Bello, an introvert with a controversial past, secretly visits the child at night and administers a strange African potion, replete with incantations and by the next morning, miraculously, the child begins to recover, the Cancer speeding into remission.
The Hospital Medical Board immediately orders an investigation and soon the secret is revealed and Dr. Durant is suspended. Dr. Bello is arrested and charged with medical malpractice. Dr. Durant soon falls into depression after his wife leaves him. Meanwhile, Dr. Bello has fallen critically ill in jail and can only be saved by the ingestion of the same potion that can only be found in the mysterious "Garden of Life," nestled on the peak of Nigeria's sky mountains.
First, all glory to our Almighty Father, what started out as near impossible has been accomplished. Over two intense years in the making, coming up with a visionary story and script, attracting Hollywood and Nollywood "A" list actors: Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean Louis, Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke-Linus and others, there's every reason to give thanks.
The onerous journey just as portrayed in the film has been arduous. First securing a bridge loan from the Nigerian Entertainment Intervention Fund courtesy of NEXIM Bank, attracting unprecedented support from MTN, DSTV and other major sponsors, The Almighty has been with us all the way, guiding us, instructing us and clearing obstacles. But make no mistake, it has been a solid team effort: Co-Executive Producer Brenda Jackson stood firm, then came other warriors Tunde MacAlabi; Kola and Nike Okeowo; Iron Lady Caroline Okolo, Coordinator extraordinaire Sumonu Bello Osagie; CGI genius Andy Abulu; The Rock Scott St. John; the tenacious and skillful Black Ivory Team: Ngozi Mba; Princess Funke Adebonojo; Nenye Njoku-Olagbegi, Joy Nwangwu, Ufuoma Okonoko, Igo Wordu and the rest of the team, my good friend Mustafa Chikeobi, film scorers Wole Alade and Paul Konye as well as our indefatigable teammates at Tarika Technologies led by Sachin Agrawal. Kudos and thanks to all.
Moving forward will be critical but I believe we are in good hands. Support for "Doctor Bello" is coming from all over. Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, PIIPA under the leadership of R. Mark Davis as well as our long time supporter Michael Gollin, Venable LLP will be vital to our quest. We appreciate everyone who has in one way or another helped in the actualization of "Doctor Bello." I thank all the talented actors, the amazing crew both in New York and Lagos Nigeria and our many sponsors and supporters. May the Almighty continue to bless you all, and replenish your kindness.
-- Tony Abulu, Director
Tony Abulu Biography
President and CEO - Black Ivory Communications
Tony Abulu is the President and CEO of Black Ivory Communications, a multi-faceted media firm with 30 years' experience in film production, entertainment, publishing, international marketing and African tourism development. Abulu is also the President of Filmmakers Association of Nigeria, USA (FAN, USA).
As a Nigerian-born writer, director, and producer, Tony Abulu has spent over 25 years in the United States establishing a market for African themed entertainment products. From his early days as publisher and editor of the world-renowned Black Ivory Magazine--a contemporary Pan-African journal focusing on business opportunities in Africa-- to helming the world tours of the spectacular Nigerian National Dance Troupe and the Africa Music Festival in New York -- a Broadway-style music festival featuring contemporary African bands from South Africa, Nigeria, the Caribbean, Benin and Senegal -Abulu has presented Africa in America with dignity, insight and class as a cultural ambassador for Africa and the consultant to African and Caribbean governments and cultural institutions in the U.S.
In 1997, as part of his quest to fulfil Black Ivory's commitment to raise Africa's profile through various art forms, Tony Abulu ventured into filmmaking with the global blockbuster "Back to Africa," the story of a beautiful woman who goes to Africa in search of her long lost father. Abulu brought together an American cast and crew joining Nigerian counterparts. Shot in over twelve Nigerian cities, including the bustling Lagos metropolis as well as scenic rustic towns in the Yoruba hinterland, the film generated great interest in Africa and all over the world. The film was screened to sold-out audiences at Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles and the African Film Festival in New York.
After spending several years leading Filmmakers Association of Nigeria, USA in its fight to protect the copyrights of Nigerian (Nollywood) films in the U.S. and developing a well-structured DVD distribution chain in the U.S. for African films, Tony Abulu was inspired to create an additional platform for filmmakers to showcase their work. In 2004, he facilitated the first ever U.S. tour of 50 of the top Nollywood superstar actors, directors, and producers and honoured legendary Hollywood icon Ossie Davis as the grand patron of the Nigerian film industry. In 2005, he produced the first Nigerian International Film Festival in New York, in association with all the Nigerian film guilds, with top Hollywood actor Danny Glover featured as a special guest.
In 2007, Abulu followed with another feature film "American Dream," a comedy that explores youth life in contemporary Africa while at the same time humorously presenting the inherent problems in obtaining the highly-coveted American visa. Building on the momentum and positive reception for his previous films which were shot in Nigeria, Abulu made his entry into mainstream American cinema in August 2008 at the prestigious American Black Film Festival with his third film "Crazy Like a Fox." Shot entirely in the United States with American and African actors, the film is a romantic thriller set in modern day New York City.
Presently, Tony Abulu is in production for a blockbuster international feature film, "Doctor Bello," heralding Black Ivory's grand return to its philosophy of linking African-America and Africa. An international collaboration, "Doctor Bello" will feature Hollywood A-list actors Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis; and internationally-recognized Nollywood superstars Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Desmond Elliot, Zack Orji and others. In the movie, the cure for cancer has been found in the Sky Mountains of Africa and an American oncologist must risk everything to extract it. Doctor Bello has garnered unprecedented global brand support, and the film is expected to attract worldwide recognition for a new genre of African filmed entertainment.