Monday, 12 September 2011

In what could pass for disrespect to technical crew behind Ghanaian movies, virtually all Ghanaian movie actors and producers decided not to attend the launch of the Film Crew Association of Ghana (FICAG) over the weekend.
The launching ceremony attracted a num
ber of crew members including production managers, make-up artistes, script writers, and those in charge of continuity.
Top actors like Jackie Appiah, Van Vicker, John Dumelo, Majid Michel, Yvonne Okoro, Yvonne Nelson, Prince David Osei, Martha Ankomah, Roslyn Ngissah, Agya Koo, Kyeiwaa, Nii Odoi Mensah, Nadia Buari and all the big names in Ghana’s movie industry were nowhere to be found.
Producers Abdul Salam, Shirley Frimpong Manso, Augustine Abbey aka Idikoko, Selassie Ibrahim, Bandex and others did not show up. 
The only Ghanaian actor who turned up for the event was rising actress Ebi Bright, with Roger Quartey and Socrates Sarfo being the only producers at the event.
Socrates however refused to be acknowledged as the Public Relations officer for the Film Producers Association Of Ghana (FIPAG) at the ceremony.
FICAG told NEWS-ONE it invited every producer and actor.
President of the Association, Samuel Gyandoh, speaking at the ceremony, said FICAG had come to stay despite numerous challenges.
He added that the association would improve the standards of movies and professionalism in the industry.
 “We plan to improve upon the image of the industry and the products that comes to the general public from filmmakers by setting standards in our scripts and screen plays. We will also organize workshops for our members to improve their skills to meet modern technological needs of filmmaking,” he said.
The association, he noted, would be inaugurated in October this year with three planned events. The first would be a soccer match between actors and producers, and technical crew members on the other hand.
The second would be an inaugural ceremony to outdoor FICAG members and finally a dinner dance.
Speaking at the meeting, Socrates congratulated members of FICAG for coming together.
He however said he and FIPAG were not happy they were coming together because their unity would affect them as producers.
“We have benefited from you for long. If you have come together, we are the ones to face the odds. I think it is a good thing that you finally decided to unite. I can assure you that if you are strong, you will be the strongest in the industry. We are not happy that you are coming together as an association,” Socrates added.
Annalisa Agyare, a representative from Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), who spoke at the event, also encouraged members to be united and channel a common course. She said her organization was happy to work with FICAG.
Producer cum actor Roger Quartey advised members not to use the association to get at people because that would spell their doom if that was their agenda.



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