Its not every day that a Hollywood lighting expert in the caliber of Christian Epps comes to Harare. And we loved every minute of it!
Early June 2015 Christian connected with the Mandela Washington Fellows for 2015 Napoleon Nyanhi & Munyarardzi Dodo in Atlanta during a reception dinner by the Mayor of Atlanta. It so happened that one of Christians last major productions Selma was being screened at the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF 2015) in Harare in August 2015. And it so happened that the Festival Director for IIFF 2015 Yvonne Jila was also a Mandela Fellow.
Two weeks after the Mandela Washington Fellowship ended Mr Epps arrived in Zimbabwe for a one day event. He conducted a “Painting With Light” lighting workshop at Media Matrix which was attended by more than 50 professionals. Later Napoleon interviewed Christian at Star FM before heading out to the screening of SELMA at Prince Edward High School.
See gallery pictures from the day events.
Christian Epps Bio:
Christian Epps’ career as a lighting designer has spanned more than two decades covering the range from major motion pictures, broadcast television, live theater, dance, music videos and special events. TV; President Clinton: Live at the White House, 1996 Centennial Olympic Games – Badminton Competition & numerous press areas. Black Movie Awards (TNT). John Leguizamo’s Broadway show Freak (HBO). Dinner & A Movie (TBS). Man-Made Movie (TBS). The Jacksons’ Reality Show (A&E). Source Awards, Stellar Awards, Comic View, 106 & Park, Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza, ‘The Tom Joyner Show’ (Syndicated). ‘The Brian McKnight Show, The Weather Channel, Bill Cosby’s web content OBKB.
For Film Christian’s passion for dramatic lighting has been put to use with notable directors such as Spike Lee, Hype Williams, Ava DuVernay, David Lowery. Ice Cube. Music video; Michael Jackson, P. Diddy, Biggy Smalls, R. Kelly, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Me’Shell N’degeocello, TLC, Boyz II Men, and many, many more. He served as the gaffer on ‘Belly’, directed by the seminal music video director Hype Williams. Corporate; Nike, IBM, Sprite, McDonald’s, Buena Vista Television, GE Capitol, Paramount Studios, Home Depot, ESPN, Buick, Kaiser Permanente, Amtrak, Panasonic. Disney Imagineering selected Christian to participate in their very exclusive concept program known as ‘Blue Sky’. Recent projects; Beck & Lincoln Automotive (commercial), The Door (a short film for fashion brand Prada), Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, (Sundance Cinematography Award winning movie). From 2006 to 2009
Mr. Epps has been working in Lagos, and Abuja Nigeria. He designed the lighting rig and coordinated many of the technical departments for the concert series known as ‘This Day Music Festival’ for 4 years – featuring Beyonce, Snoop Dog, Shakira, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Rihanna, Jay-Z, UB-40, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, and a Fashion show with international design star Oswald Boateng among others. In 2012 he worked with Jungle Films and Nigerian Breweries to design the lighting for 2 popular reality TV shows – Star Quest and Maltina Dance All.
In addition, he designed the biggest hip hop awards show in the country – The Hip Hop Awards. Christian was brought in to work with the local vendors and local crews to produce a quality product. After 8 jobs in Lagos Mr. Epps is glad to say that the local crews have grown the quality of their product and all are very proud of that fact!
Now Mr. Epps is in the early phase of producing concerts in Lagos. Venue; Carnegie Hall, The Kodak Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Apollo Theatre, The White House, The Superbowl Fan Experience, Trinidad & Tobago Jazz Fest, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, This Day Festival (Lagos, Nigeria), throughout the Caribbean, as well as numerous countries on three continents Awards; LA Drama Critics’ Circle Career Achievement Award, Backstage West Award, NAACP Theatre Award, Soloman Award (Architectural Renovation Design).
Producer; Mr Epps has produced a commercial (Nat’l Black Arts Festival), Technical Producer – The CIAA Basketball Conference. Co-producer of Technical Services for The American Black Film Festival for 15 years. Mr. Epps is a graduate of Howard University and a scholarship recipient at NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts – Graduate Design program.