"They Say" and "Sleepless Nights" Earns Prestigious Selection at Ohio Valley Festival for Filmmakers of Color

December 1, 2023 - San Diego, California - MaximillianGroup is delighted to announce that our films "They Say" and "Sleepless Nights" have been chosen as select films for the Ohio Valley Festival for Filmmakers of Color, presented by YWCA Wheeling. This is the 14th Film Festival for these two less than four minute short films.

The Ohio Valley Festival, hosted by YWCA Wheeling, is a week-long celebration of creative amateur filmmakers from Wheeling, WV, and surrounding areas. This exclusive event, scheduled from January 13 to January 20, 2023, will showcase a curated selection of films, and both "They Say" and "Sleepless Nights" have earned their place among the distinguished few.

Festival Highlights:

  • Date: January 13 to January 20, 2023
  • Venue: Young Woman's Christian Association (YWCA) Wheeling
  • Admission: Free and open to the public

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Celebrating the recognition of
"They Say" and "Sleepless Nights" at the
Ohio Valley Festival for Filmmakers of Color
The festival kicks off with a welcoming atmosphere, encouraging the audience to mingle and enjoy refreshments. The screening of selected films, including "They Say," and "Sleepless Nights". Each director or creative team will personally introduce their films before the screening. After the show, the audience is invited to contribute donations to their preferred films, directors, or creative teams through the gallery of movie poster displays.

"In Gambia, where the cinematic landscape is still budding, filmmakers face the exciting challenge of pioneering a vibrant film community. Without a centralized hub, creativity flourishes organically, reflecting the raw authenticity of Gambian narratives. In the absence of a formal film hub, Gambia's filmmakers draw inspiration from the rich cultural tapestry, weaving stories that resonate both locally and on the global stage," says Max Barrett, Founder, CEO at MaximillianGroup. 

Muhammed Dibbasey, a talented Gambian Spoken Word Poet, is the creative force behind the films "They Say" and "Sleepless Nights." Muhammed Dibbasey and his peers embody the spirit of innovation, crafting cinematic stories that echo the pulse of the nation. These films have garnered attention and recognition at an additional 13 film festival in the United States, United Kingdom, Pakastan, South Africa, Nigeria, The Edo State of Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Russia esteemed film festivals, showcasing the unique storytelling and artistic prowess of Dibbasey.  San Diego based MaximillianGroup and Gambian based Cellular Vibrations produced the films with Muhammed Dibbasey directing.

MaximillianGroup and the entire team expresses sincere gratitude to YWCA Wheeling for providing a platform that recognizes and promotes filmmakers from around the world.

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Max Barrett

About Sleepless Nights

"Sleepless Nights" is a powerful and moving poem about the struggles of insomnia. The poem is both personal and universal, and it will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced sleepless nights. The speaker is haunted by his past, and he believes that his insomnia is a gift from his ancestors, who are trying to help him understand the world around him. The speaker is also hopeful about the future, and he believes that he will use his insomnia to help him make a difference in the world.

About "They Say"

 "They Say" is a powerful and moving indictment of the corruption and injustice that the speaker has experienced in his life. It is a cry for justice and equality, and a call for change. The poem is also a commentary on the nature of power. The speaker seems to be saying that power is not always about who has the most money or the most resources. 

About Muhammed Dibbasey

Muhammed Dibbasey is a dynamic and ambitious 24-year-old entrepreneur who is highly regarded within the community of Busumbala. He is passionate about the arts and has made it his mission to unite the youth in his community and beyond, igniting their passion for music and creating a platform for them to showcase their talents.

About MaximillianGroup

MaximillianGroup stands as a beacon of innovation in the digital marketing realm, navigating the intersection of creativity and economic impact. Rooted in San Diego, this dynamic agency thrives on developing sustainable partnerships for global market access. With a mission to empower businesses, MaximillianGroup leverages digital marketing, social media expertise, and creative talent management, creating pathways for success in underserved communities and nations. As architects of impactful collaborations, MaximillianGroup reshapes the landscape, steering enterprises toward confident global engagement.

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