Independent film maker/youth mentor Tijan ‘Kingpin’ Sallah, that has recently completed a short anti violent crime film/musical (25 mins), which he has written and directed. The film is called ‘The Initiative’ starring Louis Reece and Gary Beadle (Eastenders) I am so passionate about this project watching it grow through such good intentions and no funds just lots of hard work and love.
This project has been inspired and initially partly funded through the mentoring work Kingpin has been doing with young men in the borough of Islington for Islington Council, and through his interaction with young people whilst working at City and Islington College. The project was born through the sense of frustration and the need to act after watching the numerous news reports and well documented tragic events that have occurred in recent years in relation to young people and violent crime.
While creating the project he has been fortunate to have contributions from the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance, and they have been very supportive and charitable in donating their time, effort and expertise to the project and consequently their contributions have enhanced and enriched the film. As a result the film includes scenes involving paramedics and ambulance vans and we were able to film with a replica weapon under the safety of police supervision.
The production team that worked in collaboration with to shoot the film is Global Faction, they have a huge subscriber base and their work has received millions of views both online and via Television Broadcast. Their contribution has ensured that the project was executed to an excellent standard, in terms of cinematography and post production, resulting in a visually stunning, hard hitting, compelling and moving short film with a very real and down to earth approach to tackling gun crime, one of today’s’ most relevant issues among young people.
Part of the charm of the project and a factor that makes this short film so unique is that it was done on a next to nothing in terms of budget and is an entirely independent film with no major financial backing, all the actors and film crew donated their time because they, like myself also felt passionate about the subject that the film covers and felt that whatever contribution they could provide to make a difference was valuable and rewarding enough.