Ivan Tai-Apin joins me and Diego on episode 14 of #SocialConfoes to talk about events, acting and directing in Suriname. We talk about his journey and road to having his movie, Wiren, become the first-ever Surinamese submission to the Academy Awards. Ivan is a Surinamese actor, director, screenplay writer and producer. He is mostly known for his out of the box theater shows & plays. In 2016 he started a camera acting school in Suriname and is the managing director of It Goes Productions & Casting.
Did you know he has his very own Wikipedia page? Check it out for his full biography in film and theater.
Watch Wiren on Amazon Prime. You can watch it on Netflix if you are in the Benelux region.
0:00 – Introduction with Owru Yari stories
5:36 – How was the film space in the Netherlands compared to Suriname 10 years ago?
9:54 – Acting like in animal before filming or performing on stage.
13:31 – What brought you back to Suriname?
16:53 – What were the challenges you had to overcome?
29:28 – Views on the maturing industry with the limited local scale we have in Suriname
37:51 – How the submission to the Oscars went
47:33 – Production costs and box office results of Wiren
52:55 – What’s the ROI for companies for investing in a movie production?
1:03:08 – How do you put yourself out there to network?
1:10:20 – Closing off with recommendations for the film industry