In The Making, Longlist - Music Video

Jords, Almost An Adult

Curtis Essel, Cristina Nwabugo


“Being both the Director and Cinematographer allowed me to immerse myself wholeheartedly in this film. Coupling this with my ever-so talented Art Director Nwabugo who honed in on the Art Direction - allowed our synergies to really shine through. We were so blessed to have such a talented team both in Kingston and London. On set, you could really sense that the film was so precious to everyone and this is so evident in every single frame.” Curtis Essel.

Curtis Essel is an emerging filmmaker, photographer and artist. His branded content, music video, short film and documentary work have been awarded and nominated by Tribeca Film Festival, BFI, Ava DuVernay Array, Getty and Vimeo to name but a few. At 17, the young Ghanaian Londoner borrowed a camera so that he could take pictures of his brother modelling clothes that he wanted to sell on eBay. Inspired by the power of film and storytelling, Curtis Essel would then immerse himself in digital photography and literature honing his craft and creating award winning work. Essel is now pushing boundaries and shifting the narrative of diverse cultures across several mediums. Curtis creates visually striking work that consciously leaves the audience with more knowledge than when they began. Imparting viewers with intimate insight into personal human experiences in all its depth.