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Tatenda Mbudzi

Zimbabwean filmmaker and comedian, b. 1987

If you watched the Oscars last weekend, you may have spotted Tatenda Mbudzi among the group of students who, as winners in the Oscar Experience College Search, got the chance to go on stage and hand the statuettes to the presenters.

In describing how he will change the future of movies, he said:

I’m going to tell stories that globally connect. As a foreigner, I know what it’s like to be an outsider, and I want to tell stories that help people believe in themselves, and believe in others, too. [1]

Mbudzi is currently a student in the Producer’s Program at the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA, where he also performs comedy. We’ll see what kinds of interesting things he produces in the future—this exposure should definitely help.

More:
Twitter: @ta10da
Film student prepares for his Oscars debut – UCLA Today

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  1. Tatenda Mbudzi’s video submission

Ozwald Boateng

Ghanaian + British menswear designer, b. 1967

When Ozwald Boateng opened his first shop on the venerable Savile Row in London, he was part of a new generation of innovative tailors out to transform the street and the industry.

I knew the concept of Savile Row on one hand and I wanted to breathe new life into it, and I knew it had something unique and should be on the global stage for menswear, and I knew what to do to make it be that. It just needed more of a designer approach.[1]

He has gone on to become one of the most well-known and influential tailors in the world, dressing high-profile clients like Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, P. Diddy, and many more. It’s almost a certainty that you’ve seen his work somewhere, as they are part of the aesthetic of the modern high-budget film. His clothes make the man.

His sleek designs are striking for their use of bright colors, and some more recent designs incorporate African fabrics.

For more information:
official site
Tumblr – see some of his work and the people he dresses
Facebook
twitter: @OzBoateng

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  1. The Story of Ozwald Boateng at lifeandtimes.com