Fiery Film is a film/TV company formed in June 28, 2012 by filmmaker C.J. “Fiery” Obasi. As a nascent production company couldn’t get funding for its next project after Jim & Joan (2012) which was the closing film at the Eko International Film Festival (2012). Though screened in its incomplete form Jim & Joan was hailed as the “scariest film” at the festival, with Writer/Director C.J. “Fiery” Obasi’s work being compared to Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s expressionism. Not being able to secure funds, or post-production support to complete Jim & Joan, C.J. and his team would not be deterred, and having learnt so much from the misfortunes of Jim & Joan they courageously ventured on to produce a zero-budget horror/thriller “OJUJU”, which premiered at the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in November 2014, where, due to popular demand it was screened twice and went on to win the award for “Best Nigerian Film” beating many high budget films within the category. OJUJU enjoyed massive audience and critical acclaim, having screened in more than 20 film festivals around the world, and has secured a place as a groundbreaking work in the history of New Nigerian Cinema. OJUJU attracted renown international filmmakers and critics, such as Todd Brown (Screen Anarchy, Producer The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2: Berandal), Frank Scheck (The Hollywood Reporter), and Tambay Obenson (Shadow & Act) to write a favorable reviews on it, lauding C.J.’s raw talent and creative resourcefulness, despite working under harsh conditions and budgetary constraints.
Fiery Film’s sophomore work is the crime-gangster thriller “O-Town”, also written by C.J. “Fiery” Obasi. A film he calls his exploration into genre-filmmaking. O-Town premiered at AFRIFF 2015 in Lagos, and went on to screen at the prestigious Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden. O-Town was nominated for Best West African International Film at the Screen Nation Awards, UK, as well as in three categories at the African Movie Academy Awards (African Oscars) 2016, for Best Promising Actress, Achievement in Soundtrack and Best Nigerian Film, winning for Achievement in Soundtrack category. O-Town also selected to screen at the maiden edition of the Lake City Film Festival, 2016 where it won the award for Best Director.
Early 2017, Fiery Film acquired the option to adapt Hello, Moto – a short story by World Fantasy, Hugo & Nebula award winning author, Nnedi Okorafor. The company is currently in pre-production and development for Mami Wata – a female driven revenge thriller, and Otokoto – a coming of age, historical drama based on the ritual murders of 1996 in small town Owerri.
Here are the people behind Fiery Film:
Born and raised in small town, Owerri, Nigeria. C.J. grew up watching Hammer House horror films and reading Stephen King novels. As a child, he developed a knack for drawing comics based on all his favourite movies and superheroes at the time. Comics which he would sell to his peers much to their delight. Much later on in life, C.J. would put aside his degree in Computer Science from the University of Nigeria (UNN) to launch into filmmaking, full time.
C.J. fondly called “Fiery” or “The Fiery One” set up his company “Fiery Film” in 2012, and soon after his friend Benjamin Stockton, a screenwriter and movie aficionado from California, and Oge Obasi (nee Ugwu) came on board to help run the company. Fiery Film latest project is the horror thriller feature film “Ojuju”, written, directed and edited by C.J. OJUJU premiered at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), where it won The Best Nigerian Movie Award. In March 2015, C.J. won the Trailblazer Award at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) for his groundbreaking work with OJUJU.
C.J’s sophomore work is “O-Town” a crime thriller epic piece, which C.J. calls his “Western in an Eastern land” and describes as “his exploration into genre-filmmaking”. His favourite filmmakers are Martin Scorcese, Ousmane Sembene, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Lars von Trier, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Sam Raimi, to mention only but a few.
Oge Obasi (nee Ugwu) has a production experience spanning over a decade; having worked on in various formats for TV and film, on such projects as The Figurine, Amstel Malta Box Office, TV programs for SpiceTV, Miss Earth Nigeria, and Heineken’s Champion’s Planet. Oge produced the acclaimed zero-budget zombie feature “Ojuju”, as well as the semi-autobiographical gangster saga “O-Town”, both written and directed by her husband, C.J. “Fiery” Obasi. She is the founder and CEO of Out of the Box Production Company, now an independent arm of Fiery Film Company – the production company she runs with her husband. She has recently produced “Hello, Rain” – the short film based on “Hello, Moto” by World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo award winning Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor; and is also developing Mami Wata – a female-driven revenge thriller based on the Mermaid folklore of West Africa, with C.J. “Fiery” Obasi attached as director.
Benjamin Stockton came to Fiery Film from sunny California, land of Hollywood. He is an avid science fiction fan, and has been writing science fiction and developing virtual worlds since before “virtual world” entered the
English lexicon. His first efforts began when he was around 8 or so, and involved large numbers of Legos, flashlights and clay for special effects. After watching Nollywood movies with some Nigerian friends back in the day, he asked, “where’s the science fiction,” only to be told, “there isn’t any.”
Along the way, Benjamin kept that question at the back of his mind. Then he bumped into CJ Obasi. After viewing some reels from him, Benjamin decided CJ would be great talent to team up with to provide a fulsome answer to that question he had years ago. So along with Oge, CJ and Benjamin joined their considerable creative forces, and brought Fiery Film into formal existence.
These days, Benjamin Stockton can be found in his lair, listening to anything from heavy metal to hip-hop, whilst creating science fiction featuring Africans, for Africans as well as audiences worldwide. He figures the West is pretty much tapped out for new ideas, and Nollywood is the perfect place to bring some fresh talent and new ideas for the genre to fruition. Projects he has under development for Fiery Film include TV series with the running titles “Salvation,” and “Parallax.” As well as an untitled animated short screenplay based on Celtic and African mythologies.
We lost Benjamin in 2016. Out of respect and fondness for his memory, we have kept his bio.