Josta Hopps

 

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Josta has been attending WAYout courses since we began. He did documentary with Alan Sim and Wendie Ottewill, Script writing with Nicholas Mcinerny and editing with Brian Mcandrew. He won the soap writing competition WAYout ran and wrote and starred in his first drama called “My Last Choice”.

But the first short film he completed was about his own life- ‘Dark Night‘ which describes how he left home in the diamond mining area of Kenema and lived with an aunt who threw him out. He then lived on the street with a ‘bad’ gang before finding iEARN and later WAYout. There were times when he felt suicidal, lost, alone but he seized the opportunities that were offered and now he is almost part of the furniture at WAYout. First in and last out.

Josta passes on his knowledge and has taught several beginners filmmaking courses. He has made many music videos, starred in the ‘WAYout Anthem‘, in 2013 he wrote, directed and edited his first feature film “Way Out, The Longest Dream“, produced the ‘Save Mama Salone’ video during the elections and is currently directing a documentary for SLBC on traffic. Josta is prolific and dedicated to filmmaking. 

In 2014, Josta supported shoots with Hazel Chandler to produce short films about families affected by ebola for Street Child – these films were then aired on the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, and other international TV channels. Josta’s photos also appeared on the front cover of The Observer and in The Guardian.

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