Tchaiko Omawale

Writer Director Producer

Tchaiko grew up in seven countries while her father worked for UNICEF. She graduated from Columbia University then interned for Spike Lee and Mira Nair. While assisting directors George C. Wolfe and Tom Vaughan she directed several short form projects.  

Tchaiko was awarded the Gaea Sea Change Residency for artists working for social change.  Her feature film Solace was a Semi-Finalist for Sundance Writers Lab 2012; a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmakers Program 2015; In 2016 the project participated in Tribeca All Access, the IFP Narrative Lab, the Creative Visions Creative Activist Program and Big Vision Empty Wallet diversity program.

In 2017 it was a Women In Film grantee and a Film Independent Efilm/Company 3 grant winner. Solace premiered at the LA Film Festival 2018 winning Special Jury Mention Best Ensemble Cast. It is currently on the festival circuit and won New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award. Tchaiko was a 2017 School of Making Thinking Resident fellow where she created the VR film Shapeshifters. In between her independent projects she produces and directs commercials and branded content. You can see her work here:


Bruce Francis Cole


Bruce Francis Cole is an emerging American cinematographer who studied at both The North Carolina School of the Arts and later at The American Film Institute. With a background in visual art and social justice, he has shot for commercials brands such as Nike and Apple. Recently, he just wrapped “Jinn” a coming of age love story about a 17- year-old girl, Summer (Zoe Renee), whose mom (Simone Missick) converts to Islam, while Summer reaches for her own creative interpretations of its scriptures. His international short film "Gringo Honeymoon" was nominated for best cinematography at The Madrid International Film Festival in 2015. Bruce is a Film Independent Project Involve 2018 fellow.


Colin Rich


In addition to Solace, Colin has edited on the Emmy-award winning anthology series American Crime, the John Ridley-helmed documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, and was a co-editor on the Warner Brothers television pilot Murder. Currently, he's editing on the sixth season of the CW science fiction series The 100.


Jasmin Way


Jasmin Way is a film and television Editor from New York City.  After studying film at Vassar College, Jasmin began her career as an Assistant and Junior Editor at Lorne Michaels' post-production company, Broadway Video.  From there she moved on to work in documentary and reality television on acclaimed shows such as LA Ink (TLC), This American Life (Showtime), True Life (MTV), World of Jenks (MTV), Warped Roadies (FUSE), and House Hunters International (HGTV).   In 2014 Jasmin made the leap into feature-length narrative films as an Assistant Editor on films including Maggie's Plan, Sophie And The Rising Sun, A Kind of Murder and The Outcasts.  Jasmin is the Editor of the documentary feature Davi's Way which premiered at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Additional Editor of Rebel In The Rye which had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


Meshell Ndgeocello


Meshell is a singer/songwriter and composer.


Hope Olaide Wilson


Hope Olaidé Wilson is a multimedia storyteller, founder of Indigo Veil Media and a 2018 Made in NY Media Center Incubator Fellowship recipient. She's currently in post-production as writer, director and producer of Owls & Echoes, an anthology project selected for the 2018 IFP Screen Forward Labs.Hope won the 2017 Jack Jones Literary Arts ‘Octavia Butler Fellowship’ and was a 2017 Finalist for the Stowe Story Labs/Tangerine Entertainment Screenwriting Fellowship.Trained at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, her screen credits include the independent feature film, Solace (Tribeca Film Institute's All Access Program), The Affair (Showtime), The Price (Samuel Goldwyn Films/2017 SXSW), The Fosters (FreeForm), and The Last Ship (TNT).


Maya Emelle


A Los Angeles native, Maya Emelle graduated from the Art Institute of Hollywood with her BS in Digital Cinema and Video Production. She worked for Corporate Management Solutions, Inc. as the Commercial and New Media Production Coordinator while simultaneously freelance producing independent content. Although specializing in scripted commercial and new media content throughout the years, Maya has worked on various live televised productions such as the Latin Grammy’s, iHeart Award Shows and Concerts, and the Latin American Music Awards. As the Vice President of Development at Morgan’s Mark she has produced two independent features titled Jinn (2017) and Solace (2017), Maya is dedicated to producing content that gives marginalized people a larger presence in mainstream media.

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Sophia Solomon


Sophia is a graduate of the BFA Film Production program of Emerson College and currently resides in Los Angeles. As a student, she cultivated her skills and interest in the arts and communication as a White House Digital Strategy intern under the Obama Administration. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she was given the opportunity to study under Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C. and apply what she had learned in order to be an effective and passionate member of both camera and production departments. Influenced by her Washington D.C. roots, she continues to seek projects, either as a Producer or Cinematographer, that tackle socio-economic issues. 


Sabine Hoffman


Sabine Hoffman, ACE, began her journey to becoming a film editor in Berlin, studying art, philosophy and film history. In the United States, she has edited independent feature films for over 15 years, including Rebecca Miller’s films PERSONAL VELOCITY (Sundance Grand Jury Award and Best Cinematography winner and also the winner of the John Cassavettes Award), THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE (starring Daniel Day Lewis), and MAGGIE'S PLAN (Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke. She recently completed ELVIS AND NIXON (starring Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon, directed by Liza Johnson) and is currently editing Kyra Sedgwick's directorial debut STORY OF A GIRL.

She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a mentor to many filmmaker organizations, including the IFP and the Sundance Institute and serves on the advisory boards of Reel Works and the Woodstock Film Festival, where she founded the Editing Awards for feature and documentary narratives in 2004.


Sascha Brown Rice


Sascha Brown Rice is an award-winning filmmaker, public speaker, teacher, and granddaughter of California's former Governor Pat Brown, niece of current Governor Jerry Brown, and daughter of former State Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Her documentary California State of Mind recently garnered a Grand Jury Prize for Cinematic Vision and has made waves across the country with screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, and throughout California. Rice's celebrated romantic comedy feature Mango Kiss enjoyed national broadcast, screened internationally at over 80 venues, and received many honors and awards. Rice heads up FIRE OF LIFE which offers creative consulting to a wide variety of clients has joined the producing team of the short film MAKE YOU FEEL by rising star Filipino-American writer/director Eileen Cabilng. Rice is also currently co-producing the upcoming feature film Solace directed by groundbreaking new filmmaker Tchaiko Omawale.  She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Pat Brown Institute, which is a non-partisan public policy Institute at Cal State LA. Additionally, Ms. Rice served as the program director and a mentor for the Young Writers Workshop at Ivanhoe Elementary. Ms. Rice has appeared on television and numerous radio programs and her work has broadcast internationally. California State of Mind is currently airing on public television nationally. Ms. Rice studied at the American Film Institute and received a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College.

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Chelsea Peretti 

Executive Producer

Chelsea Peretti plays Gina Linetti on FOX’s “Brooklyn 99.” Her one-hour stand-up special, “Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats,” is a Netflix Original. She has written for “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Portlandia,” “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Kroll Show.” Her podcast “Call Chelsea Peretti” can be found on iTunes. 

Check IMDB for up-to-date credits, it is a cool new database people are using, similar to a linkedin type of thing!


Kishori Rajan

Executive Producer

Kishori Rajan is the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed HBO series Random Acts of Flyness, which received a 2019 Peabody Award for "breaking the mold of what TV can be", and was renewed for a second season. Kishori has produced several feature films including the upcoming The Short History of the Long Road (Tribeca Film Festival 2019), The Price (Samuel Goldwyn Films), and American Fable (IFC Films); credits also include the Spirit-nominated films Four and Gimme The Loot (IFC Films). She's a 2017 Cannes Producers Fellow, a 2017 Tribeca All Access grantee, and the first American producer to be selected for the EAVE European Producers Network. Kishori contributes as a writer to Filmmaker Magazine and has guest lectured on feature film producing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the Made in NY Media Center. She's served as an industry panelist at several conferences, including SXSW and IFP's Screen Forward Conference. Kishori received a BA in Film Studies from Columbia University, and resides in New York City. 


Morgan Stiff 

Executive Producer

Morgan R. Stiff, a North Carolina native, graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, with an MFA in Film Production in 2005 after receiving her BFA from New York University in Dramatic Writing in 2002. As a producer, Morgan has produced fiction and documentary films, as well as promotional videos. Producing projects include PORCELAIN (2004), which is currently being distributed by Iron Rod Motion Pictures, Inc.; HIP HOP HOMOS (LOGO Networks, 2004); the award-winning BROOKLYN’S BRIDGE TO JORDAN (Showtime, LOGO, BET J, 2005); the award-winning feature documentary ONE BAD CAT: THE REVEREND ALBERT WAGNER STORY (Ovation TV, 2009), which she also edited; and the critically acclaimed and award-winning MISSISSIPPI DAMNED (Showtime, 2011). In 2007, Morgan participated in the FIND Producer’s Lab with MISSISSIPPI DAMNED, which she also edited. As an editor, Morgan has worked on tributes, music videos, fiction films, and documentaries. Additional editing projects include HOPE’S CHOICE (Showtime 2004); BURN: ONE YEAR ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE BATTLE TO SAVE DETROIT, executive produced by Denis Leary and winner of the Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival; and THE ANTI-MASCOT (ESPN 2014). Morgan is a talent manager and the Senior Vice President, Operations Director of Morgan’s Mark, a production company dedicated to bringing marginalized stories to the mainstream.


Lee Stiff

Executive Producer

Lee V. Stiff is the executive producer of the films BROOKLYN’S BRIDGE TO JORDAN (2005) and MISSISSIPPI DAMNED (2011), and the second album of hip-hip artist, J. Bully, HOSTILE TAKEOVER (1999). He is a university professor; a co-author of elementary, middle grades, and high school mathematics textbooks; and a popular speaker about issues affecting the mathematics education of all children. He is the co-founder and President of EDSTAR Analytics, a consulting firm providing schools with data-driven decision models for student success and teacher effectiveness. From 2000 to 2002, he served as President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the world’s largest mathematics education organization, then with 100,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates throughout the United States and Canada.


Oby Okoye

Associate Producer

Oby M. Okoye is a Nigerian-American writer and producer from Inglewood, California. Okoye is an alumnus of Film Independent’s prestigious Project Involve program and was awarded the Barbara Boyle grant for Outstanding Producer for the 2015-2016 fellow class. She produced the short films Reagan (directed by Christopher Nataanii Cegielski), They Charge for the Sun (directed by Terence Nance) and Get the Life (directed by Ozzy Villazon). She is currently developing the feature film What Can’t Be Undone. Okoye is also a producing apprentice at Homegrown Pictures, working under Hollywood heavyweight Stephanie Allain. She previously served as the Director of Programming at the Bentonville Film Festival, providing a platform for women and diverse storytellers. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, she lived in New York City and worked as a corporate and entertainment attorney. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University-Camden School of Law and a B.A. from The University of Michigan.

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A Film By
Tchaiko Omawale

Written, Directed, Produced By
Tchaiko Omawale

Hope Olaide Wilson
Maya Emelle 
Sophia Solomon

Executive Producers
Morgan R. Stiff & Lee V. Stiff

Executive Producers 
Jerrika Hinton 
Chelsea Peretti 
Kishori Rajan 
Burton Breznick
Alexa Hall
Yvette Nicole Brown
Jennifer Nascimento

Sabine Hoffman 
Sascha Brown Rice

Director of Photography
Bruce Cole

Production Designer
Kendra Bradanini

Edited By 
Colin Rich 
Jasmin Way

Casting By
Mara Casey

Music By
Meshell Ndegeocello

Costume Designer
Tiffany Maxwell

A Morgan's Mark Co-Production
In Association with Big Vision Creative With Support from IFP

Associate Producers
Eileen Cabling
Donald Lopez
René Veilleux
Jason Hightower
Oby Okoye
Jonathan Hsu
Benjamin Griesinger
Fola Adamolekun
Natalia Kanem
Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard
Don Thompson
Diana Takata
Safia Dirie
Martin Ahlgren

Line Producers
Jon Paul Burkhart
Bryce Morgan

First Assistant Directors
Cole Wellendorf
Mark Beasley
Devi Rawal

Second Assistant Director
Ellen Eastaugh
First Assistant Camera
Sean Scott Frisoli

Second Assistant Camera
Mike Undestad

B Camera Operator
William Rouse

Mark Napier

Key Grip
John Jo Glenn

Sound Mixer
Benjamin Anderson
Mario Manti-Gualtiero

Script Supervisor
Sean Paul Semple

2nd Unit Cinematographer
Alison Kelly
Jose Andres Solorzano

2nd Unit Camera Operator
Devin Dalool

2nd Unit First Assistant Camera & Digital Imaging Technician
Carman Spoto

2nd Unit Gaffer
Jeff Kulig

2nd Unit Sound Mixer
Royce Adkins
Joshua A. Wilkinson

2nd Unit Production Designer
Meghan Grimes

Make-up Artist
Terri Carter
Carmen Dianne
Jazzmene Ellison

FX Make-Up Artist
Lali Peer
Emily Peck

Hair Stylist
David Calhoun
Regina Ming
Mia Symone

Vivian Nixon
Damani Pompey

Assistant Choreographer
Daniel J. Watts

Script Consultant
Jessiline Berry

Producer's Assistant
Tiajha Nakahara
Jo-Dean Roark
Paulina Weeden

Production Assistant
Levi Ashlyn
Jessie Butera
Alessandra Bonetti
Michelle Howarth
Jasmin Junio
Erin Manker
Hunter Peterson
Amber Rivette
Tayler Robinson
Catherine Warner
Yanique Sappleton
Richard Sustaita

Additional Editor
Amanda Griffin

Assistant Editor
Timothy Daniel
Torrie Goedtel
Austin Smith

On-line Assistant Editor
Kenny Kiesecker

Post Production Sound Services Provided by
This is Sound Design

Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor, Re-recording Mixer
Nathan Ruyle

Sound Studio Manager
Robert Louis Howley

Sound Effects Editor, ADR Mixer
Michael Krystek

Dialog Editor
Nathan Efstation

Foley Artist
Mike Miller

ADR Mixer: New York
Ian Turner

Assistant Sound Editor
Jedy-Shiheng Xu
Roman Fusco

Sound Editorial and Mix Services Provided By
Crawford Media Services

ADR Mixer
Greg Crawford

Additional Editing by
The Edit Center

Additional Editors
Erika Clancy
Ben Cunningham
Alexandra de Jesus
Martha Gregory
Chachi Hauser
Susannah Kalb
Julia Kim
Jordan McAfee
Christopher McKee
Lucas Moesch
Cierra Pacheco
Nona Schamus
Phil Serzo
Kayla Sklar
Kylie Sobel
Emily Sternlicht
Meloni Villagomez
Zahava Wachspress
Josephine Wheelwright

Additional Editor
Tavishya White

Feature Post Finishing by

Supervising Digital Colorist
Jared Pecht

Post Finishing Producer
Jose Williams

Post Finishing Color Assist
Ray Ruotolo

Visual Effects by
Robot Rumpus

VFX Producer
Yasmin Dunn

VFX Artist
Jason Dunn

VFX Artist
Brian Ali Harding

Publicity by
Big Time PR & Marketing

Title Graphic and Key Promotional Designs by
Schessa Garbutt

Social Media and Marketing
Ericka Simone
Grace Cartwright
Arielle Saturne

Graphic Designer
Mike Undestad
Vikki McDonald

Grip and Electric Provided by
Quixote Studios

Vehicles Provided by
California Rent-A-Car

Locations Provided by
Crown City Theatre Company
Debbie Allen Dance Academy
Gilbert Lake
Major Latimer
Sherri Taylor
Ruthie-Ann Thomas & Dr. Gary E Ford

Legal Services Provided by
Orly Ravid, Esq. Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (MSK)
Southwestern Law School Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic

Additional Recording Musician
Abraham Rounds
Jebin Bruni

Music Consultant
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Music Supervisor
Koch Okoye

Music Editor
Amber Funk

Made possible in part by the generous support of

Made possible in part through a Service Grant from

Additional funding provided by

With Support from

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"Little Girl, Little Girl"
Written & Performed by Ora Dell Graham
Courtesy of Document Records"10-Minute Cardio Jump

Quadradinho De Tres
"Written & Performed by Puto Cossa
Courtesy of Go Edigóes"

Mzabalazo (Demo)
"Performed by BLK JKS, Zol!
Courtesy of BWSCD, Inc. & Secret Canadian"

Djula Dance
"Written & Performed by Ibaaku
Courtesy of Akwaaba Music"

"Written & Performed by Mz. 007 
Courtesy of Team Music Group, LLC"

Baby Hello
"Written & Performed by Wande Coal
Courtesy of Black Diamond Entertainment"

Kalemba (wegue wegue)
"Performed by Buraka Som Sistema & Pongolove Courtesy of Fabric Worldwide"

"Performed by Staff Paulo, Gaia Beat & DJ Ricardo Orange 
Courtesy of Dynamics Films & K-Music Channell"

Figura (Bonde Do Zombinhos Remix)
"Written by Ze Bula & Bonde Do Zombinhos
Performed by Figura
Courtesy of Akwaaba Music"

Xamal Sa Bopp
"Written by Mustaf Mbaye & Exampler
Performed by Fouma System
Courtesy of Akwaaba Music"

"Written & Perfomed by Siyabonga Mthembu, Zelizwe Mthembu, 
Ayanda Zalekile, Simphiwe Tshabala & Raytheon Orion
Courtesy of Gallo Music Publishers Black on White"

Bas néré
"Written by DJ Form & Joey le Soldat 
Performed byJoey le Soldat 
Courtesy of Akwaaba Music"

"Written & Perforned by Alex Bntn
Courtesy of BNTN"

Enfants de la Rue
"Written by DJ Form & Joey le Soldat 
Performed by Joey le Soldat 
Courtesy of Akwaaba Music"

Wala Yalala
"Written & Performed by Iba Diabaté
Courtesy of Akwaaba Music

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