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.


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.


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. 

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Kishori Rajan

Executive Producer

Kishori Rajan’s recent work includes Anne Hamiton's debut feature American Fable (World Premiere, SxSW 2016), the upcoming drama Dara Ju from director Anthony Onah, and the crime-drama Brighton Beach from director David Gutnik, starring FKA Twigs. She has produced the Spirit Award nominated Four and Gimme The Loot (Cannes Film Festival 2012). She associate-produced May In The Summer (Sundance 2013) She co-directed and produced "American Dropout" for PBS that aired nationally. Kishori is a contributing writer for Filmmaker Magazine, and has been the Development Executive at Durga Entertainment since 2012. She is a two-time participating producer of IFP's No Borders Co-Production Market, and was selected as the sole US producer for the 2016 European Producer's Workshop through EAVE.


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.


Grace Cartwright

Producer of Marketing and Distribution

With a lifelong enthusiasm for film, Grace Cartwright is an aspiring producer. She began her college career at NYU Tisch in Film/TV production for two years; however, she wanted to expand her liberal arts education so she transferred to Columbia University for the remaining two years. While in New York, Grace juggled a rigorous education with studio internships at Warner Brothers and Fox Searchlight in publicity. Her fervor of PR landed her a position at MPRM as her post-college stepping stone. Although she recently graduated college, and like most Virgos who learn by doing, Grace was thrilled to join "Solace" as Producer of Marketing & Distribution. She hopes to continue producing films like "Solace", which entertain as well as educate through social activism.