Tchaiko Omawale - Writer Director Producer
After growing up in seven different countries while her father worked for UNICEF, Tchaiko and her family finally landed in New York in 1994 where she attended The United Nations High School and later graduated from Columbia University with a degree in African American Studies. Tchaiko interned for Spike Lee and Mira Nair and has worked with directors George C. Wolfe and Tom Vaughan as their assistant. She has produced and directed several short form projects: His/Herstory (http://bit.ly/JMeIpU) with Franklin Leonard (The Black List), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, her short documentary America’s Shadows...HIV Risk in Black and Latino Youth, which received a $30,000 Ford Foundation grant, and her music videos were featured on the RSA Films’ Black Dog website from 2009‐2010. She was awarded the Gaea Sea Change Residency for artists working for social change. Inspired by her own journey with an eating disorder and self harm she made the short film “Solace” which screened at several film festivals. The feature script “Solace” was a semi-finalist at the 2012 Sundance Writers Lab and after a successful Kickstarter campaign it went into production June 2015. You can see her work on www.tchaiko.com
Bruce Francis Cole - Cinematographer
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Bruce Francis Cole was introduced to filmmaking by way of fine art. Bruce studied classical painting for over eight years before making the switch over to cinematography. Studying painters such as Vermeer, Picasso, and Rembrandt helped him to understand and connect with color, light, and composition.
While attending The North Carolina School of Filmmaking for cinematography, Cole also began studying theatrical lighting design under Norman Coates (Tommy, the Broadway musical). After school, Bruce worked for seven years as a gaffer and electrician in New York. In 2004, He attended the prestigious American Film Institute for graduate studies in cinematography where he studied under Bill Dill, A.S.C. and Stephen Lighthill, A.S.C.
Over the years, Bruce has had the pleasure to film some of the top musicians in the world including Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Eminem, Shakira, Wyclef Jean, Chris Brown to name a few. He has also shot the film shorts Jacob’s Sound and Special Day (both televised on Showtime’s Black Filmmaker Showcase) and the feature films Gods of Circumstance, The Disciple, and the award-winning Earthwork, starring the Academy Award nominated John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), for which he won the Julio Macat ASC award for his excellence in cinematography.
Jasmin Way - Editor
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.
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum - Composer
Nora writes music for concert halls, film, video games and theatrical stages internationally. Her film scores include Money for Nothing, Stealing Summers, The Shattering, The Apocalypse According To Doris, Joburg, Mesmerize Me, Foreign Language, Back To The Front, and Temporary Obsession, in addition to collaborative work on numerous projects including Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Craft in America, VITO, In Justice, American Masters, Ace Ventura Pet Detective Jr., Kung Fu Panda 2 Video Game, The Tournament, among others.
Kroll-Rosenbaum's concert music includes Double Adventures for orchestra commissioned by The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music conducted by Marin Alsop, Quotes, commissioned for the 40th Anniversary of The London Symphony Chorus with string orchestra, pieces for the Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, Hand Games, a dectet based on clapping games premiered by The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Green in Los Angeles, Ouija, a book of music for solo piano commissioned by Soojin Anjou and premiered at The Berlin Musical Instrument Museum, Germany, A Simple Oath, commissioned by Essential Voices USA, premiered on National Public Radio, and published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Composition at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Adler and Milton Babbitt. Her music has been performed by ensembles as varied as the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, The New York Concert Singers, The Kinor Ensemble, Jim Henson's Muppets, The Project Youth Chorus, The Young People's Chorus of New York City, Greenwich House Music, and VisionIntoArt, with recent premieres at Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress, The 92nd St. Y, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Merkin Hall, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Fox Newman Scoring Stage, Galapagos Art Space, Zone Chelsea: Center for the Arts, The ArcLight Theater, The Old Globe Theater in San Diego, LA Theatre Works, The Museum of the American Indian, and North Carolina School of the Arts.
Kroll-Rosenbaum won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award for her work, Two Songs from Days of Innocence, published by Boosey & Hawkes and released by Vital Records. From 2003-2005, Kroll-Rosenbaum served as the Director of the Composers' Forum at The Juilliard School, and as a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic. As a co-founder and six-year co-director of the interdisciplinary new music group, VisionIntoArt, she collaborated on creating multimedia programming and music for over 30 productions that were presented throughout the United States. Kroll-Rosenbaum has received grants from The American Music Center, Meet the Composer, The New York State Council on the Arts, ASCAP, NFAA, among others.
Executive Producer: Kishori Rajan
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.
Co-Producer: 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), THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (Robin Wright and Keanu Reeves) and MAGGIE'S PLAN (Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke). She edited Morgan J. Freeman's Freeman’s DESERT BLUE and HURRICANE STREETS (which won the Audience, Best Director and Best Cinematography awards at the Sundance Film Festival), Alex Sichel's ALL OVER ME (a Teddy Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival)and HARLEM ARIA (winner of three Audience Awards). Other credits include Rodney Evan’s multiple awards winning BROTHER TO BROTHER, OFF THE BLACK (starring Nick Nolte, directed by James Ponsoldt), DIGGERS (starring Paul Rudd and directed by Katherine Dieckmann), THE DRY LAND (starring America Ferrara and Melissa Leo, directed by Ryan Piers Williams) and Richard LaGravenese’s THE LAST FIVE YEARS (based on Jason Robert Brown’s Broadway musical, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan). 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.
Hoffman is a consultant and story adviser and has also edited numerous documentary films, including Academy Award–nominated FERRY TALES and THE TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA as well as THE PARTY IS OVER (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman).
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.
Associate Producer :Oby Okoye
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.
Producer of Marketing and Distribution: Grace Cartwright
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.