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SOLACE IS WORLD PREMIERING AT THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2018! We need your help to get there!
We are SO CLOSE and we need your help get through the final leg of post production (score by Me’Shell NdegéOcello; sound design; other technical stuff) to our premiere! LEVEL UP!
Q: WHAT’S SOLACE ABOUT?
The story: Hope Olaidé Wilson portrays, Sole, a 17-year-old girl whom, upon the death of her father,is forced to move across the country to live with her overbearing grandmother, Irene (Lynn Whitfield ). Irene eagerly attempts to make up for lost time with her reluctant granddaughter by recreating a semblance of family with her paramour, Pastor Clay Davis (Glynn Turman ). Things are further complicated by a looming deadline upon which Sole’s future hinges. In addition, the questionable influence of her new friends, neighborhood troublemaker, Jasmine (Chelsea Tavares ), Jasmine’s girlfriend, DJ Erika (Sydney ‘Syd’ Bennett of the band ‘The Internet ’), and the mysterious Guedado (Luke Rampersad ), results in a clash of priorities, ideals and unresolved issues.
Q: SOLACE HAS ALREADY RAISED $ THROUGH CROWDFUNDING. WHY IS THERE ANOTHER ONE?
For real, there is no significant, institutional support and nourishment for movies by and about Black women. It’s that simple. We’ve tapped every program/grant that we can - Tribeca, IFP, Women in Film, Film Independent - and we will continue to hunt for investors and awards. We have worked so hard to get here. We keep our costs to a minimum, but we need YOUR HELP to cross that finish line.
WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE DONORS WHO TOGETHER WILL MATCH UP TO $15K OF DONATIONS !
That means your donation - no matter how small or how large - will be doubled as long as we raise it all by September 19! Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far!
Q: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE WE PREMIERE SOLACE?
Black Women making films...
Black Women making films about complex stories we never get to see…
Black Women making films about complex stories we never get to see centering a young woman’s coming of age journey through loss, addiction, and joy.
Q: WHEN DO YOU NEED DONATIONS BY?
Now, basically. We are working under a tight time frame to meet out September 23 premiere date and will be using money as we raise it. That’s why we found matching donors that will double your donation as long as it’s in between now and September 19!
Q: WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?
1) Score by the incredible Me’Shell NdegéOcello !
2) Sound design by Nathan Ruyle!
3) Additional technical stuff to prep for premiere.
Q: HOW ELSE CAN I HELP BESIDES MONEY?
Please know that we're equally as happy for $1 as $1000, we understand how it is. Please help us spread the word about our film, join our mailing list on our website, tweet your encouragement and support to us, share this campaign with everyone you know! Hey, if you want you can even make a cheerleading video for #solacefilm and post it in on social media. We’ll share it widely!
If you know any bloggers who would love our film, spread the word to them too!
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Q: WHO MADE THIS FILM?
Collectively our team has over 30 years of production experience - we are incredibly resourceful and have made it work on everything from low- and no-budget feature films, to music videos, television and experimental projects. We’re used to working with tiny budgets. And we are making this film DIY style!
Tchaiko Omawale (Writer, Director, Producer) 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. Tchaiko was a 2017 School of Making Thinking Resident fellow where she created the VR film Shapeshifters making its festival run in 2018. In between her independent projects she produces and directs commercials and branded content. You can see her work here: www.tchaiko.com
Bruce Francis Cole (Cinematography) 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 (Editor) In addition to Solace, Colin has edited on the Emmy-winning anthology series American Crime; the John Ridley-helmed documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, which received an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, as well as honors from National Board of Review and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights; and the Warner Brothers television pilot Murder, starring Teyonah Parris and Michael Chiklis. He lives in greater Los Angeles with his girlfriend and their dog.
Jasmin Way (Editor) 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.
Additional Producers: Maya Emelle, Sascha Brown Rice, Sabine Hoffman, Alex Cirrillo, Oby M. Okoye, Alex Cirillo, Dani Faith Leonard, Eileen Cabling, René Veilleux, Donald Lopez, Gia Peeples, Sophia Solomon
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