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Inspired By Eating Disorder Experience, Tchaiko Omawale Preps Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Solace’ (Video)

Inspired By Eating Disorder Experience, Tchaiko Omawale Preps Coming-of-Age Drama 'Solace' (Video)

Writer/director/producer Tchaiko Omawale’s feature film, “Solace,” which was successfully funded via Kickstarter last month, surpassing its $30,000 goal, raising $34,260, counts Jerrika Hinton as Executive Producer.
Per the filmmaker, the feature film, which is inspired by her own experiences with an eating disorder, centers on a withdrawn teenage girl named Sole, who finds solace in a relationship with her troubled neighbor, Jasmine.

The coming of age feature script was a finalist at the 2012 Sundance Writers Lab, and the short film based on the feature script, traveled the film festival circuit from 2011-2013. You can watch it at the bottom of this post.

The film’s cast includes Hope Olaide Wilson, who stars as Sole, as well as Kali Hawk (as Ruby, Sole’s 27 yr old Aunt, who’s described as a New Age hippy who quotes metaphysical theories while wearing Chanel, and who is determined to protect her niece), with casting underway for the roles of Jasmine, the troubled neighbor, and Guedado, the androgynous and amorous musician who uses his art to deal with his dark past. 

Writer/director Tchaiko, an African American studios grad from Columbia University, has previously interned for Spike Lee and Mira Nair, assisted George C. Wolfe and Tom Vaughan on two of their feature films, and shadowed director Jeannot Szwarc on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
 
Tchaiko has also produced and directed several short form projects, including “His/Herstory,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, as well as the documentary “Americaʼs Shadows…HIV Risk in Black and Latino Youth,” a Ford Foundation grantee.  

Her music videos landed her at RSA Films’ Black Dog for a year as one of their more experimental music video directors.
 
As a Gaea Foundation Sea Change Residency, she developed a story based on her experiences with self-harm and eating disorders. The story became the short film Solace which toured the festival circuit and then the feature script.
 
You can see her work at www.tchaiko.com.

Watch the short version of “Solace” below for a glimpse at what to expect in the feature:

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