Tchaiko Omawale receives the org’s first grant for her film Solace

May 22, 2019

GreenLight Women has awarded its first film grant to writer/director/producer Tchaiko Omawale, announced Lucy Webb, Chair of the GreenLight Women Film Completion Grant program, for her long form drama, Solace.   GreenLight Women President Ivy Kagan Bierman presented the award to Omawale on Sunday, February 17 at a champagne brunch honoring director Kasi Lemmons and Black History Month at the London Hotel In West Hollywood.  The film’s co-producer, Sascha Brown Rice, was also in attendance.

Solace is the moving portrait of an intelligent, driven and self-destructive teenage orphan struggling to find her place in the world. Led by Hope Olaide Wilson’s heartfelt and brave performance as Sole, Solace is a unique coming-of-age story, which takes on the claustrophobic isolation of mental health issues with empathy and artistry.

“a fresh filmmaking voice”

“Tchaiko Omawale is a fresh filmmaking voice,” said Webb, “whose unique storytelling style is both visual and emotional.  With her sure-handed directing, this is a rare combination in a first feature.”

The GreenLight Women Film Completion Grant awards financial aid, support and encouragement to women filmmakers who demonstrate significant artistic talent in the visual arts and industry-related fields and who display innovative skills and a level of excellence, in order to complete their films by, for or about women. The grant honors women who have devoted their talents and energy to creating exceptional films.

“We are thrilled to award this grant to such a deserving filmmaker,” said Marion Rosenberg, O.B.E., and Chair of GreenLight Women.  “We look forward to seeing more exciting and thoughtful work from this promising talent.”  The GreenLight Women Film Completion Grant Action Group presents the GreenLight Women Grant to selected recipients after careful consideration and review.

Tchaiko Omawale and Solace

Writer/director/producer Tchaiko Omawale grew up in seven countries while her father worked for UNICEF. She graduated from Columbia University, then interned for directors Spike Lee and Mira Nair. While assisting directors George C. Wolfe and Tom Vaughan she directed several short form projects. Omawale was awarded the Gaea Sea Change Residency for artists working for social change.

Solace was a semi-finalist at the Sundance Writers Lab in 2012.   It received the Panavision New Filmmakers Program Award in 2015.  In 2016, Solace participated in the Tribeca All Access, the IFP Narrative Lab, the Creative Visions Creative Activist Program and the Big Vision Empty Wallet diversity program. In 2017, Solace received grants from Women In Film and Film Independent Efilm/Company 3.  Solace premiered at the LA Film Festival 2018, and won the Special Jury Mention Best Ensemble Cast.  It is currently playing the film festival circuit and recently won the New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award.

Omawale 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:

Photo credit:  Tasia Wells

GreenLight Women Film Completion Grants Committee

Lucy Webb – Chair
Betsy Pollock
Nancy Rae Stone
Iris Grossman
Marion Rosenberg