SOWANDE TICHAWONNA is an award-winning, independent filmmaker and actor from Washington, D.C. who got his start as a production assistant for the PBS series In Other Words with Ossie and Ruby, produced by acclaimed actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. He holds a BA in Broadcast Production from Howard University and has over 30 years experience in broadcast television. A list of former clients and employers include C- SPAN, AOLTV, BizNet, Court TV, BET, NBC, MSNBC CNBC and Telemundo. As a member of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers based in New York, Tichawonna co-founded the AIVF-DC salon where he served as chair of the organization from 1994 to 2000. The salon hosted monthly workshops and screenings that covered all aspects of the film and television industry. His credits include executive producer and director of photography for the documentary Straight Up Go-Go (1992), and writer/producer/director of the short film Talkin’ Shop (2000) for which he won the 2000 Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist. The Mayor’s Arts Award is the highest honor the city of Washington, DC confers on artists. Tichawonna won the 2010 Larry Neal Writer’s Award for his screenplay, The New “N” Word. Tichawonna also produced, directed and edited the short film, The New “N” Word starring Erik Todd Dellums, Rain Pryor and James “JJ” Johnson. In addition, The New “N” Word received a 2011 Best Diaspora Short Film nomination by the African Movie Academy. Tichawonna attended the African Movie Academy Awards in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The New “N” Word is now a YouTube web series with viewership in over 25 countries spanning 5 continents. As an actor, Tichawonna’s credits include starring roles in the stage plays, The Home and For The Love Oscar and the ID network series, Who The Bleep Did I Marry? He has also appeared in NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Netflix’s hit TV series, House of Cards, and the HBO series, Veep. His film credits include Mine This Christmas, N.O.S. and Nocturnal Agony. He is currently in development on a dramedy TV series set in Washington, DC and is co- executive producer of the documentary, The American LOWS
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