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.
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. In March 2011, Tichawonna attended the African Movie Academy Awards in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The New “N” Word is also a YouTube web series with viewership in over 25 countries spanning 5 continents.
As an actor, Tichawonna’s credits include lead roles in the stage plays, The Home and For The Love Oscar. He has also appeared on the NBC series, Law & Order: SVU, Netflix TV series, House of Cards, the HBO series, Veep and the ID series, Who The Bleep Did I Marry?. His film credits include Mine This Christmas, Too Saved and Nocturnal Agony.
He is in development on CAPCO, a dramedy series set in Washington, DC and is co-executive producer of the documentary series, The American LOWS.