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SAWUBONA Sawubona, meaning "I See You" in Zulu is a multi-cultural platform for connection and community engagement through film and multimedia experiences.
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Catch Identity Portraits this month in Seattle, Los Angeles and Athens, Greece!Link to screening information in bio.www....
10/04/2024

Catch Identity Portraits this month in Seattle, Los Angeles and Athens, Greece!

Link to screening information in bio.

www.sawubona.us/identity

Huge congrats to the amazing team in front of and behind the camera! Thank you for creating a space for truth and connection.

Huge congrats to the poets, models and crew from our Identity Portraits piece! We have been accepted into festivals in t...
05/04/2024

Huge congrats to the poets, models and crew from our Identity Portraits piece! We have been accepted into festivals in the UK, Greece, Seattle and Venice, CA. Most screenings are this month in person.

More details to come!

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Catch Award-Winning film, Son Rise, Son Shine at Pride Film Fest through November 26th.This film was such a pleasure to ...
23/11/2023

Catch Award-Winning film, Son Rise, Son Shine at Pride Film Fest through November 26th.

This film was such a pleasure to make! From the long interviews with Gerald Garth to the planning of the visuals with Jenny Baumert to working with the amazing cast and crew to the long, long edit sessions with Megan Hayes. We each discovered new parts of ourselves as we dug deep to pull out the truth of each character.

You can watch the film at: https://www.goelevent.com/OpenSpaceArts/e/BestofPrideFilmFest-Shorts

Link in bio.

Available through November 26th.

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SON RISE, SON SHINE, directed by Sasha Marie Speer. Son Rise, Son Shine is a short film about the journey of Gerald, a black gay man, as he interacts with himself and the world from ages 6 to 40. Throughout the film, his 9-year-old self acts as his inner bully, always telling him his way doesn’t meet who he should be as a black man, that he isn’t good enough, and no one loves him. Through his different ages, we see Gerald struggle but eventually finally find peace with who he is and his place in the world.

“I feel like it was a love letter to himself.”Another huge congratulations to the team for their work on Son Rise, Son S...
07/10/2023

“I feel like it was a love letter to himself.”

Another huge congratulations to the team for their work on Son Rise, Son Shine!

We won Best Short Form Short Film at the LGBTQ+ Los Angeles Film Festival.

Catch some of the reviews from the audience at the link in bio.

This film was made with a lot of heart and talent, depicting the real life struggles of its protagonist as he struggles to find his place in the world after not meeting society’s expectations.

More to come…

Director by:
Written by:
Produced by:

Cast:
Vincent Peoples
Kendrick Owen White
Terion Lamarr Collins
Prince Udeh
Darren Brown
Gerald Ray Garth, Jr.
Hiliary Ijieh
Daneé Chesney

Director of Photography: .baumert
Editor:
Sound Editor: Justin Arbabi
1st AD: Katerina Hoyo-Frederickson
Sound: Salahuddin Munir
Sound Assist: Rhonda Hatchett
Grip: Jonathan Modaff

Casting Director: Maggie Kissinger
Location Manager: Steven Pope

BTS 📸
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Huge congratulations to the team for their work on Son Rise, Son Shine!We won Best Experimental Short Film at the Golden...
27/09/2023

Huge congratulations to the team for their work on Son Rise, Son Shine!

We won Best Experimental Short Film at the Golden Nugget International Film Festival in London.

This film was made with a lot of heart and talent, depicting the real life struggles of its protagonist as he struggles to find his place in the world after not meeting society’s expectations.

More to come…

Director by:
Written by:
Produced by:

Cast:
Vincent Peoples
Kendrick Owen White
Terion Lamarr Collins
Prince Udeh
Darren Brown
Gerald Ray Garth, Jr.
Hiliary Ijieh
Daneé Chesney

Director of Photography: .baumert
Editor:
1st AD: Katerina Hoyo-Frederickson
Sound: Salahuddin Munir
Sound Assist: Rhonda Hatchett
Grip: Jonathan Modaff

Casting Director: Maggie Kissinger
Location Manager: Steven Pope

BTS 📸

This October, our film, “Identity Portraits” will be showing as part of  Foundation’s   Stay tuned…  BTS pics from the f...
06/09/2023

This October, our film, “Identity Portraits” will be showing as part of Foundation’s

Stay tuned…



BTS pics from the film 📸

“What did your parents do right?”Not sure I would have had the wisdom to reflect on this question a few years ago. Time ...
31/08/2023

“What did your parents do right?”

Not sure I would have had the wisdom to reflect on this question a few years ago. Time has taught me a different perspective.

Thank you for the interview.

Link to full story: https://canvasrebel.com/meet-sasha-marie-speer/

Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mothers out there, and to those who hold the longing for motherhood in their he...
14/05/2023

Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mothers out there, and to those who hold the longing for motherhood in their hearts. 💐❤️

We are thrilled to announce that the premiere of UNBORN is finally here!

Join us as we dive into a world of emotions, celebrating the strength, resilience, and beauty of women.On this special day, we honor the journeys of all women who have faced the challenges of miscarriage, infertility, abortion, and more.

Your stories are powerful, and today we bring them to the forefront.

🔗 Watch at: https://www.sawubona.us/unborn

Link in bio.

Sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in UNBORN.

(Spanish and French translations available through the website as well)

Today is the day! Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mothers out there, and to those who hold the longing for moth...
12/05/2023

Today is the day! Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mothers out there, and to those who hold the longing for motherhood in their hearts. 💐❤️We are thrilled to announce that the premiere of UNBORN is finally here! Join us as we dive into a world of emotions, celebrating the strength, resilience, and beauty of women.On this special day, we honor the journeys of all women who have faced the challenges of miscarriage, infertility, abortion, and more. Your stories are powerful, and today we bring them to the forefront.🔗 Click the link in our bio. Sit back, grab some popcorn, and immerse yourself in UNBORN

🎬 Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience! The long-awaited premiere of "Unborn" is finally here, and tomorrow, M...
11/05/2023

🎬 Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience! The long-awaited premiere of "Unborn" is finally here, and tomorrow, May 12th at 12 AM PST, the world will bear witness to the birth of a masterpiece.Prepare to be moved, as "Unborn" takes you on an emotional and thought-provoking journey like no other. ’s visionary storytelling will captivate your heart and soul, leaving an indelible mark on your perspective. This is a film that challenges conventions, pushes boundaries, and invites us to delve into the depths of the human experience. Don't miss your chance to be moved, inspired, and forever touched by the power of "Unborn." 🔗 Click the link in our bio to watch!

Just 2 days left until the highly anticipated premiere of Unborn! Mark your calendars for May 12th at 12 AM PST as we em...
10/05/2023

Just 2 days left until the highly anticipated premiere of Unborn! Mark your calendars for May 12th at 12 AM PST as we embark on a captivating journey of longing, resilience, and hope. Get ready to dive into a world where emotions flow and stories unfold. 🔗 Link in our bio!

Only 3 days left until the highly anticipated premiere of Unborn! 🎬 Mark your calendars for May 12th at 12 AM PST.Spread...
09/05/2023

Only 3 days left until the highly anticipated premiere of Unborn! 🎬 Mark your calendars for May 12th at 12 AM PST.Spread the word, invite your loved ones, and let's make the premiere of Unborn a moment of reflection, understanding, and shared compassion. ❤️

🎬 Meet the visionary behind UNBORN, director Sasha Marie Speer. With a heart full of a passion for storytelling, Sasha b...
08/05/2023

🎬 Meet the visionary behind UNBORN, director Sasha Marie Speer. With a heart full of a passion for storytelling, Sasha brings her personal experiences to the screen, creating a moving and authentic portrait of women's longing for motherhood.“This film is inspired by my personal experience of grief as I attempted to get pregnant, only to fall short month after month. Of finding a mass and needing surgery, not knowing if I would be able to conceive – ever. Feeling so vulnerable as I was poked and prodded by doctors and nurses searching for an answer. In finding strength through sharing my story with other women. In coming to a place of peace within myself that the end result will be what it is, and that’s ok. I am not alone.”—

UNBORN celebrates the diversity of the human experience, and this still from the movie captures that spirit perfectly.🎬 ...
05/05/2023

UNBORN celebrates the diversity of the human experience, and this still from the movie captures that spirit perfectly.🎬 May 12th at 12 AM PSTWriter/Director by of Photography .baumertMusic by by .baumertOn-set coordinator coordinator

In the journey towards motherhood, women face various challenges - from infertility to loss, from societal expectations ...
04/05/2023

In the journey towards motherhood, women face various challenges - from infertility to loss, from societal expectations to personal struggles. But their love, their longing, remains steadfast. Today, we celebrate the indomitable spirit of women who carry the yearning for motherhood in their hearts. We honor those who have overcome hurdles, those who have held onto hope, and those who continue to inspire others with their strength. 💪❤️

Experience the power of art, music, and poetry with Unborn, a short film that dives deep into the yearning for motherhoo...
02/05/2023

Experience the power of art, music, and poetry with Unborn, a short film that dives deep into the yearning for motherhood.

Premiering on May 12, 2023, at 12 AM PST, this experimental film directed by features stunning underwater visuals that capture the essence of grief, loss, hope, and connection.

🔗 Click the link in our bio to watch.

Produced by:
Director of Photography: .baumert
Music by:
Edited by:
On Set Coordinator:
Dance Coordinator:

Congratulations yet again to .baumert and the Unborn team!We came home with the Best Cinematography award from Diversity...
30/03/2023

Congratulations yet again to .baumert and the Unborn team!

We came home with the Best Cinematography award from Diversity in Cannes.

Thank you for everyone for your support with this film!

The film will be open to the public on Mother’s Day. Stay tuned.
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Tomorrow! Come join us in West Hollywood for a powerful evening full of art, music, food and drink as we participate alo...
24/03/2023

Tomorrow! Come join us in West Hollywood for a powerful evening full of art, music, food and drink as we participate alongside 100 Faces, 100 Stories, the Collective, on March 24th.

We will be presenting identity portraits: seven short portrait films that weave together spoken word and visual form to reflect the identity of individuals from the transgender and nonbinary community.

RSVP is free.

www.sawubona.us/identity

Save the date! Come join us for a powerful evening full of art, music, food and drink as we participate alongside 100 Fa...
08/03/2023

Save the date!

Come join us for a powerful evening full of art, music, food and drink as we participate alongside 100 Faces, 100 Stories, the Collective, on March 24th.

We will be presenting identity portraits: five short portrait films that weave together spoken word and visual form to reflect the identity of individuals from the transgender and nonbinary community.

RSVP is free at: www.sawubona.us/identity

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