– by Gig Patta

Teens have many issues they may encounter before entering adulthood. The issues of the world, family and friends has a teen thinking about their lives and the importance of their mark on the world. In the end, a teenager will seek solace.

Director Tchaiko Omawale’s Solace is about a seventeen-year-old named Sole, who is mourning the death of her father while adjusting to her new life with her overbearing grandmother in the Ladera Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Desperate to escape, she discovers a performance art grant that would take her back to New York and the comfort of a familiar life. She recruits a pair of rebellious teenage neighbors, Jasmine and Guedado, to help her with the application and get her life back on track. But best-laid plans often go awry, and Jasmine’s volatile instability, the feelings Sole develops for Guedado, and her own secret battle with destructive eating disorder, threaten to upend her plans and keep her trapped forever.

The film stars Hope Olaide Wilson (I Can Do Bad All By Myself, The Last Ship), Chelsea Tavares (Lethal Weapons), Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar), Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf) and Luke Rampersad (Mozart in the Jungle). The movie is directed and written by Tchaiko Omawale.

Solace won the LA Muse Special Mention, Best Ensemble Cast at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2018 earlier this month. It also marked the world premiere for the film during the festival.

LRM Online sat down with director Tchaiko Omawale and actress Hope Olaide Wilson to discuss about the issue topics for the character and expanding Solace from a short film to a full feature film.

Watch our exclusive sit-down interview below.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.