The Team

Meet the talented, award-winning team behind the film...

Mobolaji Olambiwonnu


Mobolaji is a graduate of UCLA and AFI. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award. Besides freelance film work, Mobolaji has also worked in the fields of education, conflict resolution, and community organizing. His community-based experience is the conscience behind his work. Ferguson Rises is Mobolaji’s first feature film.

David Oyelowo


David Oyelowo is an award-winning actor known for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie Selma and many other notable roles in film. Hi company Yoruba Saxon’s produced NIGHTINGALE (HBO), CAPTIVE (Paramount), A UNITED KINGDOM (Fox Searchlight), COME AWAY (Relativity Media), FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE (FilmRise), and THE WATER MAN, directed by David (Shiv Hans, Harpo, RLJE, Netflix) and SOLITARY (BRON Studios)

Jessica Oyelowo


Jessica is producing partner with David Oyelowo in Yoruba/Saxon Productions. They have a first look deal with Disney to develop and produce family oriented content.

Tanayi Seabrook

Tanayi Seabrook


Tanayi Seabrook has performed multiple roles in front of and behind the camera over the past 15 years. She recently won a local Emmy for producing and has worked in the capacity of producer for many years.

TJ Odebunmi

TJ Odebunmi


TJ Odebunmi has extensive experience as a writer and story analyst. In 2002, Odebunmi leveraged his vast business, political, and media contacts in Africa to assist in the successful launch of The Africa Channel.

Daisy Mo



Daisy is also a West Point Graduate, and a former Captain in the United States Army. She brings those skills along with an extensive fiction writing background to her first role as a producer on Ferguson Rises.

Lisa Smithline

Lisa Smithline


Lisa Smithline is an innovative leader in the cause marketing field. As an impact producer and marketing strategist Lisa creates dynamic multi-platform distribution campaigns using film and new media. She currently works for the firm Moca Media creating highly successful impact campaigns for films.

Tamika Lamison

Tamika Lamison


Tamika is an award-winning producer, director, actor who is a founding member of Philmco and Make A Film Foundation a non-profit that grants ‘film wishes’ to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers and directors who help them create short film legacies.

Nick Moon

Nick Moon


Based in Los Angeles, CA, Nick Moon is a Producer focused on telling stories that inspire positive social impact. He produces values-based film, television, documentary, and short-form stories that are spirited with excellence and sustained by strong performance in the marketplace. He was an Executive at Yoruba Saxon (David Oyelowo’s production company) for three years, developing feature film and television projects.

Kai Bowe

Executive Producer/Producer

KAI was Supervising Producer for A&E’s Emmy-nominated LA Burning, EP/Showrunner of Resist (a documentary series that successfully thwarted the Los Angeles County’s plan to build two new jails), Co-EP of the Emmy-winning, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and EP/Showrunner of Lifetime’s Hopelessly in Love. Currently, Kai works as an executive at OWN Network.


Sandra Evers Manly

Sandra Evers-Manly

Executive Producer

Sandra is the founder of Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) and Films with A Purpose. She is highly active in philanthropy as well as a big supporter of filmmakers via the organizations she has founded.

T.J. Martin

T.J. Martin

Executive Producer

TJ is an Oscar and Emmy award-winning American filmmaker who is best known for his films Undefeated,  LA92 and Tina. He has also helped guide the careers of many new filmmakers by supporting them with the development and execution o their projects.

Gigi Pritzker

Executive Producer

Gigi is a philanthropist and noted film producer of films such as Drive, Ender’s Game, Hell or High Water, 21 Bridges, and Motherless Brooklyn. She is the founder of Madison Wells Media.

Aloe Blacc

Co-Executive Producer

Aloe is a chart topping singer, writer, activist, and philanthropist that lends his talents to a wide variety of causes and creative ventures.

Robert F. Diggz “RZA”

Co-Executive Producer

Founding member of the world-famous rap group “Wu-Tang Clan.” Robert is also an actor, a highly sought after record producer and filmmaker.

Carmen Anders

Carmen Anders

Co-Executive Producer

Mexican-born Carmen Anders has dedicated her heart and energy to the education of adolescents in Los Angeles. She uses music, art and film to communicate the diverse expressions of the language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking diaspora. As an actor and activist, Carmen is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives in and around the city she has called home for more than two decades. This is her first role as a Co-Executive Producer.

Rob Densen

Co-Executive Producer

Mark Densen

Co-Executive Producer

Rhonda Mims

Co-Executive Producer

Rhonda Mims, is a C-Suite corporate affairs executive with over 30 years of experience in the financial, healthcare and legal professions. She has served as a Foundation President for Fortune 10 and 100 companies. She has been recognized globally and nationally for her corporate social responsibility efforts and her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Her current passion is celebrating and supporting great storytelling through multiple forms of media.

Kareem Rahma

Kareem Rahma


Kareem Rahma is a twice Webby-nominated writer and comedian in Brooklyn, New York. He is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of SomeFriends. He is also a Senior Advisor to twice Oscar-nominated documentary studio XTR.


Sarah Schoellkopf


Dr. Sarah A. Schoellkopf’s academic research focuses on human rights and gender. She has published multiple articles and has presented all over the world. She is the President of the Eileen and Fred Schoellkopf Family Foundation, a legacy left by her parents. The Foundation’s mission is to empower individuals and communities without a voice to take charge of their own narratives. The Foundation supports organizations that focus on conservation, education and the restoration of human dignity with a particular interest in using films and oral history to build empathy. She is a co-executive producer on Ferguson Rises and an executive producer on the documentary Norita, about one of the founding Madres, Nora Cortiñas.

William Neil


Jerry Henry

Jerry A. Henry


Jerry is a sought after cinematographer and Academy member whose documentary feature credits include Sundance winner City of Gold: the story of L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold, The Rachel Divide, Between the World and Me and Asian Americans.

Brandinn French

Brandinn French


Bradinn French is an award-winning editor based in Los Angeles with credits spanning multiple formats and genres. He is also a strong advocate for representation in the film industry, and telling stories that represent diverse perspectives. Credits include the acclaimed Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry documentary Dark Girls, The Peabody Award winning Surviving R. Kelly, American Horror Story, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion, and currently A Black Lady Sketch Show.

Jeff Striker

Jeff Striker


Jeff has an extensive background in visual arts, music, and experimental cinema. He edited the Sundance film Call Me Lucky and works in a variety of video formats to produce art for musicians on tour as well as commercials and music videos.

Nicole West

Nicole West


Born and raised in St. Louis, Nicole West has been editing documentary films and non-fiction TV for over 15 years. Driven by the power of storytelling and art to inspire social transformation, her work has been featured on Netflix, HBO, Showtime, FOX, TNT and at SXSW, Tribeca and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Faisal Azam

Faisal Azam



Andrew Brown


Sion Dey

Sion Dey

Original Music

Sion is a multi-instrumentalist who has composed for Academy Award-Winner TJ Martin on his documentary I Am Dying, the indie feature Ramblin’ Freak and The Truth Is Hard To Find The New York Times commercial short series.

Consulting Producers

Gordon Starr

Sherry Simpson-Dean

Associate Producers

Tamika Layton

S. Pearl Sharp

William Abers

Andre Akil

Robert Crosby

Khalfani Rushiddin

Obioha Nwokorie

Co-Associate Producers

David Magdael

Vince Johnson

Production Consultants

Anurag Gupta

Darryl Taja

Story Consultants

Daisy Mo

Kai Bowe

Eric Anderson

Tj Odebunmi

Christopher Seward

Additional Cinematography

Rafael Roy

Dane Iwata

Bret Hoy

Jeremy M. Borg

Bill Streeter

Christopher Phillips

Patrick Leal

Location Sound

Adisa Septuri

Christopher Phillips

Online Editor

Liz Fornango

Additional Editing

Ron Eigen

Connor Davis

Laith Al-Majali

Consulting Editors

David Schumann

Tina Imahara

Cyrus Aliakbari

Assistant Editing

Kelin Verrette

Rafael Roy

Andrew Promey

Kevin Otte

Historical Advisor

Marcia Chatelain, PhD

Archival Producers

Alexandra Margolin

Austin Wilkin

Archival Researcher

Lisa Janssen

Archival Assistants

India Whatley

Shawnie Wen

Additional Protest Footage

Greenz Productions

Production Assistants

Lakricia Cox

Tony Barsanti

Anna Sutherlan

Miles Sutherlan

Additional Music Composed By

William Abers

Music Supervisor

Jocelyn Michelle Brown


Emil Kent


Mia Smyth

Woody Martin


Jonny Woods

Piano, Guitar, Bass,

Additional Percussion

Sion Dey


James King

Contra Bass

Donte Pascuzzo

Royal Piano

Abdul Hamid

Scoring Mixer

Will Anspach

Post Production Supervisor

Maria Teresa Murillo

Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer

Scott A. Jennings M.P.S.E.

Dialogue Editor

Maria Teresa Murillo

Sound Editor

Katie Halliday


Adrian Delude

Picture Finish

Arsenalfx Color


David Magdael And Associates

Title Design


Legal Counsel

Innes Smolansky

Additional Legal

Frank Gruber

Justine Jacobs

Jakgeem Mays

Additional Production Support

Lixe Hernandez

Marlon Douglas

Jelissa Plucket

Terry Parker

Sergio Hernandez

Olivia Woyome

Josh Hak

Josh Thomas

Lori Wagner

Evan Delorenzo

Natalia Brown

Event Planning

Jamie Williams

Gina Gillum

Social Media Production Editing

Joe Wang

Guy Casavan

Hemel Akhlakuzzaman Khan

Advocacy And Engagement Strategies

Tiller, Llc

Social Media Team


Tommy Riley

Mary Beth

Special Thanks

Dr. and Mrs. Olambiwonnu

Dr. and Mrs. Mo

Michael and Cal Brown

Jana Gamble

Richard Condon

Lily Starr

Matt Daniels

Katina Parker

Blanche Haley

Bob Scheer

Armik and Laura Agakanian

Narda Zacchino

Maya Jupiter

Lani Richmond

Rebecca and Josh Tickell

Ibrahim Hamad

Scott Lazer

Charles Burnett

Clifton Mo

Abbey Kuhn

Leonard and Stuart Mo

Minister J.A. Salaam

Mark and Jamie Peay

Peter Ramsey

Michael Kinomoto

Alisha Aldridge

Lucinda and Corirose Anjali

Nabeehah Azeez

Ed Barguiarena

Bediakoo and Nanaefua Afoh Manin

Alexander Taylor

Zaki Baruti

Corey Bell

William Berkowitz

Blank Space

Jaylen Bledsoe

Peter Broderick

Kevin Bryant

Macy Cheeks

Tana Cofer

Laura Coppinger

Andrew Cox

Tori Dahl

Charles Davis

Natalie Dubose

Maggie Ellinger-Locke

Brian Fletcher

Lizzy Jean

Jerome Jenkins

Patty Jenkins

Tilane Jones

Angelique Kidd

Valerie Meraz

Jeffrey Mittman

John Peed

Nicole Dieterichs

Sherrelle Primm

Keith Rose

Kristin Runnels Goerg

Jae Sheppard

Travis Tammero

Chaplin Don Travis

Randy and Jeff Vines

Phillip and Beth Weeks

Yana Bile

David Whitt

Jennifer Derwingson

Sandra Solis

Robert Clare

Reiko Aylesworth

Kape’li “Redhot” Wiggins

Robert Moskowitz

Christopher Johnson

Johnny Symons

Damon and Cynthia Azali-Rojas

John Bates

Aaron Ableman

Demetrius Bady

Tim Walton

Mark Mokolu

Kay Gallin

Evan Unruh

Bettina Ottenstein

Melanie Kaneff

Nikkyama Okuwa

Reena Hajat Carroll

David Carroll

Theopia Jackson

Linda Kennedy

Diane Seaberg

Dawn Cushman

Roko Belic

Ryan Firpo

Miles Metcoff

Ursula Holloman

Eduardo Mytorena Iii

Christopher Smythe-Macaulay

Judith Flattery

Doug Young

Quinn Johnson

Julie Dash

Saidat Akande

Hank and Diana Woo

Allison Hamilton

Carlos Rittner

Wenona Wynn

Ben Lear

Bill Dill

Simon Kilmurry

Thomas Mcauliffe

Gina Briganti-Camp

Chris Tucker

Amir Shahkhalili

Natalee Ellars

Kelly Madison

Oshayi Coker


Matt Tyrnauer

Brett Morgen

Jeremy Kagan

Dorothy Garcia

Tom Harding

Jonathan Mills

Christopher Henderson

Lumi Voinescu

Rachel Diaz

Adrian and Dor Panton

Kevin Fitzgerald

S&L Management

Cameron Russell

Damani Baker

Carlos Jackson

Matt Serlin

Kristin Cooper

Kenya Dunn

Steven Cleveland

Lande Adeeyo

Alex and Marcia Kamara

Ademola Okunsanya

Mike Deet

Rayni Joan

Jamala Rogers (Obs)

Melanie Powell-Robinson

Monica Wisdom

Maria Chappelle-Nada

Ruffina Anklesaria

Derek Laney

Vernon Wells

Anthony Mann

Darlita Adams

Patricia Bynes

Steve Tate

John Powell

Thomas Harvey

Cecilia Nadal

Freida Wheaton

Kenneth Wheat

Sarah Griesbach

Ella Jones

Mike Brandon

Taylor Payne

Loren Buck

Jeff Small

Amir Brady

Dorothy Seiter

Jr Benson

Von Raees

Mokabe’s Coffeehouse

Indiegogo Supporters

Gofundme Supporters

Residents of Ferguson

Residents of St. Louis