Producer/Director: Tomeka M. Winborne
Cast: Tivia L. Gray, Badrian Shorter, Tarah Davidson
Runtime: 10:07 Minutes
“Pass Me By” is the story of a young, successful, renowned financial guru, Nya Washington, who has an amazing career. Although she secretly desires a relationship she has tunnel vision with all of her focus being on her career. Often handsome, successful, kind men pass Nya’s path but she is often too distracted that she never even notices; until this handsome man, James, crosses her path several times.
Tomeka M. Winborne is a writer/director that passionately loves to create stories that will invoke conversations. “My mission as an African American female filmmaker is to bring stories to the screen that embodies the experiences and voices of people of color that are devoid in television and film,” says Tomeka.
In 2005, Tomeka published her first novel, “Where My Strength Comes From.” She later desired to see her novel on the big screen. Initially, she planned to go to film school but it was too expensive. So she started volunteering on other’s film projects. In 2009, she wrote, directed her first short film, “PASS ME BY.” A few years, later she wrote, directed and produced her second short, “TOO LATE.” She continues to write, produce and direct other short films.
As a filmmaker, Tomeka centers many of her stories on social issues. Her most recent short film that is currently in post-production is entitled, “WE’RE LEFT BEHIND.” With this film she hopes to inspire people to think about the children who are left behind when their parents are deported. The movie doesn’t give solutions but she hopes it will bring about empathy to this tragic situation. Shealso created a short film, “AGED OUT” that was officially selected into the “CineOdyssey Film Festival” and the “BronzeLens Film Festival.” AGED OUT brings awareness to youth aging out of the foster care system. Tomeka has also created movies about HIV and sex trafficking. Tomeka has plans of writing and directing movies with light-hearted subjects as well.
She enjoys using various mediums to tell stories. In addition to making movies and podcasts, she’s also produced television segments, commercials, wrote a couple of novels, worked as a field reporter and has been commissioned to produce documentaries. Tomeka’s podcast, “TEA TALKS WITH TOMEKA”, is about women filmmakers, their journeys, and their projects.
Tomeka is a founding member and on the leadership committee of the ALLIANCE OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – Atlanta Branch. Previously, Tomeka served as board member on the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance board in 2015. She has volunteered as a film reviewer for SOUTHERN ARTS and THE MID-ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL.
In 2014, Winborne developed LAVENDER REEL MEDIA GROUP, a production and media services company producing commercials, documentaries and other film projects. Tomeka was commissioned to co-produce a documentary entitled, “IN PLAIN SIGHT: HUMAN TRAFFICKING,” for Cox Creative which aired on Cox Channel 11 and its affiliate stations. She has also served as a field reporter for Cox Communications.
In 2016, Tomeka received the African American Cinematic Series Norfolk Public Library Award.
Tomeka is thankful for the ability to combine her creative passion with her entrepreneurial spirit and believes wholeheartedly that her gifts make room for her.
The Hyperrealistic Art Of Child Prodigy Kareem Waris Olamilekan
Kareem Waris Olamilekan, an 11-year-old artist based in Lagos, is receiving global recognition due to his phenomenal artwork. Describing his style as hyperrealistic, Olamilekan began drawing at the tender age of six. By eight years old, he became a professional, making him the youngest professional artist in Nigeria.
To succeed at hyperrealism, extreme patience is required. While drawing, Olamilekan precisely captures even the most minuscule details in order to bring his works to life. “I try to focus on it to get the detail in the picture and in the artwork too,” he told DD News, adding that those who lack patience will not achieve hyperrealism.
Olamilekan’s typical subject matter includes drawing from everyday life in Lagos, his personal experiences, and family. However, similar to all great artists, his work has a more profound meaning than what initially meets the eye. Take “Daily Bread,” for example. “The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family,” Olamilekan explains. “The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food. Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats.”
The child prodigy began receiving worldwide attention after recently meeting with the French president, Emmaneul Macron, who was deeply moved by his work. At only 11 years old, this is only the beginning of Olamilekan’s accomplishments. His art teacher, Adeniyi Adewole, believes that he is one of the most gifted of his students, saying, “He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe with what he has been doing, he’s going somewhere greater.”READ MORE........