A fundraiser for coming-of-age SOLACE film shines light on eating disorders among black women.

No one talks about eating disorders among black women. In fact, there is widespread belief that black women don’t have eating disorders; that’s something only white women experience. Well, filmmaker Tchaiko Omawale is living proof that this is a myth and she has used her own journey with eating disorder and self-harm to inspire SOLACE, a coming of age film that placed as a semi-finalist in the Sundance Writer’s Lab. On Saturday, April 15, Tchaiko and Creative Visions Foundation teamed up to raise funds and awareness for SOLACE as the independent team is now gathering monies to complete post-production.

Eating Disorders expert Dr. Lauren Muhlheim, filmmaker Tchaiko Omawale and Creative Visions founder Kathy Eldon. Photo MILES MAKER

Eating Disorders expert Dr. Lauren Muhlheim, filmmaker Tchaiko Omawale and Creative Visions founder Kathy Eldon. Photo MILES MAKER

The sunny day in Malibu gathered an array of filmmakers, creative activists, writers and supporters of independent. Members of the cast including Hope Olaidé Wilson, Chelsea Tavares and Luke Rampersand shared their experience on the film with the crowd while Craveyon Cloudwines did a special tasting of their award-winning selections of reds, whites and sparkling wines.

Hope Olaidé Wilson addressing the attendees at Solace fundraiser at Creative Visions. Photo MILES MAKER

Hope Olaidé Wilson, Chelsea Tavares, Luke Rampersand and the rest of #TeamSolace addressing the attendees at Solace fundraiser at Creative Visions. Photo MILES MAKER

The film centers around 17-year old Sole portrayed by Hope Olaidé Wilson. Upon the death of her father, Sole is forced to live with her estranged grandmother, Irene (Lynn Whitfield). Irene strives to create a family structure for her granddaughter as Sole’s life becomes more complicated by her idealism, priorities and internal conflicts. She finds friendship with the troubled girl next door (Chelsea Tavares) and the story dives into characters that are deep, complex, multi-faceted and just happen to be black.

Tchaiko has raised money for the film along every step. First, she launched a successful Kickstarter that raised $34,260 from over 400 backers to produce the film. She also raised $10,000 via an Indiegogo campaign to but the film is not yet ready for distribution. Now, the independent producer/director is gathering the funds needed to do post-production on the feature film.

Follow the film’s progress on social media via #teamsolace.

Find out more about Solace and how to donate at solacefilm.com.

Scroll down to see the trailer and more photos by Miles Maker from the Malibu fundraiser at Creative Visions Foundation.