Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
Bakari developed his love for theater at John F. Kennedy High in
Richmond, CA. He studied Sociology at San Jose State Univ. and
then went on to study Drama at UC Berkeley. His love of writing
came into focus after winning the prestigious Echoing Green
Fellowship in 1996.
1999, the death of Baayan Bakari's mother, inspired him to stop
just studying theater and to begin making films, his long time
aspiration. Baayan has written ten screenplays, directed and
edited his feature length films and shorts, directed music
videos for local artists, and continues to be a driven
writer/ filmmaker. Baayan loves the artistic side of directing
as much as the storytelling aspect
more info on Baayan, visit: www.baayanbakari.com
E. Chapman was born November 3, 1986, and raised in Oakland, CA,
where he went to Clara Mohammed School and was introduced to
acting in the third grade. Throughout middle school Willie showed
great enthusiasm for the performing arts, so much that he sung
with the third graders while he was in the eighth grade. After
graduating with honors Willie would soon learn in high school how
uncool it was to be cool. By not dealing with the problems he was
having with his family he decided to take them out on himself at
school by being everything but a student.
the end of the eleventh grade Willie saw a group of youth walking
into the auditorium and decided to follow them. To his surprise he
walked into an acting workshop. The first thing the instructor
said while everyone entered was, “The gorilla stole your cool at
the door,” which made Willie realize that he had abandoned his
passion and fell into a world of expressionless zombies desiring
to be like everyone else. From that point he received his film
de-beau in “Convictions” and joined the Performing arts
Academy at Skyline High School where he began to express himself
through art whether it was poetry, choir, or stage acting, he was
there. While attending Skyline High School Willie received a
principle role in “Fame” as Nick Piatza.
graduation Willie began to see the effects of the habits he
created in high school, which affected him in college and his job
opportunities because he never developed his will to do things
that made him uncomfortable. He began to be less involved with
acting until he received the principle role of Macbeth in a
rendition called “The Mac” then being on tour in a Dramatic
Comedy called, “Divas on Tour.”
Subsequent to those an old friend/mentor/director, Baayan
Bakari had auditions for Equinox, the film that Willie auditioned
for five years prior and didn’t get the part. The director
stated that, “He wasn’t ready to lead a film.” Five years
later Willie Chapman came prepared and now knows who he is and his
life's purpose, “I am an Actor, I will inspire through my art
and a plan B is not an option.”
as Mrs. Cross
Jones was born in San Francisco and has had a life in most of the
San Francisco Ghettos: Double Rock, Hunters Point, Western
Addition, Portreo Hill, & Sunnydale. She had no idea how to
get into acting she
knew it was what she wanted to do.
After her mother died young at age 44 she realized life is
She stayed focused with all of the teen pregnancy, drug
addiction, & death around her. Melvina has felt like giving up
many times because the journey has been everything but easy.
Her family was always asking when are we going to see you
on TV or in a Movie.
Melvina explained that it's not easy when you don't know
someone in this industry.
10 years in she has slowly began to make progress.
Performing on stage in the bay area at Lorraine Hansberry Theater,
as Cinderella with African American Shakespeare and others. She
also has TV/Film credits: AT&T, Sony Playstation Sing Star,
Safeway and a 49ers commercial to begin airing after June 15,
Melvina also had a principal role in the currently filmed
movie "Mission Street Rhaphosdy Produced by Benjamin Bratt.
Melvina remembers the words of successful people saying
"You can be anything you want to be just don't give up".
So now there is no option for her. She will be a successful
actor or die trying.
as Brother Donovan
is an Oakland, California native who has worked in many Bay Area Theatre
venues including; Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Playhouse West, Shelton
Theater, Shotgun Players, Theatre Works, Multi-Ethnic Theatre, Berkeley
Repertory Theatre, and the Black Repertory as well as numerous smaller
venues throughout the Bay Area. His most recent performances include; John
Patrick Shanley’s Defiance, Marcus Garoley’s Love is a Dream House in
Lorin, Lorraine Hansberry’s From Okra to Green’s, and James McClure’s
Pvt. Wars. He has worked in independent film including the feature film
Rent,and on the television show Nash Bridges in addition to the upcoming
independent feature Equinox. He has also performed in radio and television
commercials. He has trained at the Jean Shelton Studios and with the
American Conservatory Theater. He recently received the Robert Elross
(Founder) Award for Excellence in Acting. David’s work is grounded in the
Jean Shelton Studios philosophy and continues to train and work throughout
the Bay Area as an actor.
Phalon is 21 years old; she was born in East Palo Alto on April
19, 1987, which was coincidentally resurrection (Easter) Sunday.
Being able to re-create herself has always been a motif in her
life, which is an asset she often channels into her acting career.
She has been acting since she was a child doing plays such as
Annie and the Nutcracker. And, in high school she was a hot box
girl in the play Guys and Dolls. She also had a small role in an
Indie film called ‘Convictions’ by Baayan Bakari at the age of
16. Most recently she landed the lead female roles in: a silent
student film called Love at Second Glance by Nikki Amin, in a
rendition of Shakespeare’s Mac Beth called The Mack by Word
Slanger, in now in her most monumental role yet she plays Naima in
a controversial Indie by Baayan Bakari called Equinox!
Tiara’s goal as an actress is to expand the boundaries of female
actresses in the film industry by always challenging herself to go
above and beyond what is expected of young people, black women and
women in general. There is nothing she believes she can’t do,
and soon the world will believe the same.
Monet began in the drama classes at Willard Middle school. After
her mother was murdered when she was 7 she became anti-social for
a few years. When she got into the drama class she began to open
up and build her character and charisma. From then on she always
saw herself as an actress.
Young, is a 19 year old student from Berkeley, California.
She makes her feature film debut in Equinox
but has a history in media arts.
For the past four years she has participated in a number of
youth organizations based in the Bay Area that aim to equip young
people with the resources and assistance to become talented and
skillful media makers.
She has recently enrolled in film school where she will
study the art of making movies.
This young Spike Lee enthusiast hopes to be recognized for
her talents both behind and in front of the camera as she continues
to pursue a career in acting.
Andrews has been acting since she was a little girl.
She has participated in a summer intensive at Santa Monica
Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and, most recently, two
summer intensives at the American Conservatory Theatre in San
Francisco. The plays she's been in include three original plays, A
Christmas Carol, A Funny Thing happened on the Way to the Forum,
and Our Town. Equinox is her first film.
Hoskins has been active in the cultural and performing arts since
the age of six. He is an actor, vocalist, storyteller, gumboot
dancer, videographer and acting coach. He has written and directed
four full-length plays and written over two hundred one acts,
sketches and skits. Achebe is the founding director of the Bay
Area Performing Arts Collective and has produced, directed and
collaborated on over eighty productions in the past 25years.
was blessed to have been put into cultural and performing arts at
an early age. Though it was uncomfortable in the beginning, his
training in acting, African drumming, tap dance and acrobatics
instilled a sense of confidence and fulfillment which helped set
the course of his life’s journey. That journey has been filled
with the adventure, excitement, splendor, and occasionally the
heart break that accompanies the performance. “If I feel nothing
from the material, or from my own performance, then the audience
will feel nothing. I learned, as many true artists know, that true
art seeks to awaken the human spirit. It is with this in mind that
I approach every script, every directorial project and every