Solomon Dasko

Solomon Dasko, a homeless blues singer, holds on to his dream of achieving fame despite his heroin addiction.

  • Yaphet Jackman
    Director
  • Eulonda Kay Lea
    Writer
    Ode to Rosa, French Onion Soup, #SeeTheBoy
  • Eulonda Kay Lea
    Producer
    Ode to Rosa, #SeeTheBoy
  • Yaphet Jackman
    Producer
  • Al'Jaleel McGhee
    Key Cast
  • Ian Wade
    Key Cast
  • Grant Chism
    Key Cast
  • Marc Goodman
    Key Cast
  • Armand Sindoni
    Key Cast
  • Coy Smith
    Key Cast
  • Kramer Ditty
    Key Cast
  • Vivianna Goelkel
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 23, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Reel Independent Film Festival
    Washington, DC
    United States
    October 14, 2017
    Official Selection
  • TIMEHRI
    Georgetown
    Guyana
    June 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Orlando Urban Film Festival
    Orlando
    United States
    November 25, 2017
    Honorable Mention
  • Newark International Film Festival
    Newark
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Yaphet Jackman

I'm a Brooklyn born, Guyanese bred multifaceted creative with a passion to learn, laugh & live.

As an independent filmmaker, I'm on a journey to preserve and develop culture and the visual arts in Guyana and the Caribbean. I'm committed to using film and new media as a means to bring Caribbean stories to mainstream distribution.

Coupled with 20 years of experience in the media and television industry across the Caribbean and the US, I've worked my way up from a part-time camera operator to a budding Cinematographer/Director currently immersing myself in the U.S. film industry.

I've worked on projects with the World Bank, USAID, the Global Shapers Community – an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, Caribbean Governments, AT&T, Verizon. the Athens International Film Festival and the New York Film Academy to name a few.

My expertise also includes video editing, digital curating and archiving, data collection and analytics, social media management, project management, teaching, photography, talent management, event planning and event management.

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Director Statement

Solomon Dasko was birthed from French Onion Soup, a feature film in development. Reading the Solomon character resonated with me in a very powerful way. We all know someone that struggles with addiction and we all wish there was some way to truly help that person, but it's really a full time job.

The importance of telling such a story is to remind people that while old habits may die hard, second chances are deserved by everyone. The only way people succeed with that second chance is if they are given the right incentives and atmosphere to break the cycle - in the case of Solomon, his cycle is drug addiction.

I sincerely believe that my voice and vision in this film lends to the ongoing conversation of social issues. It speaks to a system that has been rigged and a social consciousness that has forgotten that these people come from among us. Anyone of us could be Solomon Dasko, and if I were in his situation, I'd really want someone to give me a chance, a fair chance. My hope is that you would feel the same way too.