We had the good fortune of connecting with Kadé Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kadé, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be remembered as much more than just a filmmaker. I’d like my legacy to include making a major impact in the film industry and changing the way that people of color are represented in today’s media. I want to invoke change through the stories that I create and use entertainment as an avenue to raise awareness and bring about change.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art and passion is telling captivating stories through film. I love taking my audience on an exhilarating roller coaster ride of emotions through relatable plots and twists. I’m most proud of the international success of me and my business partner’s latest short film White Rose. The film is about human sex trafficking and it takes you front row and center into the life of Mia Robinson. A very resilient pre-teen African-American girl who faces the biggest obstacle of her entire life before she even enters high school. Life as she knows it comes to a screeching halt as she is forced to fight for her very survival. The film has won various awards internationally. It was awarded Best USA Short Film and Viewer’s Choice at the Toronto International Film Festival, Finalist at the New Cinema Festival in Lisbon, Portugal, Finalist at New Wave Short Film Festival – Germany, Semi-Finalist at the New York Cinematography Awards and Winner of Best Director at the Europe Film Festival. We’re currently in the running for Best Short Film at the New York Tri-State Film Festival and Best Movie at the LEA – Australia awards. Pursuing entertainment and entrepreneurship is never easy. There are so many obstacles and road blocks that I’ve faced but realizing that those two things come with every level of success has been a game changer for me. I believe that success happens in our mind first. We must visualize where we want to be before we ever get there. I’m also a firm believer that our words and prayers reach out destinations before we do. Affirmations are important. Speaking life into your situation regardless of what it looks like can truly transform your story. I want to the world to know that Jaido Studios is coming and we’re bringing some amazing stories to a screen near you!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This one is hard…. there are so many amazing places to visit and eat in Atlanta. The diversity and culture are two of my favorite things about this city. We would start with visiting all of the famous places that she hears about first. Places like Piedmont Park, Slutty Vegan and the Private Stranger Things “The Upside Down” tour. Then I’d introduce her to some of my favorite local restaurants like Parkside District in Lawrenceville.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that deserve a shoutout and recognition in my story. My journey as a filmmaker would not be possible without God, my family and my amazing team. Everyone, regardless of how small or large their role is plays an intricate part in the success of each and every project. With that being said, first and foremost God gets all of the glory. Then to my husband who literally wears the hat of whatever I need him to be to ensure my success. My daughter, Charli. My amazing parents and siblings who have supported me in any way they could from the very beginning. My business partner, John Estrada. Mentor, Torrance Hill and team Alvin Nyemah, Julia Thaiese and Danielle Madison all deserve a major shout out for all of their dedication and hard work.