Born in Oakland, California, Adisa is part of a new wave of Bay Area storytellers who are both bold and creatively adventurist in there filmmaking. Adisa is an award-winning director, producer, and philanthropist. He recently directed his debut feature film Skin in the Game – a gritty, unflinching dramatic thriller that explores the underground world of human trafficking. Skin in the Game is produced by Kandoo Films, the production company behind the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning Netflix documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay.
The film screened all over the world in prestigious festivals like the Whistler Film Festival in Canada and premiered at Urbanworld and won Best Director at the Pan African Film Festival.
The County of Los Angeles and Janice Hahn, Supervisor, Fourth District embraced the film as paramount in raising the public awareness of human trafficking and Our Children’s Keeper Foundation honored Adisa with the Heroes for Angels Award for Outstanding Community Achievement.
Adisa received his Master of Fine Arts in Film from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. His student narrative Garden of Love placed a spotlight on the traumatic affects of babies born addicted to drugs. Garden of Love won the esteemed NYU Carl Learner Award for Social Significance.
Adisa also directed the critically acclaimed Disney short narrative, Notes in a Minor Key, staring Harry J. Lennix and Keith David. A Jazz story set in 1947, Stephen Holden of the New York Times called the film, “conﬁdent, assured and crispy accomplished.” As a result, Adisa garnered himself a First Look deal with Disney.
Showtime Network premiered two films produced by Adisa – Gift for the Living and Sarang Song. Gift for the Living stars Cannes Special Jury Prize-winning actress Irma P. Hall and won the Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding Short Narrative.
Following the success of Showtime, he went on to direct and produce A Day Without Mines. Filmed in the diamond district of Sierra Leone, West Africa, Adisa witnessed children as young as six years old working in the mines which impacted him immensely. He was able to capture this remarkable story in a short documentary which won Best Short Documentary at the Beverly Hills Film, TV & New Media Festival and was showcased on PBS.
Perhaps Adisa’s proudest accomplishment to date is his philanthropic endeavors in Sierra Leone where his non-profit organization, Finaza Foundation has provided hundreds of children with educational scholarships and an opportunity for a better life. Adisa received the Humanitarian Leadership Award for his efforts.