An award-winning director, producer, and philanthropist, Adisa’s debut feature film Skin in the Game premiered at Urbanworld in 2019 and won Best Director Award at the 27th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival and soon after, the film was released theatrically to rave reviews. An MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Adisa premiered two films on Showtime and won the Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding Short Narrative and Best Short Film at the San Francisco Black Film Festival.
Following his success at Showtime, Adisa went on to direct and produce A Day Without Mines. Filmed in the diamond mining district of Sierra Leone, West Africa, Adisa witnessed children as young as six years old working in the mines. He was able to capture this remarkable story in a short documentary that won Best Short Documentary at the Beverly Hills Film, TV & New Media Festival and was showcased on PBS. A Day Without Mines is the inspiration for his upcoming feature film Tru King.
Facilitated by acclaimed filmmaker Haile Gerima, Adisa was selected to participate in Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Inaugural Masterclass in 2021. In 2022 Adisa was an Academy Nicholl’s Fellowship Semifinalist for his action-packed screenplay Black Ivory which ranked in the top two percentile by Industry professionals.
Adisa’s latest documentary entitled ifine (beauty) is set in Sierra Leone where he has worked with the youth for over thirteen years. Adisa received the Humanitarian Leadership Award from The Brothers and Sisters of Sierra Leone for his efforts. As a part of his philanthropy work, Adisa’s Sports and Arts Academy for underprivileged youth is currently in construction and is set for a grand opening in 2023.