The Artisan Festival International Team
Princess Angelique Monét, Duchess of Aquitaine
A.F.I./W.P.I FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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A.F.I. Advisor of Affairs
Rashid Bahati, has more than 15 years of experience as a producer/ director in television and film. In 1996 Rashid founded iMedia Marketing Group, a boutique media marketing and production services firm, that specializes in production packaging, multicultural marketing communications, with emphasis on the African American and African Diaspora markets globally. Mr. Bahati has produced many television productions for cable and satellite broadcast outlets in addition to producing projects with companies such as; Sony Home Video, HBO, C-SPAN and Court TV.
Currently, Rashid is a founder and general partner of Lead Dog Entertainment, a film distribution firm focused on ‘World Beat Cinema’ content and events.In Lead Dog’s first year of operation it produced a 13 week series entitled ‘Global Cinema TV’ which was broadcast over the Black Family Network to over 30 million households. Through the arrogation of African centered cultural festivals and events, which provide compelling content, he is convinced that the digital convergence will level the playing field for communities of color to gain more access.
The American Film Institute (AFI), honored him for his work entitled ‘Noahʹs Art’ a documentary/CD-ROM (1995), on the art career and life story of Noah Purifoy, founder of the Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles. Rashid produced ‘Reach For The Skies’ (1996), a biographical look at the career of the shortest player in the NBA, released and
distributed by Sony Home Video; and ‘The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’ the DVD accompanying the award winning HBO film by Spike Lee ‘The 4 Little Girls’ (1997). Most recently, Rashid produced and directed the newly released documentary ‘Silent Warrior: An American Hero’ (2005), the James T. Jones story, which profiles the life of a African American soldier who fought in the Normandy invasion during World War II.
His projects as new media producer include; Live Web cast and official web site design for HBO/Spike Lee’s Academy Award nominee film ‘4 Little Girls’, (1998). Also he was the producer and project manager of the HBO movie ‘Soul of the Game’ outreach program which included coordination of 600+ students and served as the project producer of a Cyber Lounge and web site (1997).
Rashid produced the first ever Archived Web cast of ‘America’s Black Forum’ the nationally syndicated television program (1999), show title ‘Tech Know’ which addressed the issues of the Digital Divide and African American community. In addition, he produced the first Live Web cast of the Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles (2000), the largest independent Black Film Festival in the North America.
Philip John Galati
A.F.I. Production and Project Manager
Philip John Galati is a New York based writer/ director who founded Bluecast Productions in 2007, while attending the New York Film Academy in Manhattan, New York. He's written and directed over 30 projects and has collaborated with others on over 100 projects. Philip John has worked with people like Angel Salazar who played the role of Chi-Chi in Scarface, Latin Music sensation Tito Puente Jr, comedian Guy Richards, Robert DeNiro look alike and stunt double Joe Manuella, world famous fine artist Kendall Shaw and the multitalented Princess Angelique Monét, Duchess of Aquitaine.
Philip John has garnered accolades and recognition with his film work over the years. His short film The Hallway, was an editors choice during the 2008 AMCtv.com Fearfest online short horror film contest. The short film A Day for a Dark Sky screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the 2010 short film corner and also won best Sci-Fi Short at the 2010 Hamptons Black International Film Festival. The Tango Date (which Philip John is the Director of Photography and the Editor) won Best Dance Short at the New York Independent International Film and Video Festival in 2009, Best supporting actress Viviana Parra at the World Music and Film Festival 2010 and Best Dance Short at the 2010 Hamptons Black International Film Festival. All three films have been licensed by Nothing On Television TV, a Video On Demand channel which is distributed through Dish Network, Dishonline, Slingbox and will expand its viewer base to Comcast in June of 2012. Philip John Galati partnered with the owner of the channel, Greta Joanne Entertainment which is wholly owned by Princess Angelique Monét. In addition to his own projects, Philip John is the Production and Project Manager for Greta Joanne Entertainment and it's subsidiaries. Philip John Galati's first feature length film Do What You Love was released online in February 2012.