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Ché Landon is a Creative Producer and Artists’ Advocate originally from New York City. Emboldened by the revelatory power of art to challenge the collective consciousness, Landon’s body of work has been called, “A hilarious and ruthless exploration of the texture of hope through the darkest and most brazen of comedic lenses.”
An ATPAM (American Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) Milton Weintraub Scholar, Ché attended Wesleyan University where they double majored in Film and American Studies. Their thesis, The Waiting Place, a series of vignettes that strove to demystify the illusive obstacles to the American Dream across intersectional lines through the unfiltered conversations of a group of friends, was produced by the Second Stage Theater. Landon was lauded for their masterful use of “the double edged sword of humor and insight to cut through the bullshit that keeps us from each other and ourselves,” and crafting characters that, “are so rich and unapologetically real that they’ll kick down any box the audience attempts to put them in.”
Ché returned to NYC after graduation and produced their first full length Off-Broadway Production, Seven Stories Up. The play, also written by Landon about a group of misfits that share a 7 floor walkup in Brooklyn, opened to a sold out run at The Algonquin Theater and garnered praise from critics for the New York Times, New York Post, Village Voice and Back Stage East.
As an emerging creative force challenging conventional media representation, Landon was one of two individuals selected nationwide for the NBCUniversal Diversity & Inclusion Apprenticeship Program. Landon relocated to Los Angeles for the position and over the following two years worked on some of the most iconic film and television projects of the decade including Birdman, The Mindy Project, Revolution and Madmen.
In 2013 Landon co-founded The Creative Artists Lab (CAL) with business partner Sonal Shah. Part production company and part educational organization, The Creative Artists Lab was created to bridge the socio-economic gap between diverse artists and career building resources. CAL produced over 30 short films and 5 webseries during its first calendar year and went on to create narrative, documentary and commercial content with clients such as Google, Hulu, Sony, Microsoft, TNT, Pepsi, Youtube, Clorox and Covergirl.
Shah and Landon’s prolific producing partnership was featured in Backstage East and landed Ché on AfterEllen’s “30 Under 30 Women to Watch,” alongside Ellen Page and Evan Rachael Wood.
In 2015, Landon signed on to co-produce NBCUniversal’s Diversity and Inclusion Department’s production slate, including their nationwide Stand Up Competition and worldwide Short Film competition. While back at NBC, Ché reconnected with colleagues Alisha Cowan (The Chi) and Derek Dow (Roadies, S.W.A.T.) to co-produce The Big Chop, a short starring Simone Missick (Luke Cage, All Rise) that would go on to win the “Beyond Borders Award” at Cannes International Film Festival and “Best Picture” at HBO’s American Black Film Festival.
Ché continues to proactively cultivate and advocate for diversity and inclusion in all stages of the creative process, recently serving as a writer and performer in CBS’s Sketch Comedy Showcase. Their popular online comedy vlog, “Don’t Ask Ché,” about Landon’s “trials and tribulations with other people’s common sense or lack thereof, ” is being workshopped into an hour comedy special due to premiere in Los Angeles this fall. In March of 2020 Landon was proudly appointed as Director of Development for Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Academy Award nominated production company, Black Valley Films.
Ché currently resides in Highland Park with their wife, Visual Artist Kiki Castel, and their two dogs, Scout and Moli.
Academy Award® nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor. He has worked on everything from documentary and scripted film with legends like Roger Corman, directed music videos like Jimmy Cliff’s international hit “I Can See Clearly Now,” to commercials, motion capture animation, scripted and reality television. His documentary work includes Oscar Nominated The Garden, which tells the story of the complicated struggle over the nation’s largest community garden; Independent Spirit Award Nominee OT: our town—about the first play in 25 years at Dominguez High School in Compton; and the critically acclaimed Fame High, which follows four students through a year at one of the most respected and competitive performing arts high schools in the country. Scott recently launched Time Capsule Movies, a production company that personally curates documentaries that capture special moments in your life to be shared for generations to come.
Scott’s latest documentary, narrated by the esteemed astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, is FOOD EVOLUTION, which, through resetting the GMO controversy, highlights the importance of using the scientific method to help everyone – from parents to politicians – make better decisions. FOOD EVOLUTION was both one of the most controversial and well-received documentaries of 2017, garnering a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, where the LA Times wrote: “Calm, careful, potentially revolutionary, FOOD EVOLUTION is an iconoclastic documentary on a hot-button topic,” and the NY Times: “FOOD EVOLUTION posits an inconvenient truth for organic boosters to swallow: In a world desperate for safe, sustainable food, GMOs may well be a force for good.” It has been screened on Capitol Hill, the National Academy of Sciences, the European Parliament, the FAO, and many more.