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CCBFF Alumnus Tosin Coker Debuts Film on Netflix

Over the years, we’ve been proud to make the Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) a springboard for filmmakers looking to make their mark within the industry. Naturally, we love hearing from alums who have accomplished amazing things and are grateful to be a part of helping them achieve their dreams. 


As such, we’re proud that Tosin Coker’s “Lara and the Beat” is now available on Netflix! The film garnered Tosin and his team a Feature 3rd Place Award at our film festival last year.  

An award-winning filmmaker of American and Nigerian heritage, Tosin Coker has directed short films and television series including “Doorways,” “Motherless” and “Finding Neptune.” Tosin has a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles and an MFA in Motion Picture & Television from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco  

Produced by Biola Alabi Media and Skylar Pictures, “Lara and the Beat” is a dramedy that centers around the young Giwa sisters who get caught in the middle of a financial scandal with their late parents’ media empire. The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble and move in with their maid. Now, they must learn to build their own future through music and enterprise.

“I decided to make “Lara and the Beat” because I saw the need in telling the story of the dreamer’s struggle, highlighting the thematic values of finding courage through pain and loss to pursue one’s dreams and passions,” Tosin said. “The fact that this film revolves around two wealthy Nigerians who lose everything overnight helps us place a faction of society in a destabilizing situation where the security of financial independence is absent.”

Tosin believes that the film’s message is learning to trust oneself, and benefits people in tough financial circumstances while offering a globalintrospective view to those who once dreamt. 

Do you have a powerful film like Tosin that you’d like to feature? We’d be glad to help you! We’ve extended our film submission deadline to Oct. 15 so head over to Film Freeway to submit your film today, and join us for the 2020 virtual Capital City Black Film Festival from Dec. 4 – 6!