Artist Projects


Zach Niles , Banker White

WeOwnTV launched its first program in Sierra Leone by facilitating a month-long filmmaking workshop for 18 young men and women just outside the capital city Freetown. For the inaugural class of WeOwnTV: Sierra Leone, workshop participants were selected based on the enthusiasm, eloquence and sense of purpose each of them exhibited during the interview process. Many participants had never had a camera or touched a computer and many had not finished school, but they each demonstrated an incredible strength and resolve in overcoming tragic circumstances. The aspiring filmmakers came from all areas of the country: the diamond-mining district of Kono, the dusty small town of Makeni (a rebel stronghold druing the war) and from the hardscrabble slums of the country’s capital city, Freetown. WeOwnTV provides continued technical support, encouragement and training that will allow these young adults to produce media, and share their creative voice with the world. 

Project Updates

  • 2011: WeOwnTV receives grant support from the Bertha Foundation

  • 2011: Banker White launches WeOwnTV women’s producing initiative, Women Go Tok

  • 2010: WeOwnTV receives grant from Sierra Leone’s 50th Anniversary committee

  • 2010: WeOwnTV videos screen at film festival in Madrid

  • 2010: WeOwnTV opens media center in Freetown, Sierra Leone

  • 2009: WeOwnTV launches some of the first films finished by students in Sierra Leone on YouTube and on the WeOwnTV website

  • 2009: WeOwnTv receives grant support from Freedom to Create

  • Artists

    Zach Niles

    Zach Niles was producer, director and writer for the film Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Previously, he was the associate producer for the…


    Banker White

    Banker White is a multi-disciplinary artist based in San Francisco. His projects have been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, the National E…


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