Araku Abiola
Founder/Head of Production

Araku Abiola is a Filmmaker, Content Producer, and Visual Artist with an M.F.A. in Film Production from Howard University and a Bachelor's in Digital Media from Virginia State University. Araku has produced content in many different genres and formats, including film, documentary, 3D visualization, and web-series. Araku leverages his expertise in writing, directing, producing, videography, 3D graphics, and video editing to tell original, unique, and imaginative stories. 


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Araku Studios aims to put the power of imaginative filmmaking in the hands of people of African descent through the production of films and series in the Action, Science Fiction, and Fantasy genres. Araku Studios accomplishes this in two ways:

  1. Producing cinematic content in the historically undiverse genres of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Action that feature people of African descent, and other people of color, in powerful leading roles. 

  2. Discovering, training, and/or hiring novice and first-time artists of color who would, otherwise, never get an opportunity to work on films or learn advanced film production skills.      

Jerel Smith

Jerel Smith is an actor, screenwriter, author, and director living in the DMV area. He has acted in multiple theatre plays, short films, and a feature film. He writes stories that uplift those of the African diaspora and provide them with leading roles that are normally inaccessible to them. As the founder of Melanin God Productions, he produces short-films and web-series.


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