Saratov Cheo is an award-winning writer, producer, director and founder of the Game Changers Project, a national network and media fellowship program for indie filmmakers across eight U.S. cities. The program received national recognition and partnered with The Obama Administration’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program to produce stories about unheralded young Black men and others in pursuit of excellence.
A graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television’s (Screenwriting) and the City University of New York Graduate School (English: Creative Writing), Cheo has developed, written, and produced digital content for various networks, studios, podcasts, and platforms, including Amazon, Comcast, MSNBC, Time Warner, Entertainment Weekly, People, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundation (George Soros), and many others. His writing (both fiction and non-fiction) has been featured in many magazines, books, and anthologies.
In 2015, his first narrative film “Rites” was an Official Selection of several festivals, including New Filmmakers Los Angeles and featured exclusively by MovieMaker Magazine. The film is currently streaming on iTunes, GooglePlay, and other platforms. In 2016, his ground-breaking docu-series “KingMakers of Oakland,” was an Official Selection at the American Black Film Festival in Miami. The series sparked a national movement in educational achievement that’s been recognized by the New York Times.
His latest work, “Together We Rise” – a 10-part docu-series for broadcast for The California Endowment’s $1 billion statewide initiative to change the narrative about health – profiles characters working to build community power in the age of Trump. The series will be broadcast on public television. Cheo is a two-time Resident Filmmaker with SFFILM, where he is working on his first narrative feature.
Game Changers Films specializes in short- and long-form non-fiction and scripted/narrative development and production for distribution. The production company currently has several projects in development.
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