KokoAtDawn Productions was formed in June 2008 as a part of a team to participate in the Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project. The production company’s first short film project, “But Mamah” was filmed in a day and screened on July 3, 2008 at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2009, “But Mamah” was officially selected to be a part of the ION Film Festival which was held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
KOKOATDAWN’S mission is to CAPTURE, SHARE and CELEBRATE all the important facets of the African experience by showcasing the diverse talents, achievements, celebrations and continuous dawning as a people, one film at a time.
About the Founder
Born to a Nigerian father and Ivorian mother in Guymon, Oklahoma, Gladys Edeh has always been a lover of the arts right from the age of 13. Her love affair for film blossomed after watching the movie classic, “The God’s Must be Crazy”, a movie her dad brought back home after a business trip to India. Her dream was to attend film school but her dad had other plans. She moved from Kano State, Nigeria to Atlanta, GA in 1995 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Film Studies at Kennesaw State University. Upon graduation, she became an active member of the film community in the Atlanta area and participated in every film or video project she could find. In 2008, she produced her very first short film, ‘But Mamah’ which was screened at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, GA. The film got selected the following year to be part of the ION Film Festival which was hosted in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. In that same year, she founded her production company, KokoAtDawn Productions, LLC where she serves as a cinematographer, director and producer. Her main focus is to produce documentaries that showcase the lifestyle and untold stories of Africans, especially those with creatives backgrounds that are living in the diaspora. Gladys Edeh has been a resident of Atlanta, Georgia for over 20 years and currently lives with her husband and two kids.