• Director

    Erica Mann

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2019, 6 min

  • Category

    Short Documentary

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Cast: Gabrielle Kwarteng
Crew: Producers: Erica Mann, Kareem Blair, Barbara Kaye Friend, Eric Mann – Screenwriters: – Editor: Jessica Palenzuela – Directors of Photography: Mike Cicchetti, Evan Crochet, Louise K. Mambi

STATE OF INDEPENDENCE is an intimate documentary short following DJ Ghanaian-American Gabrielle Kwarteng. With the backdrop of Paris, London, and New York City, the film is a personal look into her beginnings as a music curator and how she is breaking the mold and defining her own life path through her art.

Erica Mann is originally from Pittsburgh and currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She has earned a B.A. in Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University with a concentration in Public Relations. Erica is focused on telling diverse and enriching stories which break the mold.

Filmmaker’s Note

STATE OF INDEPENDENCE is a special project for me. I wanted my film to center around black women doing amazing things, and I am so thrilled that my friend Gabrielle Kwarteng was willing to have us tell her story. Gabrielle is a treasure and encapsulates a level of creativity and musical artistry, that is not only electrifying but also inspiring.