Rashid Bahati

Business Development Director rashid@thefilmverdict.com Rashid has an extensive career focused on producing film, television, and new media projects for domestic and international distribution. As founder and managing partner of boutique distribution company LEAD DOG ENTERTAINMENT, Rashid has delivered distribution deals at major film markets, including; Cannes, Berlin, Burkina Faso, Los Angeles, Cape Town, and Toronto. Rashid’s producing credits include; “Charleston-A Cradle of Jazz Music” a documentary film on the evolution of Jazz Music in Charleston, South Carolina., served as producer of syndicated television series “Global Cinema TV” for the Black Family Channel, “Silent Warrior” biographic film African-American soldier James T. Jones WWII hero and Los Angeles Entrepreneur, Noah’s Art, a Biopic-documentary, which captures the life story of Noah Purifoy, founder of the Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles, the film received special recognition by the American Film Institute (AFI),;Reach For The Skies”, a sports biographical and motivational film that looks at the career of the shortest player in the NBA Anthony “Spud” Webb, released and distributed by Sony Home Video; and; The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; the DVD accompanying the award-winning HBO film by Spike Lee; The 4 Little Girls; and “The Black Cyclone: An Forgotten American Hero Major Taylor” a feature-length documentary (development phase). As a founding partner of STEAMCASTERS, LLC, a streaming media start-up co-owned by former Microsoft engineers based in the Los Angeles, Rashid has produced several new-media for such companies as; Sony Pictures Entertainment, Home Box Office, California African American Museum, Association of African American Museums, and Black College Satellite Network, to name a few. Rashid produced a live streaming – media project for HBO/Spike Lee's Academy Award nominee film documentary; 4 Little Girls; and the HBO movie; Soul of the Game; multi-media component outreached to high school students nationally. Rashid served as a founding board member of the DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES. He is also a co-founder of the GLOBAL CINEMA AND URBAN MUSIC INITIATIVE that produces symposiums and knowledge exchange platforms for African Diaspora festival markets globally. Currently, Rashid is principal and curator of the AFRIQUE360 – REEL TALK FILM SERIES, an annual event showcasing films and panel discussions that speak to the legacy of Martin L. King, Jr.