Native to New York City’s lower east side, Khaatim Latif grew up in the 80’s, being immersed in the arts and culture offered in his historic neighborhood. Taking up a multitude of crafts including performing arts, tap dance among others...his musical journey began early with lessons taken at the Abron’s Arts Center. Mentored by Mr. Paul West, director of the music school at the time, Khaatim took interest in the various classes offered. Lessons on the piano, alto saxophone and trumpet played an important role in his development, as well participating in the end of semester recitals.
As the importance of computer literacy was a top priority by his parents, Mikell and Faridah, they provided Khaatim and his siblings some of the first home computers available at the time, including the classic Commodore 128, as well as Apple’s Macintosh Plus released in 1986. Along with the hefty price tag of $2599, learning the machine proved to be another worthy investment for the parents. The decision was made to enroll the children into the Mac Kids Club, a special program in Midtown geared to young people for becoming familiar and proficient operating the new technologies on the horizon. Led by Amir, a friend of the family, Khaatim got the instruction he needed to know his way around a computer. As the years went by, Khaatim’s exposure increased, stemming into visual arts, and he attended New York Institute of Technology for computer graphics. During his hiatus from music, and when not in school, Khaatim soaked up a great deal of knowledge and wisdom obtained through his personal journeys, love for reading, relationships with different cultures of women, and most importantly the lessons of the street.
In 2003, Khaatim purchased a Macbook pro, an audio interface, microphone, and all the music production software he could get his hands on. He returned to one of his most loved crafts, and set out to make himself a music producer. He enrolled in the Institute of Audio Research for a brief period of time and began a more serious focus on his craft. His equipment, skills and expenses have continued to grow since, and Khaatim is most proud of taking on a name for himself as a brand and musician, K. Avaztar. At the age of 36, he is proficient as a music producer, sound designer, engineer, songwriter and lyricist. Some of his skills include voice over, scoring and custom order of all kinds. He currently operates a recording studio, offering help to up and coming artists. A special album of great length, offering a glimpse into his life and journey is in development, and will stand as his absolute best work to date.
Sonia Ivette Brown, a forensic photographer technically trained in the field of crime scene investigation, brings a unique lens to the experience of visual storytelling. As a student resident at Walt Disney World, Orlando studios, her meticulous eye for detail and refreshing perspective, aligns science and artistry to produce powerful, digital images and breathtaking cinematography in this enchanting, cross-generational tale of magic and discovery.
Cornisa Chavis, Production Assistant and Lead Health Care Technician, serves as the primary health resource for cast and crew. In the event of an emergency or accident, she is an identified first responder and is on call for any minor or major accident or injury on set. She oversees basic first aid supplies and equipment and is knowledgeable about specific health conditions and/or medications that may have an adverse impact on members of the cast.
Her primary responsibilities include the identification of local hospitals and urgent care facilities in the vicinity of the theatrical performance, estimating the time it would take services to get to the production site. She comes to set equipped with all of the proper phone numbers for the fire department, police, and hospital to ensure efficient response time in getting the proper emergency care. She also coordinates with the production staff if an ambulance stand-by is needed or physician should be called to set.
Richard P. Tenia II was born in New York City. He grew up throughout the east coast and more recently Maryland due to his mother’s military career. Richard is 15 years old and recently concluded his freshman year at Hammond High School where he was recognized with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in his English 9 class. Richard’s favorite class is Art. His keen eye for details and natural artistic abilities are reflected in his sketch book drawings.
Since a young age, Richard has explored and been exposed to various arts. He has studied Taekwondo for four years, achieving a 2nd Degree Black Belt from the World Champion Martial Arts Center. In addition, he has kept himself well-rounded by exploring violin lessons, African djembe drum lessons, Robotics, Cross Country, and Sound/Music Design. This summer, as Richard prepares for his sophomore year of high school, he looks forward to learning how to create his own music and artwork covers.