Osahon Tongo is a Nigerian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. Tongo has written feature films for Rabbit Bandini Productions (James Franco) and Significant Productions (Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi). His short film Happy Bird screened at Cannes Short Corner, The Chinese Theater, The Skirball Cultural Center and earned him the honor of being one of the inaugural Ryan Murphy Half Foundation Directing Fellows where he shadowed director Barbara Brown on Scream Queens. He is the writer/producer on the award-winning short film Iman And The Light Warriors that premiered at HBO's ABFF Festival and has screened at film festivals around the world. Tongo has also written short film scripts for a series for SnapChat/NBC Indigo. In 2018 he produced a virtual reality project with Ayana Baraka, called "Greenwood Avenue" for Google's innovative VR180 platform. In 2017 he worked as a cinematographer on Jesse Williams and Hank Willis Thomas' Question Bridge installation that premiered in the African American Smithsonian. Tongo creates short inspiring documentaries for Notre Dame's Grotto Network and consults for Georgia Tech's Athletic Association. He has produced branded content for many Fortune 500 companies from Emory University, Microsoft, Nike, and Morgan Stanley.
Tongo is originally from Naperville, Illinois. He holds an MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts film production program and a BS in Management from Georgia Tech. While at Tech, Tongo was a scholarship football player and played linebacker/defensive end and finished his career winning the ACC Championship in 2009 and playing in the Orange Bowl. While in school he got engaged with mentoring and social justice and lobbied for college athletics policy reform with the National College Players Association. Where he spoke to congressmen and women to get the Student Athlete's right to know act signed and the scholarship shortfall bill introduced while the Ed O’Bannon EA Sports case was in court. Tongo speaks to sociology classes at USC about leadership and the intersectionality of sports, media, and culture. He is an advocate for mental health and wellness and weaves those themes into his work because he believes that cinema is a great tool for positive change.
Tongo is an auteur filmmaker that creates groundbreaking cinematic stories across a plethora of mediums; from virtual reality to long-form scripted, unscripted, documentary, and branded content. His cinematic voice navigates action-filled drama, surrealist comedy, and poetic cinema with succinct pragmatism and elegant simplicity. He has the purpose of bringing light into the world and expressing emotions so that viewers can commune with their souls and revel in the auspicious fragility of human existence in hopes that we will realize that our strength lies in our understanding of self and return to oneness.