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China L. Colston's first artistic passion is dance. As a child, she choreographed and danced in routines at Meyering summer day camp in Chicago where she was awarded 4 first place trophies for their annual talent show. Furthermore, her parents Allen and Emma planted the seed of filmmaking in her by taking her and her siblings to see funny and heartfelt films during her childhood. Moreover, as an adult, she received her core theatre training at Chicago's longstanding Eta Creative Arts Foundation, under the expert instruction of her late teacher, Okoro Harold Johnson.   She has been acting for over 15 years and it has added a great deal of joy to her life.  She has also written 5 screenplays while living in New York, for which four of them she produced and employed many actors and crew.  Most important, her written, directed and produced feature film DARK SEED wherein she inhabited the starring role of Emon has been celebrated with the following:

  • S.I.T.A-Our Choice Best Feature film winner

  • Validate Yourself Film Festival-Best Feature film winner

  • Validate Yourself Film Festival-Best Actress in a Leading Role winner

  • Validate Yourself Film Festival-Best Director nomination

  • African American Arts Alliance of Chicago-Best Feature Film Black Excellence nomination

  • S.I.T.A.-Best Lead Actress nomination for DARK SEED

DARK SEED streaming on PeacockTV & Amazon Prime. 

  • S.I.T.A.-Best Short film nomination for her film SWEET THANG

  • S.I.T.A.-Best Acting Reel winner

  • Black Theater Alliance- Best Actress In An Ensemble Nomination

  • Black Theater Alliance- Best Featured Actress Nomination

As of late, she wrote a feature length screenplay entitled, TO COOK OR NOT TO COOK which led to her being gifted with a $5,000 City Arts Corps grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts in 2021. She is very grateful to GOD for such a blessing. Furthermore, she is seeking business sponsorships, grants and donations to cover the cast and crew  150K budget of the same film for which she plans to shoot during the spring and summer of 2024.  You can donate to her gofundme campaign or via her cashapp at $ChinaLColston via the button below.

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