A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mario Tahi Lathan holds a MFA in Film degree from Howard University, where he was mentored by independent filmmaker, Haile Gerima. His career started as a participant in the 2001 Independent Television Service (ITVS) Producer’s Mentorship Program, working on the Sundance selection Let The Church Say Amen which lead to various jobs in narrative and documentary film. As an editor, he has worked on television programming for TNT, A&E, Lifetime, History, PBS, Discovery and the Travel Channel, including the Emmy award winning series, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. In 2012, he won best short form video by the Jazz Journalists Association for the jazz documentary, VICTORY!, about saxophonist JD Allen. This was followed by his first feature length documentary Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence. Afterwards he created and Executive Produced the Africa Everywhere docu series, which focuses on the African Diaspora worldwide, for The Africa Channel. His second feature jazz documentary, This Is The Bash, on Haitian musician Jowee Omicil, will be released on the international festival circuit in 2019.