Hair Love, an Oscar-nominated animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.


Matthew A. Cherry (Executive Producer, “BlacKkKlansman”)

Everett Downing Jr. (Animator, "Up")

Bruce W. Smith (Creator, “The Proud Family,” Animator, “The Princess and the Frog”)


Karen Rupert Toliver

Stacey Newton

Monica A. Young

Matthew A. Cherry

David Steward II

Carl Reed

Executive Producers:

Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)

Frank Abney (Animator, “Toy Story 4”)


Issa Rae (“Insecure”) as Zuri's mother

Co-Executive Producers:

Jordan Peele

Andrew Hawkins

Harrison Barnes

Yara and Keri Shahidi

Associate Producers:

N’Dambi Gillespie

Gabrielle Union-Wade

Dwayne Wade Jr.

Gabourey Sidibe

Stephanie Fredric

Claude Kelly

Music Composers:

Paul Mounsey

Daniel D. Crawford

Additional Composer:

Taylor Graves

Production Partners:

Lion Forge Animation

Chasing Miles

Matthew A. Cherry Entertainment

The project is a collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation that was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 with a fundraising goal of $75,000. Strong support led to the campaign amassing nearly $300,000, making it the most highly-funded short film campaign in Kickstarter history.

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The picture book “Hair Love” was released by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House on May 14, 2019, and became a New York Times Bestseller.