Check It Tribeca Premiere

Last Month I was fortunate enough to work on the documentary Film, "Check It", directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, executive produced by Wren Arthur, Steve Buscemi, and Stanley Tucci. Check it is follows the story of four LGBT gang members in Washington, D.C.

At first glance, they seem unlikely gang-bangers. Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags – but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. They’re known on the streets as the Check It – an African-American gang struggling to survive in some of the most violent neighborhoods of Washington DC. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped. Once victims, they’ve now turned the tables, and they’re fighting back. Started in 2005 by a group of bulled 9th graders, today these 14-22 year old gang members all have long rap sheets riddled with various street crimes and many have done time in jail.
Check It poster

Check It poster

Because this was a documentary that took place over several years, the footage was a mix bag of different cameras and lighting environments. Early on we decided not to do a typical "doc" style color correct, but instead gave the film a hyper real saturated look exaggerating the colors of tobacco and turquoise. 

Tribeca Premiere with Steve Buscemi, Dana Flor, and Toby Oppenheimer

Tribeca Premiere with Steve Buscemi, Dana Flor, and Toby Oppenheimer

One of my favorite things about coloring is when I can finally get out of my color suite and into a theatre with an actual audience. The Tribeca premiere was great, and it's always fun to screen something you have been working on in front of a large audience. Being a freelance colorist in NYC always means working on interesting jobs, and I look forward to what other fun projects 2016 will bring!