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!

"Whitey" Premieres at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

My latest project "Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Joe Berlinger. I was the online editor and co-colorist with Yohance Brown.

"Whitey" Official Poster

"Whitey" Official Poster

WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger captures the sensational trial of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, using the legal proceedings as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Embedded for months with Federal Prosecutors, retired FBI and State Police, victims, lawyers, gangsters and journalists, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger examines Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice that allowed him to reign over a criminal empire in Boston for decades. Pulling back the curtain on long-held Bulger mythology, the film challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking, new allegations. With unprecedented access, Berlinger’s latest crime documentary offers a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, deception, and the often elusive nature of truth and justice.
— http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3326366/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

"Patti and Me, Minus Patti" Rocks Film Festival Circuit in 2013

2013 was a good year for Brian McCallister's flilm, "Patti and Me, Minus Patti." It showed at several film festivals including; The Phoenix Film Festival, The Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, The Rome International Film Festival, and The Big Apple Film Festival.
 

When Brian approached me with this film, we tried several different palettes before settling on our final look which comprised mostly of peach, green, teals and blues. I colored this in DaVinci Resolve. Trailer below: