In April of last year, while on a trip to New York City, I went across the Hudson to New Jersey to see Daniel Labarbera, a buddy of mine. He had been filming a documentary for the past month or so and wanted to show me some footage. After watching for a few minutes, I knew that he had picked an interesting subject, to say the least. At the end of the conversation, I volunteered my services as editor.
Throughout the following year I devoted whatever spare time I had to whittling down the massive pile of footage into a short, snappy documentary.
It is my extreme honor and pleasure to announce that The Professional: A Stevie Blatz Story has been selected for Slamdance 2019!
Check out the trailer below!
No joke title here, just an announcement that my film about injustice and police brutality is now available exclusively on Amazon in the US and UK. There will be a wider digital and physical release down the road. Here’s what I wrote today on Facebook:
Press starts this week for Black and Blue. The production was exhausting to say the least. I started filming when police brutality was not the talking point that it is today, and I found myself soon overwhelmed by the events of Ferguson and others announcing their own films about the subject. My initial vision for the film was forced to morph and change with the times, and as those other films went on to big fests like Sundance, I was still shooting and editing. If you have watched the film, I really appreciate it, and the positive reviews are very nice to hear. The distributor tried really hard for a limited theatrical but nobody bit, so I hope that its digital and eventual physical release manages to get out there and be seen. This film was hard on me for sure, but that’s nothing compared to what the people in the film have to deal with on a daily basis, for the rest of their lives.
If you watch the film, I hope it moves you in some way. I’ve gotten some great reviews so far which is nice to hear after a long three years of production. Links are below.
Black and Blue on Amazon US
Black and Blue on Amazon UK
It’s Halloween! Also known as the day before my birthday.
Back in August I directed a short film. It’s from the same writer as the feature I’m trying to get off the ground, and it was a bit of a reverse-engineered “what do I have at my disposal?” approach. I had a burger joint, I had an actor I’d worked with several times in the past and a father-daughter combination from an acting class I occasionally sit in on. And so, I shot this:
If you watch it, I hope you like it. For no budget and a couple hours in the desert I’m very happy with how things turned out.
And if you’ve glanced at the sidebar, you’ll notice that Black and Blue has been released on Amazon in the UK and will be available in the US tomorrow! Tomorrow I will post the trailer here along with links. The film took three long years of filming and editing combined, and so I hope anyone who watches it enjoys it.
That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow!
Hello there little website! It’s been a busy year, and I’ve carried on that bad habit of not updating this website nobody checks.
I’ve been working on a documentary for hire for last six months but I’m not sure what the release plan is for that project.
Meanwhile Korey’s documentary Mile Marker that I helped produce along with pulling DP duties in Denver is out on digital outlets.
Black and Blue is gearing up for its release later this fall. I’m told a simultaneous VOD and limited theatrical is in the works, with physical copies months later. Pretty exciting stuff, we’ll have a soundtrack and a music video as well.
Today I did an interview for a non-fiction book about self-made individuals in the Internet age, not sure when it’ll come out but it’s always nice when people reach out to chat about anything other than 9/11.
I also filmed an appearance for a relatively well-known network a few months back, but I’m not sure if the footage will ever be seen. It was … weird.
I feel like there’s something I’m forgetting, but those are the big things that come to mind.
And, as noted on my front page, I’m currently searching for funds for a feature film. If you know a guy.
Thanks to the Catalina Film Festival for Best Documentary for Black and Blue. My distributor is currently targeting a Q1/Q2 release date, and AFM is coming up which should be interesting. Stay tuned.