Tag: Documentary

Downloaded to Premiere At SXSW

The feature film “Downloaded” that I worked as assistant editor on, will premiere at SXSW this March!  


NEW YORK, NY- January 15, 2012 – VH1′s Emmy award-winning “Rock Docs” franchise will present the world premiere of the long awaited story of the monumental rise and fall of Napster with the documentary “Downloaded” at the SXSW Film Festival. Directed by Alex Winter, “Downloaded” will make its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.

Unlocking Avid bins on Unity

I’ve been working as an Assistant Editor/Junior Editor on an awesome TV documentary series.  Our storage workspaces are connected to an Avid Unity Connection Manager.  On Tuesday I worked in room A.  Then on Wednesday we moved to room B.  Since we are working on Avid Unity storage, this should be an easy transition.  However, the bins I created in room A were still locked to the user in room A, so I couldn’t use them in room B.  So here’s what I did to unlock those bins.  

I navigated in Windows to our project partition.  Then I opened our project folder and located the bin I wanted to unlock.  In this case, the locked bin was called “Accused”.  So I located the file named “Accused.lck”   Then I deleted the .lck files.  This is an Avid bin lock file.  (please see photo below).  After doing that, I went back into Avid Media Composer, and the bins were unlocked.  If they aren’t, then right click on each bin in the project and select “unlock bin”, and that should do it for you!  

Avid Bin Lock File

Please note:  DO NOT DELETE YOUR .avb files, as these are Avid bin files.  Just delete the .lck files.  

Tom Morello at Occupy Wall Street

Today was a great day!  I was asked to take a break from my normal Assistant Editor duties, grab a camera and meet our small crew (DP and Audio Mixer) in Zucotti Park to shoot some live events unfolding.  So I got paid to videotape literally 1 to 4 feet away from Tom Morello for his entire acoustic set at OWS!  Got some great shots!  We shot on a Canon 5D and a GoPro.  The GoPro is cool, cause it’s like an HD spycam.  Shoots 1080p, but fits in the palm of my hand.  Most important thing is … my boss is VERY happy that we got a lot of great shots.  And seeing Tom perform live and up close was AWESOME!  Tom truly boosted the energy of the crowd in a good way.  Thanks Tom. 

Here are some still frames of footage that I shot today at OWS.  

🙂 Charlie

Anarchy Is Snoring
Anarchy Is Snoring

Fitz Henley explores lyrics to E.B.T. – N.Y.C.

In my latest short film, Fitz Henley explores deeper meanings and spiritual themes in his hip hop lyrics.  Topics include, inner progression, living for fame vs living for nobility, music is a healing remedy, and of particular interest to people of African American descent is his discussion of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

After viewing this clip, you may be interested in watching it’s companion piece, E.B.T. – N.Y.C. by Fitz Henley and Akka (LIVE) which is a live performance of the song that Fitz Henley explores above.

E.B.T. – N.Y.C. by Fitz Henley and Akka (LIVE)

Fitz Henley and Akka perform their original song “E.B.T. – N.Y.C.”  (Entry By Troops – New York City) during a live performance in Brooklyn NYC.  MultiCamera shoot directed and edited by Charlie Kirby.

After viewing this clip, you may be interested in watching it’s companion piece Fitz Henley explores lyrics to E.B.T. – N.Y.C. in which Fitz Henley sits down for an interview to explore deeper meanings and spiritual themes in his hip hop lyrics.

Inside Job (film review)

Inside Job – 2010 – Directed by Charles Ferguson – Academy Award
My rating:  * * * * *

Some men labor consciously for the good of humanity.  Other men labor deceitfully for their own selfish gain.  This film is about those other men and how they recklessly destroyed the livelihoods of people around the world. Unfortunately, this film is a documentary, so real lives were at stake. 

“It’s really quite simple what happened.  It was bank robbery.  And it was bank robbery committed not by someone walking in with a gun, but committed by the president of the bank.”
Charles Ferguson

“This was a triumph of mindless ideology over common sense that I think we’ve not seen since perhaps medieval Spain.  This is a case where abstract thought has done enormous damage.”
Charles Morris (author)

The defense that was proffered by many of the investment banks, was not: “You’re wrong.”  It was: “Everybody’s doing it and everybody knows it’s going on, and therefore nobody should rely on these analysts anyway.”

Eliot Spitzer

I rate it * * * * 5 out of 5 stars

official site of Inside Job

Patti Smith: Dream of Life trailer

Patti Smith: Dream Of Life, A film by Steven Sebring
Trailer edited by Charlie Kirby

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I worked as the Online Assistant Editor on this film.  Being that I was an essential part of the process of finishing this documentary; and being that I am a fan of Patti Smith, I thought it would be great to make a trailer for this film, which honors one of the most artistic and influential voices in American music and poetry.  This trailer is my own individual work, and is not the official studio trailer.

Patti Smith: Dream of Life was a winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary

We onlined this with the Avid DS Nitris.  

Jam Master Jay – A Tribute

Jam Master Jay – A Tribute

Jam Master Jay, A Tribute is a short documentary film that I produced, shot and edited in the wake of Jam Master Jay’s untimely death in 2002. When I heard the news on the radio that morning, I grabbed my video camera gear and hopped on a train to Jamaica Queens NYC and I interviewed fans of his, who assembled to pay their final respects, outside of the recording studio in which he worked.

Examples of my motion graphic work with Photoshop and After Effects, can be seen by watching this video from :00 to :60 seconds.