Launched by Christopher & William Derrick, ShadowBoxer Cinema is a Los Angeles-based artist-driven production company that develops and produces independent film, television, web series, and digital content across all platforms.
ShadowBoxer Cinema seeks to produce economical, yet premium, sophisticated, and character-driven stories. With an emphasis on crafting narratives from a diverse point of view, the Derrick Brothers aim to create dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.
Christopher and William are award-winning directors and WGA writers from Cleveland. Before arriving in Los Angeles, as sons of a coffee importer, they traveled extensively in Europe, South America, and the Middle East.
Recently, the Derricks wrote and directed ARCHITECTS OF CRIME, a sci-fi/noir proof of concept as a precursor to the feature film.
ARCHITECTS was an official selection in the Academy Award-qualifying 2016 L.A. Shorts Film Festival, the 2017 Hollywood Black Film Festival, and the 2016 Action On Film International Film Festival.
Their previous short film, the award-winning sci-fi satire, GRACE PERIOD (aka F*CK YOU, PAY ME!) starred Olympian Carl Lewis and Leonard Roberts (TNT’s “Major Crimes”, Lifetime’s “The Client List”).
It garnered best short at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and at the Amsterdam-based Africa in the Picture Film Festival; it won the audience award at the Arizona Black Film Showcase and was an official selection of the San Diego Black Film Festival, the Seattle Science Fiction Short Film Festival, and the Texas Black Film Festival.
Just prior to their festival run, Academy Award-winning producer Wendy Finerman (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, FORREST GUMP, DRUMLINE) and 20th Century Fox engaged the Derrick Brothers to create the sequel to the hit film DRUMLINE.
The Derricks created, produced, and directed “Split Ends”, a reality show pilot for Fox Television Studio.
The Derrick Brothers developed, produced, and directed a Heineken TV commercial (“Now, Ya Know”) which premiered at the opening night ceremonies of the 2003 New Orleans Media Experience.
Their short film THE CHOP SHOP premiered at the Atom Films’ Digital Filmmakers Showcase as part of the Sundance Film Festival.
The Derricks are active in the WGA, where Christopher served as a co-chair of the Committee of Black Writers for six years, and he was nominated to run for WGA Board of Directors.
The Derricks are regular guests on the acclaimed podcast, Hilliard Guess’ Screenwriters Rant Room.