Launched in 2005 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 producing narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices, ShadowBoxer Cinema aims to become the go-to creative hub where the next generation of filmmakers and artists have the space to craft dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.
The company’s most recent project is “BLOOM”, in which the Derrick Brothers directed the hip-hop teen drama. The short film “ARCHITECTS OF CRIME” premiered at the Los Angeles International Shorts Festival in 2016, and was an official selection of the Action On Film International Film Festival, and the Hollywood Black Film Festival.
Upcoming, the production company has the original film “CRIMINOLOGY” which The Derrick Brothers wrote and intend to direct.
Way back in elementary school, William and Christopher got into mischief by convincing their friends to wear crazy costumes and talk in funny accents for the movies they made in their backyard.
William and Christopher hail from Shaker Heights, Ohio and traveled extensively in Germany, France, Austria, Mexico, Egypt, Columbia, and Ecuador before arriving in Los Angeles as The Derrick Brothers.
A member of the “Go Blue!” nation, Christopher graduated from the University of Michigan. William started off at West Virginia University then graduated from Ohio University. They joined together again at USC’s summer intensive production workshop and UCLA’s extension program. They went on to write, edit, produce and direct several short films, commercials, music videos and documentaries.
They immediately wrote and directed the short film THE CHOP SHOP, which premiered at the Atom Films’ Digital Filmmakers Showcase as part of the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2005, Christopher had a bad feeling about the economy and collaborated with William to write and direct a sci-fi satire called GRACE PERIOD (aka F*CK YOU, PAY ME!) starring the Olympian Carl Lewis and Leonard Roberts (co-star of Drumline and the NBC show “Heroes”). F*CK YOU, PAY ME! won “best short film” in multiple international film festivals, including the Hollywood Black Film Festival, the Arizona Verizon-Wireless Black Film Festival, Amsterdam’s Africa in the Picture Film Festival.
They took on various screenwriting projects, working with Oscar-winning producer Wendy Finerman to create the sequel to the hit film Drumline. Subsequently, the Derrick Brothers developed feature film projects with Janet Yang, Brett Ratner and Mace Neufeld.
The Derrick Brothers are represented by:
L. Wayne Alexander at Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz, LLP. (310) 552-0035