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K. P.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

$400 - $1500 / Day

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Top Services

  • Senior Editor

  • Non-Fiction Film Director

  • Art Director

Equipment

Video

  • 4K video camera
  • Drone

Audio

  • Shotgun mic
  • External recorder
  • Wireless lavalier mic

Miscellaneous

  • Lighting kit
  • Stabilizer

About K.

Kenneth Painter is a documentarian, video editor, and journalist, who’s work focuses on those trapped within the US criminal justice system. He utilizes video, photographs, and audio interviews to amplify the stories of those marginalized and martyred by the largest prison system in the world. Kenneth’s work began on a local level, with an investigative journalism piece on how the Allegheny County courts system managed their online court watchdog systems during the beginning of Covid-19 and two wrongful conviction cases here in Pennsylvania. He has now moved onto a more national scale story, with his two-year long project involving the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a full-length documentary, CELLF.

Top Projects

  • Trogpite - Endless Hand

    • Drone Operator
    • Creative Director
    • Senior Editor
    • Art Director

    Trogpite - Endless Hand - 100 Baths https://trogpite.bandcamp.com/ https://soundcloud.com/trogpite K Gerard - Drone Edit https://kgerard.art/ http://goodartthepodcast.com/ No Rent Records 2021 https://norentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/100-baths-norent032 https://www.instagram.com/no_rent_records/?hl=en June 22 2021

  • Kindred Curl Commercial 2022

    • Video Editor - Commercial
    • Non-Fiction Film Director
    • Post-Production Manager
    • Senior Editor

    Kelly Anker, owner and founder of Kindred Curl, gives us a rundown of why and how they help the curly hair community

  • CELLF

    • Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist
    • Sound Mixer
    • Video Editor - Documentary
    • Full-Service Live Production
    • Non-Fiction Film Director
    • Executive Producer
    • Senior Editor

    Cellf is a documentary which focuses on the story of Michael Cevallos. Michael, 53 at the time of filming, is a poet, activist, and has spent most of his life in some form of incarceration. He was born and raised around the Houston, Texas area. He is the son of Mexican immigrants. The filming was conducted in May of 2021, roughly two years after I began interviewing Michael. When filming was taking place, Michael was staying in an abandoned barn while on the run from a parole violation, a fugitive. While I do not make a point to highlight this directly in the film, Michael mentions it in passing. After the credits, Michael introduces that during the film we will be going through his journal. A decades long mass of writing which he used to keep himself looking toward a better future during his multiple stays in prison. The documentary is split into three main parts: Prison, Passion, and Punishment. Each of these chapters are driven by the stories Michael recalls or reads directly from his written pages. The narrative begins with establishing shots of the location, a key character in the film. Not only does it give context to many of Michael’s anecdotes in the film, but also provides the viewer with a look into what living on the US/Mexico border may mean for a second-generation Mexican immigrant. Most of southeastern Texas is ranch land, white owned ranch land. The corn fields, wind turbines, and massive plots of land behind fences are a blatant symbol of colonization and capitalism. We first meet Michael in the barn. He begins the film by speaking about his devotion to Jesus Christ and the role that his faith plays in his day to day. The viewer is then given a look at how Michael makes money. Collecting and selling scrap metal, disused furniture, and books is his main form of income during the filming of the documentary. Each chapter is punctuated by close-up studio shots of his journal. Background music and lighting are utilized to set a certain subtle tone for the stories ahead. Chapter one is Michael recalling what prison means to him in the literal and metaphoric sense. Chapter two is Michael reading directly from his journals. In this chapter he laments missed opportunities in his life. Chapter three is a discussion about how Michael has experienced parental and state punishment throughout his life. The third chapter ends with Michael recounting the extensions added to his current sentence, which he is finishing while on parole. Once this segment ends, we move into a sequence of Michael mowing the lawn of the abandoned property. The audience leaves Michael in a reflective state. We had just spent five days filming and discussing his past mistakes and trials, which had an impact on us both. The lawnmowing sequence is intended to alleviate some of tension created by the film, but also leave the audience in a relatable place with Michael. Regardless of status or class, most of us must clean up the yard at some point.

All Services

Pre-Production

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Senior Editor
  • Executive Producer
  • Production Coordinator / Crewing

Production Support

  • Non-Fiction Film Director
  • Full-Service Live Production
  • Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist
  • Line Producer / On-Location
  • Audio Storyteller
  • Documentary DP
  • Drone Operator

Post-Production

  • Sound Mixer
  • Video Editor - Commercial
  • Video Editor - Documentary
  • Post-Production Manager

K. 's Clients

  • Brush & Color
  • Kindred Curl

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