Color Corrección - en Méjico ciudad!

February 2017

We have now been making The Cage Fighter for three years and five months. Our modest but mighty team have run the gamut of obstacles, successes, and emotions while telling the story of a similarly modest and mighty family man — who also happens to be a cage fighter.

This month, I spent two weeks in Mexico City at Labodigital to embark upon one of our biggest successes to date — a post-production grant worth $56,000 from the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, which we're using on color correction and additional post-production services. We received it when our film was announced as the winner of the TFI /Labodigital/Los Cabos Film Festival Award in 2015. This incredible film fund supports projects with post-production services, with the goal to sustain high-quality films with unique artistic visions. Winning this award was a dream come true and we are so excited to get to work on color correction with the amazing team at Labodigital.

 
Jeff Unay accepting the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund Post-Production Prize from Labodigital CEO Charles Barthe at the Los Cabos Int. Film Festival 2015 .

Jeff Unay accepting the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund Post-Production Prize from Labodigital CEO Charles Barthe at the Los Cabos Int. Film Festival 2015 .

 

On my way to Mexico City, I was reminded of the day I received the news that we'd won the grant. I'd just returned home from touring the unfinished film, attending labs in New York City, and participating in the CIFF / Points North Pitch Forum in Maine. After pulling multiple all-nighters to prepare for the pitch forum, I had returned home with walking pneumonia and bronchitis. I had also recently taken a seven-month leave of absence from my full-time work to focus on the film. During that time, my family and I were without health insurance. To make ends meet, my wife Diana and I had dug into our savings and dedicated ourselves and our children to an essentials-only lifestyle.

The day we got the big news, Diana and I were at a clinic near our home. Feeling emotionally and physically weakened, I could barely move, and was wearing a face mask to protect the people around me. We received the email that the film won while in the waiting room, and I just went crazy. Diana was jumping up and down. We couldn't believe it. We were like, ‘Holy shit!” Other patients in the clinic looked at us like we were nuts.

This moment is one of those times when you know in your heart that it is all worth it. When moments like this occur, it reassures you that you are making the right decisions … that the small sacrifices you make for the love of filmmaking is worth it, regardless of the outcome of the film. These experiences shape us into stronger, more creative, and more empathetic individuals. And of course, they underscore our gratitude for the incredible people who’ve supported us along the way.

Many thanks to the folks at TFI, Gabriel Figueroa Film FundThe Los Cabos International Film Festival and Labodigital.

 

 
Richard Pelmar, colorist extraordinare, and Jeff Unay at Labodigital in Mexico City (Feb 2017).

Richard Pelmar, colorist extraordinare, and Jeff Unay at Labodigital in Mexico City (Feb 2017).

 
Ali Datko