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Damien Coor has been working in film, as a director and cinematographer, for the last 10 years and has shot an array of film and media projects. Damien’s passion for telling stories and his love of photography drew him to the art of cinematography. This led him to pursue his MFA in Film Production with a concentration in cinematography at Howard University. During his ascension through the camera department Damien worked with and learned from award-winning cinematographers Isiah Donte Lee (Burning Sands), Ernest Dickerson (Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, Juice), Arthur Jafa (Daughters of the dust, Eyes Wide Shut), Bradford Young (Selma, The Arrival) and Hans Charles (The Game, Pariah, 13th). Having traveled extensively and lived abroad, Damien considers himself to be a true “Globetrotter.” He has incorporated his international experiences into his film projects in order to bring a global perspective to the finished product. Damien has spent significant time in South America, where, as a Black American, his interest was piqued in the Afro-descended populations of countries like Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. In 2013, Damien was commissioned to shoot a photo journalistic account of Carnival in Barranquilla, Colombia. The carte blanche press access to one of the most popular and festive celebrations in Latin America and the exposure to the vast culture of Colombia, would galvanize Damien’s largest production to date. Inspired by the music of Cartagena, Damien crafted a story that could bring the lives and faces of the Afro-Colombian community to the masses. His film, Rebelión, which was shot entirely on location in Cartagena and San Basilio de Palenque, tells the story of one man’s struggle for justice against his ruthless and abusive boss. Damien wrote, produced and directed the film and used an entirely Colombian cast and crew to maintain the authenticity of the story. The film’s production was covered in El Universal, Cartagena’s oldest newspaper and garnered much acclaim. In addition to Rebelión, Damien has worked as a freelance DP and Director on a variety of productions, including commercials, music videos, and both documentary and narrative films. Eventually, he would found Heavy Contrast Film Productions as a vehicle to produce many of the projects Damien is passionate about. Over the years, HCF Productions has built an extensive network in the Washington, D.C., New York, and Cartagena media markets and Damien has transformed his passion into his profession. For his work and passion in and around the DC area, he was recognized as a Filmmaker of the Month by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film and Entertainment. In his spare time, Damien continues to practice, study and research the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, which has been a part of his life for 17 years.
MFA, Film Production, Howard University
Faculty Rank: Instructor