Cinematographers Melinda James and Chapin Hall both chose to use Hive Lighting Omni-Color LEDs for their recent Sundance premieres Work and Every Day in Kaimukī.
Directed by April Maxey, Work follows a woman named Gabi who finds herself unable to move on from a breakup, so she impulsively drops into an old job at an underground lap dance party.
James chose Hive’s Omni-Color LEDs to bring tunable hard light to Maxey’s journey to reclaim her own identity through the unique and under-represented lens of her protagonist Gabi — a queer, Chicana sex-worker.
“My gaffer, Blake Smith, loved working with Hive’s lights and we were thoroughly impressed by them, especially with the ease and control of the Hive Antenna app,” James said in a press release from the lighting company.
Meanwhile, Hall used Hive’s C-Series Omni-Color LEDs to augment natural and practical sources to capture director Alika Tengan‘s story of the urban and adamantly local Hawaiian landscape of Kaimukī.
Every Day in Kaimukī is billed as a slice-of-life, kaleidoscopic exploration of what it means to leave everything you’ve ever known behind.
For more on sundance, read our interviews with composers Nathan Halpern and T. Griffin, as well as God’s Country cinematographer Andrew Wheeler and We Need to Talk About Cosby director W. Kamau Bell.