Wednesday, February 13, 2008

big Toolbox update!!

Hi folks. If you're on the east coast, we hope you’re keeping warm!
In any case, it’s been ages since we’ve updated anyone on what we’ve been up to...

This season, Toolbox is welcoming many new clients, not to mention unveiled new branding identities for The Goethe Institut’s Film | Neu Festival, The National Conservation System Foundation, New Zealand’s Cluster Munitions Coalition, 14th Street's new Cork Wine Bar, and more.

You may have also heard of Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation’s amazing new DC restaurant/lounge dedicated to Marvin Gaye at 14th/U Street, NW called Marvin. Eric commissioned ToolboxDC to build, design and create an installation piece for Marvin in the form of a large mixed media mural of Marvin Gaye, now prominently displayed as the restaurant's centerpiece. The beautiful piece measures 6 ft by 10 ft, and is actually for sale. Please contact us directly.

Our award winning feature documentary film on landmines, Disarm, was picked up and broadcasted by Al Jazeera International, and is currently in negotiations with dvd distributors. This fall, Disarm screened in Paris and in LA, as a special presentation by Global Inheritance and Quiksilver Surf Company. Brian Liu was also a judge at Jackson Hole Film Festival and Silverdocs (Discovery Channel/AFI) Film Festival, and will also be judging at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Feb 14 to 19. In addition to a number of commercial shoots, some of our recent video work can also be seen in a new live DVD, Circle of Friends, by Bob Mould (formerly of Husker Du and Sugar) as well as the upcoming Pancake Mountain DVD #5 (episodes 9 and 10).

Along with the help of our friend Jerry Busher (Fugazi, French Toast, All Scars, Dust Galaxy), we've also just completed the music supervision, scoring and branding, of Frontrunner, a documentary film by Virginia Williams about the first woman to run for president of Afghanistan. Frontrunner was selected and premiered at Slamdance last month, and will soon continue on it's film festival tour.

Last week, London based charter airline XL, in combination with the Antigua National Tourist Board and the St. Kitts National Tourist Board, sent Brian with photo assistant Juhi Baig to shoot still photographs in Antigua and St. Kitts to encourage new tourism in those Carribean destinations.

Lately Toolbox has been featured a bit in a variety of news media: a piece of furniture we designed with our friend JP Sutphin is featured in the current issue of Readymade Magazine, some of Brian's still photos are in the current issue of Print Magazine, ToolboxDC has won an honorable mention prize in AIGA's Cause/Effect contest, a spread of Brian’s photography also appears in Roger Gastman's new book “Street World: Urban Culture and Art from Five Continents”, and Brian’s new classic portrait of gogo funk legend Chuck Brown taken for the current issue of Swindle Magazine also started a bidding war at this year's incredible Transformer Art Gallery auction. Chuck mentioned to us that the photo is, “The best photo ever took of me!”

Keep us in mind for your creative needs, and keep on the lookout for DJs Yellow Fever every Tuesday night at St. Ex and Marvin, and alternating Weds at the world famous Eighteenth Street Lounge!

1 comment:

gwadzilla said...


all this with a drink in your hands