Christopher And William Derrick
William and Christopher Derrick are graduates from Ohio University and the University of Michigan, respectively. Before arriving in Los Angeles, as sons of a coffee importer, they traveled extensively in Europe, South America and the Middle East (Germany, France, Austria, Mexico, Columbia, and Ecuador). The Derrick Brothers learned their film craft at USC and UCLA’s prestigious graduate and extension film programs. They went on to write, edit, produce and direct several award- winning short films, commercials and music videos. They recently wrote & directed ARCHITECTS OF CRIME, a sci-fi/noir proof of concept short film as a precursor to the feature film.
Prior to ARCHITECTS OF CRIME, the Derrick Brothers wrote & directed the award- winning sci-fi satire short film F*CK YOU, PAY ME! starring Olympian Carl Lewis and Leonard Roberts (NBC’s Heroes, Lifetime’s The Client List), which predicted the Financial Crisis and the aftermath from the Great Recession. The film won “Best Short” at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, won the Audience Award at the Arizona Black Film Showcase and the Amsterdam-based Africa in the Picture Film Festival, and was an official selection of the San Diego Black Film Festival, the Seattle Science Fiction Short Film Festival, and the Texas Black Film Festival.
Just prior to their festival run, Academy Award-winning producer Wendy Finerman (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, FORREST GUMP, DRUMLINE) and 20th Century Fox engaged the Derrick Brothers to create the sequel to the hit film DRUMLINE. It was put on the shelf.
The Derrick Brothers developed, produced and directed a Heineken TV commercial (“Now, Ya Know”) which premiered at the opening night ceremonies of the 2003 New Orleans Media
Experience. The Derricks created, produced and directed “Splits Ends”, a reality show pilot for Fox Television Studio’s Fox Alternative division.
Their short film THE CHOP SHOP premiered at the Atom Films’ Digital Filmmakers Showcase as part of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. They co-directed, co-edited and co-produced an international hip-hop documentary called Hip-Hop Resurrection, in Auckland, New Zealand.