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PTM Helps Fred's Footsteps Celebrate 15 Years


GO DEEPER

Fred’s Footsteps has been a client of the Projects That Matter Initiative for the past several years and we have had the privilege to join them on their journey. The video reflects the past 15 years of stories and experiences from the family members who make up the Fred’s Foundation, to the families who have benefited from their helping hand.


Credits

Client – Fred’s Footsteps

Director – Justin Jarrett
Assistant Director – Maria Cantu
Producer – Travis Capacete
Cinematographer – Maria Vattimo
Cinematographer – Jay Miller
Sound –  Steven Layton
PA – Chris Tocchet
Editor – Maria Cantu
Editor – Ian Schobel
Color Grading: Dave Bauer


JTWO Welcomes Director Maria Cantu

Maria Cantu


JTWO added Maria Cantu as a new Director. A former graduate of JTWO’s [INC]ubator Project, Maria is also an Emmy Nominee and an Addy “Best of Show” Winner. She brings with her an uncanny ability to weave together intricate stories across genres.

Maria came to us from Temple University in 2018. After obtaining a Media Studies and Production degree and seeing the beautiful work she brought to JTWO during her internship, it was an easy decision to bring her on full time as one of our Directors. Her Directorial debut for “Barre None” recently won Best Documentary in Bucks Fever Filmfest and took home 2 Gold ADDY Awards for Best of Show and Best Cinematography under the student category, along with Best Student Documentary at the 2019 Louix Awards.


JTWO | LISC Chicago Partner For Neighborhood Development Awards

LISC CHICAGO: 25th CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AWARDS


Client: LISC CHICAGO

JTWO was tasked with creating ten videos for the 25th Chicago Neighborhood Development Award Show Winners. We shot the videos over four days of production from Hyde Park on the south side, to Logan Square on the north side and everywhere in-between.  During these four days our production crew got to see and hear the real meaning behind neighborhood development and what it really takes to bring it all to fruition. LISC and the city of Chicago have been hosting this award show since 1995, and have helped to create a better means of life for so many Chicagoans and the communities they live in.

When LISC and MK Communications came to us in November 2018 we knew we had some special stories to tell about the communities and neighborhoods of Chicago. Since 1995 LISC has been holding the annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards to recognize the non-profits and for profit developers who have enhanced the communities in Chicago. These awards are given to developers who acheived outstanding development and community building. View the ten award winners videos below.

CARLING HOTEL

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WHOLE FOODS

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BOXVILLE

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FARM ON OGDEN

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CITY GARDENS

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TRAUMA CENTER

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CHICAGO STREET MEDICINE

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BELMONT CRAGIN

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ACCESS HOUSING

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ST. EDMUND'S OASIS

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Ask, Listen, Learn: Nathan Adrian + U.S. Attorneys General

AskListenLearn

Ask, Listen Learn asked us to write and produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian along with Attorneys General from over 20 states. Each PSA is aimed at helping educate parents on how they can help their kids say “yes” to a healthy lifestyle and “no” to underage drinking. Nathan is the newest champion to join Ask, Listen Learn, a program that the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) developed alongside a team of educators and organizations specializing in middle school-aged students.

The Project

The PSA’s were filmed in Washington, DC over the course of one day with post-production taking place in March in order to launch the projects during April’s Alcohol Awareness Month. The PSA’s were written and directed by our Principal Creative Director, Justin Jarrett.

Behind the Scenes

21 PSA’s in 5 hours….need we say more?


This project was made possible through our Projects That Matter Initiative.  The Projects That Matter Initiative is a Philadelphia based video production program with the mission of  providing professional digital media services to Non-Profits at a discounted rate. To learn more about how your organization can join the initiative and qualify for creative content production discounts click below.


JTWO Chicago Works with We Raise Foundation

Our team had the opportunity to work with We Raise foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty, violence, and inequality in Chicago communities.


This project was made possible through our Projects That Matter Initiative.  The Projects That Matter Initiative is a Philadelphia based video production program with the mission of  providing professional digital media services to Non-Profits at a discounted rate. To learn more about how your organization can join the initiative and qualify for creative content production discounts click below.


JTWO Wins 4 Louix Awards + Opens Show

2019 LOUIX AWARDS

Our team was back at the  Louix Awards this year opening the show for the SECOND year in a row with our short film, Two Lou’s One Club! We also picked up some new hardware for some of our recent work – winning four Louix Awards in total.

WINNER

Product Design | Online Campaign

Victus Baseball


Victus is one of the leading wooden bat manufacturers in the world and used by Pro players in the US and Japan. They tasked us with expanding their product offerings and redefining their brand, entirely.  After establishing a new brand direction, our team got to work designing t-shirts, hoodies, hats, knob stickers and batting gloves. We designed everything down to the tags and packaging. [Some of which we can’t even show you….yet].

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WINNER

Video Promotional

This is Lou


This is Lou, a short film produced as the show open for the 2018 Louix Awards, follows the story of a piece of shit from Philadelphia named Lou who finds himself in a precarious situation with some of the most ruthless cutthroat killers in the City of Brotherly Love.

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WINNER

Best Student Documentary

JTWO [INC]ubator - Barre None


 “Barre None” created under the JTWO [INC]ubator Project is a short documentary that tells the captivating and beautiful story of a young ballerina who is able to push through the harsh realities and overbearing pressures of the dancing world, with her unconditional love for the art.

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Opening the Show


We received such an amazing response last year that we knew this year’s opener had to be even bigger and crazier, taking everything to the next level. More action, more comedy, and more insanity. When the credits roll we want the audience to turn to the person next to them and say, “what the hell did I just watch?”

Enter, Tricky Ricky.

This year’s film, titled Two Lou’s. One Club. is a twelve-minute direct sequel to last year’s opener, picking up the plot where we left off one year later. An 80’s inspired action comedy on steroids, the film pits Philadelphia’s entire creative community against one another, riffing on classic films like Jean Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport and featuring everything from rooftop fight clubs to underground boxing.

Two Lou’s. One Club. is a stylistic action comedy about Philadelphia’s underground creative community vying for the coveted top spot within the city. This short film debuted at the 2019 Louix Awards, opening the show.

Behind The Scenes

Cast

Frank Halbiger

Ginger Kochmer

Dave Wright

Rick Angeli

Zachary Haines

JTWO Squad

Jesse Kahn

Rick DiDonato

Deardorff

Hanlan

Agency M

High Heels & Bananas

Matthew Paul

Dom Luza

Kyle Luza

Brownies Irish Pub

Bleu Martini

Northern Liberties Rec Center

#SquadDeep


Of course, our team had to make a cameo!


Crew

Writer + Director: Justin Jarrett

Executive Producer: Travis Capacete

Producer: Brittany Bonanno

DP: Chris Harley

DP/ AC: Maria Vattimo

Camera Op: Jay Miller

AC: Alex Siwik

AC: Justin Williams

Grip Team: Federal Grip

Location Sound: Jelani Thomas

Set Design: Gillian Speers

Voiceover: Joey Eyes

BTS Photographer: Elle Chernaskey

PA: Omar Alqahtani

PA: Derrick Kim

PA: Brynn Antaran

Color Correction: Jason Druss


JTWO Wins 10 Addy Awards

2019 Philadelphia ADDY Awards

After opening the show with our sequel to last year’s “This is Lou” short film and taking home four awards at last month’s One Club Philadelphia Louix Awards, we capped off the award show season with ten wins at the Philadelphia ADDY Awards. Winning three Golds – two in Cinematography and one in Best of Show and seven Silvers, including wins in Video Editing, Internet Commercial, Social Media Campaign, Cinematography Campaign, Internet Campaign Non-Broadcast Audio/ Visual, and Cinematography. Our former intern even took home, Best in Show for Student Films for her JTWO [INC]ubator Project. Check out the winning projects below.

WINNER

GOLD ADDY | Cinematography

 

SILVER ADDY | Video Editing

 

This is Lou


 This is Lou, a short film produced as the show open for the 2018 Louix Awards, follows the story of a piece of shit from Philadelphia named Lou who finds himself in a precarious situation with some of the most ruthless cutthroat killers in the City of Brotherly Love.

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WINNER

SILVER ADDY  |   Internet Commercial

 

SILVER ADDY  |  Social Media Campaign

 

SILVER ADDY  |  Cinematography Campaign

 

SILVER ADDY  |  Internet Campaign

 

Victus Baseball


Victus is one of the leading wooden bat manufacturers in the world and used by Pro players in the US and Japan. They tasked us with expanding their product offerings and redefining their brand, entirely.  After establishing a new brand direction, our team got to work designing t-shirts, hoodies, hats, knob stickers and batting gloves. We designed everything down to the tags and packaging. [Some of which we can’t even show you….yet].

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WINNER

SILVER ADDY | Non-Broadcast Audio/ Visual

 

Lost Boyz Chicago


Our team partnered with New York City-based non-profit organization Laureus USA to produce a mini-documentary about Chicago’s Lost Boyz Inc., a non-profit organization committed to decreasing violence and improving the social and emotional conditions of the youth in Chicago’s South Shore community through baseball and softball.

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WINNER

GOLD ADDY | Best of Show

 

GOLD ADDY | Cinematography

 

JTWO [INC]ubator Project - Barre None


 “Barre None” created under the JTWO [INC]ubator Project is a short documentary that tells the captivating and beautiful story of a young ballerina who is able to push through the harsh realities and overbearing pressures of the dancing world, with her unconditional love for the art.

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WINNER

SILVER ADDY | Cinematography

 

JTWO.tv REEL


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JTWO Welcomes Omar Alqahtani

The Good Kind of Stress

by Omar Alqahtani

I was filming my first narrative short outside of a 7/11. One of the characters was smoking a cigarette. We were stopped by a couple of strangers asking saying that they did not have cash for cigarettes but they had a personal bottle of Grey Goose that they didn’t want. I was 19 at the time so I was pretty excited.

While working on a different movie, I called a casket supplier to ask for permission to film at his store. There was a scene where a grandma has to pick out a casket and I wanted it to be as visually compelling as possible; caskets hanging up on the wall felt like they would get the job done. The owner of the store was actually really cool about the whole thing. He gave me a tour around his little factory. He showed me his patented casket technology for people who only want to rent caskets, he explained to me how different types of caskets work, he even showed me how bodies get cremated. He has this giant machine that just sets bodies on fire for several hours. He showed me a can of ashes with leftover body modifications, such as braces, metal teeth, metal bones. It was all wonderfully morbid, but by far the weirdest part of that whole interaction is that he did not seem to mind my pretentious man bun.

For one short summer I worked with online media content company, so they send me on all kinds of weird prop runs. One time was especially different. They sent me out to carry a $10,000 chair through the busy streets of Manhattan. They half-assed the wrapping of the chair and made it my responsibility to return it without any scratches. I’m a pretty clumsy guy, and I did not want them to know that, which led to the most stressful 10-minute walk of my life. It was only 4 blocks, but it felt like 27.

All of those experiences lead to recorded moments on video. I would plug all those experiences onto a computer, and I would have to reappropriate all those memories to create a compelling narrative. To me, this is the beauty of filmmaking. The fact that the making of a narrative is a story within itself. Yes, for the audience, the narrative o the screen is completely divorced from the experiences that formed it, and for the sake of the art, it should be that way. However, the making of a movie leaves me with a lot of stories that I get to carry with me, and be able to tell my friends, family, maybe even grandchildren. I can’t think of many other professions that leaves you with so many stories to tell. That’s why I chose this profession. That’s why I took the internship at JTwo.


This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

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JTWO Welcomes Brynn Antaran

Old Paths, New Footsteps

by Brynn Antaran

I’ve shelved most of my high school experiences, but there are a couple lucid moments that come back to me regularly.

The first day of playwriting class, sitting in the second row as our disheveled teacher paced back and forth in front of the white board, nodding and stuttering wildly: “ Real writers, y’know, the ones who are born to write, they never stop writing. Never. They’re seeing all these things around them and writing in their head, y’know, constantly .”

And then one of my summers at a musical theatre intensive, stretching on a stage amongst twenty other teens in jazz shoes, baking alive in an old church without air conditioning in the middle of June as the artistic director told us to think very seriously before pursuing a career in theatre or art because it would be an extremely difficult way to live. “I hate to break it to you kids,” she said in her lilted British meter, “but that’s the way it is.” We should only take this path only if we absolutely had to, only if we could truly do ​nothing​ else in this world but create.

Brianna

I was still a young, doubtful creative–I didn’t understand how anything could feel so sure and natural. In college, though, I fell into filmmaking and everything clicked. Directing and writing makes everything else pale in comparison, I can never get enough of it. I have this quiet certainty in it; it is the only thing I want to do.

I’m very excited to see how interning here at JTwo will help me along my career path. Besides directing/writing, I also produce and assistant direct–I look forward to flexing those muscles in commercial settings with coworkers who I can also call friends.

Brynn


This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

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Derrick Kim

JTWO Welcomes Derrick Kim

An Unlikely Path to Film

by Derrick Kim

If someone told me three years ago that one day I would be interning for a film production company,  I would’ve laughed at them. Growing up in the Los Angeles area, I always had a passion for sports as a kid. I played one year of AYSO soccer and then absolutely fell in love with baseball through Little League. In fact, in first grade, my dream was to become a professional baseball player for the Dodgers. My love for baseball continued to grow until it hit me. Literally. I got hit in the face with a baseball and fractured my nose. It really sucked and I stopped playing.

However, in middle school I discovered that I was really good at volleyball where in 8th grade, I lead my team to its first ever league championship. I was hungry for volleyball and moved up to the varsity team by the end of my freshman year. That summer I worked incredibly hard, training and practicing to become a better outside hitter. I even went to open gyms before the season to get extra reps in. Hard work pays off right? Yes it does! But…I got hurt again. This time, I fractured my left ankle. I was never back to my normal self but, I embraced my passion throughout the next 3 years of varsity volleyball.

I did well academically, but felt like I never gave myself the chance to explore my creativity through classes. But, I did indirectly. During high school, my friends and I loved to go out and explore LA, Whether it was finding the best taco truck or nighttime view, we lived for adventure. We started going to spots like Griffith Observatory and Joan’s on Third to take pictures and try new foods. It was really the first time I was documenting my adventures through a visual medium and enjoyed it. So for my senior trip to South Korea and Taiwan, I bought a Canon Rebel T6i DSLR. This was my first camera and surely, I discovered a new passion for content creation and storytelling.

I packed this passion in my backpack and brought it all the way to the east coast to attend Haverford College in Philadelphia. To many’s surprise, I am majoring in economics and minoring in visual studies. Now that my playing days are over, I help out as a student assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team. Last summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to make creative content for places such as Hatch Yakitori, The Pie Hole, Alfred Tea Room, and more. It was my first time getting real world experience and I loved every bit of it. The best part was all the complementary food I received. It really reminded me of my high school adventures.

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Fast forward a couple months, and here I am with this incredible opportunity to intern for JTWO Films. Although I’ve definitely gotten better over the years, I have so much more to learn and am at no better place. Hopefully, I won’t get hit by any camera equipment and fracture anything because this time, I think I discovered my real passion.


This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

Learn More