Colorist Anthony
Raffaele collaborates with Writer-Director Hank Bedford and Cinematographer
Tobias Datum to capture the atmosphere of the Deep South.

NEW YORK— Post-production finishing for the new independent feature Dixieland was completed at Technicolor PostWorks New York. Colorist
Anthony Raffaele worked with first-time Writer/Director Hank Bedford and
Cinematographer Tobias Datum to finalize the look of the tense crime thriller
set in modern day Mississippi. The facility also handled editorial conforming
and visual effects. The film was released theatrically by IFC this month.

Released theatrically this month by IFC Features, Dixieland drew sparkling reviews in the
wake of its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, for its taut
narrative, brilliant performances, and moody evocation of the impoverished
rural South. The film explores themes of obsessive love and how poverty can
force people into a life of crime. It stars Chris Zylka (The Leftovers) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road) in the story of an ex con and a stripper who
become embroiled in a deepening criminal plot. Country music stars Faith Hill
and Steve Earle co-star. The film was shot in Jackson and Pearl, Mississippi.
Raffaele worked with Datum to refine a look whose rich color
palette was inspired by Kodachrome photography. “Hank and Tobias wanted to
preserve the gritty texture of the film,” Raffaele recalls. “Our approach was
not to make it look ‘perfect,’ but to bring out qualities that were already there
in the imagery.”
The understated look was a good complement to Datum’s tightly-framed,
hand-held camerawork. “It’s beautifully shot,” notes Raffaele, comparing the
aesthetic to the experimental dramas of Director Terrence Malick. “Tobias did a
great job of capturing moments in unusual ways in order to build emotion and
drive the narrative.”
Intercut with the main story are short interview segments
with five local people who speak directly to the camera about their lives. “We
kept the interviews very authentic,” says Raffaele, “so that they contrast with
principal scenes and add another layer of emotional texture.”
The interviews add to the naturalistic, almost documentary
feel of the film. “We were under a tight deadline to finish the film for
festivals, but I had a lot of fun working with Hank and Tobias to get it right,”
Raffaele says. “Dixieland tells a
powerful story and paints a portrait of a part of the South—not far from where
Hank grew up—in a way that’s commanding and real.”
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