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Self taught, creative, enthusiastic and professional are among some of the words used to describe filmmaker/photographer, Kelvin Kinte.  After working on "Straight Out of Brooklyn" in 1989, he went on to make his first feature film, "Gotta Be A Better Way (1991-1994)."  The film was a finalist for the Gordon Park Film Awards for the Best Director.  The film was shown at Clark Atlanta University and at the Mayfair Theatre, in Ottawa, Canada.  He also worked as a special event photographer for IFP, The Independent Filmmaker Project, photographing Spike Lee, Ed Burns, and Martin Scorsese just to name a few.  His other works are, "The Poets (2000-2001)," "What's Going On (2001)," "Reparation Now (2002)," "Unsung Heroes (2007)," "To Dance In Paradise (2008)," and photo books, "Eye on the Scene (2006)," "Japan (2012)."  His next film promise to be his best yet, "The Girl From Harajuku" filmed in Tokyo, Japan and Oahu, HI, and shot with the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera in 2.5k.

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New Film
"The Girl From Harajuku" feature film 2013

"To Dance in Paradise" Feature Film 2008
Writer, Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor

"Unsung Heroes" 48 Hour Film Project Honolulu 2007
Writer, Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Genre : Super Hero – Short Film
Disgruntled super heroes come to a super hero convention held in Honolulu.

"Bally Fashion Show" Photo 2007
Photos of a fashion show at Bally

"Eye On The Scene" Photo Book                                     2007                                                            
Photos from films that I produced and directed       
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“Reparation Now” - Documentary                          2002
Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
A documentary on how three attorneys formed a case against the United States government for compensation of black people forced into slavery.

“The Poets” Spoken Word - Documentary                       
2000 - 2001                  
Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
A documentary on poets and what inspires them.

“What’s Going On” - Feature Film                       2001
Writer, Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Four college friends, Parks (Nickchambelain), Cold (Marguerite Simpkins), Redd (Ken Harris), Billie (Rebecca Lupardo), start an entertainment show. The show is Billie's idea who becomes the show's coordinator. Parks is a host of the show, Cold is a co-host, and Redd is a cinematographer. They invite various types of guests, such as exotic dancers, to each show and ask them about their work and life styles. Parks is a very flirtatious guy and he enjoys his part as the host. He also believes that the show is his show, and that makes the rest of the members resentful. His girlfriend, Cold, is especially not happy with the situation, and she starts having interest in Billie, who is Redd's girlfriend. In the meanwhile, there are strange things such as murders of the guests of the show happen, and it begins to look like everything is going for a downward spiral.

“Gotta Be A Better Way”  - Feature Film                    1998
Finalists for Gordon Parks Independent Film Awards Best Director
Writer, Producer, Director, Editor
A feature film based on life of Buggy Oillie Lenard who was a star basketball player from Brooklyn, New York. His life ends tragically in a car accident in 1976.