February 03, 2021

Technicolor Salutes Groundbreaking Stories for Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month in North America, we are shining a light on excellence in film and television by highlighting recent Technicolor Post projects made by and starring Black talent.

Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler and based on the Marvel comics of the same name, Black Panther follows the homecoming of T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king after his father dies. Faced with treachery and danger when a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of the people of Wakanda.  “Wakanda Forever” is a rallying cry from the movie and has become a groundbreaking cultural catchphrase that proudly celebrates Black culture and its influence around the world. Both the film and the legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman will go down in history as a revolutionary milestone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Now available to watch on Disney+ and Hulu.

Colorist: Maxine Gervais

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom follows the story of trailblazing blues singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and her band who gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927.

Now available to watch on Netflix.

Additional VFX by Technicolor VFX

When They See Us

Co-written and directed by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay, When They See Us is based on the true story of a jogger who was assaulted and raped in Central Park, and the five young Black males – labelled the Central Park Five – who were subsequently charged with the crime. The limited series spans a quarter of a century, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002 and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

Now available to watch on Netflix.

Supervising Sound Editor: John Benson
Re-recording Mixers: Joe DeAngelis, CAS, Chris Carpenter

The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel

Directed by Christine Swanson and nominated for a Critics Choice Award, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel follows the five sisters’ journey from their hometown of Detroit to becoming the Grammy-winning and highest-selling female gospel group in music history.

Now available to watch on Lifetime.

Colorist: Rob Evans
Re-recording Mixers: John Dykstra and Paolo Amati
VFX Supervisor: Matt Hansen (Technicolor VFX)


Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Damon Lindelof’s HBO miniseries Watchmen takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 34 years after the original story told in the novel. After a white supremacist attack on the local police department, which leaves only two surviving cops, laws are passed that allow the cops to hide their identities behind masks. One of these cops, Angela Abar, adopts the identity of Sister Night and fights racists while dealing with the decades-long legacy of the vigilantes.

Now available to watch on HBO.

Supervising Sound Editor: Brad North
Re-recording Mixers: Joe DeAngelis, CAS, Chris Carpenter


Directed by, produced by, and starring Denzel Washington, Fences follows the story of a Black sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh who once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting Black athletes. His bitterness over his missed opportunity compounded by family issues causes tension at home when his son is scouted to play college football.

Now available to watch on Hulu.

Colorist: Michael Hatzer


Jordan Peele’s second feature film, Us, depicts the Wilson family’s return to mother Adelaide’s childhood beachfront home. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her fears become reality when four masked strangers invade her home. When the masks come off, it is revealed that each attacker is a doppelganger of each of the family members.

Now available to watch on Hulu, HBO Max and Amazon Prime.

Colorist: Michael Hatzer


Produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, Pose is a deep dive into New York City's Black and Latinx LGBTQ drag ball culture scene in the 1980s and 1990s. The story centers around famed ball fixture Blanca who starts her own house and becomes mother to up-and-coming talent in the scene.

Now available to watch on Netflix.

Supervising Sound Editor – Gary Megregian
Sound Re-Recording Mixers - Joe Earl, Doug Andham