As the COVID-19 pandemic started its spread across the United States in early 2020, Arthur and Qinling embarked on a journey to Richmond, Virginia, documenting communities grappling with the challenges of the pandemic, lockdowns, and racial tensions. Their efforts culminated in a screening of their work in the PBS Frontline Documentary, “American Voices: A Nation in Turmoil,” directed by Mike Shum.
Since then, DEC8 Productions was founded, drawing its name from our shared birthday on December 8 and symbolizing the commitment to crafting stories with a lasting impact, meant to resonate for 'Decades.' Our ventures have taken us all over the world, where we’ve captured the stories of diverse individuals and communities, ranging from the vibrant low-rider culture in San Diego, California to the high school football fields of Pago Pago, American Samoa.
In 2022, invited by the award-winning film director Michelle Parkerson, Qinling and Arthur collaborated as Director of Photography and Editor on "Fierceness Served! The ENIKAlley Coffeehouse (2021)," a poignant 30-minute film delving into the local history of Black LGBT art in D.C. This compelling piece has been selected for screenings at prestigious events such as the Black Alphabet Film Festival 2021, the DC International Film Festival 2022, the DC/DOX Film Festival 2023, and the Blackstar Film Festival 2023.
With an unwavering commitment to authenticity and impact, DEC8 Productions brings a wealth of experience and vision to the work we take on. With a primary focus on evocative storytelling and an unwavering dedication to amplifying diverse narratives, our company and crew are poised to tell stories that are both genuine and thought-provoking.