- SANTA MONICA, Calif.
Little Minx has added award-winning directors and cinematographers Gareth Jackson and Mark Karinja, aka + jacksonkarinja, to its talent roster. The duo has already helmed its first project under the Little Minx banner, a multiday shoot they directed under COVID safety protocols; the work is set to break later this week.
After meeting on film crews in New York City at a young age, Jackson and Karinja teamed up as a directing/cinematography duo under the + jacksonkarinja moniker. They quickly became known for their honest cinematic voice rooted in a nomadic, documentary ethos–––which is a fancy way of saying they enjoy shooting from skateboards, motorcycles, or from the roof of a car they are strapped to with a camera. Jackson and Karinja always look to bring their unique perspective and aesthetic to all of their work, from their own films to work for brands such as Apple, Nike, BMW, and Converse.
Their newly released short film Chasing Silence is a cinematic ode to flat track dirt bike racing. “It’s pretty hard to describe the mindset of racing on a track, so we tried to make a film that could,” said Jackson. To capture their visceral take on the grassroots race experience, the duo utilized a custom motorcycle camera rig in combination with handheld work shot on 16mm film.
“The story is about the intensity of the track contrasted with the mental focus of the racer. We wanted to visualize what that headspace feels like,” said Karinja.
Rhea Scott, founder of Little Minx, shared, “These two won my heart immediately. Their work reflects them as human beings, warm, thoughtful, positive, and mischievous.”
The + jacksonkarinja duo was previously represented by production house Superprime in the U.S. Elsewhere the directing team is repped by Animals in Canada, Sovage in France, and Soup Films in Germany.