Movie producer, writer, and director, Derrick Borte sat down to talk about the first movie that made an impression on him, the lessons he learned as a television news journalist, how to write a script people want to read, and what it’s like working in Hollywood while living in Virginia.
Derrick Borte began his career as a painter. After receiving his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Old Dominion University, he earned a Master’s degree in Film and Media Studies from The New School in New York City. He later joined the production staff at Sony Music Studios where he began his work in production, film, and video.
In 2010, Derrick Borte wrote, produced, and directed The Joneses, a film starring David Duchovny, Demi Moore, and Amber Heard. The Joneses premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is currently streaming on Netflix. His other films include H8RZ and Dark Around the Stars.
In 2016, he released London Town, a film that tells the story of one fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the British punk rock band The Clash. The film premiered in Norfolk, Va., as well as in London, Rome, and New York.
Here is our conversation: