Sometimes you meet someone, and hear a story that has so much heart and courage, that you can’t help but tell it. Dusty Harrison is one of those stories.

He’s a 20 year old that’s been stepping into the ring with grown men since he was 16, looking for a way in the world that lets him use the gifts he was given. Dusty came up in the tough streets of Southeast DC, kept on the straight and narrow by the love of a father who didn’t want him to repeat the mistakes he had. He put gloves on Dusty at 2, and pushed him every day of his life, and together they are finding salvation. Now at 23-0, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison is the biggest draw to come out of DC since Sugar Ray Leonard, and the 15th ranked welterweight in the world.  Our friend Joshua Cogan recently shot still images for a Washingtonian article HERE, and introduced us to the world of Dusty and Buddy.

We shot this project over 2.5 days this summer on the Red Epic using Zeiss Superspeed Mk2s (18mm, 35mm, 65mm at 5k WS resolution).  We used a combination of natural daylight, Hive lighting and an Arri 1.2 HMI for light sources.  Most shots were filmed at 120 frames per second.  

produced by Run Riot and Joshua Cogan

directed by Dave Adams

edited by Chris Tuss and Dave Adams

cinematography by Brian Stansfield

gaffed by Will Iverson

sound mix by Rob Fritts

color by Dave Adams

music by the Music Bed and Buddy's Stereo

still photography by Joshua Cogan, Run Riot and the Hernandez-Harrison family

special thanks to HBO Sports and Madison Square Garden