Mayor Williams and the City of Wilmington Welcome New Business to Downtown Wilmington

Posted on  02/28/2013 3:00 pm

Mayor Williams and the City of Wilmington invite the community to attend the Grand Opening of the Kitchen, a film and video production house located at 227 N. Market Street, on Friday, March 1st beginning at 5:00pm during the Art Loop.

After moving to Wilmington from Atlanta in 2011, Zach Phillips, founder and "dishwasher" at the Kitchen, didn't have much: a few web clients back in Atlanta and a Macbook -- he didn't even own a camera.

"My mom, Toni Toland, a professor at Syracuse University, was one of the pioneers of designing for the web, and so I'd been around HTML and CSS for most of my life, but the people I met at The coIN Loft and the entrepreneurial atmosphere got me really inspired to delve into the backend of things. I wrote a few small apps and made a modest profit from them. Between that and my client work, I was able to begin acquiring a film rig, piece by piece."

Phillips formed the LLC and named the company "the Kitchen", specializing in short films made to order, documentary and narrative films, film and video production, animation and graphics. The Kitchen has produced videos for United Way of Delaware, the Delaware College of Art and Design, and is currently working on a project for the YMCA of Delaware. They are also working on a series of short Delaware-centric films starting with a piece on Angelo's Luncheonette, the 40 Acres diner. They will be premiering the next episode in the series at the opening event, a piece about the Challenge Program, an east side non-profit that trains at-risk youth in construction trades.

Phillips is joined by Greg Truono doing post production work and Jason Prezant, who serves as the company's cinematographer and colorist, and Katrina High, the production manager. Phillips writes, directs, and edits, and Truono is an animator and post-production specialist who also wears the hat of sound recorder on set.

“It is always exciting to see another business open in Downtown Wilmington, it shows the growth and development opportunities our city can offer to small businesses,” said Mayor Williams.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at 5pm, there will be wine and food, and guests will have the opportunity to tour the post-production facility and screening room.

For more information call 302 464 5824 or visit http://thekitchen.co or email Will Minster at wminster@downtownvisions.org or Lani Schweiger at lschweiger@downtownvisions.org, or call Will or Lani at 425-5373.