Brendan Canty and Christoph Green (The Liberation)

Christoph Green

Director Christoph Green has been a major force in DC for over 19 years in the world of television design and filmmaking. He co-founded Trixie Film in 2004 with Brendan Canty. He has co-produced and directed a long list of music-related films for artists such as Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, The Shins and Wilco. In addition to their documentary film work, they have produced many nationally recognized commercials, public service campaigns and corporate and non-profit branding campaigns.

Christoph Green is also an award-winning graphic and television designer and owner of the design company, Tangerine. His clients include Planned Parenthood, Nando’s, the Discovery Channel, The Democratic National Committee, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, The World Bank, TV Land and the National Medals of Science and Technology.

Brendan Canty

“I was born in 1966, in Teaneck NJ, but have lived in DC since I was 10 months old. I have watched the city change, and grow, and lose people and gain people. I have seen musicians and artists thrive, burn out, move, tour, and return with experience.  I am like a  passenger on a coast to coast train trip that greets people as they get on and get off. I show them where the best bathrooms are.”

Brendan played in Fugazi for 15 years, from it’s inception in ’87 to it’s hiatus in ’02. He’s also played in Rites of Spring, Deadline, One Last Wish, Happy Go Licky,  Bob Mould, Deathfix, and currently in Super! Silver! Haze!, and The Messthetics. He produced records for Ted Leo, The Thermals, the Make Up, and others. He is the composer on dozens of hours of television and films. He’s performed live score to films with the great filmmakers Sam Green and Brent Green. He recently composed the score for Frank Serpico, directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio, and is working on the feature DC Noir, by George Pelecanos.  

Christoph and Brendan made many films together, working with bands such as Wilco, Pearl Jam, the Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, and many others on concert films and docs. They made multiple editions of Burn to Shine, documenting scenes of musicians in different cities in houses that are being demolished. The Liberation marks a decidedly different and exciting turn for them.


Washington DC Filmmakers Christoph Green and Brendan Canty (Fugazi) embed themselves in a class of recovering addicts, former drug dealers, and felons, all going through the DC Central Kitchen Culinary Training Program. Three months of hardcore therapy every morning and Knife Skills every afternoon. What emerges is an emotionally complex narrative of three students and their dramatic stories, punctuated by high octane cooking.