A herd of elephants charged my fatherʼs group while he was on a safari. Everyone else jumped in the vehicle to flee. My dad stood his ground, camera in hand, and continued to snap away until the last possible moment…the result was one amazing photograph. I think thatʼs where it all started…hearing that story of my dad.”
Early work for Pegues was in the documentary world, editing documentaries for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic. This would pave the way to his realistic style in which he places the camera and performs the edit.
Pegues worked under several talented directors such as Noam Murro, Spike Lee, and Darren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman). In his early years he worked under acclaimed cinematographer, the late Fritz Roland.
His climb to the position of director was the traditional “Hollywood way”, having worked as an assistant editor, camera operator, and PA on several studio films and national spots, all the while honing his craft as a director.
His music video directorial debut starred Academy Award winner Mo’Nique (Precious) which earned him several best director wins in numerous festivals. His debut feature film which he wrote and directed, launched the acting career of Al Shearer (Glory Road, MTV Punk’d).
Going back to his roots of documentary, his second feature film “How to Build a Rapper” starring Big Boi from the hit group Outkast, was an official selection in dozens of film festivals across the country. The acclaimed New York Film Academy has used the film in their academic studies at their Manhattan campus.
It was not until his study with highly acclaimed professor Judith Weston where he admits “I knew a lot about the craft, but so little about the actor.” It was during his studies with Weston where he believes he earned the title “an Actors Director”. “
A short stint in Atlanta yielded over 20 music videos for various artists as well as the short film, “Recovery”, which he wrote and directed and which went on to win numerous awards.
Pegues admits that his greatest influence is “most likely Wong Kar Wai with, Satyajit Ray, Frederico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Spike Lee, Bernardo Bertolucci, Tarsem Singh, Terry Gilliam, Jean-Luc Godard and a few great others coming in a close second”.
Name: Cetre Pegues
Lives in: Chesapeake, Virginia
Company: Who's Johnny Creative
Unique traits: Brand campaigns. Commercials. Music videos
Film (short) by Cetre Pegues (Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director, Writer, Producer what happens when a client questions your work ethic, principals and character?
Little Walter Hidgins
Film (short) by Cetre Pegues (Drama) Director, Cinematographer, Editor As a child Little Walter was verbally & physically abused by her parents into acting like a boy because they never wanted a girl. Teased & ridiculed in school & around the neighborhood, she never had real friends until a new family moves in. They treat Walter like she is apart of the family & in turn they become her family. Tristan & Tionne are like her brother and sister so when Tionne ends up missing, Walter does all she can to find her and get her home safely. Written by Natalie Byrdsong
Television (Drama) Director, Producer, Editor In a world where making enemies is just business, a woman inherits her father's company and makes executive decisions that change the direction of the company's mission.
The Morning After
Film by Cetre Pegues (Drama) Director A happy family finally has a chance to take a long awaited vacation. Tragedy strikes changing three lives forever.
Film (short) by Cetre Pegues Director, Writer
Film (short) by Cetre Pegues (Comedy and Horror) Director, Producer A young man finds himself a victim of an unwelcome house guest/new Roommate. When Louis receives a creepy doll in an unmarked package he assumes it's one of his friends messing with him. The joke quickly becomes unfunny when the doll appears in a different place then where he left it with alarming frequency. When he throws the doll away and it still ends up in his room he confronts his actual roommate who professes no knowledge of the doll's strange movements. When more drastic attempts to get rid of the doll bear no fruit he cuts it up and burns it. A few moments later when he steps into the house it is there again and during his complete breakdown his actual tormentor is revealed to the audience. Written by Anonymous
How 2 Build a Rapper
Film by Lewis T. Powell (Comedy) Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Actor
Film (short) by Cetre Pegues (Drama) Director, Writer
Urban Killas: Blood Billz
Video by Cetre Pegues (Action) Director, Writer, Producer Neicy returns to her neighborhood after years of absence, only to discover that her past is there waiting for her. The gangster '14' is there to collect on a debt long overdue. Believing that her new boyfriend, T.J., is too naive to help, Neicy tries to do it alone. But it will be up to T.J. to save her when things turn deadly. Written by Alli Hartley
ITVA Peer Award, Best Director