Arts & Entertainment

Former Tri-City film duo still raking in big awards

The creative lives of filmmakers Travis Senger and Michael J. Mouncer just keep getting better.

The two, who grew up in Kennewick, recently won the best short documentary award at the Tribeca 2010 Film Festival in New York City.

The award honors their documentary, White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ June-bug -- an exploration of the old days of hip-hop and the treacherous underworld at the legendary Disco Fever in the Bronx.

The same film won the jury prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

It's being shown next at the Seattle International Film Festival at 4:30 p.m. May 22 in the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Seattle. Admission is $11 at the door or tickets can purchased online at

White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ June-bug includes footage that has never been seen before as well as interviews with rapper and music producer Kurtis Blow, old-school rapper DJ Hollywood and Disco Fever club owner Sal Abbatiello.

The film taps into the pulse of the '80s when hip-hop was young, cocaine was in and life as a DJ often meant you did a little of both, Mouncer said in a recent e-mail to the Herald.

Mouncer, a Southridge grad, produced the film, and Senger, a Kamiakin grad, directed it. Senger lives in Seattle, while Mouncer divides his time between Seattle and Los Angeles.

If the film continues to earn awards, the two hope it will find its way to the Tri-Cities.

Mouncer touts his director friend as the genius behind the camera, while he takes care of the business end. And though he says the future is looking up for the Senger/Mouncer partnership, they are still just two Tri-City boys at heart.

"We try to return home as often as possible," he said. "Tri-Cities is home. It'll always be home."

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