Cy Dodson, owner of Minneapolis-based, Triumph Pictures, is an award-winning, professional documentary film producer based in Minneapolis, MN. Our documentary films have screened at nearly 100 festivals worldwide and have won over 20 festival awards to date. Cy combines his use of cinematography and editing to produce compelling tales of real people in order to create memorable, gripping productions.

Beneath the Ink

Our latest documentary production is the 2018 short film, BENEATH THE INK. This film shares the tale of Zanesville, Ohio tattoo artist Billy Joe White, who is on a mission to “erase the hate” from his Appalachian clients by offering to cover up tattoos that feature racist and bigoted imagery, such as swastikas, and Ku Klux Klan symbols, among others. “Beneath the Ink” highlights the stories of some of the clients and the reasons they obtained those tattoos, and why they want to redeem themselves.

BENEATH THE INK has received over 15 festival awards and has even qualified for the 2019 Academy Awards. Some of the awards include Best Documentary Short wins at Dances with Films, BendFilm, and Fargo Film festivals, as well as the Palm Springs International ShortFest. The men’s magazine, GQ, features this documentary in GQ Stories, a series of videos exploring the lives of various community leaders.

The Ragman - A Hobo’s Story Untold

In 2017, we produced THE RAGMAN – A HOBO’S STORY UNTOLD. This short documentary displays the story of Michael Bork, a traveler who works together with professional musicians and producers to chronicle his captivating, nomadic adventures as The Ragman. This film received a variety of awards, including Best Documentary at both the Iowa Independent Festival and the Big Water Film Festival in 2017.  

My Last Breath

In 2015, Triumph Pictures produced MY LAST BREATH, a documentary about Josh LaRue, a young man from Minnesota who became paralyzed after a severe asthma attack. Despite his setbacks, he used Morse code to communicate with his loved ones, create poetry, and inspire others. This documentary was a recipient for the 2015 Midwest Emmy.