Becoming Great

So I realized that I never got a chance to share with you the work I created for an exhibition I participated in a little bit ago. Yikes! My bad... I can't believe I didn't tell you! Are we not homies?!

Anyway, the show was called "In Bringing Forth"  and it was curated by Jen Tremblay at the Hyde Park Art Center.  The exhibition was about artists taking a step back from their everyday studio practice to create new artwork that serves as visual metaphors for the routine of art-making.

Since my medium is predominately photo and video, I created a rockumentary video piece I titled "Becoming Great" showing my art practice as I prepare for an exhibition with Terrain Exhibitions and the Chicago Artist Coalition.

I'm not going to lie, I sort of felt a little silly and narcissistic creating this work, but hey if performative film and photo works that feature me is a part of my practice well then...that's the work.

If you are interested check the video out here: 

Installation View of "Becoming Great" at Hyde Park Art Center

You will have to let me know what you think of this work, to me the work did work to be a marketing piece for myself, showing a behind the scenes life of an artist.. well at least my art you know. You might think of creating an about video of your own work. I think that would be cool, and if you need help. Holler at your girl!

Until next time, thanks for reading.


Millennial Movie Night A Success

Hey yall!You might have remembered seeing my posts via social media and my blog here seeking submissions for Millennial Movie Night, a film program I curated in collaboration with the awesome people of Collected Voices and OpenTVThe point of Millennial Movie Night was to showcase films by... you guessed it Millennials! At first I had this idea to showcase the films of young filmmakers in the LGBTQ community but wasn't getting the amount of submissions I hoped for so I expanded to Millennials of all identities.

So boom, submission called, juried entries, sent out acceptance letter, planned the evening and here we are...Millennial Movie Night!

We presented films by:
Luis Mejico
Lukas Gondek
Hanna M. Owens
Layne Marie Williams
Free Spirit Media

and my dear friend and fellow artist Nathan Wright allowed me to use to video vignettes as intro transitions between my films.  Thanks Nathan!

I was very excited to screen these films, they were all well done and it I was inspired and excited to see what was next for these filmmakers. There are some really creative people in this world yall! The talent was energizing. Concluding the screen we even had a nice dialogue with some of the filmmakers and audience members! It was a great night.

The evening even received some press which was really rad and you can read about it here.

Now for some pictures:

On another note, I'm really getting into film programming, its a real treat and blessing to give other filmmakers and creatives platforms to showcase their work, because as you know.. its hard yall LOL! Anyhoo  Millennial Movie Night rocked!Until the next event...Thanks for reading!! 

Millennial Movie Night: Call for Submissions

Happy August Guys and Gals!!
I get really excited when a new month begins on a Sunday or Monday. I pretty much geek out over it! Its like a hard reset and it gets me happy! So again I say...  Happy AUGUST!!
happy dancing excited awesome full house

Im excited to present that I am working with Comfort Film, OpenTV and Collected Voices Ethnographic Film Festival to present Millennial 
Movie Night, which will be a juried screening held August 24th at Comfort Station in Logan Square.
Submissions are currently open through August 10 and you can submit your film here:
Only two things before you submit:
1. Filmmaker must be between the ages of 16-25
2. The film can NOT exceed 20 minutes of film time 
If you are interested or know someone that you think would be perfect, please encourage them to submit.
I'm really excited about August, this screening and some hot Chicago weather, because soon enough.. it will be cold again.
Oh and BTW in case you are interested , here are some details about my super rad partners Open TV and Collected Voices: 
About Opentv:Open TV is a platform for indie arts and artists. We incubate art and artists commercial television studios and networks cannot develop consistently. We believe television is an art but must also showcase different types of art outside of the competition format we see on reality TV. We believe television must be open to diverse identities and their experiences, so we are committed to developing work from artists most often left out of commercial production: queer, trans, and cis-women and people of color. All Open TV artists keep their intellectual property and distribution agreements are non-exclusive.
About Collected Voices:Collected Voices centers around original ethnographic works that explore the intersection of race, age, class, gender, and sexuality within Chicago society. Explored through short and feature length films from Chicago based artists, these stories capture the voices of individuals and communities. Thematic screenings held during October will create a space for viewing and discussion of narratives from underrepresented ethnic and cultural groups; often excluded from major theatrical & digital release. These films are curated to not only highlight the work of Chicago based filmmakers, but expand our understanding of ethnography, and the diverse experiences of Chicago citizens.
I'm excited to see what ya'll have been making so thanks in advance for submitting, and thank you for spreading the word.

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