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Encuentro: A Conversation with Jeankarlos Cruz

Dominican painter Jeankarlos Cruz talks about his most recent art project, a series of informal meet ups with New Jersey-based artists combining live music, painting and other expressive forms.

The documentary focuses on Cruz’s new project of bringing together local community artists in a series of informal meet ups where various expressive forms, such as live music, painting and poetry, come together. Cruz briefly talks about how young artists face difficulties in pursuing their talents professionally and how they seek independence from jobs they aren’t passionate about but that they need to maintain for financial reasons. Cruz ends by meditating on the end objective of his project in inviting attendees to both think and act as spectators and performers respectively: his intent is to make them achieve a place of “clarity”, “inspiration” or “enlightenment”, as he puts it, by uniting the physical and the mental, the tangible and the intangible, through the arts.

I think the very subject matter that the documentary explores and one of my main motivations in creating it are directly related to the "Ideologies of Exclusion" Unit in our class, and that is to give more visibility to minority groups pursuing art through new perspectives.

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Introduction to Filmmaking, ARTS-181, Fall 2014
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