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My illustration for Shirley Clarke’s film THE CONNECTION

I work with Academy Award-nominated director Immy Humes on the first documentary about American New Wave filmmaker Shirley Clarke. Clarke was an independent filmmaking pioneer (and the only woman who signed the New American Cinema manifesto in 1961) who directed some incredible films, including The Cool World (1964), the first film to ever be shot on location in Harlem, which focused on youth gangs, Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel (1963), Portrait of Jason (1967), a documentary about a gay Black hustler which is considered by many to be her masterpiece, Ornette: Made In America (1985), a documentary about free jazz legend Ornette Coleman, and my personal favorite The Connection (1961), based on the controversial play by Jack Gelber which was produced by the Living Theatre in 1959, about a group of jazz musicians jamming in a Greenwich Village apartment waiting for their drug dealer to come. It was shut down by police shortly after its release and fuelled a landmark censorship case. Our documentary includes new interviews with cultural icons such as Agnès Varda, Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, Martin Scorsese, and D.A. Pennebaker, among others. I’ve been writing grant proposals so the project can be funded further and I’m also in the beginning stages of starting a Kickstarter campaign. I also assist with PA duties during interviews.

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