As president of the London ShortFilm Showcase, Jason Clark isenthusiastic about fostering the filmcommunity in London.Clark admits film came into hislife a bit later than the average per-son. Eight years ago a friendapproached him asking for help witha production, which sparked hisinterest.“We entered one of the first shortfilms we made into a festival inToronto,” Clark explains. “For lack of a better word, we lost and were pret-ty unhappy.”But upon coming back to Lon-don, Clark realized the potential inthe city which is why he decidedto found the London Short FilmShowcase.“We realized there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for independent film-makers to show their work, andwanted to combine with other film-makers,” Clark explains. “We weretrying to make those connections.”Since then Clark has reached outto other organizations such as Lon-don Fringe, Fanshawe College,Western and Museum London forsupport.“I saw a quote once that saidsomething along the lines of, ‘Film isa powerful art form because I’venever seen anyone stand and stareat a painting for more than twohours,’” Clark says of his passion forfilm. “And as far as short films go, inthis day and age short films are agood way to get your name out therein a very easy and creative way.”
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Margaret Davidson (left) and Cameron Arksey (right)
What is your artistic area offocus?
Mixed media design formusic/literature, graphic design,poetry and other writings.
What is your educational back-ground?
Honours specialization in devel-opmental cognitive neuroscienceand French.
What are your thoughts on theLondon arts scene?
I see art and creativity in every-day life and that’s what inspires memost. I feel like you can create astory about anything and the Lon-don/Western scene has a lot of thosesomethings if you just slow downand look around for them.
What is the importance of thearts in our society?
Art is what we use to express ourjoy and frustration, to explore oldideas and create new ones for thoseto follow. It is an analysis of thehuman experience.
How can people explore theircreative side in London?
Break the rules once in a whileand see what happens. Nobody canargue with your experience and howyou choose to display it.
Who are your favourite artists?
Banksy and Edgar Allan Poe.
What is your ultimate goal andambition in your field of work?
A professional creative designposition would be great because Iknow it’s something I would enjoydoing every day.
Find out more about Cameron at youtube.com/cameronarksey
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