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Artist Statement_project Involve

Artist Statement_project Involve

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Statement of InterestFilm Independent’s Project: InvolveCandidate: Mason Richards
It’s always been my dream to be a Film Director. However, growing upin Brooklyn, New York, I never knew how to actualize that dream. Italways seemed unattainable. However, throughout my life, I’ve nevergiven up. I’ve worked tremendously hard, educated myself, anddeveloped the necessary skills to pursue my passion.One of the most important accomplishments that I’ve made in the pastyear is earning my
Master of Fine Arts
in
Film Directing
from CaliforniaInstitute of the Arts. While studying the craft of filmmaking at Cal Arts,I had the opportunity not only to develop a cinematic style andlanguage, but also to write and direct several narrative short filmsincluding my thesis, THE SEAWALL, which excitingly will have its worldpremiere at the 2011 Festival de Cannes in the Short Film Corner. Inmaking THE SEAWALL, I returned to my home country, Guyana, SouthAmerica to tell a story from a personal perspective and work with non-actors in the community. I’m mostly proud of this film because itpresents images and a glimpse into the lives of a Guyanese family,rarely ever seen.Being a Director takes talent, hard work, patience and intuition. Throughout my life, I’ve had to overcome many obstacles, bothpersonally and professionally, which, I believe, informs my work, thestories I like to tell, and the stories that I’m drawn to.My interest in the arts started when I was a teen growing up in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. As an escape from my sometimes violent andtremulous neighborhood, I sought refuge in the arts. At 15, I was theyoungest member of The CityKids Repertory, a professional theatercompany focused on arts-education. At CityKids, we workshopped,staged and performed theatrical pieces around diversity, education,race, gender, sexuality and other issues effecting young people. I wasable develop my creative voice through performance, theatricalworkshops, and writing. In CityKids, I also had the amazingopportunity to work with some great actors including Dule Hill, DonaldFaison, Lisa Nicole Carson, Malik Yoba, Isaiah Washington, anddirectors like Dianne Houston, Laurie Carlos and Jamal Joseph.I continued my passion for theater and the arts while attendingVanderbilt University as an undergraduate in Nashville Tennessee.During my freshman year at Vanderbilt, I directed my first full-lengththeater production, “
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide
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