Monday, November 17, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jasmine Clemente wearing Gamakache_Black in Camaradas El Barrio

Multimedia Artist (Singer/Actress) Jasmine Clemente wearing Gamakache_Black in Camaradas El Barrio
 
Multimedia Artist (Singer/Actress) Jasmine Clemente wearing Gamakache_Black inside of Camaradas El Barrio












Saturday, July 19, 2014

ACT Film Festival Curated by Jackie Rosaone (Artists for Creative Theatre)

Jasmine Clemente & Jackie Rosaone

 ACT Film Festival

Curated by Jackie Rosaone


Independent films are really underrated. Of course there's tons of mainstream masterpieces that show in national theatres like this summer's "Planet of The Apes" and "Lucy", but still... low budget, independent films need way more recognition than they're receiving due to the very powerful messages told through the big screen with the help of some very gifted actors.

Ok, so maybe it isn't fair to compare indie films with multimillion dollar block busters, but what I mean to say is that with the small amount of resources that these indie artists have, they truly have a big stretch of the imagination and know how to expand on their potential, using every last drop of their creative juices until their projects reach heights that touch the human spirit which makes their art true art. See for yourself!

I say this because tonight I had the pleasure of being a guest at the ACT Film Festival curated by Jackie Rosaone (who also coordinates The Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival), and was able to watch an array of truly beautiful films - along with one crazy comedic short featuring a very lustful, Latino cast called 912.

Deep in the L.E.S. at The University Settlement Society of New York, audience members watched a string of short films back to back. One of my personal favorites is Goddess of Time directed by Gabriel Rodriguez who is an award winning filmmaker, writer, and lyricist. I've always been a sucka for new age spirituality, so this film really caught my attention. After hearing complaints from the community's neighbors, two female cops drive to a Psychic's apartment to send her a warning before they decide to go in with a search warrant next time they receive a complaint. Well, the Psychic turns around and decides to give one of the officers a warning in return. And that's all I'm saying so I don't spoil the whole movie before you see it! ;)

Another great film was a documentary/drama called On The Edge Directed by Roy Zafrani, about the childhood of a Russian woman who had moved to Israel with her parents and grew up addicted to drugs. The story was so similar to what happens here in the US, that I'm pretty sure all of the audience members felt as if they could relate. Despite the entire project being filmed overseas with English subtitles below, every problem the young girl faced - be it drugs, alcohol, abortion, rape - was nothing out of the ordinary for an American who wonders if the grass is greener on the other side of the globe.

Although there's tons of other films that I didn't mention here, this festival is definitely worth checking out next time they premiere. So far, this has been their second time featuring a variety of films; All of them that were carefully selected and definitely entertaining.

Jasmine Clemente, Rob Torres, Cynthia Sepulveda Caballero

A special thank you goes out to Cynthia Sepulveda Caballero C.E.O of Flaco Coquito for inviting me to this amazing event and for sponsoring it with her delicious beverages, made with alcohol and without, and with sugar or without. Please continue to support the NYC Latino Art scene by visiting the hyper links mentioned above in this blog, and also by checking out the up & coming Director, Writer, Actor and Comedian Rob Torres of "Bad Uncle".


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MANIPULATION & TRUTH

 Can you tell when you're being manipulated? What's Your Inner Truth?


Have you ever spoken to a very persuasive person who tried convincing you of seeing things from their perspective? Of course. We all have. They either spark great debates and intellectual discussions, or eventually you submit to their way of thinking. It can come from a parent, a boss, a priest, a rabbi, a teacher, a general, a spouse, or just a friend. 

They could have good intentions, and express themselves very passionately because they believe to be doing you a favor by persuading you to their side. They may in fact, use the famous line, "If you don't stand up for something, then you'll fall for anything." When you hear that line, does it make you want to choose one solid belief and stick to it no matter what, to prove that you're smart & strong? Well, imagine Hitler feeding the Natzi's that same line: "If you don't stand for something, then you'll fall for anything," or the Ku Klux Klan telling their members the same thing. Let's think about this for a second. Do you think it's weak to be neutral? Or weak to be open minded and resist having to choose a side, a religion, a class, a political party, or a mob? (yes, I said a mob)

I bring this up because I feel that at the root of some of societies most horrific and tragic problems is manipulation. Manipulation is something that gets passed down from leader to leader, to leader to leader, to leader to leader - and down the generations they go. Isn't that interesting? Now, do we blame our leaders for following the protocol? (Such as a teacher teaching out of textbooks that have twisted our history, or a general telling us to kill a stranger once we're already on the battlefield?) I don't know about you, but I don't think blaming was ever a real solution. So pointing the finger is out! However, perhaps, the only thing we really need to stand for, is our own inner truth. Question is, how do we find our own inner truth with so many voices in our heads? A Ku Klux Klan member doesn't suddenly realize that African Americans should have equal rights over night. And when the light bulb finally does goes on, it's not a smooth transition to start living rightously after doing wrong for so long. Especially when everyone around you hasn't been awakened the way you've been. Remember this song "IMAGINE" by John Lennon? (Who was assassinated after sharing such a beautiful message). 

Imagine there's no heaven 
It's easy if you try 
No hell below us 
Above us only sky 
Imagine all the people 
Living for today... 

Imagine there's no countries 
It isn't hard to do 
Nothing to kill or die for 
And no religion too 
Imagine all the people 
Living life in peace... 

Think about how controversial this song is. He said, imagine if there were no countries to kill or die for. That means he's against war. He also said, imagine if there was no heaven or hell and no religion too. (America is considered a Christian country.) I personally applaud John Lennon for creating that masterpiece. Will life on earth ever be the way he described in his song? I don't know if it's possible or if it's meant to be. All I know is that if no one is perfect, then that means that even people in a position of power will make mistakes. So think for yourself. Ask questions. And most of all, silence all of the other voices around you until you can hear that gentle voice inside of your spirit, waiting for you to remember your inner, divine, truth before the world around you tried to corrupt it.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

SCENE from the web series DIRTY HEARTS

Below is a photo from episode 2 of the new web series, "DIRTY HEARTS", Directed by Victorious DeCosta. That's me playing Veronica, (Ricardo's wifey), and I'm not letting him walk out that door! Ladies... You feel me? Web Series is coming soon...