Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Become Your Dream - James De La Vega

This experimental documentary by Cortlan McManus, shot over a year's time, examines both the art of New York's most famous urban artist as well as presents the ethics of documentary. De La Vega is known as a sidewalk provocateur, a mural master and a Cornell educated painter. Born in Spanish Harlem, De La Vega is personally familiar with living the life in the urban jungle: poverty, AIDS, and violence mixed with a side of ingenious wit, good natured humor and a propensity to produce massive amounts of work.

"Become Your Dream: James De La Vega" also examines and reflects on the ethics that rule all documentaries: who's economic gain; political representation of self and the other; and most importantly, the differences in vision that can result between subject and object. Captured and presented for the first time so that a broader conversation can begin about the ethics of documentary.

(Note: I make a cameo appearance around 6:18 minutes in and later on you can hear part of my interview with him)


Become Your Dream - James De La Vega from Cortlan McManus on Vimeo.

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