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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