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Introducing Fall 2017 Emerging Artist Fellow Rahessa Vitorio

By Rahessa Vitoria, Fall 2017 Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow 10.03.17

First, I would like to say that I feel very honored to receive the title of Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow (what a title, right?). It still seems like a dream to me! 

Moving to New York was one of the best things I could have done in my life. I breathe art everywhere I go here, and it makes me excited to see everything this place can offer me. I’m happy to spend the next four months at the Jacob Burns Film Center alongside talented people and to be part of this community. Muito obrigada, JBFC!

So, to tell a little about me, I'm from Brazil—precisely, from Sao Paulo—and at the end of last year I graduated in Film & Television Studies from Anhembi Morumbi University. I had the chance to work with a wonderful team in college and to discover myself as a director. Every project I developed was crucial so I could find my voice (or at least, being on the way to find it) and something important to be said.

I have been in some projects and among them as a director in two short films (Asteroid B613 and Fotograma), which later received an award at Expocom - Exhibition of Experimental Research in Communication and was screened at The Paulista Short Film Week, The Madalena Film Festival and The Mostra of Short Cineclube Descon. I worked in an independent production company, Unha Gato de Produções, and I got involved with fiction and non-fiction, but mainly being there made me realize my passion for cinema through poetry. 

During my fellowship, I will be working on a short film about a Brazilian theater actress who has always dreamed of coming to the United States to be an artist but got frustrated because of all her failed attempts. However, she eventually moves to the U.S.—not to work in acting but as an au pair, thinking that maybe something good could come from this experience, that maybe she could find that “big” actress she always wanted to be. Her job was to take care of a little boy. In the course of time, everything changes.

The film seeks to explore the search for self-knowledge and the layers of suffering in a moment of an existential crisis through narrative poetry. I can't wait to see my artistic growth with this project!


We at the JBFC are proud and thrilled to welcome Rahessa to our community as both a Fall 2017 Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow and member of Creative Culture. To view and vote for Rahessa's entry in the Sundance Ignite contest, Saudade, click HERE!

The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Westchester Community Foundation, a nonprofit community endowment for the benefit of Westchester County. To learn more about the JBFC's Creative Culture initiative, visit our website HERE for further details and to apply.