JWJ Ferguson | DIrector/Cinematographer
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JIMMY FERGUSON
I am driven by a desire for a profound connectivity in the people and nature around me. I believe that, despite our common human effort to define them, the world and the human heart and mind are boundless and infinitely complex. My work hopes to evoke this great mystery, and, perhaps, to awaken in the hearts of an audience the very beauty of this unknowing.
 
Our universal exploration of the unknowable is what drove me to pick up a camera as a young boy traveling from my family home in Belgium to cast my lens on the foreign lands surrounding me. It is this that led me to study various languages (from English to Romance Languages to Malagasy) and to travel the world to over 70 countries and to live in the US, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. It is this that drove me to study philosophy at the top rated program at the University of Pittsburgh. And, today, this quest is what continues to drive me in my life as a filmmaker and cinematographer.  
 
The short film closest to my heart is Mon Rêve Familier, which premiered at the Newport Beach and the Salento International Film Festivals. The Zeppelin Parable premiered at Mill Valley.  Early in my career, I co-created the music video for Pearl Jam’s “Gone”.  This year, after five years in the making, I will premiere my feature hybrid-documentary, Am I Don Quixote?, which was a part of IFP's prestigious Spotlight On Documentaries in 2013 and the Brooklyn Film Festival Pitch in 2014.  
 
Beyond the films themselves, the social and collaborative art of filmmaking allows me to continuously engage in divergent communities at a profound level.  I have developed projects in the Amazon, an island of Croatia, Nepal, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala, and I recently received a Jerome Grant to develop a film in Nicaragaua.  In the US, I've taught film production courses for the State of Louisiana and I've guest lectured at Pratt, NYU Gallatin, and York College among others. I've curated film series at museums and served as a juror to festivals and granting committees like the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities. I was dubbed the "Louisiana Filmmaker Of The Year" in 2008 when I was living in New Orleans for many years before moving to Brooklyn where I am now based and where I am a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers' Collective.  
 
As a student reading philosophers like Camus and Chuangtzu, I saw the power of an exploration of one's philosophical concerns through the heart of a human character. I live my life with passion and deep commitment and with a striving toward mastery in my endeavors. I hope that my work, which aims to transcend the limits of the literal, can tell you more of who I am than a list of my past accomplishments.  Perhaps, after viewing my films, you will be moved to contact me and we can begin a dialog.
 
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