GENJI JACQUES: CEO OF GODZ SUN PRODUCTIONS/PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR OF WOMAN ON THE MOVE MICRO-STAGE PLAY
Who is Genji Jacques?
Genji Edgard Jacques was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he resides today. He’s was the Head Director for his church, The Faith Center Drama Ministry formerly known as Sunrise Musical Theatre. Genji Jacques had the opportunity to play a second leading role in the feature independent film, “Wind of Desire,” which is the first Haitian film to be seen on the big screen in America. He then played the leading roles in the independent films “Hard Times” and “Mary Jane.” Genji with his God given talent played an awesome role, which was a favorite to most moviegoers the success of these films has opened more doors for Genji to experience and adventure other avenues in television, film and theatre. Currently, he continues his passion in film and theatre and is the CEO of his new production company, “Godz Sun Productions Inc where Your Life is a Ministry on Stage.
What does acting mean to you?
Acting to me is a way to escape but is more as a ministry to me. In life everybody is a character in their own world of turmoil that people don’t know, but when it’s exposed to the masses someone will have hope and be delivered from their turmoil that transforms into victory. My motto for my production company is Your Life is a Ministry on Stage. When I write plays, I don’t write only to bring amusement and laughter, but I also write to bring an inspirational message that will not only touch the hearts of people but will definitely have them leaving the theater with a positive message that will change their lives.
What inspired you to write?
Real life issues that people endure inspire me to write whether its family separation, drug/sexual abuse, or any general struggles in life that people experience. When writing, I always incorporate a “God message” filled with symbolism that will touch the hearts of the people.
What do you hope others will gain from the Godz Sun Production Organization?
I want people to know that there is a company that cares about them when it comes to their talent. I also want them to be encouraged and motivated to learn to portray a character on stage to not only entertain with their gift but to use it to minister to others. Furthermore, I want my actors to know that they are connecting with people of integrity and with an organization that operates with a spirit of excellence.
What’s the Mission and Vision of Godz Sun Productions?
Mission Statement: To motivate and present up and coming talented individuals in the entertainment field who have a passion to use their God-given talents to effectively portray a character on stage for a live audience.
Vision Statement: The vision of Godz Sun Productions is to provide a building to create and produce quality, inspirational entertainment and events giving actors a venue to showcase their talent
Tell us about the success of your first major stage play Hoztage?
The Hoztage Stage Play was a success! I am so happy to write a spontaneous, thought provoking, unconventional play that opened the minds of the people. At this event there was about 500 people who attended and loved the action and the powerful message that was addressed. Moreover, there was never a dull moment while watching the play every theater goer were at the edge of their seats anticipating what will happen next in between the scenes. This powerful play was so successful the Godz Sun Productions organization was able to show Hoztage at two other venues: The Aventure Culture Center in Miami Florida and at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach Center.
How did the Hoztage Stage Play Production open doors for your actors and Godz Sun Productions?
The Hoztage play gave our actors the opportunity to explore a different play genre that challenged and improved their acting skills. By exposing their talent it opened the door for writers, producers and directors to observe and discover them to play in other major productions in film and theater. This definitely opened doors for the Godz Sun Productions organization to make a mark to bring fresh new plays that will bring strong interest to the viewer’s eyes and fill their ears with a positive message. Also this gives GZP the opportunity to connect with successful producers and directors to put on powerful film and theater productions in entertainment industry.
What is your involvement with the upcoming poetry book Woman on the Move by Jasira Monique
I met Jasira Monique at my Godz Sun Productions fundraiser event last year in the early stages of her creating her book. I am very impressed of her thought provoking poetry and wanting to send a positive message to encourage and motivate not only people but especially women. In sharing her dream with me I was moved by her faith on making them come true. As we got more acquainted we have built a wonderful business relationship and collaborated to produce and direct her first micro-stage play for her Woman on the Move book signing. I was greatly honored to direct her play and believe that it will be a great success.
What are GZP’s upcoming events?
The GZP Organization is currently developing and planning to bring more future stage plays productions. In 2013, GZP will be presenting its first annual acting workshop giving people the opportunity to develop their acting skills and achieve success in the entertainment field.
For more information on Godz Sun Productions please visit https://www.facebook.com/GZP7Inc and follow us on Twitter via @GZP7Inc. To purchase tickets for the Woman on the Move Book Launch & Micro-Stage Play presented by Godz Sun Productions & Jasira Monique held on January 12, 2013 from 7-9pm at Mos’Art Theatre please visit www.womanonthemovepoetry.eventbrite.com
Jason Fleurant (JaFleu): The Haitian artist behind the Woman on the Move poetry book cover
Who is Jason Fleurant & JaFleu?
My name is Jason Fleurant and I’m a young black Haitian American male from West Palm Beach, Florida. However the artist, JaFleu is who I am. JaFleu was born January 12, 2010 after witnessing the devastation in my homeland of Haiti after the earthquake something was triggered in me. Inspired and hurt by the images flooding the TV screen, feeling powerless to help, I did something I hadn't done since my freshman year of high school. I started drawing. With no formal training or schooling in art, I just paint to express the emotions I feel or the things I see. I am Jason Fleurant, but I also am JaFleu...a artist who is just dreaming out loud.
What does art mean to you?
Art to me means a way to escape. It means being able to as I once heard from a woman name Anita 'express the inexpressible'. It means that I have a way to become Neo in my own matrix and bend reality. Art also to me means a weapon that I could use to speak up and out about issues with no restrictions and really have an impact. I've always heard that 'Words have the power of life and death' and that 'pictures are worth a thousand words', so imagine the power of creating a painting.
What has inspired your art?
Inspired by a simple smile, song lyric or whatever. It started off as me just sketching the daily images I saw on copy paper while at work. Then it moved to me getting art pencils, to cheap water color, to cheap paint. I tend to use a lot of colors because that's how I see the world. After being told by my friend Yanatha to try my hand at putting the work on Canvas, I never looked back. Art began to take a life of it's own, and began to be my therapy. Every brush stroke revealing and relieving any and every emotion I had locked up for years. I became my art and my art became me.
Tell us about your involvement with the upcoming poetry book Woman on the Move by Jasira Monique.
I met Jasira Monique in the early stages of her creating the book. I was very inspired by her poetry and desire to chase her dreams that I felt a need to lend my hand in any way shape or form. That’s when I offered to do the cover. She could of easily turned me down because I was a nobody but she saw something in my work. So it's pretty much been on ever since. She's someone I truly admire and knows that I'll always be in her corner. It was an honor to be able to give a face to such powerful words, a beautiful movement.
Why do you think books & events like Woman on the Move are needed?
It all comes down to our culture as Black people as a whole. We're so downtrodden that we need those beacons of light to guide and uplift us. Things like Woman on the Move show there is more to us, more to grasp for. It shows our worth, lets us see we can do unimaginable things. We need these events, these books to continue to inspire and push us forward.
What do you hope others will gain from your art?
What I hope my artwork always reflects is the idea that rules do not matter in art. That you don't have to be confined to the idea that you can only paint this way or do this thing. I've never been formally trained. Everything I've learned has been by trial and error. I hope my artwork always reminds people out of tragedy and darkness beauty can shine, kind of like the rose that grew from the concrete. I hope it shines as a beacon to others my age and younger. I hope it shines for those from the forgotten, abandon street corners, blocks where I'm from that there is more to life and that art isn't a joke as we were unfortunately trained by society to believe, but a way to reach pass where you currently are.
What do you hope to achieve from your art?
I'm a artist. I believe in the power of art, and the right of every man, woman and child to create. I believe God gives us all talents and puts us on the path to make something out of it, and we have the option to decide rather to follow or not. I've found my path, and I hope to create art that will be thought provoking, inspiring, beautiful as well as therapeutic to my own soul. Yet when it is all said and done my main hope is to leave a 'Beach Chair', a legacy for my unborn children, nieces and nephews. I want to leave them something they can be proud of and hopefully it will make life easier for them.
What else should we know about JaFleu and how can we support your work?
I am an artist, but I also am co-founder of ArtOfficiallyDope a urban art showcase. In which I curate works of local talents for shows to get them more exposure. I also helped curated the 1st Annual Whitney Art Walk for Bruce Helander and Paul Fisher as well as help with The Kenneth Plasket Gallery opening exhibit 'Hippies To Hip Hop'. I used to rap and still write poetry, that’s why you see the merge and poetic themes in my art. The best way to support me is to help me create more art and that’s by owning your own JaFleu art. My work that’s available for purchase can be found in many mediums such as greeting cards or canvas at http://jason-fleurant.fineartamerica.com You can also stay in touch with me via my Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/jafleutheartist
For more information on Jason Fleurant’s ‘Woman on the Move’ art exhibit please call Mos’Art Theatre at 561-337-6763 after January 1, 2013 to find out the month long exhibit dates. To purchase tickets for the Woman on the Move Book Launch & Micro-Stage Play presented by Godz Sun Productions & Jasira Monique held on January 12, 2013 from 7-9pm at Mos’Art Theatre please visit www.womanonthemovepoetry.eventbrite.com
Teaching you about the other side of Haiti.