Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi: Filmmaker

Blood Brothers

photo by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Eli: Home is where the heart is, I have lived in the bay longer then I have lived anywhere else.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Eli: I remember at age 9 I went to a visual arts summer camp and I took a video production and photography class. In high school my mom bought a Hi8 camcorder and I took it as my own. At UC Berkeley in Loni Ding’s class I found out I could make this my profession, and the rest is history.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Eli: I find inspiration from the people around me and from the movements around the world working on creating peace through justice. I’m inspired by people who do so much with so little.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Eli: The first vinyl I bought was Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? Eli: My big brother Kahlil is my business partner and best friend our mom would always remind us that: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech





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