Jevi From 9 to 11
is a captivating fictionalized documentary directed by Carlos David Trujillo, centering around the life of Jevijoe Vitug, a talented Filipino painter living in New York. Drawing inspiration from Agnes Varda's "Cleo from 5 to 7," the short film provides an intimate look at Jevi's life during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The film opens with Jevi working in his small, vibrant studio in the heart of New York City. The camera captures his creative process, showcasing the passion and dedication he puts into his art. However, due to the pandemic, the art world is facing unprecedented challenges, affecting Jevi's livelihood as an artist.
As the day unfolds, Jevi transitions from his studio to the second part of his life - working as a security guard at a prestigious museum. This dual life, balancing the pursuit of his artistic dreams and the practicalities of a day job during a global crisis, becomes the core theme of the documentary.
Throughout the film, the director incorporates elements reminiscent of Agnes Varda's style, using a mix of real-time sequences and reflective moments that delve into Jevi's thoughts. Viewers witness the contrast between the vibrant, imaginative world of Jevi's paintings and the stark reality of his life as a security guard.
The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a backdrop, shaping the narrative with its challenges and uncertainties. Jevi's interactions with colleagues, museum visitors, and the empty galleries convey a poignant reflection on the impact of the pandemic on the art community.
The film also explores themes of resilience, identity, and the pursuit of passion in the face of adversity. Jevi's journey becomes a metaphorical canvas where he paints his own story, navigating through the complexities of life as an artist during a global crisis.
As the day progresses, Jevi's experiences converge, blurring the lines between his artistic endeavors and his responsibilities as a security guard. The film culminates with a thought-provoking blend of reality and imagination, leaving the audience with a profound reflection on the transformative power of art in the midst of crisis.
This film was made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Carlos David Trujillo is one of 500 New York City-based artists to receive a grant by the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.