We had the good fortune of connecting with Frantzy Moreau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frantzy, how do you think about risk?
I want to be totally transparent and honest here, because I feel like we need these kinds of conversations more now than ever. Risk-taking is second nature, particularly to someone like me, mainly because I’m Black. Now, I know some (or many) will read this and roll their eyes or be in full disregard, but I challenge the reader to imagine the daily routine of coping with walking on egg shells physically, mentally, emotionally, not to mention with little to no resources (or proper resources rather) or support around you. To me, “support” (the “help” we’re allegedly receiving) is advertised widely despite the lack thereof. With that being said, being Black in America is a risk in itself, so when it comes to film-making, depending on the individual you are, it’s just innate to take risks. The role that risks have played include filming guerilla style while being Black. I’ve almost gotten shot on several occasions, even after notifying the police department when, where and why I’ll be filming. Aside from that, financially investing in a film is a risk such as equipment rentals, festival fees and anything else film-related with funds that are most likely the same money I would be using for food, rent and more for the next several months. The risk of putting out art that comes from your soul, your personal and emotional experiences, to be judged by folks who may never understand or experience the same. It may sound impractical to the average person but I would need someone to tell me how that would be different from me bird-watching at the park and possibly having the cops called on me? Lol.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community? What sets you apart form others?
What I feel sets me apart in my art is that I strive to deliver new and innovative approaches to tell stories. Whether it’s being visually artistic, extremely transparent in the story or performance, or by enhancing the viewing experience via interactive media. What I can share with the community is that I got to where I am today by helping out others often, which would in turn have them return the favor for my projects. By networking horizontally, slowly building rapport with people, never feeling above anyone and always giving my heart to a project I’m involved in. The number one lesson I’ve learned is to always be open to learning something new and different. From experiences to behaviors, cultures, thought-processes, stories, and most importantly yourself in every way and situation. What I want the world to know about me, my brand and story is that I want to share life, love, healing and conviction in my art. I want to inspire. I want to create several opportunities for artists, talent, underprivileged and under-represented people in the future and uplift their voices. I want to leave behind a legacy and experience of love, healing, togetherness, thought-provoking work, dope work, laughter, joy and value through my art.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First place I would suggest is to get some Haitian Food, either Chef Creole or I’ll hit up Sister Mary who I know personally, who’ll cook it straight from her home. Secondly, hit up Wynwood and check out the art and structures, probably get Coyo Taco or House of Mac. After that, go to the Perez Art Museum and check out the exhibits, then head out to Bayside, chill a bit then roll to Bayfront Park. Lastly, go towards Miami Beach, hit up the Museum of Illusions and end the day at the cinema.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s several individuals who deserve to be on this list, but for this I will name a few, and in no way does this diminish anyone else’s role in my journey. First of all, God/Most High always. My Queen Anita J. Francois, my sister Myriam Germain, my younger brother Eric Moreau, my cousin Osney Chery, Cynthia Chery. Edwisht Olmann, Winner Olmann, Elyze Fontaine, Stanley Fontaine, Frantzdy Alexandre, Joseph Henry, Johnson Thelemaque, Ricardo Fanfan, Diuevil Varice, Brittney Rae, Ricky Herrara, Eddie Francillon, Peter Martin, Jean-Pierre Chapeteau, Bobby Huntley, Joe Turman, Ray Eyo, Ido Eyo. My awesome niece Jasmine Thelusma, Herby Zephir, Jose Quinones. Nehemiah Gwaltney, Sheim Francis, Brandon Major Johnson, Corey Sanders, Robin Sanders, Dominick Hamilton, Bradley Rameau, Vito Angelo, Jeff Malo, Tony Grandson, Andrew Bonilla, Fernando Gomez, Eddie Mariano, Christopher Irarrazabal, Martell Harding, Rivens Desamour, JoMarie Payton, Marcello Peschiera, Michael J. Sanchez, Will Alexander, Jesse Lewis, Jennifer O’ Grady, Khalimah Gaston, Zach Thomas, Racquel B. John, Katana Malone, Luke Jeraci, C.J. Staples, Edward ‘Prohaize’ Minta, Isaac Beverly, Roman Rutten, Carl Olympio, Emmett Hunter, Daniel Augustin, Sh’Kia Augustin, Arsenio Mobley, Timothy Gray, Michael Bradway, Bruklyn Miller, Willonius Hatcher, Jeffrey Crieghtney, Jason Fitzroy, Kellianne Jordan, Road To Hollywood, Miami Film Festival, Oolite Arts. Everyone who donated to the Kickstarter for my film ‘Piece’, and those who continue to support and many more.