readers will perhaps remember Atlanta based filmmaker Artemus Jenkins. He first
came to our attention with his very intriguing and well done multi-part documentary web series “P.O.P” about the lives of performers at a popular Atlanta
strip club (Go back and search it out. It’s not what you may think).
After that, he teamed up with writer and director KarynRose Bruyning to create and star in
the web series dramedy “Smoke and Mirrors,” which dealt with relationships, what and what doesn’t make them tick.
Bruyning said at the time at the time of the first episode, “there aren’t enough
examples of what relationships look like for both sides. We have unfairly all
become comfortable with the idea that men are womanizers and women are crazy.
This is not the picture of what relationships are and as a woman, I thought it
necessary to educate people on what the truth is and them what it looks like
for the sake of love everywhere.”
And that was
an important aspect of the series, to have a female point of view for “Smoke and Mirrors,” since it was totally written and directed by Ms. Bruyning – a fact that seemed
to pass over a lot of commenters, who, despite always being informed that the
series was written and directed by her, would always assume that Jenkins had written
and directed the series.
As Jenkins recently
pointed out, ”…one thing we really noticed from the online feedback and in
person was everyone thinks I did or do everything…” and that he really wants to
“highlight that a female voice is creating something with such a male centric
voice that works as well as this project has. Although she is clearly credited
as director and writer, it doesn’t dawn on people that a woman is the architect
of this project.”
So with that
comes news that, starting next month, after almost two years of work, season
two (or Deux as they call it), once again written and directed by Ms Bruyning, is set to start in July.
have created a short teaser trailer for the new season which doesn’t show any footage
from the new episodes, but instead shows how Jenkins’ life has changed, becoming something
of a celebrity – a fact that he can’t get used to, nor intended.
you’ve never met, lightly bum rush you on the street because “they know you
from somewhere,” it’s definitely an adjustment to go from completely clandestine
to moderately recognizable, but it’s also reassuring to see that the art we
create is reaching people and they just HAVE to tell us.”