Artist’s Statement:

Oscar JimenezI am driven to create stories about people who feel incomplete and are in search of themselves as fully realized beings. The three main characters in the full-length film Arizona Nevada have each lost their sense of humanness and are desperately attempting to reclaim it in order to feel at peace. Arizona Nevada is a horror story where the demons are extensions of ourselves, the haunted houses are our own environments and the possessions are social constructions. The characters have fallen prey to their own life chances / choices. Laura, Jacob and Edward are theatrical manifestations of specific periods from my own journey to happiness. Laura represents privilege, and the way too much privilege can stagnate human development. Jacob represents overindulgence and the manner in which too much freedom can trivialize certain aspects of humanity. Edward represents self-hatred, or the way in which social norms can make you hate who you are. A fourth character is Las Vegas, a city where visitors go to reclaim youth, wealth, lust and passion.

Artist’s Bio:

Directing-EsmereldaI am Oscar Jimenez and I live and work in Tucson, Arizona. My work is heavily influenced by borderland dynamics. I live to tell stories about culture clashes, broken expectations and emotional deserts. Since I was raised with Mexican telenovelas, my work is tinted with melodramatic touches. Catholic imagery and ceremony tend to show up in my creative projects. When I was growing up (literally on the Mexican/USA border) I wanted to be a fashion designer and a movie director. I studied Advertising Art at the Southwest University of Visual Arts in Tucson but I did not pursue a career in the commercial art field, instead working as a social worker. My social work career has given me infinite opportunities to study human behavior, providing a fertile foundation for my goals as a storyteller. I have been making short films for the last decade; much of my work is abstract and experimental in nature. I have also worked as a garment artist, making costumes for local performers and theatrical productions. When I wrote and directed the short feature Esmeralda del Desierto (2009), I was able to combine my love for garment design and filmmaking when I told the story of a Mexican transgender woman who travels to the United States to pursue a career in the fashion industry. In 2011 I made Winkey Smiley Face, a narrative short that explored themes of long term monogamous relationships and frustrated sexuality. With Arizona Nevada I continue to explore themes of humanity, disconnectedness and redemption.