Three perspectives represented by the voice of one woman investigate the memory of a love lost while unerringly depicting the courage required to navigate a volatile gender gap.

Poet Alexzenia Davis explores perspective and intimacy during a rush of mixed media footage that visualizes the characteristics of time. The short film titled "Make me a Doorway" is an experimental collaboration with filmmaker Jesse RussellBrooks that investigates the memories of past relationships, what photography makes of love lost and how these reflections mysteriously transform us.

Jesse Russell Brooks

Jesse Russell Brooks was born in Accomack, Virginia and received a degree in English Literature from Virginia State University. As a professional, Jesse spent the immediate decade after graduating from school working in New York City as a Stage Manager and assistant director. His projects included Walt Disney’s The Lion King, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Who’s Tommy and multiple cultural events and large venue concerts. During a stay as a studio assistant for video artist Bill Viola Jesse began to develop and author work as a filmmaker and artist. Brooks now focuses primarily on creating experimental short film and video that includes documentary, video art and narrative.

Laila Petrone

Laila Petrone was born in London and is of Italian and Dominican decent. She is the daughter of famous actress Iris Peynado. Laila was a very busy child travelling often with her family between The UK and Rome, Italy. Her performances as an actress began very early. A notable appearance can be found within Luigi Magno’s historical masterpiece "State Buoni, Se Potete".

As a college undergrad Laila studied International Affairs & continued to engage the screen. She appeared as the damsel in distress for the popular Italian music video "Guantanamera" by Banda Bassotti. Laila has also appeared in the role of Pina for Spike Lee’s "Miracle at St' Anna" in 2007.

Laila Petrone holds a Master of Media and Communications from The University of Florence and presently is an assistant director and producer. 

Her credits now include the award winning short films “Elron”, “Mr. 7 Minutes” and most recently “Sweatshop Kid”. Laila has taken The 2nd Place Pitching Award at The Roma Fiction Festival and received The Black Reel Award 2012 for outstanding Independent on her short film “The Bluest Note”.

Film Credits

Edited & Directed by Jesse Russell Brooks
Written & Performed by Alexzenia Davis
Film & Videography: Len Mazzone
Sound Recordist: Paul Gonzales
This film is a compilation of three poems:
"Make Me," "My Silhouette," and "A Lady's Psyche"

Written by Alexzenia Davis
Models in order of appearance:
Woman #1 Erika Ewing
Woman #2 Alexzenia Davis
Woman #3 Laila Petrone
Film Festivals

Nova Cinema Brussels 2013
Cinethesia Feminist Film Festival 2013
New Voices in Black Cinema 2013
Post Alley Film Festival Seattle 2013
Visible Verse Poetry Festival Canada 2012
Black Women in Film festival 2012
Co-Kisser Poetry Festival 2012

Galerie Chartier Connecticut 2013
The December Laboratory London 2013
The Cleveland Institute of Art 2012
Art Grease Buffalo New York 2012


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