Through Art, Live On
Film by Takira C. Jackson

    Through Art, Live On


    Through Art, Live On is a documentary about the murder of Cleophus Jackson on Thanksgiving Eve of 1996 while doing community service for his motorcycle club. With his death left unresolved, his family was left angry, but this loss developed Takira Jackson's passion. Takira attempts to give her family closure after 18 years of trying to cope, by way of which brought her to acceptance, through art. As well as giving her youngest brother a lasting memory of his father who passed before he was born.


    Producer, DP & Editor: Takira Jackson
    Co-Producer: Terrell Jackson-Owens
    Assistant Camera: Joshua Jackson, Jesse Deganis Librera, Jennifer Dean and Victoria Anderson
    Archival Assistant: Kofi Asomani and Sam Seifnourian
    Co-Editor: Victoria Anderson
    Sound Design: Prissly Mena
    Color Correction: Jesse Deganis Librera
    Music: Chrisette Michele and Mohammed Nabeel
    Special Thanks to All CCNY/MFA Faculty Advisors
    In Loving Memory of Cleophus Jackson


    Terrell Jackson-Owens
    Vertie Jackson
    Clyde Jackson Jr.
    Sheila Valentine
    André Jackson
    Joshua Jackson


    I was born to Terrell and Cleophus Jackson on February 10, 1991 in Buffalo, New York. I was raised in church, beginning in Calvary Baptist Church and later becoming Elim Christian Fellowship. I graduated from the first charter middle school founded in Buffalo, New York where I developed my passion for the arts, as well as the fourteen-week college preparatory program known as Buffalo Prep. I was a recipient of the John R. Oishei Foundation Scholarship to attend Nardin Academy. After graduating high school I became a recipient of the Urban Leadership Learning Community to attend Canisius College.

    I was the producer of a segment on Poetry and Religion for Kaleidoscope, a program of and about the Religious Communities of Western New York produced by the Network of Religious Communities and the Canisius College Video Institute, directed an episode. I also contributed to the production of the promotional video for the not-for-profit organization The Enlightenment Bookstore & Literary Arts Center. After graduating from college I interned at WKBW-TV, Channel 7 through the New York State Broadcasting Association where I shadowed and worked hands –on in every department. I started my own brand LadyCapture Arts & Productions, filming birthday parties at local nightclubs, promotional videos, and graphic designs for local artists, as well as the start of my documentary #PASSION, spotlighting the talent of young people in Western New York.

    I value my relationship with God, my family and my creativity. I have immersed myself in the arts, being creative over the years in a number of different avenues. Poetry and lyrics, painting and drawing, sculpture and clay work, music and fashion, dance and singing, baking and decorating, sewing and jewelry-making, and photography and film have all been ways I have exhibited my creativity. My aspirations are only that I can continue doing such things to help others.

    I attended graduate school at The City College of New York to become a Documentary filmmaker and later became a scholarship recipient of The Roothbert Fund. I want to make films that speak both to others and myself about the importance of people, art and culture. I like to highlight that importance by capturing the essence of creativity through all art forms and capturing the human experience. My goal is to make films that will inspire others to do and be art, and give positive solutions to dealing with life’s adversity. My first film is about how the death of my father sparked my creativity, my love for art and wanting to help others through creative expression.

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