FILM: WHO WAS LEE EDWARDS?
Yasmeen Purvis is a filmmaker based in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video. With a keen eye for details and emotions, she uses both film and photography as a mirror into the trauma, gloom, and untold stories. Her artistry has been instilled in her from a young age.
Gaining an interest in image-making during her time in film school, she has used film as a medium to investigate the disconnection and pain that plays out in the things we do and the emotions we express. Her inspiration in film comes from her trauma and of those she has met over the years. Her composition creates intimate and striking images that find the beauty in the stories our bodies and faces tell. She considers herself blessed to be able to share her work with the world. She is the 2020-2021 recipient of the Boss scholarship.
Yasmeen Purvis is a young filmmaker who grew up with a narrow sense of who her ancestors were. It wasn’t until her father, Edward Purvis, became a grandfather to a little boy for the first time in 2019. The members of her family are growing, and soon her curiosity about her grandfather grew.
Shot in New York City and using varieties of trees to represent a metaphor of family, identity, and strength, Who Was Lee Edwards? takes a look into the lost story of her grandfather, Lee Edwards, and the life he lived.
Writer/Director - Yasmeen Purvis
Producer - Auralynn Rosario
Director of Photography - Yasmeen Purvis
Editor - Yasmeen Purvis
Animator/graphic design - Aisha Purvis