Tenisha Clemens

Aspiring artist

Tampa, Florida, United States

InSeptember of 2017, I took an early retirement from my 14 year career as a Juvenile Corrections Officer to pursue my creative dreams. I had a vision of telling my family story in film, writing a personal memoir and creating a childrens book for kids with incarcerated fathers. At the age of 7, my father was issued a life sentence for murder. He served 33 years in the California prison system, and as of November of 2016, he was paroled, but subsequently deported to Mexico. In October of 2017, I began filming our story when we took our first family vacation ever. I found this Co//ab program online, and am eager to access any resources available to better tell my story, since I have no expereince in filmmaking. I have completed a short part of the film, and am in the works of fulfilling the rest of my vision. I am looking forward to soaking up any knowledge which will help me towards a compelling visual story of the various struggles of maintaining a sense of family while my father was behind bars.