Director: Alette Simmons-Jiménez
Film: “The Rains That Fall” offers viewers a transformative experience calling to the life giving forces of nature. It is a video poem, with spoken words by the artist Alette Simmons-Jimenez, and stands as the focal point of a larger immersive installation titled “The Rain Room”. TRT: 02:42minutes, digital hybrid video/audio – Video: Alette Simmons-Jiménez, writer, director, producer, cinematographer, poetry, voice, sound, edit, music mixing. Ambient and musical sound tracks with CCLicense: Lee Resevere,, Alexander Nakarada, and Ali-B.
Bio: Alette Simmons-Jiménez’s work starts conceptually at the intersection where humans interact with the natural order of the world. At the core is an exploration of the dual existence of freedoms and responsibilities, humanity aligned or against nature. The artist uses an intricate scheme of audience interaction with space and form combined with metaphorical elements relating to the double existence of man and the metaphysical.
Born in Madison Wisconsin, she received a BFA from Newcomb College, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; later relocating to the Dominican Republic, to live and work for 18 years. In 1992 she was attributed to being the first woman in Dominican history to exhibit work in video installation. Currently based in Miami, Florida she is the recipient of numerous awards as well as state fellowships, grants, and artist residencies.
Her studio practice has led to international solo and group exhibitions with her video and video installation work presented in museums, private galleries, and screenings at film venues such as Optica Festival 07, (Young Jury Award) Gijon, Spain; Medianoche, Digital Media Gallery, East Harlem; CIRCA 06 Cor(H)itos, twice at Optic Nerve in the MOCA Miami; the Atlanta Arts Festival; the Bienal Nacional (1st Prize, Video) in Santo Domingo; Eyedrum in Atlanta; the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, New Media Lounge; the Louisville Film Festival; the Living Room/Unaffiliated Art Basel Show Miami; and twice on Maryland Public Television’s Independent Eye Program as well as numerous other institutions.