Felt But Never Glimpsed

Challenging the touristic gaze, the short film is drawn from my immediate environment, places and people I either hold close or have had the privilege to encounter, Felt But Never Glimpsed is about exploring the notion that the ordinary is extraordinary, that we don’t need pirates of our beautiful everyday to tell us what we have and how to perceive it. Paradise is nice but the mundane is truly real and worthy. We feel this intrinsically and yet we never fully realize it, experience it, live it out. Felt but never glimpsed. It’s time we celebrate what is and who we are, our everyday, in its rawest form.

  • Clavia Aaliyah McClain
  • Clavia Aaliyah McClain
  • Clavia Aaliyah McClain
  • Chaavante Newton
    Key Cast
  • Theo McClain
    Key Cast
  • Clavia Melissa McClain
    Key Cast
  • Steven Smith
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Social Film, Arts and Culture, Historical
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 11, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
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  • GAZE Exhibit: D'Aguilar Art Foundation
    June 29, 2023
    Caribbean Premiere
Director Biography - Clavia Aaliyah McClain

Clavia A. McClain (b. May 11, 2001) is a self and experience taught Video Artist, Filmmaker and Photographer who has carved out a unique lane in the Bahamian visual arts industry, specializing in Art, Documentary & Landscape style works. She tells a story with an incredible proficiency to the narrative structure, as well as the aesthetic. Clavia aims to showcase Caribbean stories from triumph to tragedy and in doing so, steps away from the over-stylized and emotion lacking work to establish a new style of Bahamian creation.

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Director Statement

Every person of Caribbean heritage from a country that survives on the dangerous touristic cycle, knows the all too familiar story of performance. Performance to appease foreigners and in detail performance of the individual self. I wanted to make a film that educates, exposes, and lives in opposition with that performance and need to oversanitize not only what true island life is about, but also how beautiful it is in all its rawness. Regarding the process and artistic direction, I reached out to local artists and other craftsmen of dying arts to speak about the idea and myths of paradise and the sacredness of the everyday. Those stories and answers were then refined and compiled into a short script to be narrated. My hope for Felt But Never Glimpsed was and is to feel as intimate and minimalist as possible to focus on the main idea alongside the naturally stunning landscape at hand.