Lucius Dechausay

Filmmaker & Producer / Editor, CBC, Toronto, ON. Born: Toronto, ON.

As an artist, editor and filmmaker, Lucius Dechausay has held a number of different positions in the entertainment industry. His short films and animations have garnered him awards at film festivals, both in Canada and the United States, and he has worked on nationally televised shows like Entertainment Tonight and The Hour.

Lucius has created illustrations for the Toronto StarCBC and Mac Cosmetics, and recently edited the feature film Webdultery for Split the Difference Productions. He’s also worked on commercials for the Toronto International Film Festival, Holt Renfrew, L’Oreal Paris, Colgate, Goodwill, Flow 93.5, etc., and videos for artists such as Kardinal, Saukrates, Choclair, Blessed, among others. Currently, he is working on a number of other music videos and commercials as a freelance director and editor, along with his next animated short film.

Favourite book? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Written with passion and focus, it’s a book that promotes a lot of values that I live by. Those of recognizing opportunity, finding purpose in all events in life, and receiving the positive energy we put out into the world. It’s a book about following your dreams, regardless of how small or how grand, and never succumbing to fear.

Favourite quote? “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” – Pablo Picasso

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? I would love to write/direct my own feature. I just finished the edit on a feature film and there is infinite power in visual mediums.

Who inspires you? Dr. Martin Luther King. Everything he said could have been listed under my favourite quotes. While most people drift through life content with the status quo, he was willing to die for what he believed in and made huge contributions to the civil rights movement, and to his people as a whole.

Why do you do what you do? I continue to make art and films as a means of dialogue. We are a continually silenced people and each piece is the beginning of a conversation about us.

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