Svetlana Cemin, is a writer, director, producer and the founder of 610FILM, a Brooklyn-based art-house film production company, with the vision to create experimental art films as well as documentaries and feature films that promote the work of artists and art in general.
She was born in Belgrade, Serbia and has been living and working on the New York - Paris route for many years. Prior to becoming an award-winning film maker, she worked as a internationally renowned fashion model and as an actress.
Svetlana Cemin has performed in numerous plays on the American stage, such as her prominent role in Jonathan Bolt’s Broadway play Oh, Dubrovnik, and later in the films of independent American directors, such as Loge Karigan's film, Claire Dolen, which was shown at the Cannes Festival in 1997.
Svetlana Cemin has been the recipient of significant directorial film awards. Her recent director and producer credits include: Adam Fuss, A Landscape of Imagination, a feature documentary (winner of Best Documentary and Audience Award at the Hollywood New Directors Film Festival 2018; Official Selection March Film Festival Belgrade 2018); Laura Kaplan, Love Is All That Matters (Winner of Best Experiemental Short in BANEFF Stockhom 2017; Official Selection LIFF; Official Selection LAFF NYC Film Festival); BURN (Official Selection 2018, March Film Festival Belgrade); Madeleine Hatz, A Royal Vagabond (Official Selection BANEFF 2019; Vienna Art Week, 2019); Metamorphosis (Media Library, Visions du Réel, 2019; Vienna Art Week, 2019); Father Arsenie (Special Screening, Beldox, 2020; Official Selection VIVA, 2020) and Saint Clair Cemin, Psyche, a feature documentary, 2020 (Winner Best Experimental Film in Venice Shorts, USA, 2020; Official Selection, Toronto Short Film Channel Festival, Canada, 2020; Winner Best Documentary, Toronto Short Film Channel Festival, 2020; Winner Best Documentary Feature, LAFA 2020; Winner Best Experimental Documentary and Finalist for Best Picture, New York Film Awards 2020; Winner Globe Award, ARFF Amsterdam, Netherlands 2020; Honorable Mention, Hollywood New Directors 2020; Winner Best Documentary, Montreal Independent Film Festival 2020).
Her writing credits include A Woman is an Airplane, a one act play, and Alma’s Brain, a screenplay.
Saint Clair Cemin lives and works in New York City and Beijing. His work encompasses multiple styles, approaches, and materials, from neo-surrealism to furniture to toys in popular culture to the history of sculpture.
Cemin became interested in sculpting as a teenager. Once interested in philosophy and physics, he began to focus his attention on art, drawing and working on illustrations for magazines.
Cemin earned his degree at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, from 1975-1978 where he learned printmaking for three years. He moved to New York City shortly after, where he experimented in several fields as a way of earning an income. From 1981 to 1983, Cemin worked in carpentry renovating lofts in New York, cabinet making, and finally sculpture. The artist's first exhibited sculpture was The Granny Ashtray, which has been described as an anti-modernist piece. Throughout the 1980s, Cemin became an integral part of NY's East Village art scene. Some of his works from this era are on permanent exhibition at important institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. After those formative years in NYC Cemin moved to Egypt and then Paris to pursue sculpture in different environments and with different mediums. After 2010 he returned to NY and continues to create sculptural works in his Brooklyn studio.
In 2012 Saint Clair Cemin had a public exhibition of works along Broadway in Manhattan. Of the several works exhibited on Broadway one "vortex" at the corner of 57th street and Broadway, stood some 40 feet tall.
In 2005, Richard Milazzo's book on Saint Clair Cemin titled "Saint Clair Cemin: Sculptor from Cruz Alta" was published by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. A book of Saint Clair Cemin's art writings have been published by Edgewise Press titled Fragments of a Mind: Stories and Comments on Art 1987-2004.
In 1990 Saint Clair Cemins' first public sculpture was installed in the town of Reston, Virginia. Since then he has had large public monuments installed throughout the world, including "Open" in Schaumberg, Illinois, "Tree" in Bergen, Norway, "Spring" in Båstads Kommun, Sweden. The monument, "Supercuia", is in Porto Alegre, Brazil and was completed in 2003. He received the Biennial Award from the Ueno Royal Museum and the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan in 1995.
Saint Clair Cemin's work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Long Island City, NY; Rooseum, Stockholm, Sweden; Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, among many others.
Saint Clair Cemin, Psyche - a feature documentary, is at once an intimate portrait and the precise reflection on the sculptor’s creation of the marble boat Psyche, from the embryonic stages of development in his studio in Brooklyn, NY, to its installation in a Sculpture Garden in Cleveland, Ohio. Shot in Brooklyn, NY, Beijing, Zurich, and in the Amazonian region, Brazil, this extraordinary and arduous adventure lasted almost five years, 2020. Directed by Svetlana Cemin. (Winner Best Experimental Film Venice Shorts 2020; Winner Best Documentary Toronto Short Film Channel Festival 2020; Winner Best Documentary Feature LAFA 2020; Winner Best Experimental Documentary and Finalist for Best Picture New York Film Awards 2020; Winner Globe Award ARFF Amsterdam 2020; Honorable Mention Hollywood New Directors 2020; Winner Best Documentary Montreal Independent Film Festival 2020).
Saint Clair Cemin, is a producer of Laura Kaplan, Love is All that Matters; BURN; Madeleine Hatz, A Royal Vagabond; Adam Fuss, A Landscape of Imagination, Psyche and Father Arsenie.