This week, Gisele Burjack, a reporter with T1 News Tocantins – BRAZIL conducted a very brief interview with the longtime Amy Winehouse tribute-artist known as Kleitson. They talked about the ongoing International AMY Film Alternate-Poster Competition, which closes on June 21; and about Kleitson’s love for Amy and his excitement at the prospect of the film coming to Brazil.
What follows is an AAN translated summary of that brief interview. The original interview in Portuguese is linked here.
Gisele Burjack: When will the film open in Brazil?
Kleitson: No date has yet been set, but we hope very soon. As soon as the poster contest is completed, I will turn my attention to helping to encourage the filmmakers to bring AMY to Brazil as quickly as possible.
Gisele Burjack: How do you feel taking part in an international competition?
Kleitson: Obviously, for me, it is a great honor to participate in the contest. Not only because my featured work is well received but because I can best express my love for Amy Winehouse through my art. Everyone in Brazil is super anxious to see AMY – due to their love for the singer and because of director Asif Kapadia’s ‘star status’ here – so I feel really lucky to be part of the art competition.
Gisele Burjack: Your admiration for Amy seems to go beyond your artistic work as a draftsman?
Kleitson: Yes. I can say with 100% certainty, I always keep Amy inside of me, in my heart. She inspires me, guides my art.
Gisele Burjack: What about Amy inspires you?
Kleitson: Her spirit, sincerity, voice, talent and humility all inspire me. I think she was never fully aware of her own genius.
Gisele Burjack: Which side of Amy guides your designs?
Kleitson: Like many fans, I felt I ‘knew’ Amy even though I never met her. She was smart, funny, unique, sweet. Through her music, I feel she guides my desire to show those qualities in my art.
Gisele Burjack: How have people reacted to your AMY posters?
Kleitson: People from around the world have contacted me and expressed their appreciation for my art. I was so honored when even Amy’s mother complimented my skills.
Gisele Burjack: What are your expectations about the contest?
Kleitson: I think I have a chance to win. I believe a lot in my work because it is more conceptual than most.
Gisele Burjack: Have you received orders for your work as a result of the contest?
Kleitson: I have received some orders but have declined them all because I am totally focused on the current competition, and will be until it closes.
Gisele Burjack: How many posters have you entered in the competition?
Kleitson: I think I have the most entries. Thus far, I have 19 different posters in the competition.
You can view the full Kleitson Poster Collection here.
You can read more about Kleitson and his posters at this previous AAN entry.
Additional media coverage of Kleitson in Brazil will be posted on this blog through June 22, 2015.