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Hi my name is Michael-Jamar Jean Francois. I’m a Haitian-American cinematographer who has been living in Asheville for the past six and a half years. In 2013 I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and Commercial Arts from Indian River State College, but not long after I followed my heart to my true passion: photography and cinematography. 

After 14 years of practicing film photography I started Citadel Rising, a small production company focused on providing sanctuary for artists to capture their best work on camera. Some Asheville artists I’ve worked with include contemporary dance company Stewart/Owen Dance, fashion designer Coco Villa, and experimental pop musician Soft Talk.

My mission is to breathe life into projects that inspire people to succeed in any path they choose. I focus my time working with my peers and getting involved in community activism and local events. Currently I am forming a program that teaches low-income kids to operate 35mm film cameras, with the understanding that the next generation’s success relies on access to quality materials and education. 


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