Clementine Narcisse on Her Rise in Popularity and Future in the Industry

If you’re familiar with “Film Twitter” (the subset of the popular social media app that focuses on, well, film), then chances are you’ll recognize the name Clementine Narcisse. Operating under the username @cIemmie (and that’s Clemmie with a capital I instead of an L), this sixteen-year-old user has grown quite the fan base, amassing nineteen thousand followers, mostly over the past few months.

Clementine’s extreme popularity began when she posted her decade in film edit, a supercut of some of the most acclaimed movies of the 2010s. Currently, the compilation has over ninety thousand likes and has been viewed one and a half million times, drawing specific attention from Lionsgate and Paste Magazine. Since then, Narcisse has posted many other popular edits and hosted the Elsie Awards, a celebration of 2019 cinema by the Golden Globe-nominated star of Eighth Grade, Elsie Fisher.

TV Wasteland sat down with Narcisse to discuss her popularity, creative endeavors, and experience on social media.

Most film fans can remember the specific movie that sparked their love of cinema, and Narcisse is no different. The teen cited Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity as that spark. However, she counted Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird as the film that’s had the most profound impact on her. It’s “influenced a lot of my decisions,” she said, and as she discussed later, it would become one of her creative inspirations.

One of the first things that Narcisse wants you to know about her is that while editing may have brought her her platform, writing is her true love. “A lot of people say or imply that I should go to school for editing… I have a lot more passion for writing.” While she finds editing fun, she thinks that people have a lot to gain from the new perspectives that good writing can give them, and her ultimate goal as a filmmaker is to present different perspectives and stories that can show people the endless possibilities of the craft.

And Clementine isn’t just talking about writing as a theoretical concept. She’s currently working on her own original screenplay, a “coming of age story about a trans woman and her girlfriend in New York City.” The feature-length script will focus on themes of self-expression and self-fulfillment as these two characters navigate their way through college. Narcisse hopes to reflect movies like the aforementioned Lady Bird, Frances Ha, and Eighth Grade. While she doesn’t have a process that works for her quite yet, she focuses most on identifying the emotional connections that she makes with similar stories and figuring out how to replicate that emotional center in her own work.

For a long time, Narcisse has been open about the fact that she is a trans woman. As a bisexual teen, it’s fantastic to see other young members of the community speaking up about their identities and raising awareness of the struggles that many young LGBTQ+ people face. Trans people are already underrepresented in film and television, but she highlighted that “trans women of color are particularly excluded.” Narcisse first came out as trans to her close friend group, and while she admits that it took her a long time to embrace her identity publicly, she does her best to voice her opinions on issues regarding the LGBTQ+ community.

Addressing her own future projects, Clementine said, “putting my voice out there could hopefully speak to… someone who is maybe going through the same thing as me or identifies with the same things I do.” With her future success, she hopes to inspire other young trans people to follow their own passions.

One of the hottest topics of our society today centers around the role of social media in young people’s lives. As someone whose life was changed by Twitter, Narcisse recognizes the complexities of the online world. She admits going back on forth with her opinions on it, first “thinking that it was awful to it consuming my whole life then really liking the aspects that I’ve gotten out of it.” While it can be easy to “lose your vision of reality sometimes,” it’s “important to also level with the life outside.”

As Clementine’s following has grown, she’s done her best to find a balance between staying true to her personality and keeping a level of professionality at the same time. Even as she’s gained famous and influential followers like Brie Larson and Reese Witherspoon, she’s kept a level of normality and personal expression that is incredibly refreshing to see in a world where “influencers” can become so curated and fake. However, she’s found it exciting and inspiring to realize how this social world can put everything into perspective.

The most recent event that propelled Clementine into the online conversation was the Elsie Awards. Narcisse, the host and only presenter, said that she was “so happy to be a part of [Elsie’s] whole creative process” and complimented her choices. “She’s really such a great and brilliant person, and easily one of the best people that I know.”

If Clementine could give out one Special Achievement Elsie Award, she would give it to Florence Pugh for her performance in Midsommar. She said that “horror movies in general are really overlooked” and praised Pugh’s artistry and professionalism.

In the near future, Narcisse hopes to finish her screenplay and work on some edits that she’s been commissioned to make. Her ultimate goal is to direct something that she’s written herself, to have “something that’s my own.” She also mentioned doing a podcast in the near future. However she ends up in the industry, her main goal is to create things that people can connect with, inspiring a new generation of filmmakers and movie lovers.

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