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About Treepot Media

Treepot Media is a production company based in Ottawa, Canada, focused on producing and collaborating on feature films, documentaries, short films, music, event and promotional videos.  Founded by award-winning filmmaker Jith Paul in 2010 the company has enjoyed critical and audience success through Treepot.tv, a collaborative indie music channel, the Treepot Indie Filmmaker Screenings at theatres and outdoor venues in Ottawa and as a founding partner of IndieKoala, an artist-run on-demand service for indie films.

The company’s latest short film “Algebra” was an award winner at the 2012 Digi60 Filmmaker’s Festival and was an official selection at the 2013 Toronto Independent Film Festival and the 2013 ProFiRe Film Festival in Scotland.  Treepot Media’s other short films “Polar Bear Love” and collaborations ”Moments” and ”Perfect” have all been finalists in CBC’s Short Film Face-off.  Several other short films and collaborations have received recognition and awards at festivals around the world.  

Documentary story-telling is something we are passionate about. “Partners for Peace“, a feature-length documentary collaboration between Treepot Media, Kublacom Pictures and the Nobel Women’s Initiative follows a delegation of American and Canadian women on a journey to Israel and Palestine.  It was the opening film at the 2013 One World Film Festival.  ”North Boys“, a documentary collaboration with filmmakers Lucy van Oldenbarneveld and Laura Cabott about two men who survived the residential school system won of the Founder’s award at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2012. “This is My Witness”, a collaboration with Kublacom Pictures about the first citizen’s Tribunal on crimes against women in Burma premiered at the Paley Centre in New York, won an Award of Merit at the La Jolla, California based Best Shorts competition in 2011. 

Five short films about people and their connection to Ottawa’s neighbourhoods, commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and produced by Treepot Media made its broadcast premiere as “CBC Ottawa Presents: Neighbourhood Stories” in July 2011.

Several new documentary, short film and feature film projects are in the works.  Among them, the theatrical screening of the Treepot Cliffhanger collaborative feature film at Ottawa’s historic Mayfair Theatre on June 25th and post production on the comedic short film “A Clean Slate“.  We are also looking forward to offering new self-distribution models for filmmakers and many new rental titles on Indie Koala, Ottawa’s premier Video On Demand service for Indie Films as we head into year 2 of its operation. For the latest news check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Jith Paul

Jith Paul is a filmmaker based in Ottawa, Canada, a producer, director, cinematographer and editor of several award-winning short films, documentaries and music videos.  His directorial debut, Algebra, a short film about a painter grappling with the loss of his eyesight won the Best Technical Quality award at the Digi60 Filmmaker’s Festival 2012 and was an official selection for the 2013 Toronto Independent Film Festival and the 2013 ProFiRe Film Festival in Scotland.  Jith produced the short films “Polar Bear Love”, “Moments” and ”Perfect“ all finalists in CBC Television’s Short Film Faceoff in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Jith is an Associate Member in the Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE) and is the editor of the documentaries “Partners for Peace“, official selection of the One World Film Festival in 2013, ”North Boys“, winner of the Founder’s award at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2012 and “This is My Witness”, an Official Selection for the 2012 Amnesty International Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival.

Jith’s latest project is a crowd-funded indie comedy called “A Clean Slate“.  Co-produced and written by Paola Della Malva, it is a comedy about a once promising pop singer who struggles to overcome her debilitating stage fright.

More information projects he has collaborated on can be found on IMDB.

Jith is a graduate of the television broadcasting program at Algonquin College and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo.  He is the president of Treepot Media, Inc. which he founded in 2010.  He has served as a member of grant proposal juries at SAW Video and the Ontario Arts Council and was a member of the festival jury for the 2012 One World Film Festival.

He considers filmmaking a team sport and is keen on fostering collaboration amongst emerging artists.  This led to the launch of Treepot.tv, a channel streaming a series of webisodes that feature musicians and actors, promoting learning and sharing amongst local filmmakers.  After several popular episodes and with a committed fan base, Treepot.tv approved for streaming on iTunes, six months after its launch.  Treepot.tv was nominated for Canada’s Best Music Website in CBCRadio 3 Spotlight in 2011.

Eager to step things up to the next level found Jith started collaborating with several local filmmakers on several short films and music videos.  He founded the Treepot Indie Filmmaker Showcase, a celebration of work by indie artists and filmmakers as a venue to share some of these projects other curated pieces that represent the the best in local indie short films, documentaries and music videos.  The inaugural event played to a capacity theatre in September 2011 and the subsequent events have seen emerging filmmakers showcase their work at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across Ottawa. He is also a partner in IndieKoala an artist-run on-demand service for indie films and documentaries.

Jith’s latest project, the kickstarter crowd-funded comedy A Clean Slate is currently in post-production.  Jith freelances as a photographer, camera operator, DIT/DMT and editor. 

Selected articles from online and print publications:

MetroNews (Ottawa) August 8/2012

SAW Video Spotlight Summer 2012

Ottawa Magazine May 2013

Premier’s Award nomination
September 4/2013

MetroNews (Ottawa)
December 13/2013

MetroNews (Ottawa)
January 27/2014

 

CKCU-FM 93.1
January 10/2014

Algonqin Times
February 4/2014

The Fulcrum
February 6/2014

MetroNews (Ottawa)
February 25/2014

MetroNews (Ottawa)
July 7/2014

 

 

 

 

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The trailer for A Clean Slate, the pilot for the series Mulligan’s House Band (directed by Jith Paul) is available in 4K on YouTube.

You can follow Jith on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, IMDB and Vimeo at these links:

 

For more short films, documentaries, music videos and trailers, check the Portfolio page.

 

Photography Portfolio

 

 

Photo Credits: Frank Pomerleau, Luke Brimacombe, Irvina Nuspahic, Karim Ayari, Ming Wu, Say Ten Productions

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