About Treepot Media
Treepot Media is a production company based in Ottawa, Canada, focused on producing and collaborating on documentaries, short films, music, event and promotional videos. Founded by filmmaker Jith Paul in 2010, the company’s latest film “Algebra” was an award winner at the 2012 Digi60 Filmmaker’s Festival. Treepot Media’s first short film short film “Polar Bear Love”, an award winner at the 2011 Ottawa International Film Festival, was a semi-finalist in CBC’s 2011 Short Film Face-off and another recent short film collaboration “Moments” swept all of the major categories including Best Picture at the 2011 Digi60 Film Festival and is a semi-finalist at the 2012 CBC Short Film Face-off. ”Perfect” a short film collaboration between Treepot Media and Splitklips is a finalist in the 2013 CBC Short-film face-off.
We foster collaboration and learning amongst emerging artists through Treepot.tv, a collaborative sandbox where indie musicians, photographers and video/media types put together webisodes to practice their craft and promote their work. These webisodes stream as free HD content through iTunes in the US and Canada. Treepot.tv has a committed fan base and was a nominee for Best Canadian Music Website in CBC Radio 3′s Searchlight 2011 competition.
Documentary story-telling is something we are passionate about. ”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.
Our latest venture, the Treepot Indie Filmmaker Showcase is focused on curating the best in indie short films, documentaries and music videos for theatrical presentation. We have had two successful showcases so far. Stay tuned for more.
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. Jith produced the short films “Polar Bear Love”, “Moments” and ”Perfect“ all semi 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 ”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.
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 from Say Ten Productions, Symphonic Filmworks, NHS Studio, JDL Pictures, SplitKlips, Parktown Productions and Studio6 Productions 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 venues across Ottawa. He is also a partner in IndieKoala an artist-run on-demand service for indie films and documentaries.
Jith freelances as a photographer, camera operator, DIT/DMT and editor. His recent clients include Evolv Health, Affinity Productions, inMotion, The Centre for Equity and Human Rights at the University of Ottawa and Help Lesotho.
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For more short films, documentaries, music videos and trailers, check the Portfolio page.
Photo Credits: Frank Pomerleau, Luke Brimacombe, Irvina Nuspahic, Karim Ayari, Ming Wu, Say Ten Productions