Strong (music video)


“Strong”, the music video from our Kickstarter crowd-funded short film “A Clean Slate” is an Official Selection of the inaugural Catalyst Communities Film Festival in Lincolnshire, UK.  The festival runs from July 4th to 5th, 2015.

“Strong” from the short film ‘A Clean Slate’
Official Selection, Catalyst Communities Film Festival, Lincolnshire, UK.

Directed by Jith Paul
Director of Photography: Karim Ayari, AC: Jean-François Dufault
Live vocal recording and mixing: Nicolas Séguin 
Lyrics and music by North Easton (My Favourite Tragedy)
Vocals by Beki Lantos
Instrumentation & Mix by North Easton (My Favourite Tragedy)

Perfect selected to screen at the ExtraOrdinary Film Festival in Belgium

Treepot Media is pleased to share the news that its award-winning short film collaboration with Splitklips, the short film Perfect is an official section at the 3rd ExtraOrdinary Film Festival which takes place on November 11-15, 2015 at the Maison de la Culture, Namur, Belgium.

Julius Quicklax meets with his psychologist following what he considered to be a disastrous first date due to his involuntary tics. Perfect is a quirky comedy about one man’s attempt to free himself of any flaws, only to learn that perfection can mean many things.

“My goal in making Perfect was to dispel the myths surrounding Tourette syndrome,” states writer/director Karim Ayari.  ”Writing about what I knew allowed me to complete the script in one evening as the main character’s tics and rituals were my own.  In fact, I consider Perfect to be the closest thing to having a microphone in my head.”

Perfect was a finalist at the CBC Short Film Face-off in 2013 and has screened at festivals in Canada and the US.  The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada invited Karim to speak and present the film at their National Conference on Tourette Syndrome Plus in 2013.


Perfect, a film by Karim Ayari


Finalist, CBC Short Film Faceoff, National Broadcast, Canada, 2013
Featured film, Treepot Indie Filmmaker Showcase, Ottawa, Canada 2013
Featured Film, Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada 2013
Official Selection, National Screen Institute (NSI) Canada Online Film Festival, 2014
Official Selection, Riverside Short Film & Video Festival, Missouri 2014
Official Selection, ExtraOrdinary Film Festival, Belgium 2015


Written / directed by Karim Ayari
Produced by Jith Paul / Karim Ayari
Starring Richard Gélinas, Mélodie Courval, Ron Tarrant, Jennifer Vallance, Nicolas Brosseau,
Jules Michael Masterson, Jeffrey Feguson, Jacynthe Bigras
Director of Photography Karim Ayari
First Assistant Director Jith Paul
Wardrobe and Production Design: Jacynthe Bigras
Additional Cinematography: Nicolas Séguin
Edited / graded/ mixed by Karim Ayari
Motion graphics by Jith Paul
Copyright © 2013 Splitklips and Treepot Media


#OttawaIndieFilm web series


#OttawaIndieFilm is a series of videos featuring filmmakers who call Ottawa home. New episodes of the series are cross posted at Apt613 and Ottawa Indie Fest. Catch up on episodes of Season 1 posted so far at

Here are the filmmakers featured in Season 1: Cory Thibert, Gary Thibert, Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull, Fangliang Xu, Rhiana Chinapen, Howard Adler, Roger D. Wilson and Bonnie Robinson.

Music video “Strong” released


Last year we produced our first Kickstarter crowd-funded short film “A Clean Slate.”  On the first anniversary of our shoot, we release a music video featuring a performance and footage from the film.  Here, as a thank you to our collaborators, cast, crew, extras and backers, is “Strong”.

“Strong” from the short film ‘A Clean Slate’
Directed by Jith Paul
Director of Photography: Karim Ayari, AC: Jean-François Dufault
Live vocal recording and mixing: Nicolas Séguin 
Lyrics and music by North Easton (My Favourite Tragedy)
Vocals by Beki Lantos
Instrumentation & Mix by North Easton (My Favourite Tragedy)

Ottawa film Algebra to screen in Cannes

Treepot Media is thrilled to share the news that its award-winning short film Algebra: A reunion of broken parts will screen at le Festival international Entr’2 marches during the Cannes Film Festival in France in May 2015.  Screenings for the festival take place at the municipal theater located at 45 rue de Mimont from May 17th to 22nd, 2015.

Algebra is Treepot Media founder Jith Paul’s directorial debut.  The film about a painter grappling with the loss of his sight is based on a story and script by screenwriter Jennifer Mulligan, lensed by cinematographer Karim Ayari and features an original score by Justin R. Durban. It was shot entirely on location in Ottawa and Wakefield and features a talented local cast and crew.  The film was workshopped at the Digi60 festival in Ottawa where it was awarded Best Technical Quality.  The feedback from that exercise lead to some adjustments and pick-up shots and the completed version has impressed festival audiences at subsequent screenings in Ottawa, Toronto, Scotland, France, Italy and India. 

“Filmmaking is a team sport and I would like to send congratulations and appreciation to the terrific cast, crew and the fans of the film who have continued follow us every step of the way.  Thank you for your encouragement and support.” – Jith Paul

Jith’s second film, the kickstarter crowd-funded A Clean Slate, a comedy about a pop singer struggling to overcome stage fright was awarded Miglior Cortometraggio Internazionale – America, Best Short Film in the International-America category at the Valle d’Itria Film Festival in Italy in 2014.  His current focus is on Ottawa Indie Fest, a cultural, not-for-profit organization he co-founded, whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing independent Ottawa, Canadian and international films and filmmakers.

More about the Algebra: TreepotMedia, Facebook, Festival entr’2 marches link

Treepot Media presents
A Jith Paul film
Sasha Chichagov       Martine Roquebrune

“ALGEBRA: A reunion of broken parts”

Story by Jennifer Mulligan 
Director of Photography Karim Ayari 
Produced by Richard Towns 
Directed by Jith Paul 
Edited by Jith Paul
Colourist Karim Ayari 
Sound design & mix by Howard Sonnenburg
Music by Justin R. Durban

Also featuring: Jennifer Vallance, Julien Masterson, Lisa Bentivoglio, Richard Groen and Jennifer Ide

Executive Producers: Karim Ayari and Jith Paul

B-Cam Operator: Nicolas Séguin

Field Audio: Chris Chitaroni, Kevin Friel

Stills Photographers: JF Dufault, Frank Pomerleau and Mylene Paquin

DMT: Kevin Friel

Makeup: Jennifer Roach and Heather Farmer

Background performers: Jean-François Dufault, Michel Lessard, Michelle Jolin, Julien Masterson, Thomas Jardine, Christina Roman, 
Mike Staples, Lee Cyr, Thomas Heidenreich, Vicki Mavraganis, Andrée Grégoire and Phil Desmarais

Production Assistants: Keith Fox, Katelyn Murray and Robert Charbonneau

Featuring original art by Sasha Chichagov

Special Thanks:
Jean-François Dufault
Nicolas Séguin
Carmello Zucco, Mary and Brendan Jaekl
Wallack’s at 231 Bank Street
Stephanie Davy and Invest Ottawa
JP Chartrand and Tony the Concierge
SAW Video
André Dufault and Nicole Séguin

Camera supplied by Parktown

WINNER: Best Technical Quality, Digi60 Film Festival, Ottawa, Canada 2012
Official selection, Toronto Independent Film Festival 2013
Official selection, ProFiRe Short Film Festival 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Official selection, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market, France 2014
Official selection, Resolution 2014 in Ottawa, Canada
Official selection, Valle d’Itria Film Festival, Italy 2014
Official selection, National Screen Institute (NSI) Canada Online Film Festival, 2014
Official selection, Siliguri International Film Festival, West Bengal, India, 2014
Official selection: Festival international Entr’2 marches, Cannes, 2015

An extended cut of Algebra is available to rent at



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