A Clean Slate is a comedic short film about a once promising pop singer struggling to overcome her debilitating career ending stage fright with the help of her two friends.
The completed film premiered at the Valle d’Itria Film Festival in Italy followed hours later with a premiere in Ottawa at the final Treepot screening at Club SAW. The event was a fundraiser for SAW Video, a local not-for-profit Media Arts Centre. The film was released online a few days later and is embedded below. Check it out.
Directed by Treepot Media founder Jith Paul, A Clean Slate was our first foray into crowd-funding. We ran a successful Kickstarter campaign which included a fundraiser screening of short films on February 8th at Ottawa U. Scroll down this page for more about that fundraising event. By the time the campaign closed on March 14, 2014 we had raised over $3,000 which went a long way towards funding the film. This film would not have been possible without our generous Kickstarter backers!
A Clean Slate was lensed by cinematographer Karim Ayari and shot on RED Scarlet at 4K resolution. We released a 4K trailer on YouTube to demonstrate the resolution at which the film was shot and to create buzz about the film.
One Last Drink – the spin-off
Sometimes it takes a person who is outside of a situation to help us see things clearly. In One Last Drink, a couple is toasting to the end of their marriage when they encounter a piano player who helps them rediscover the Spark that got them together in the first place.
One Last Drink is another short film directed by Jith Paul (lensed by Nicolas Séguin) featuring two background performers from A Clean Slate as principal cast. The film premiered at the historic Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on June 25th, 2014, well in advance of the completion of A Clean Slate. More information about the cast and crew for this short film can be found here.
Production Blog for A Clean Slate
We created a production blog to update fans during the pre-production and our shoot in April 2014. Check it out here: Production Blog.
The Cast of A Clean Slate
The Fundraiser screenings on February 8th at Ottawa U
Photos from the set of A Clean Slate
More photos in our production blog
Fundraiser Screening – Saturday February 8th at Alumni Auditorium (University of Ottawa). Details here.
A few public Facebook posts and Tweets related to our kickstarter campaign and the premiere
A packed house.
A “standing room only” event.
What an awesome screening tonight.
Thanks to everyone who came out to check out the premiere of A Clean Slate at our fundraiser for SAW Video, an artist-run not-for-profit media art centre this evening.
Renting a space to celebrate the work of local independent filmmakers was a new and relatively unique concept when we started in 2011.
Thanks to everyone who has supported our screenings and the indie filmmakers whose work we have showcased at the Bytowne, Mayfair, Dundonald Park, Ottawa U and ClubSAW over the past 3 years. Thanks to our collaborators, the casts, crews and fans!
What an incredible ride and a beautiful way to end the series.
Looking back at 10 incredible celebrations and looking forward to what comes next!
A few public Facebook posts and Tweets from the event
Three short films directed by Treepot founder Jith Paul will screen at the Valle d’Itria Film Festival in Apulia Italy next week.
Congratulations to the cast and crew and thanks to fans of the short films.
Algebra, Jith’s directorial debut, is an award-winning short film about a painter grappling with the loss of his sight.
A Clean Slate is a short film about a singer who struggles to overcome her debilitating stage fright with the help of her friends.
Join us for the Ottawa premiere at Club SAW on Saturday September 13th.
One Last Drink is about a couple toasting the end of their marriage when then encounter a piano player who tries to convince them to remember why they got together in the first place.