Treepot Media turns 5 on November 10, 2015. It’s been a thrill growing, learning and creating with so many great collaborators over the past year. Here are a few highlights to add to the summary of years 1 through 4.
— The Christmas 2014 season saw another collaboration with Karim Ayari of Splitklips on the music video for Ottawa band My Favourite Tragedy’s Sing Along to Christmas Songs. The song was featured on CBC Ottawa’s ‘Our Ottawa’ magazine program in December 2014.
— The new Ottawa Indie Fest was officially launched in February 2015. This is an exciting collaboration with Ed Kucerak and Blair Campbell to promote Canadian independent film. We started a blog, promoted a few local screenings and curated two evenings of short films in association with the Ottawa Champions baseball team and the One World Film Festival.
— Treepot’s Jith Paul completed a fellowship at Apt613 that resulted in 6 episodes of a web series focused on profiling Ottawa Filmmakers. Episodes of the series Ottawa Indie Film were cross posted on apt613 and Ottawa Indie Fest.
— The festival tour continued for Algebra, screening at the Three Cities festival in Los Angeles, New York and Santo Domingo and making an appearance at Festival international Entr’2 marches just down the street from the pretigious Cannes Film Festival in France!
— A road trip to beautiful Montreal saw a collaboration with Nicolas Séguin of NHS Productions and Karim Ayari of Splitklips on Martine Roquebrune’s directorial debut Jasmin et Macarons which has already screened at Raindance in the UK and other festivals in Europe and Asia.
— Strong, the music video featuring a live performance by Ottawa’s Beki Lantos was an official selection of the Catalyst Film Festival in Lincolnshire, UK. The song is an original composition by North Easton of Ottawa band My Favourite Tragedy and was featured in the short film A Clean Slate.
— Perfect was selected to screen at the ExtraOrdinary Film Festival in Belgium.
— Another collaboration with Nicolas Séguin of NHS Productions saw us travelling to Toronto to shoot director Rob Comeau’s film The Date.
— Christine Mao and Joyce Rivera had one of the winning pitches in ACTRA’s Diversity Advocacy Video Competition and Treepot Media and NHS productions have just completed principal photography on the project on the theme: “Our Canada. Our Diversity. Our Stories. Our Screens.” We look forward to completing post production by the end of the year in time for its release by ACTRA next year.
As noted above, we have a few projects on the go and a few more in the works. We look forward to collaborating, promoting and celebrating indie film and indie filmmakers as we enter our sixth year.
Thanks for your continuing support.
President, CEO & Janitor
A woman invites two girlfriends for a perfect afternoon tea, but loses control of the situation when the topic of international relations comes up and reveals the truth of their relationship.
Word premiere at the Raindance Film Festival 2015 in London, UK on September 26, 2015
Official selection at the SOSE International Film Festival in Armenia, screening in October 201
Asian premiere at the Monsoon Asia Film Festival in Taoyuan City, Taiwan in November 2015
Special Mention at the I Filmmaker International Film Festival in Marbella, Spain in November 2015
Official selection at Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal, February 2016
Here’s moment between takes captured on the set of “Jasmin et Macarons” in Montreal on a snowy day in April.
“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’
Directed by Jith Paul
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.
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
#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 www.OttawaIndieFilm.com.
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.