A Clean Slate – Premiere screening

 

A Clean Slate – Premiere screening

Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa) September 13th at 7pm


Treepot Media and It’s A Keeper Productions are pleased to present the premiere screening of A Clean Slate at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, on Saturday September 13th, 2014 at 7pm.

A Clean Slate is the pilot for Mulligan’s House Band a comedic web series about a group of friends who try to put the past and their differences aside in order to make music again. In the pilot, Gianna, a pop-music two-hit wonder struggles to overcome her debilitating stage fright with the help of her two friends Mike and Sandra.

After a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign the pilot was shot primarily at the Brass Monkey on Greenbank Road in April with an ACTRA cast including Beki Lantos, Allison Graham, Julian Doucet and Jonathan Welch.

Written by series creator, Ottawa screenwriter Paola Della Malva A Clean Slate is a reunion of sorts for director Jith Paul and cinematographer Karim Ayari whose previous collaborations Algebra and Perfect made a splash on festivals screens here in Ottawa and in Toronto, the US, Scotland and France. The production is bolstered by a strong Ottawa crew, local background performers and music by Reel Eyes, Beki Lantos and North Easton from the local band My Favourite Tragedy.

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested donation of $2 to SAW Video Media Arts Centre, a local not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre that fosters the growth and development of artists through access to equipment, training, mentorship and programming.

More about the series can be found at www.MulligansHouseBand.com.

A Quarter Young – Algebra: Jith Paul’s Directorial Debut

 

A Quarter Young – Algebra: Jith Paul’s Directorial Debut

by Leviana Coccia, A Quarter Young, August 6th, 2014


“I had the opportunity to see Terrence Malick‘s film To the Wonder at the Toronto International Film festival in 2012 and loved the simple, poetic cinematography and the wonderful storytelling that relied heavily on voice-over,” Jith Paul, engineer turned indie filmmaker, says of his inspiration behind his directorial début, Algebra.

Following the screening two years ago, Paul entered a contest called Digi60, a festival in Ottawa where filmmakers were given 60 days to create a short film based on a “catch.” In the fall of 2012, the catch was to focus the film on a theme of “reunion.” For bonus points, filmmakers were also asked to begin and end their films with a rhyming couple.

“I had recently had some laser surgery to on my retina and experienced temporary blindness earlier that summer,” Paul says. ‘It was scary and disorienting. So when my friend, screenwriter Jennifer Mulligan, pitched an idea about a painter, Vincent, hiding his accelerating blindness from the world and himself, at the launch of the contest I had goosebumps.”

Mulligan’s Pitch went something like this:

Vincent, who is a contemporary visual artist in the prime of his career, falls in love with Brigitte, a new model. He invites her into his studio and eventually finds that he can’t stop painting her. They end up making love one evening against the backdrop of canvas and paint

He asks her “How do you define love?” In whispers she replies “It’s the thing I feel in the pores of my skin.” She’s alluring, nurturing and falls in love with him.

Late one night when Brigitte is sleeping, a debilitating headache sends Vincent to the hospital emergency. Medical tests soon reveal a build-up of fluid pressure in both his eyes has damaged his optic nerves. Sadly, Vincent’s eyes can’t be saved. He becomes a painter without vision.

In the downward spiral of his anger towards his loss of sight, he shuns Brigitte and destroys all of his paintings. He cuts himself off from everything. His psyche splits as he tries to wield his vision back from the dead. Brigitte tries to reach into him and pull him through the wasteland, but he rejects her again.

Desperate to reunite with his vision, he falls in love with the imaginary reflection of his face instead of dealing with the inevitability of his new life.

Read the rest of the article here:
http://aquarteryoung.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/algebra-jith-pauls-directional-debut//

Apartment613 Video of the Week: Algebra

 

Video of the Week: Algebra

Apartment613, August 5th, 2014


Algebra is the directorial debut of Jith Paul, founder of Ottawa-based production company Treepot Media. The 11-minute film is a poetic short about a painter who is losing his sight and features local Ottawa talent in front of and behind the screen. Shot in Wakefield and downtown Ottawa in 2014, the film has just completed a festival tour with screenings in Toronto, Scotland and France.

Here’s the film maker’s Jith Paul’s description of the project.

I had the opportunity to see Terence Malik’s film “To the Wonder” at the Toronto International Film festival in 2012 and loved the simple, poetic cinematography and the wonderful storytelling that relied heavily on voice-over. A few months later I entered a contest called Digi60 where filmmakers are given 60 days to create a short film based on a catch. The catch for Fall 2012 was the theme “re-union”. Filmmakers were also asked to begin and end their films with a rhyming couplet for bonus points.

I had recently had some laser surgery to on my retina and experienced temporary blindness earlier that summer. It was scary and disorienting. So when my friend, screenwriter Jennifer Mulligan pitched an idea about a painter, Vincent, hiding his accelerating blindness from the world and himself, at the launch of the contest I had goosebumps.

Read the rest of the article here:
http://apt613.ca/video-of-the-week-algebra/

FLUX: Food Inspired by Nature – Ep2

 

Treepot Media recently collaborated with Origami Entertainment on this recap video for FLUX2 at Rideau Pines Farm in North Gower.

Over $3,000 was raised for Operation Come Home.

For more about FLUX and the event at Rideau Pines farm, check out this great writeup by Paula Roy on the Constantly Cooking blog.

Treepot Media’s short film Algebra released on YouTube in 4K

 

Treepot Media has released the award winning short film Algebra: A reunion of broken parts on YouTube in 4K resolution. Directed by Treepot Media founder Jith Paul in 2012 and workshopped at the Digi60 Filmmaker’s Festival in Ottawa, the film about a painter grappling with the loss of his sight has gone on to be screened at festivals in Toronto, Scotland and France.

An extended cut is also available to rent on Indie Koala, Ottawa’s premier Video on Demand service for independent films.

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

More about the film here.

Use the gear icon to change the quality setting to HD or 4K if you have the hardware and bandwidth resources to support it.

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