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LOWERTOWN CINEPOEMS with ONE WORLD AWESOME ARTS

So excited to be releasing Dreams of a Dream and Gang Violence, two new cinepoems by poet brothers, Bryce Wilson & Alex Powers.

As participants in Awesome Arts; A program oriented around global issues that brings arts-based workshops to children and youth, the brothers had the opportunity to write, perform and direct their respective cinepoems.

It was my job to teach and facilitate the creation of their personal works, films that spoke to issues of abuse and violence, particularly those experienced by youth.

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Dreams of Dream by Alex Powers, expresses the subjective experience of child abuse. Bryce Wilson and his poem Gang Violence, depict the realities of violence at home and abroad.

The two adapted their poems into visual treatments, identifying locations, perspective, lighting and props. Attention was paid to the basics of audio-video production and how to marry their words with a visual poetics.

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We just wrapped the program with the festival finale. Both cinepoems screened for about 200 people. They were honored with applause and many many thumbs ups.

Both poets entered the cinepoetry workshop with 10 weeks of slam poetry behind them. Tutored by two of Ottawas most prominent poets, Kay’la Fraser and Just Jamaal, the boys, along with 20 other youth, learned the ABC’S of slam poetry.

The result was a class of storytellers and word pirates ready to perform in front of the camera and on the stage.

To find out more on The Awesome Arts Program visit – http://oneworldarts.ca/

Just Jamaal The Poet – https://www.facebook.com/JamaalJacksonRogers?fref=ts

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Kayla Fraser – https://www.facebook.com/fraser.kayla?fref=ts

NEW CINEPOEMS COMING FROM LOWERTOWN YOUTH

Partus Films is thrilled to have worked alongside One World Awesome Arts’s to teach Lowertown Youth the art of cinepoetry.

On Friday May 24th, from 6-9pm, @ The York Street Public School in Ottawa Canada, we will be in attendance to watch three amazing poets screen their works.

Over the last few months we have worked closely alongside the kids to create cinematic experiences out of their poems. With 2 weeks to go, we are heading into production and post!

Please come out to see these amazingly talented kids share their cinepoems alongside some of Ottawa most talented artists / Missing Linx, Julia Dales and Peter Joynt!

We hope to see you there.

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HOT DOCS UPDATE: Day 3 / A Good Start . April 27th 2013

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The Day In Review

9:00am

Stroll into HOT DOCS HQ to pick up my networking conference pass from Liane Kotler from TVO! In waiting I managed to catch Richard Dawkins and Laurance Kruass rock star their way through the foyer. If you’re unfamiliar with these gentlemen, well they are leading the global atheist charge and have some street cred to prove it!

 

Also chatted with Inigo Westmeier, the director of Dragon Girls. When I asked him about the film he said the following in a charming European accent,  “Young girls making kung fu”…I couldn’t have said it better!

 

12:30pm

Go for lunch with Liane Kotler from TVO and her beaut of a dog Zorro!  We reminisce about Allan King, Queens Film and future projects!

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5:30

Happy Hour  hits and I run into Frances from Queens!!!!! Katie from Complanskies!!!!Andrew from Acellerator and a pretty decent buffet of goodness.

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7:00

Run into some old friends from Queens, take a walk in the rain and dine on pizza and wine. We discuss line ups in the death zone @ Everest, Mad Men Season 6 and The Newsroom!

9:30

Watched the world premiere of NCR: Not Criminally Responsible / An achievement for Canadian docs  on many levels, primarily its access to both vicitm and offender.

 

The film hit home on so many levels and affirmed my own journey with PUNCHED. After the film I had a chance to speak with the victim and her mother who were in attendance.

“During filming, the victim agreed to appear in the documentary only if her face were partially concealed, for her safety and privacy. However, for the film’s premiere, she agreed to be introduced to the audience and take questions, and allowed her photo to be taken and published for the first time, by the Toronto Star. She has also accepted an apology from her attacker.[3]

After the film I had the amazing opportunity to introduce myself and tell them how important their journey is to other victims of violence and trauma. An amazing example of the power of documentary to inspire and exact change in the lives of those behind and in front of the lens.

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul : A Documentary by Jordan Gibbons

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About 6 months ago I was asked to participate in Saw Video’s Jump-Start Mentorship Program. The mandate: To help a filmmaker through the many stages of the film-making process.

I was introduced to Jordan Gibbons, a young and bold director who I believe is in the dawn of a brash and valiant career. His film, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul is a daring and extremely honest account of humanity and the abject. Jordan’s closeness to subject is something akin to Harmony Korine’s many portraits of the underbelly; a beautiful and harsh reality we peer through as we pass. The beauty of Gibbons film is the manner in which the form and content marry. When story operates on this level you cant help but think of directors like P.T Anderson or Malick, frontier men who make films, first, for themselves.

We are currently wrapping on post production and are excited for the film’s debut.

Be on the look out for Mr Gibbons. He’s got some stories to tell.

- Craig

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul, follows twin brothers Peter and Paul Lacey as they struggle through alcoholism and homelessness whilst pursuing their respective dreams of becoming a breakdancer and a man of god. Utilizing a wide range of approaches and styles in exploring the lives of his subjects Jordan Thomas Gibbons attempts to honestly portray the everyday lives of individuals from this disenfranchised segment of society which has traditionally been repressed in our cultural collective unconscious.


Check back for details on the film’s screening and release times…

4 KIDS Wins TVO’s “Poverty in 5″ Contest

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We are thrilled to announce that our short doc 4 KIDS has won TVO’s Poverty in 5 Contest. Congrats to all the other contestants who submitted! We are proud to have competed against such passionate pieces of work.

From everyone on the team, we want to thank each voter who took the time to watch, respond and share. With your help, we managed to spread Jamaal’s story and will continue to on a national level.

Our stories are only as strong those willing to give them voice.

Sincerely,

Randy Kelly (Co-Director & Editor)

Just Jamaal (Spoken Word Artist)

Craig Allen Conoley (Co-Director & DOP)

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WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR POEMS AND STORIES ON POVERTY

Tomorrow the contest closes but we want to carry on the message. We will be choosing 5 reflections (stories or poems) that deal with poverty and will be posting them with the video here!!!

You can post your messages or poems in our comment section of the post or on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/partusfilmsPI5_14

 

CBC Radio Interview – 4 KIDS

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We had the pleasure of stopping by All in Day to talk to Alan Neal about our short doc 4 KIDS. If you missed the interview you can listen to it here: http://www.cbc.ca/allinaday/2013/03/14/4-kids-finalist-in-tvo-doc-contest/

TVO SHORTLISTS 4 KIDS

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About a month ago we were approached by local director Randy Kelly to collaborate on a short documentary for a TVO contest entitled POVERTY IN 5. The objective of the contest:

To shed alternative perspectives on poverty in 5 minutes or less.

So…we made a film.

And…

IT GOT SELECTED FOR THE FINALS!

Which means…

We need your help.

In this day and age the size of someone’s network can rival the strength of any content, regardless of its merit. That’s why we need you… friends, family, artists and colleagues to vote for our film.

This vote not only goes towards something we’re very proud of, but also to Jamal Rogers; a father an artist who absolutely amazes us, Randy Kelly, one of Ottawa’s filmmaking treasures, and Ottawa’s poetry community; a colossal group of people that stand for the heights of community.

So here it is,

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Follow the link and if you like…we’d love your vote!

http://docstudio.tvo.org/story/poverty-5-contest-vote

Video

HUSNIYAH

 

A wheel is a metaphor for life’s inevitable progression forward. It represents the feminine spirit of force, the cosmos, a spiritualized mother earth, the passing of time and the cyclical nature of life.

Husniyah is a cinepoem that fuses these broader ideas with the poetry of JUST JAMAAL; a spoken word artist from Ottawa Canada who blends theater, song and dance to elevate the form.

Jamal’s process of thought reveals a dilemma facing parents and artists alike:

How does one let go of their greatest creation?

“In a most simplistic exposition, cinépoetry is a convergence of two art forms: cinema (moving images) and poetry (written or audible text). This collaboration creates cinematic poetry.” – cinepoetry.com

HUSNIYAH is a cinepoem that blends image, sound and audible text to create for the viewer, the realization of a poetic experience.

Enjoy!

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a partus film

in order of appearence

husinyah s.rogers
jamaal rogers
fajr m.rogers
jibreel m.rogers
nixan g. rogers
terrence l. rogers
aasia lewis
ikenna onyegbula
ishmael allen
sakinah allen

directed by craig allen conoley
poem & performance by jamaal rogers
shot & edited by craig allen conoley

music by
zoe keating
“sun will set”

special thanks

the rogers family
sportek
richard towns
weggon allen
lavant premiere
saw video

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TEASER for HUSNIYAH

Full length video arrives  Jan 21st 2013.

We hope you enjoy this teaser for our upcoming cinepoem HUSNIYAH. The film that represents the ongoing union between poet and filmmaker, a partnership that is gaining momentum and giving birth to this new medium we call cinepoetry!

ONLINE TRAILER LAUNCH – JAN 9TH 2013

VIDEO WILL BE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ONLINE – JAN 21ST 2013

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN SEEING IT SOONER + Q&A…THERE WILL BE AN ADVANCED SCREENING @ SAW’S RESOLUTION 2013 – JAN 18th / 7:30PM @ THE ARTS COURT THEATER / COVER 5$

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/503176839705562/?ref=ts&fref=ts
EVENT WEBSITE / http://www.sawvideo.com/event/resolution-2013

HUSNIYAH – New cinepoetry from Just Jamaal & Partus Films arriving Jan 21st 2013

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Cinepoetry is the art of combining any flavor of poetry with any flavor of cinema.

HUSNIYAH combines direct cinema; or observational documentary, with spoken word poetry to present one of the greatest dilemmas facing parents and artists alike:

HOW DO WE BEGIN TO LET GO OF OUR GREATEST CREATIONS?

The Poetry

Just Jamaal is a page and stage poet from Ottawa, Canada. His poetry represents a progressive blend of song, acting and dance to deliver a unique poetry experience for all audiences. Jamaal is also the founder of Make Spoken Word Go Viral; a rising hub for all things poetic happening in our great country and a member of Missing Linx; one of Ottawa’s premiere hip hop assembles.

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http://missinglinx.bandcamp.com/

The Music

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra! She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello. Zoë has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Tears for Fears and DJ Shadow.

http://www.zoekeating.com/

The Video

Partus Films is an arts heavy production company located in Ottawa Canada. Its mandate is cross disciplinary visual collaboration for those wanting a unique video presence on the web. Past cinepoetry includes: “Poetry in Motion”, by Brandon Wint and “Kay”, by the internationally renowned poet Ian Keteku.

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We hope you enjoy HUSNIYAH, a film that represents the ongoing union between poet and filmmaker, a partnership that is gaining momentum and giving birth to this new medium we call cinepoetry!

ONLINE TRAILER LAUNCH – JAN 9TH 2013

VIDEO WILL BE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ONLINE – JAN 21ST 2013

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN SEEING IT SOONER + Q&A…THERE WILL BE AN ADVANCED SCREENING @ SAW’S RESOLUTION 2013 -  JAN 18th / 7:30PM  @ THE ARTS COURT THEATER / COVER 5$

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE / https://www.facebook.com/events/503176839705562/?ref=ts&fref=ts

- Craig Allen Conoley & Just Jamaal

A final thought before the world ends…

It takes courage, self sacrifice and passion to make life your art and art your life. I’m glad we’re at it together. Thank you for an amazing year and see you in 2013 – Craig RECAP POSTER 2012

ABOUT DRIFTWOOD

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About 3 months ago, Claude Munson approached me between sets at one of his shows. He pulled me close and whispered in my ear, “I want to make a video”.

We had been loosely discussing the possibility of collaborating on a video for about a year. Claude wanted the timing to be right, he wanted a video to pave the way for his Self Titled Debut “Claude Munson & The Storm Outside”. The time came and Driftwood is that video.

Claude provided the rough stems from the album and I listened to each track and wandered visually though the lyrics and themes. Initially we discussed a concept for Dreamdance, the album finale, but Claude eventually decided on something much more adventurous, much more in tune with the albums overarching feel and tone; a stop motion animation for the album’s entre-vous; Driftwood.

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Once we decided on the song and medium, the fun was to create the story, something conceptually in tune with Claude’s lyrics and the underlying emotions inherent in the song.

What you see in the video is just that; a story riddled with literal and very symbolic elements. The boy, the town, the sea and the conflict, have multiple readings, your own, and cues that point to very universal ideas, but also to local and personal experiences for the artist.

The act of creating this story was extremely synchronistic; testaments to the unspoken understandings artists have with one other. It was amazing how much my own reading of the song and the resulting ideas, reflected an abstraction and affirmation of Claude’s inner-creative universe. When that happens you feel a special artistic bond with someone. This is also a testament to the song and songs on the album; stories that connect inner and outer worlds spun by a very talented singer-storyteller-songwriter.

The evolution of the song from an idea, to its tangible mappings, has to be attributed to Ariane Beauchamp, the visual artist and creative force behind the videos visual aesthetic and the album art that inspired it.  Beauchamp created every asset you see in the video. She combined Claude’s lyrics with our visual treatment to birth a world that undoubtedly had been tucked away in her mind long before our meeting.

The settings, characters and decorative elements kept coming each time we met throughout pre-production. The speed and detail of Ariane’s work is a marvel, unrestrained and seemingly in the-moment. I believe her uninhibited artistry reflects something we should all strive for in our art; a spontaneous and honest expulsion of ideas that keep things moving rather than slow things down.

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The video was shot and produced in Ariane’s art studio in Ottawa Canada; a meca of craft supplies, paintings and knick-knacks. If we needed crab claws all we had to do was ask.

The production of the video consisted of taking approximately 15,000 images resulting in a 5min video. With each image taken, Ariane, Claude and myself would assign sections of the frame and begin moving elements. None of us had done stop motion before and there was a fair amount of trial and error involved in the process. I feel the end result reflects an experimental process in which three artists dared to do something outside of the comfort zone of their respective art forms; something that succeeds on many levels. We shot the video over the course of 4 days, spending about 4-6 hours each day moving art across large scale versions of Ariane’s vistas.

Like most videos these days, Driftwood will find itself online. It’s journey begins this Friday December 14th @ claudemunson.com and then we hope it stows away to the many lands our digital village has to offer.

- Craig Allen Conoley / Director of Driftwood

Owner and Head of Productions @ Partus Films

DRIFTWOOD is Here!

 

We are proud to present Driftwood; a stop motion adventure that takes you from the shores of a seaside village to the depths of the imagination. The video breaks wave with the release of Claude Munson & The Storm Outside’s self-titled debut. We wanted to craft something that embodied the underlying tone of the album; a vessel of maritime imagery, magical vistas and of course, the conflict of a storm burning both within and beyond. Follow a young boy whose loneliness is doused by the comforts of a ghostly entourage and discover an artist’s music that has the power to lift you above your storm.

Driftwood is a Partus Film
Video produced by Claude Munson & Craig Allen Conoley

Directed & Edited by Craig Allen Conoley
Art by Ariane Beauchamp
Music by Claude Munson & The Storm Outside,
produced by Philippe Lafreniere & Claude Munson
Animation by Ariane & Claude
UP & UP MUSIC

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claudemunson.com
upandupmusic.ca

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