“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.” – Michelle M.Brown / cinepoetry.com
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Craig Allen Conoley & Randy Kelly
Camera and Sound
Craig Allen Conoley
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Partus Films (partusfilms.com)
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?
HUSNIYAH is a cinepoem that blends image, sound and audible text to create for the viewer, and intimate poetic experience of home and family life!
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.
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.
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.
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!
a partus film
in order of appearence
mixan g. rogers
aaliyah z. rogers
mizan q. rogers
terrence l. rogers
directed by craig allen conoley
poem & performance by jamaal rogers
shot & edited by craig allen conoley
“sun will set”
the rogers family
Partus Films presents KAY. Watch and listen as 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion Ian Keteku recounts the story of one of the worlds deadliest forces. A journey of pain and passion through metaphor.
A Message from Ian,
In May of 2008 I traveled to Rwanda as part of a Carleton University directed program to work as a reporter and editor of an urban youth magazine called Blink.
Rwanda is such a beautiful place but there is a history which is less than gorgeous. It is a country recovering from the psychological trauma of going through genocide. This is the context where I found her (the poem). She was surrounded by an atmosphere of glass in a museum. Her smile was as dim as the metaphors she carried in her mouth. There were many potential poems in this commemoration building but she looked at me with a begging gaze, asking me to share her story with whomever I came in contact with. Blink. Too busy to save her from her shiny prison I took a photograph of her face with the intention of translating it into words. Blink.
A year later, in the summer of 09 while visiting family in Calgary I found myself in the basement and the metaphorical water in my pen broke – I was in labor, ready to give birth to this poem. It sometimes is a frantic and awkward sight to behold, me writing a poem. I begin pacing around the room, flaying my hands in all compass directions; grunting, sighing, and snapping pencils, tearing pages, screaming.
It sounds like an exorcism I know but it can also be very beautiful.
After a couple of excruciating hours of pleasure she was born, a brand new baby poem. She has eyes like her father but her grandmother’s smile. Since her birth we have traveled the world telling her story, introducing people to her face, giving her a name. Her name is “Kay.”
Directed by Ian Keteku
Produced by Partus Films and The Canadian Council of The Arts
Assistant Producer & AD – Craig Allen Conoley
Dance & Choreography – Tressa Wilson
VFX & Illustration – Jesse Winchester Smith
Music – Arlen Yanch
Pyrotechnics – Mathieu Bisonnette
DOP’s – Craig Allen Conoley, James Park & Dan Wallace
Production Design – Ian Keteku & Craig Allen Conoley
“Kay” Mix & Master – Omar Rivera
Camera Operators – Craig Allen Conoley, James Park & Dan Wallace
Sound Recording – Emmy Lu Hillman
Production Assistant – Sheldon Keteku
Rentals – Saw Video & Parktown
Shot with 5DM2 & Canon XF300
For more info on Kay visit NOCTURN RECORDS
POETRY IN MOTION
When Brandon approached us with the idea to create a companion piece to “Poetry in Motion”, we were excited to add an extra layer of story to a piece that was already extremely strong. Using Brandon’s prose as a visual cue, we designed a treatment that would amplify not only the poem’s content, but also the manner in which it would be traditionally received and experienced by audiences. Our goal was to somehow break down the 4th wall and bring the audience into the poem, along for ride, and into Brandon’s subjective space. To create this vicarious experience we took the poem into the everyday, placing the GO PRO HELMET CAM on Brandon as he made his way though Montreal’s busy streets and subways towards his performance venue. Shot @ 60 frames per second, we were able to slow down and isolate Brandon’s motion and the societal gaze that has defined certain aspects of his experience with cerebral palsy.
Directed by Craig Allen Conoley
Produced by Partus Films & Brandon Wint
Music – Claude Munson
Camera Operators – Craig Allen Conoley, David Majer & Brandon Wint
Sound Recording – Craig Allen Conoley / Folly Sound – Claude Munson
Production Assistant – Claude Munson