Black creativity is prolific, vibrant and multidimensional. It is a constant force of reinvention and renewal. It represents a spectrum of backgrounds, disciplines, and stories. To evoke that spectrum, PHI wishes to collaborate with Black filmmakers and poets in the project entitled Poetry Films: How Does Black Creativity Manifest?
Black creatives will be called to create works that define, redefine, or interpret what Black creativity means to them and its impact in the world throughout time, from past, present and future.
Poetry Films: How Does Black Creativity Manifest? is an initiative aimed at emerging Black artists, filmmakers and content creators in Montreal. Under the creative mentorship of established professionals along with resource sharing facilitated by the PHI Centre, participants will be invited to create vertical short films using art and poetry as conduits to tell their stories.
PHI is proud to announce the projects and artists selected by the jury!
HOW DOES BLACK CREATIVITY MANIFEST?
Accountability, Love, Presence, Innovation.
Black Creativity has always been here as an initial element of nature. The same all-mighty creation that breathed all elements into existence was the spirit of creation itself. Since the beginning of time, this innate ability has manifested our experience of reality by balancing the receiving eye.
> Bethyna Saint Laurent, TEAM LEADER
Bethyna Saint Laurent is the 24-year-old mastermind behind IAMTRENDLINE. During the past four years, she built her production company to highlight up-and-coming artists and creatives from Montreal.
To make her project a reality, she will be supported by an invaluable team:
> Winno A. Daniel, PHOTOGRAPHER & PR MANAGER
Winno Alain Daniel is the photographic eye and PR Manager of IAMTRENDLINE. His work centres around valuing the process of creative interpretation by bringing a sense of humility towards one’s work and abilities.
> Collins Delva, GRAPHIC DESIGNER & STYLIST
Collins Delva is a passionate graphic designer rooted in the representation and celebration of Black women. Delva dedicates himself to enacting positive change by showcasing appreciation through his work and content. He aspires to bring Black luxury towards new levels of awareness, having interned for many local brands.
> Rose Laurent, AUTHOR & POET
Rosenante Laurent is a 21-year-old multifaceted artist who first discovered her desire for a creative life at church. She explored different creative ventures ranging from dance, music production, graphic design, and photography from that point on. Today, she dares to dream and heal through poetry and painting.
> Steff Gakuru, RESEARCHER & PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Steffanie Munyinyi-Gakuru studies Sociology and Political Science and is the Central Coordinator and President of an African-Caribbean synergic inter-organizational network (@acsion.concordia) at Concordia University. With an eye for justice, she strives to push one’s perspectives past limitations.
Ethereal is a privileged and intimate invitation into the creative process of a painter. Through the artist's movements in his studio, the audience observes how the artist inhabits his space. This film is a reflection on the restricted place that Black creativity occupies in a society that refuses to recognize it.
> M Mucyo, TEAM LEADER
M Mucyo is an artist of Rwandan origin who is interested in diversifying narratives. Through a multidisciplinary practice, he reflects on the human condition. In his most recent work, he has focused specifically on the condition of Black people. He is currently working on a collection of interactive short stories dealing with immigration and multiple identities.
To make his project a reality, he will be supported by an invaluable team:
> Malcom Odd, MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Malcolm Odd is an artist-poet committed to a transdisciplinary approach to the importance of the imagination. Odd is interested in the philosophy of anarchic art, the reinforcement of spiritual encounters, and the ethics of artistic practices as a happy character of lack.
> Hervé Kajiji, FASHION STUDENT & CULTURAL PROMOTER
Originally from Burundi, Hervé Kajiji immigrated to Canada at a young age. After decades of pursuing his passion for soccer, Kajiji turned to his interest in fashion. He is currently studying Fashion Management and Design. Last year he created DatSoundRadio, a platform that promotes an array of musical artists and offers diverse playlists to discover new music.
> Kalthoum Sitta, SCREENWRITER
Kalthoum Sitta explores the simple idea of evoking emotion through experiences that bring people together. She studied at UQAM in Communications and Cultural Action, which informed her work as a Cultural Events Organizer, eventually leading her to film. At Rosemont College, Sitta developed an interest in scriptwriting and directing.
The 2021 Selection Committee for Poetry Films: How Does Black Creativity Manifest? is composed of:
Eva Kabuya, Screenwriter and Director
Ashley Phillips, CEO & Co-Founder, Six Cinquième
Miro LaFlaga, President & Co-Founder, Six Cinquième
Marie-France Barbier, Creative Producer, PHI Centre
George Fok, Creative Director and Media Artist, PHI Studio