ARIEL will have its world premiere at Montreal’s
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A Johannesburg neighourhood unites five people’s ambitions, desires, and struggles to survive over the course of a Friday.
For his mind and body to survive a horrible accident, Ariel is building himself new legs. Filmmaker Laura Bari poetically reveals Ariel’s intimate world in this incredible journey of rebirth.
Shot over 24-hours, À St-Henri, le 26 août brings together some of the brightest documentary talents in Quebec to make visible a day-in-the-life of a former working class neighbourhood.
ARIEL will have its International premiere at the International Film Festival Amsterdam in November 2013 !
We look forward to sharing this beautiful new film with you, have a sneak peek at the trailer below
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Un vendredi à Jeppe continue sa tournée des festivals cet automne, à commencer par le Festival Cinémas d’Afrique de Lausanne en Suisse ce samedi 24 août, puis ici au Festival du film Black de Montréal fin septembre.
Cet automne, Jeppe continuera sa tournée dans le monde dans des festivals nous vous très vite.
We’re excited to announce the upcoming screenings for Fall 2013 as Jeppe on a Friday, starting at the Festival Cinémas d’Afrique in Lausanne, Switzerland August 24th and here at the Montreal Black Film Festival at the end of September. Stay tuned as Jeppe continues to travel the world in October and November 2013.
JEPPE on a FRIDAY had an excellent festival premiere in France in
July. We started off at Festival Paris Cinema, at the MK2 cinematheque
in Paris. The audiences were interested and engaged. From there we
went to La Rochelle International film festival in the south of
France. Our second screening was sold out, and the audience was
fantastic. A long question and answer session followed to discuss the
implications, process and politics of the film.
We are very grateful to both festivals for the amazing hospitality,
and the opportunity to screen JEPPE in France. We would also like to
thank the South African Department of Arts and Culture, who supported
the trip, and the South African Season in France.
All Photos Courtesy Philippe Lebruman
Parabola Films producer Sarah Spring will be at the Bogota Audiovisual Market from July 9th – 13th. Come find her at the Sede Chapinero – CCB to talk about film collaborations. Sarah can be reached either through the internal BAM Industry scheduling system or by email:
sarah [ a t ] parabolafilms [ d o t ] ca
Ba ba bam!
credit photo: Wei Yao
Jeppe continue de faire la tournée des festivals ce printemps 2013!
Jeppe on a Friday vient d’être présenté au Festival International de Beijing avec Téléfilm, en présence de la réalisatrice Shannon Walsh.
Au mois de Mai, le film sera projeté dans le fameux Maysles Theater à New York pour le New York African Film Festival , au festival Cinema Africano de Milan en Italie et à Vues d’Afrique à Montréal. Joignez-vous à Shannon et Arya qui seront présentes pour la projection à Montréal du 1er Mai! Pour plus de détails, cliquez ici!
Et d’autres bonnes nouvelles attendent le film cet été, il se peut bien qu’il joue donc près de chez vous!
Jeppe on a friday is making the festival rounds this spring 2013. Shannon Walsh travelled to Beijing with Téléfilm to present the film at the Beijing International Film Festival.
In May, the film will also play at the Maysles Theater in NYC as part of the New York African Film Festival, then go to Italy for the Cinema Africano festival. Both Shannon and Arya will be present for the May 1st screening of Jeppe as part of the Festival Vues d’Afrique, here in Montreal.
Other good news await the film this summer so stay tuned to see if the film might play in a festival near you!
We’re very proud to announce that Jeppe on a Friday will have its US Premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Festival on Monday, February 18th in their Feature Film competition section. Director Shannon Walsh will be in attendance! In Montreal, Jeppe will screen on Tuesday, February 26th at 5:30 pm as part of the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. Bon cinéma!
“First, a couple of thoughts about Jeppe on a Friday, as I was lucky enough to take in the film’s second screening last night at the Crystal. Jeppe produces a well-woven narrative cord using for its strands five lives in Jeppestown, an enigma of a neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa. Most notable technique-wise is that all of the images put on the screen were captured in the same single day. This is not only a monumental feat of coordination, but the technique really does serve to intensify the viewer’s sense of dynamic interrelation. When the film is considered from the angle of really real time concomitant happenings, absent the possibility of temporal splicing and editing, the effect is striking. All of the intentions, motivations, and circumstances of the five main characters in the film are actually happening in the same set of hours; maybe even at the same exact time. For a little while I was wondering if the characters might pass by one another, each with his respective filmmaker in tow, each in the course of his own daily tasks and in pursuit of his own ends. The effect of the presentation is a heightened appreciation for the complexity of social machinations, the cross-currents of individual circumstances and intentions, and finally, the absurdly contradictory and tense nature of the entire situation in what happens to be a rather small neighborhood in one relatively small metropolis in one somewhat tucked away country. Jeppestown is just one little tent in a much larger circus.”
Full article here
Jeppe on a Friday opened for cast and crew in Johannesburg November 1st 2012. Check out the amazing photos of the premiere!
2012 was a big year for Parabola Films, so busy in fact that we haven’t done a proper update in ages! so here we go…
Our 2011 collaborative documentary film St Henri, the 26th of August played at film festivals all over the world, and has had an extended life on Air Canada flights, on Netflix, and continues to reach audiences at community screenings and in classrooms. The next screening is with a community in Trois Rivières on February 13th. Our very first Parabola production, this documentary not only brought together over 100 people in Montreal’s film community to make it happen but it also paid homage to the wonderful tradition of documentary in Quebec.
As 2011 wound down, Parabola Films and award-winning filmmaker Laura Bari began production on Laura’s new film, Ariel shot in Mendoza, Argentina. This poetic docu-experimental is an odyssey that Laura has been filming over many years and that will finally be released to audiences in 2013. Part verité, part fiction, and 100% Laura Bari, ‘Ariel’ is a coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada, with Beso Films and the Documentary Channel. We look forward to sharing this beautiful film with you!
In the final months of 2011, Parabola also began gearing up for the follow-up to “St Henri, the 26th of August” : another collaborative neighbourhood documentary, shot by local filmmakers on one day. But this time, in Johannesburg South Africa, where longtime collaborator Shannon Walsh had discovered a wealth of stories and local voices to tell them.
Jeppe on a Friday was shot all on one day in March, 2012. In true indie doc style, the film was willed into existence by many friends and collaborators who supported a successful Indiegogo campaign (our first experiment in crowdfunding!). Working with our friend and co-producer Elias Ribeiro at Uruco Media, with the added support of the Gauteng Film Commission, Visions Sud Est, the NFB’s FAP program, Post Moderne and Technicolor, this international production was shot and edited in Johannesburg and came home to us in Montreal for the final stages of Post Production.
The resulting feature documentary premiered at the RIDM festival in Montreal in November 2012, will play at the Big Sky Documentary Festival and at the Rendezvous du Cinéma Québecois in February 2013. Directed by Shannon Walsh and Arya Lalloo, Jeppe is on the Guardian’s list of the top 10 African films to watch out for in 2013 . Stay tuned for more Jeppe festival news!
Also in 2012, Parabola’s new film with Pablo Alvarez Mesa geared into full swing with numerous development shoots to Colombia. Pablo’s feature documentary looking at youth in Colombia’s bullfighting circuit will be released in 2014. Still in its early stages, the footage is already absolutely riveting, and we can promise big things to come on this production.
As always, Parabola continues to stand by our belief that it is possible to produce top-quality, auteur documentary films with a unique and highly creative approach to storytelling. Our goal: to continue to bring you one beautiful documentary film every year.