Poetry Saved Our Lives (Official Trailer) September 20th, 20163004 Studios
In January, 3004 Studios created a short video for a new chain of restaurants in the GTA called “Magic Noodle”. This Chinese noodle restaurant is honestly one of the best new restaurants in the city – cheap, but incredible quality. I literally would hate myself if I bothered say more than that about it. You should check out their amazing website here: http://magicnoodle.ca/
The video was incredibly fun to shoot, having noodle masters come in and perform the unique noodle making approach. This is something that makes this noodle restaurant unique, the experience of seeing the noodles being made in the kitchen. We filmed in slow-motion, getting close in on the action and really emphasizing the sensations of a hot and fresh bowl of soup. The concept was to have it loop on a large flatscreen against the front window of the restaurant so pedestrians would see it as they passed by. And on a frigid Toronto day like this, it would be inviting.
It seems to be working.
We are so excited to soon release our newest documentary we have produced for the Toronto Public Library, called Poetry Saved our Lives. This is just a very tiny piece of just one of the many poems you will hear in the final documentary, but we were so moved by this small piece that we thought we would release it early for all of you.
turn up the volume – enjoy
Here is the Indiegogo page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-bookstore-feature-film/x/1198680#/story
It was an honour and a pleasure working with this team. They are celebrating their 20th year of doing great work in the community and are re-branding. Originally known as Arts for Children and Youth, they are now calling themselves Vibe Arts for Children and Youth and on October 15th, released this video to unveil their new logo and brand.
Here is to continued success to the Vibe team.
3004 Studios has been commissioned by the Toronto Public library to produce a short documentary about their breakthrough community program called “Poetry Saved our Lives”. We have started principle photography and are excited about the great people we have have the chance to meet already. There is so much talent and passion in some of these young people that it will be hard to narrow the story down to a few perspectives. We will see how the story unfolds. For now, cameras on.
Monica has been working on this series for the past year, making connections, partnerships and capturing a vitally important story along the way. I am proud to be editor on the project and as always it was a pleasure working with someone so passionate about their work.
Take some time to watch the 5 part documentary series, Crude Gold, and learn about human rights violations surrounding resource extraction in Colombia.
3004 Studios finally had the chance to work with OX Agency, a boutique marketing agency in the east end of Toronto. Aside from being an amazingly fun group to work with, OX is setting new standards for perfection in our eyes. This campaign they came up with to show their clients their appreciation blew us away. Every detail was thought through, and execution was tight right through to the release.
It was a pleasure working with OX to produce this video series. We are anxious to work with them again.
Monica Gutierrez just finished two short videos for MAKE IT VISIBLE, an Amnesty International Canada campaign for the survival of Indigenous peoples in Colombia.
“Canadian resource and mining companies have secured government permits to operate in Colombia, amidst complaints by Indigenous peoples that their right to decision-making about projects that will impact their land is routinely denied. Indeed expressing opposition to projects brings threats and attacks. Through the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the Canadian government is promoting further expansion of these operations without human rights guarantees.”
This campaign is about making the plight of Indigenous People in Colombia more visible in an international arena. Please share widely and take action through the steps outlined in the videos. Click on the images to see each video.
During Black History Month Monica Gutierrez was interviewed by Pablo Gómez Barrios on Radio Canada International about the video below:
The video was crafted after Monica’s Return from an delegation visit to Honduras during the 2013 November elections. The delegation visit included meeting with community groups who defend women’s, indigenous and/or human rights. Alfredo Lopez, profiled above, is a Garifuna leader and member of OFRANEH (The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras). His fight to defend ancestral Garifuna lands from unsustainable tourism, often fueled by Canadian investors, is similar to the stories portrayed in our documentary Amunegu. There are strong, autonomous communities in both Belize and Honduras who are facing these issues.
You can hear the full interview (in Spanish) at RCI’s website HERE.