Led by filmmaker-in-residence Ephraim Asili and local poet and founder of The Bloomfield House, Teajai Travis, this free workshop interactively explored the intersection of poetry and film. Inspired by the process of Asili’s current film project, participants filmed each other using a DSLR camera as they recited poetry on the rooftop of a parking garage in downtown Windsor. The workshop focused on compositional framing, mise en scène, lens focus and light. After the workshop, the acquired footage was played back on a projector setup at Artcite and provided to the participants as a DVD copy.

Ephraim Asili is an African-American Artist, Filmmaker, D.J., Radio host, and traveler. Inspired by his day-to-day wanderings, Asili creates art that situates itself as a series of meditations on everyday experience and media culture. His films have screened at venues including Media City Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Wavelengths at TIFF, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

About Ephraim Asili’s screened films:

“Beautifully filmed on location in Ghana, Brazil and Ethiopia as well as in Philadelphia and Harlem, Asili’s complex, poetic documentaries fuse travelogue to archival investigation in order to explore how history and memory bear on the present – shaping the navigation and inhabitation of places.” – LA FilmForum

This event and residency are made possible by the Momentum Film and Video Collective and is co-presented with the Media City Film Festival. The organizations acknowledge generous support from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Windsor.