CYANO SUN SUITE

a concert film in seven poems

WORLD PREMIERE JUNE 18 2024  SUONI PER IL POPOLO, LA SALA ROSSA, TIOHTIÀ:KE/MONTRÉAL CANADA

TRAILER LAUNCH MAY 15 2024

Shot at the iconic Montreal Biosphere, CYANO SUN SUITE is a concert film in seven poems performed to improvised hipjazzsoulbopfunkhop. Directed by Stefan Verna; written, performed and produced by Tawhida Tanya Evanson; and featuring improvised music by members of Kalmunity Vibe Collective, this 43-minute visual album is an afro-ancestral dream of outer space told through word, sound and science.

From culture starters on Earth to the concept of freedom in outer space, CYANO SUN SUITE contemplates an Afrofuturist worldview as poems move up the food chain, or rather, through scientific levels of organization. Metaphors begin at the cellular (Culture Starter); then move onto tissue and organ systems (Incision); organisms (Ten Quintillion); population and community (Null Island); ecosphere and biosphere (The Mother of All Jams); planets and solar system (Extraterrestrial Diamonds); and end in the galaxy and observable universe (Sun Solo).

With Jean-Michel Frédéric (keys), Erik Hove (saxophone), Mark Haynes (bass), Jahsun (drums), Elli Miller Maboungou (percussion), and guest poet Kaie Kellough. Music production by Audio Coara and editing by Sharif Mirshak.


AWARDS

CYANO SUN SUITE (full film)
Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION
Film Invasion Los Angeles OFFICIAL SELECTION
Golden Wheat Awards AWARD WINNER
Andromeda Film Festival AWARD WINNER
Vesuvius International Film Awards AWARD WINNER
David Film Festival Best Experimental Film AWARD WINNER
International Music Video Awards AWARD WINNER
Cannes World Film Festival AWARD WINNER 
Istanbul Movie Awards SEMI FINALIST
Brooklyn International Short Awards SEMI FINALIST
San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival SEMI FINALIST
New York Arthouse Film Fest NOMINEE
Art Film Spirit Awards NOMINEE

Extraterrestrial Diamonds (short)
Tabriz Cinema Awards Best Experimental AWARD WINNER
Gladiator Film Festival Best Experimental & Best Music Video Composer AWARD WINNER
Majorca Atlanteans AWARD WINNER

Culture Starter (short)
Short Way International Short Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION
Miami International Short Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION
International Sound Future Awards Best Music Video AWARD WINNER
International Music Video Awards AWARD WINNER
Prague International Music Video Awards FINALIST

Null Island (short)
Hamilton Black Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION & AWARD WINNER
Crossings International Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION
Rapport Festival (Black Film Festival) OFFICIAL SELECTION
Harlem International Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION
THE ARTISTS FORUM SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION FINALIST
Dream Machine International Film Festival FINALIST
 

THEATRE SCREENINGS

Null Island (short) 
. Rapport Festival, March 29, 2024 London UK
. Harlem International Film Festival, May 23, 2024 New York City, USA 
. Hamilton Black Film Festival May 26, 2024 Hamilton ON Canada  *BEST PICTURE*

Culture Starter (short)
. Film Invasion Los Angeles June 2024 (exact date TBA) Los Angeles USA

CYANO SUN SUITE (full film)
. Suoni per il Popolo June 18 2024 Tiohtià:ke/Montréal QC Canada *WORLD PREMIERE*

 

ONLINE SCREENINGS

CYANO SUN SUITE (full film)
. Film Invasion Los Angeles June 2024 (exact date TBA) Los Angeles USA

 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec

fact sheet

TITLE : CYANO SUN SUITE
COUNTRY : Canada
LANGUAGE : English
RELEASE DATE : 2024
RUN TIME : 43 minutes
FORMAT: HD 1920 x 1080
PRODUCTION COMPANY : Mother Tongue Media
GENRE : Concert Film / Music Video / Videopoetry / Experimental
FILMING LOCATION: Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Canada
DIRECTOR : Stefan Verna
PRODUCER : Tawhida Tanya Evanson
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : Pierre Tremblay
EDITOR : Sharif Mirshak 
TITLES & MOTION DESIGN : Chris Boakye-Agyeman
CAST
Tawhida Tanya Evanson : VOCALS
Jean-Michel Frédéric : KEYS
Erik Hove : SAXOPHONE
Mark Haynes : BASS
Jahsun : DRUMS
Elli Miller Maboungou : PERCUSSION
Kaie Kellough : GUEST VOCALS
CAMERA OPERATOR : Stefan Verna
CAMERA OPERATOR : Sharif Mirshak
DRONE OPERATOR : Noé Sardet 
ASSISTANT CAMERA OPERATOR : Ruth De Jean
GAFFER : Miguel Sorto
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR : Christian Boakye-Agyeman
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT : Nily Louis
MUSIC PRODUCER : Tyler Fitzmaurice 
SOUND RECORDING ENGINEER : Shae Brossard 
LIVE SOUND REINFORCEMENT ENGINEER : Tyler Crawford
ASSISTANT ENGINEER : Jojo Worthington
MASTERING ENGINEER Ryan Morey