CYANO SUN SUITE (2023)

a concert film in seven poems

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. TRAILER COMING SOON!

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. Edited by Sharif Mirshak.


|||||  CYANO SUN SUITE - Cannes World Film Festival WINNER; Vesuvius International Film Festival WINNER; International Music Video Awards OFFICIAL SELECTION: Brooklyn International Short Awards SEMI FINALIST

|||||  Extraterrestrial Diamonds (short) - Majorca Atlanteans Award WINNER; The Gladiator Film Festival Best Experimental & Best Music Video Composer Award WINNER; Tabriz Cinema Awards NOMINEE

|||||  Culture Starter (short) -  International Sound Future Awards Best Music Video WINNER; Prague International Music Video Awards FINALIST; International Music Video Awards OFFICIAL SELECTION

|||||  Null island (short) - Dream Machine International Film Festival FINALIST; Crossings International Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION; Rapport Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION

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 : October 30 2023
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