SmartPhone Review- “Kuujjuaq”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

“Kuujjuaq”, a smart phone  short film, which was initially a student essay, has found its way onto the Cacique Film Festival Series (Vienna, Austria event March 29th, 2019) screening selection. As well as being educational short film to anyone who hasn’t been to Kuujjuaqthis may serve as another reason to travel to a place where most wouldn’t dare ponder. That is until now! Do yourself some justice and click on the  highlighted links in blue to find out where this remarkable village is.

Kuujjuaq trailer / bande-annonce from Wapikoni mobile on Vimeo.

Besides the obvious that its blistering cold in Kuujjuaq, the film gives some insight to the culture as well as the amazing geography that surrounds one of the fourteen villages in this Canadian province. Maybe short films such as this should be endorsed more to broaden the minds of those that wonder what a pure quality of life is like and how similar their own existence is. Sammy Gadbois, did a fabulous job of encouraging viewers to visit his village  with a broader outlook on what some may consider untouched regions.

Scenes from Kuujjuaq.
Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2019
Copyright controlled. Sammy Gadbois.2018

We do hope that all of the major travel boards (TripAdvisor to Booking.com) take notice of the work this student has done “pro-bono” advertising this remarkable village. In closing it should be noted that the Wapikoni Mobile team deserves a standing ovation for not only supporting their youth but also doing an excellent job with their professional submission. We are eternal fans.

Thank you Mr. Gadbois for enlightening us.

“Informative”- WJ

WJ.

Credits:

“Job Life” By: Roberto I. Ercolalo- Short Film Review

Written By:  Jerome Fitts

For the life of me I don’t know why indie film festival award winning director Roberto I. Ercolalo started this relevant piece in Spanish without subtitles. According to the films advertisement, the following film has been selected to numerous festivals. Its your call as well as evaluate some of those festivals selection committee members. *Just saying!

Within the first 45 seconds of the short film Job Life, the director has his point across. This nineteen and thirty-six second black and white short describes how certain individuals within the Argentinian work force live to work as the burden of their job cements their oppression.

To appreciate the work of Mr. Ercolalo one would have to watch the film more than once while applauding the soundtrack composers Tomás Alegre and Victoria Korenblit  which may be the beckoning for such a second glanceUnfortunately both carry the film as oppose to the message that the director is attempting to convey.

Could his message be; “Some people has little to no choices with their career or is it in Argentina there are little to no opportunities once you start a career?”- 

Roberto I. Ercolalo in Job Life. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2018

 

The drainy deposition of the film is one that some of us movie goers have when we are recovering from the fear of a brilliant weekend on a rainy Sunday while preparing to go to work the next morning. If you are looking for an uplifting film then you may want to check the next dial.  However if you want something that would make you appreciate the life you have while re-assessing your current career status then this is one for you.

Within the film overview, Ercolalo is quoted: “There is a message in the film.” We were looking for something that wasn’t so obvious.

By no means are we announcing an ill-rating for the film but we do think that Job Life will be appreciated more in the future once we are blessed with more work from Roberto I. Ercolalo.

Sir.. Its a decent start.. -WJ

THE BOUDOIR – VIDEO SHORT REVIEW

 Jerome Fitts

Clap! Clap! David Latreille for putting a twist, flavor and excitement in a video that encompasses the remarkable music by Asten Harris  yes A.K.A Apex Martin of Kayne West fame. Undoubtedly the song is killer but the rapid photos of actress Emilie Dumas should be displayed for patrons entering a nightclub anywhere. The thing of it is, this 2014  genuine piece of digital storytelling, which was submitted to WJ via The Cacique Film Awards , is listed as a music short film. Its the work of a genius!

“A two-minute short film about a young woman experiencing music through a psychotic phase.” 

THE BOUDOIR from David Latreille on Vimeo.

What Mr. Latreille did in 2014 was redefined style in a music video. Were the standards set by the brilliant producer/director followed since its original release? If we are honest with one another the answer is; no!

Actress: Emilie Dumas
Copyright David Latreille. 2014
Photo used by kind permission. 2018

This a perfect example of why MTV introduced music videos that were created decades ago. Is it a song that should be on full blast driving in a quiet neighborhood? No.. Its too special.. This two minutes and eleven seconds tune could be put on while working out in the gym, dressing up to impress a his or hers date or going through that psycho phase that we all endure.

In closing this gem was created ahead of our time.

WJ

Credits, Cast & Crew:
Young Woman / Emilie Dumas
Writer, Director, Editor / David Latreille
Cinematographer / Nicolas Venne
Score / Apex Martin

“The Cotillion” Short Film Review

 Jerome Fitts

Robyn Whitmore of Sierra Lane Productions has attempted to bring issues in a Louisiana community that was once considered taboo yet remains in certain societies today. Independent films are normally funny, creative and sometimes thought provocative while being created on a low budget. Ms. Whitmore seems to have covered the norm while extending boundaries of various subject matters.


The result or transparent review of the noted project is: “Sometimes the results doesn’t resembles the efforts”. Its safe to say that Ms. Whitmore has more in-store in the now “DIY” realm of film-making. The limitations and/or congenial cooperation between the cast members of this indie film doesn’t seem to have been an handicap. However the scattered concept of the film does leave one to ponder- “What is the statement or concept behind the stories? There seems to be more than one”

A blended family has to face some harsh realities about their father and siblings while preparing for an annual ball.”– Robyn Whitmore 

A loyal lover of film will see the subliminal talent of Ms. Whitmore. It is recommendation that, you the reader, not only watch the film in its entirety but also follow the future projects of Sierra Lane Productions. The best is yet to come.

For more release and film accessibility contact:  Robyn Whitmore 

Copyright Controlled. Sierra Lane Productions in association with Whitmore Entertainment. 2018

Bob Moses – “Battle Lines” | Album Review

 Jerome Fitts

** Also contributed to The Line Best Fit 

If you are lucky enough to catch Bob Moses, the Canadian electro duo, then be prepared. Their latest album “Battle Lines” is a potent reminder of the power of the combination of hard rhythm, electronic experimentation, and hard-hitting lyrics.

Just to be clear here: pound for pound and track for track, this record is a gem. Thirty seconds into the lead single, “Back Down”, it’s clear that we’re in the safe hands of a duo who understand exactly how to manipulate their audience.

The single reminds us all of why we leave our inhibitions at the door truly exciting music like this, as it briefly transports us from our mundane present to the promise of a better future. It’s microcosm of the appeal of the Battle Lines as a whole: this is versatile, dynamic party music, made by masters of their craft.

Battle Lines is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition colored double LP from Domino and digital download. All pre-orders from Domino receive an instant download of “Back Down” and “Heaven Only Knows.”

PRE-ORDER DIGITAL
PRE-ORDER PHYSICAL 

The band will tour North America this fall, with dates kicking off September 21 in Sacramento and further stops in San FranciscoPortlandSeattleChicagoBostonPhiladelphiaNew YorkAustinLos Angeles and beyond. Tickets are on sale now. Visit bobmosesmusic.com for more information.
Bob Moses Live
Sept 15 || Ensenada, Mexico || Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food & Music Festival
Sept 21 || Sacramento, CA || Ace Of Spades
Sept 22 || Oakland, CA || Fox Theater
Sept 24 || Portland, OR || Wonder Ballroom
Sept 25 || Vancouver, BC || Commodore Ballroom
Sept 26 || Seattle, WA || Neptune Theater
Sept 27 || Boise, ID || Knitting Factory
Sept 28 || Salt Lake City, UT || The Metro
Sept 29 || Denver, CO || Gothic Theater
Sept 30 || San Diego, CA || CRSSD Festival
Oct 2 || Omaha, NE || The Waiting Room
Oct 3 || Minneapolis, MN || Varsity Theater
Oct 4 || Chicago, IL || Thalia Hall
Oct 5 || Las Vegas, NV || Encore Beach Club
Oct 6 || Toronto, ON || Danforth Music Hall
Oct 7 || Montreal, QC || Corona Theatre
Oct 9 || Boston, MA || Paradise
Oct 10 || Philadelphia, PA || Union Transfer
Oct 11 || Washington, D.C. || 9:30 Club
Oct 12 || Brooklyn, NY || Brooklyn Steel
Oct 15 || Carrboro, NC || Cat’s Cradle
Oct 16 || Atlanta, GA || Terminal West
Oct 17 || New Orleans, LA || Republic
Oct 18 || Houston, TX || White Oak Music Hall
Oct 19 || Austin, TX || Emo’s
Oct 20 || Dallas, TX || Trees
Oct 23 || El Paso, TX || Lowbrow Palace
Oct 24 || Sante Fe, NM || Meow Wolf
Oct 25 || Phoenix, AZ || The Van Buren
Nov 2 || Mexico City, Mexico || Auditorio Blackberry
Nov 16 || Los Angeles, CA || The Palladium

BOB MOSES ONLINE:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

“Lost In The Kingdom”- Single Review- KOYO

   Jerome Fitts

The new single, “Lost In The Kingdom” by Leeds, England band Koyo, has certainly redefined the digital rewind button on any media player. You will find yourself listening to the track more than once. The song has the strength of discovering a third eye as one may make up their own video beginning with the opening lines of “Lost in the Kingdom of hopes and dreams’ .. This song can suit a road trip, a workout or a painter putting layers on a tapestry to reasonings behind making up to a love one. It is an inspiring track that fills the void in an industry that has run out of creative ideas while toying with their instruments. These guys have honed in on their craft and their journey has only begun. 

The track which is slated for a release date on June 9th, is the perfect example of modern day flawless productions that is suitable for all genres of conventional radio. I would be surprised if the track isn’t a rotational hit on both sides of the ocean.

“The strong interest in the band that has been garned recently from LA LA land, is validated by the captivation after listening to the first five seconds of the track.”

Lost In The Kingdom is a eternal gesture and gift from Koyo to music listeners that may become a virus to those who have given up on new music as of 2017.

  Catch them live: 

The Castle Hotel, Manchester– June 1st    

The Birthdays, London– June 6th

Follow Koyo:

Website: www.koyoband.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/koyo_uk

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/koyoband

Facebook: https://facebook.com/koyoband

Bandcamp: https://koyoband.bandcamp.com/releases

 

The Twin Cams…and their “Same Four Walls”

By:   Jerome Fitts

It is true the internet has made the world turn faster while becoming closer. There is also the element of attitude to speed up the process of compliments and recognition in the world of holding a mic and singing a song then putting it online and claiming to be in a band. For the most part, its a rather disgusting situation as the let downs after listening to the streaming of those songs meets disappointments just as a doughnuts with no sugar. Then there are exceptions and in this case its The Twin Cams

This particular band from Milton-Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland, The Twin Cams, who are led by two constantly gigging two brothers Tim and Matt Rattigan, claims to have gotten it right or simple doesn’t care. That is of course as long as the music is delivered.

In the spring of 2017, The ‘Cams  seems to have recognized the advantages and disadvantages of being from a rural part of the world while utilizing the instant distribution systems and platforms of delivering music. Confidence is a word that has yet to be overly saturated on the favorable instant gratication platforms in which these pair support however they are filled with confidence.

“We don’t write a song or record a song to appeal to any target audience, we write and record because it happens. It’s not as easy as breathing, we’re good enough at this to be able to do it in our sleep, songwriting is difficult, but when an idea comes along it can become a catalyst really and some magic just happens.”- Tim Ratigan stated.

The Twin Cams debut E.P.
“The Same Four Walls”. 2017.

The first question any true music listener would ask is; “Really, is that so?” Before leading into a list of questions to challenge the duo, I let Mr. Rattigan rant. My thoughts were he had better say something different or at the very least live up to their own hype because that rope in which himself and Matt has placed around their neck, will most likely get a new nickname.

Tim concluded; “The internet has changed things so much now that we don’t feel that being in any particular location is better than another as far as success is concerned – while some locations offer more gig opportunities than others, the difference between such locations is very small compared to the volume that can be targeted via the internet when it comes to gathering fans – we would even go as far as saying that for any band who is yet to be discovered, it is very possible that an audience will take to them if they happen to see them by chance while on a night out. However the truth of it is if you are half decent, most intoxiated individuals will enjoy what they hear – But how many of them will remember you the morning after? – Some will, but the majority will carry on with their lives because you have served the purpose of entertaining them for 45 minutes or so.”

“Online fans are different – they are more likely to follow you because they like you.”

It is a fact that some levels of  confidence comes from being located in a remote part of the world that on any given night there is an amazing musician that will subsequently out do each other in what is called a “session”. Then again, what if you transcend both and  the follow the rules of song writing, which is laying down tracks that are in your heart.

Judging by the opening tunes on their debut “The Same Four Walls” six track E.P., the band seem to be aware of what is out there in the big world of kitchen bands, but they have purposedly stayed true to their roots.

Follow and engage with the band:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetwincamsband        Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetwincams

Or buy the E.P here:

I-Tunes: https://t.co/Upn3zrz6Or   Amazon: https://t.co/PLAf36ma6P 

“Sheer Amazement”

“Sheer Amazement”
By: Jerome Fitts- April 2015

In wrapping up the the current documentary film “The WorthJourney”, we decided to include a few subjective thoughts and excerpts from scenarios that was cut from the final version of the film. We couldn’t fit what is written below into the film because the people that supported me filming did not experience the same challenges and adversities. So I thought the best way to clear my desk with the relevant experiences that wouldn’t go away, was to put it into a blog that one particular well-known publication is going to publish anyway. Besides in my opinion, the sole purpose of blogs, is to share the experiences and provide the social proof to back up the story.

Here goes:
Case 1:
In May of 2013, when I was going through passport control in the city that created the ingredients of “bullshit”- Los Angeles, I was asked; “How do you have two passports and why are you going to Ireland?” My reply was simple: “I live in Dublin sir”.

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Dublin, Ireland 2014. Photo taken by J.Fitts

His response while stamping my American passport was; “Why, you’re not Irish and you certainly don’t sound Irish?” My response: “No of course I am not, but what does that have to do with my house, family, friends and paying tax in Eire over the last 20 plus years! I am using my American passport because I just want the easiest way to go through passport control bro. I have had enough of LA LA land.” Ironically enough, exactly a year after that incident leaving Canada with Tamara, I entered the States with my Irish passport and had no trouble. Tamara, who is Irish, was questioned..- Yeah go figure.

While walking through, after he stamped my passport, I told him that after going home for a few weeks I was going to Rodos, Greece for the summer then onwards to Sierra Leone my ethnic origin to start filming a documentary. His response was: “Well that is ok then, but where is that?”. Bro please.

Setting sail within the Greek Islands. 2014

Setting sail within the Greek Islands. 2014

Not only did this idiot at passport control provide more fuel for my fire for The WorthJourney, but I was also amazed how this guy, who was a person of color, held this position of control. You know I wonder why someone from Homeland Security or Passport Control wasn’t educated enough to know that people of color have been enabled to roam the planet as they choose for sometime. Perhaps we were equally amazed at one another but from two different perspectives. I felt like the guy in 12 years And A Slave that could read and the fellow slaves were pissed off at him for being able to and he just didn’t get it.

Leaving Santa Monica. May 2013.

Leaving Santa Monica. May 2013.

Was it because I looked like a basketball player wearing shades and nursing a hangover trying to being too cool that threw him off or was it because I didn’t flirt with him? Well I am heterosexual and if it had been an attractive female perhaps I would have- who knows? Although that did get me in a lot of trouble at the Greek/Macedonian boarder a year later, but man do I remember her smile. At any rate isn’t it amazing that this guy was giving me a hard time because he couldn’t understand how I was roaming freely without a care in the world?

Case 2:
It amazes me how many people hate America but love the programs, the freedom, the music and try so desperately to be American, even though they have never set foot in the land of the free.

During my trip through the Balkans region in the summer of 2014 and I couldn’t believe the amount of Yankees baseball hats there were as well as the amount of American Selfie poses there were. The world’s third largest country (Facebook) and the key holder of the Internet (Microsoft) were both created in America so why hate the land so much?

The world is a smaller place these days because of the latter, but it should also serve as some sort of platform for education and comparisons of traditions. Lets be frank, America doesn’t have any real traditions and in 2015 no true race. It’s still a new conquered land and a Big Party that has arguably or inarguably gone wrong. But is that the average hard working American fault? I love that Big Party, well at least in spurts.

Bill Clinton Statue.. In all places-- Prishtina, Kosovo. 2014

Bill Clinton Statue.. In all places– Prishtina, Kosovo. taken by JFitts. June 2014

If we all take the approach of accepting the Big Party that everyone wants to be apart of then perhaps we can concentrate on less negative attitudes towards the Big Party. Or else we could all shut up and stick to our own and not share, but don’t take from the Big Party and run home. Get it!

I get the political side of things and at some point who could disagree, I know most Americans hate the war(s) as well but someone has to maintain stability right?

None of this has anything to do with Fashion. That is a totally separate post altogether. I don’t think there is anywhere else in the world where people dress the same except in the 50 States that makes up America.

Zurich, Switzerland. late 2013

Zurich, Switzerland. late 2013- taken by. JFitts February 2014

Music and Television however seems to be a completely different story. The licensed television shows in different languages such as; the X-Factor, and the God awful reality shows are hilarious. With the exception of Ireland and England, there are more copycat programs exported from the Fat of Land than ever.

I wonder what Ice T and Afrika Islam would think of the kids that are trying to be what they were 30 years ago when they created hip-hop? Its amazing that some of those kids in either the Balkans or Greek Islands would tell  Ice T or “Izz” they got it wrong. Imagine that.. Funny right, well Google it.

It would be a sin to leave out G.A.S (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) in this but we have to blame the degenerate expats who wouldn’t go home after their service for allowing them to call hip hop “Black Music”. Isn’t that amazing that urban/hip-hop or soul could be considered Black Music and no one is offended. Hmm food for thought. If everyone is getting alone then why bother, or is it a case of keeping the blinds shut on equality.

Big Steve Def Jay Radio. Photos used by kind permission. 2015

Big Steve Def Jay Radio. Photos used by kind permission. 2015

What if Americans were taking traditional music from the Polish and singing it on street corners then tell the Polish they have it wrong. You guys want an example, put on a pot of coffee and research it.  

What’s the point I am trying to make? I was amazed that this is still going on. Is it about race? “No”. Is it about education? Hmm you’re the reader you be the judge. I personally think it has a lot to do with laziness and lack of communication amongst one another as people.

Irish Ferries. Copyright Controlled. 2015

Irish Ferries. Copyright Controlled. 2015

I miss those glory days of catching a ferry from Dublin to Holy Head, Wales after a great night out. Then meeting exciting people from all over the world that had very little fear and would buy each other beers.

Thank God for my local pub!

JFitts