Stories They Tell is an ongoing mini-documentary series by Nikki Celis and Annum Shah that follows various creatives in Canada. The series seeks to highlight new, emerging, and established artists and go beyond simply showcasing their art. Rather, it provides artists a personal platform to discuss their art vis-a-vis their personal lives.
To delve deeper into the world of spoken word, Storytellers follows Vila Chanthabouala. Originally from Surrey, B.C., Chanthabouala moved to Calgary at the age of 19 and has since then become an integral part of Calgary’s spoken word scene. In this documentary, she talks about her experiences growing up, her journey unlearning the labels placed on her, and her identity. Chanthabouala also discusses how spoken word has helped her find power within herself to rise above the hardships she has faced.
Shot and directed by Nikki Celis and Annum Shah
Edited by Nikki Celis
Storyboarding by Annum Shah and Nikki Celis
Filmed in various locations in Calgary.
Music by the Blue Dot Sessions
In this short documentary, Asian Canadian literature pioneer Jim Wong-Chu talks about the conflict between cultural and national identity.
Published in April 2016, for the Georgia Straight.
A short film about my trip in Istanbul.
Footage edited and synced to Andrew Applepie's "Unreal Movement of Time".
Shot with an Olympus OM-D EM-10 MKII.
Calgary's I Am The Mountain performing "Motorcycles" at Sofar Calgary on November 26th, 2016.
Shot and Edited by Nikki Celis and Ryan Wellicome for Sofar Sounds Calgary.
Lyrique performing "Home" at Sofar Calgary on March 4th, 2017.
Shot by Nikki Celis and Ryan Wellicome.
Edited by Nikki Celis.
Justine Vandergrift performing "Victimized" at Sofar Calgary on March 4th, 2017.
Shot and filmed by Nikki Celis and Ryan Wellicome.
Edited by Nikki Celis.
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We Are Calgarian showcases the individual, and collective voices that make Calgary's music scene what it is. Sitting with Slo Dance, comprised of Kaleem Khan (Shaani Cage) and Evangelos Lambrinoudis II (Sanctums, Corinthian), the two discussed what, in their opinion, makes the Calgary music scene what it is.
Published in association with Outloud YYC as part of Calgary's Juno Awards lead up events. 2016.
A project in collaboration with Annum Shah. The video focuses on the idea of the Asian cultural identity within Calgary's Arts and Culture scene.
Ft. Jenny Chanthabouala and Ben Wong.
First Cinema Verite project for my Journalism Program at SAIT Polytechnic.
Filmed with the help of photojournalists Ryan Wellicome and Lillie Cameron.
Featuring members of Mpact movement, and the co-founders, Connie Jakab and Oliver G Reyes, whom I thank very dearly for allowing us to film their performance. Filming took place in the Arts Commons, Calgary.
Published in 2015.