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Documentary · USA · 2017 · 70 Minutes · HD · Color · 2.39:1 · Stereo · English

Best Documentary, Festival Regards sur le Cinéma du Monde 2018, Paris, France
"The connectivity of creation that artists share is examined with profound beauty and sensitivity..."
4.5/5, Simon Foster via Screen-Space

Upcoming Screenings
29 Mar - 7 Apr
Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay

A visual artist and a musician create a series of works in which paintings and musical scores form cohesive pieces intended to be experienced together. The works interpret the excitement and monotony of life in the urban desert sprawl from the diverse perspectives of the native and the newcomer. An intensely focused document of the process of creation and collaboration as four new works come to life.

Director's Statement
Given access to a thrilling collaboration that combined painting and music, I wanted to capture the creative process from an intimate perspective known only to the artists themselves. I did this with lenses often perched mere inches from the panel or instrument, from a variety of angles, and to the extent possible moving in sync with the artist. I hoped to capture minute details like the texture of the paint as it is applied and the vibration of the strings and they are strummed. Using voice over narration, we get an insight into the unspoken threads of inspiration and creativity that connect the artist and their surroundings. In the end, just as the artist does not simply reproduce, but provides a unique impression, this film is my impression of the act of painting and recording music. It is an impression of a song that is an impression of a painting that is an impression of a city.

Director's Biography
Joshua J. Provost is an award-winning cinematographer who also writes and directs on occasion. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, he has produced over thirty short films and music videos. His short film "L'amour en cinq parties" played at more than forty international film festivals. "Coalesce: A City Composed" is his debut feature-length film, a documentary about the city he lives in and the art that it inspires.

Film & Productions Stills

Joshua Provost, Matter of Chance Productions
3010 W Sentinel Rock Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85086, USA
online: matterofchance.com
email: joshprovost@yahoo.com
mobile: +1 602 628 6223

Megan Jonas was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979 and is a life-long Arizona resident currently based in the Sunnyslope area. She attended the New School for the Arts before graduating from the Art Institute of Phoenix. She is known for her distinctly fluid sketching style and is currently focused on plein air landscape painting. She works year-round to interpret power lines, palm tress, utility poles and other urban trappings in unexpected and often beatified ways despite harsh working conditions.
| meganjonas.com

Jordan Ignacio was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1985 and recently relocated to Phoenix. He is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who collects vintage keyboards and synthesizers along with guitars and other instruments. Working as The Languid Current he creates “happy-sad music for happy-sad people” that dispenses with musical stereotypes in favor of charting complex emotional paths over the course a song. In that sense, he is more influenced by film scores than by rock music, and has scored a number of films in recent years.
| jordanignacio.com

Matter of Chance Productions presents Coalesce: A City Composed; A film by Joshua J. Provost; Featuring Megan Jonas & Jordan Ignacio; Camera Assistants Sawyer Helm, Gabriel Loyer, Evangeline Provost; Sound Recording Gabriel Loyer, Evangeline Provost, Joshua Provost; Additional Music by Chris Zabriskie