Reprising his collaboration with Artist Charlotte Keates, London based Photographer and Director Ian Froome’s new short for her upcoming exhibition The Kennedy Trip, submerges us in the inspiration behind the artist’s new collection of paintings. Making its premiere on Directors Notes today, we asked Ian to tell us how this lyrical, contemplative project came into being.

I had made a short film for one of Charlotte’s previous exhibitions, which was more of a documentary styled piece that explained how she works and what influenced her. For the latest body of work for her upcoming show (6-9th December) at PULSE Miami Beach with the Arusha Gallery, I wanted to focus more on what inspired her.

She had been on an American road trip 2 years ago and collected Kodachrome slides from the areas of the trip. She found a box of slides from the 50s and 60s with a focus on Palm Springs and the Racquet Club labelled The Kennedy Trip which informed the majority of her new body of work. The poem read in the video is rumoured to be one from Marilyn Monroe to JFK which links back to the slides.

The project had been talked about for the last couple of months so I had been thinking of ideas for a while but the actual filming had to get done over a 2 day period. To film the video I used the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K combined with a mixture of lenses (mainly the Canon 50mm prime lens), and the Movi 15 gimbal. The edit was done in Premiere pro.

The Kennedy Trip is one of the many great projects shared with the Directors Notes Programmers through our submissions process. If you’d like to join them submit your film.

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