VIDEO: Power of love shines in spoken word Valentine

Filmmakers invited strangers to help them make a video about love in an alley in downtown Kelowna.
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KELOWNA – A Kelowna poet, filmmaker, cinematographer and beatboxer got together to make a Valentine for the city… and the world.

Called “You Are Love” the short film finished production Friday, Feb. 13 and was posted to YouTube, director Chelsea McEvoy says in an email.

“It is a film and spoken word combo about the power of love,” she says. “This film was so much fun to make.”

The film features the poetry of Rawle Iam James with the beatbox stylings of James Lavoie. Cinematographer Ryan Tebbutt shot the video and it was produced in association with the Inspired Word Café.

“We invited a bunch of strangers out one day behind Bernard Avenue and Rawle's poetry brought out the love in everybody,” McEvoy says. “There was dancing, hugging, singing and even painting.”

She says it was an incredible day of filming, one she will never forget.

There is a sad note associated with the project. One of the youngest participants died shortly after the day film was shot, McEvoy says.

“I felt honoured to capture her free spirit and she was the reason, I think, we were all supposed to make this film.”

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