The Walls of Montreal

Ezra Soiferman is a documentary filmmaker from Montreal, Canada. This week he shares with us his new film “The Walls of Montreal” which documents the diverse collection of murals across the city.

Between 2013 and 2016, I criss-crossed the streets of my hometown Montreal like a pinball, photographing over 1500 of the city’s painted murals. The project, “The Walls of Montreal”, was inspired by my young daughter Talula’s fascination with the murals we discovered together on our everyday adventures in our neighbourhood and throughout our beloved city.

As part of the project, I created a short ‘music photeo’ bringing some of our very favourite murals to life. The captivating song “Homecoming” by Idaho-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Josh Ritter serves as the backbone for the video.

The video made its festival premiere late this summer at the NDG Off The Wall Film Festival in Montreal’s Girouard Park. The video is also the inaugural project of my year-long dream gig as the first Artist in Residence at Tweed, Canada’s largest licensed producer of medical cannabis. Their support of me and a street art project like this means so much to me.

I want to thank all the street artists in Montreal, and the many who have visited our town, who created these magnificent works of art that make our city that much more of a magical place. It’s been fascinating seeing these murals spring to life across the city over the years and really help further beautify the urban landscape.

This photo series and video are my tribute to all these artists and to my town. Thanks for watching and sharing and please come visit some time!

Are you an artist from Montreal and see your work featured in Ezra’s video? Sign up to our website to have your work shared across our global platform at http://globalstreetart.com/register 

Words and photography by Ezra Soiferman
Featured image by Labrona and Gawd

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