Ribauds (Roustabouts)

Ribauds (Roustabouts) is based on the work of 12th Century French poet, hagiographer and satirist Rutebeuf, expressing with calligraphy, his sympathy for the harsh lives of the poor people of Paris. That of the Ribalds, the Roustabouts, unskilled laborers, who gathered at Place de Grève, a place where barbaric executions were frequent, to debate and search for jobs and opportunities. With original music composed and performed by Benoît LeBlanc and manuscript by master calligrapher Marco Chioini

  • Douglas Capron
  • Douglas Capron
  • Marco Chioini
    Key Cast
  • Rutebeuf (12th century Poet and Hagiographer)
  • Benoît LeBlanc
  • Marco Chioini
  • "Portrait of an Olivetan Monk" © (cc) 1.0 The Met Collection Attributed to Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi (Italian, Ancaiano 1481–1536 Rome)
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    Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    History, Society, poetry, film poem, cinema poem
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2018
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Director Biography - Douglas Capron

I started my visual arts career documenting live music, particularly the Blues and Jazz scene, and made my first experimental film in 1997 which won an Honorable Mention at the US Super 8mm Film Festival, Rutgers University, New Jersey. This progressed to taking portraits of musicians and designing album covers which inspired me to explore photography as an art form. I recently rediscovered my passion for film making and have been producing and directing music videos. Future projects are in the preliminary phase with evolving screenplay and feature film development. One based on a true story of a detective mystery set in medieval Japan.

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Director Statement

I am greatly inspired by music and fascinated by the transformations and transitions that occur within nature and people and how our perception of time alternates with various life experiences. Cinematography allows me to express and share this passion by creating what is hopefully a sustainable dialogue between my subject and the viewer.