IF The Poet

IF The Poet is the moving, irreverent and inspiring story of IF (aka Ian French), a middle-aged man with a family, mortgage and career, who suddenly decides to crash the world of competitive slam poetry.

Creative team

Director/producer: Kim Saltarski

Filmmaker’s statement

I instantly knew after the first time I experienced IF performing his powerful personal truth at a sold-out poetry slam in Toronto that his story must be told beyond the spoken word stage. Thus began my over year-long odyssey chronicling IF’s triumphs and frustrations finding his place in the exploding Canadian spoken word scene.

But what I didn’t know was that being a fly on the wall in IF’s wondrous world would result in me personally growing as much as IF did on his own journey.

Our resulting documentary film, IF The Poet, is one of my proudest achievements as a storyteller. IF’s inspiring message of “no fear, only love” is truly a beacon for us all to embrace.

About Kim Saltarski

Kim Saltarski

When the camera isn’t rolling or the keyboard clicking, Kim is also a prolific songwriter, husband of one, fanatic father of two, friend to many, blissed-out world traveller, watermelon lover and much more …

Kim’s gripping documentaries for NGOs Children International and Plan Canada shot in Benin, Colombia, Peru, Zambia, The Philippines and Ecuador have touched the hearts of millions across North America. In addition, Kim produced and directed a riveting docu-adventure reality series, Operation Unplugged, for T+E Channel that took him racing across Canada’s national parks with eight techno addicts.

On the comedy flipside, Kim was the executive producer/showrunner on PopCultured with Elvira Kurt for The Comedy Network. He produced Out Of Bounds with John Oakley for Global and produced four Cream of Comedy TV specials for The Comedy Network.

In fact Kim has applied his dynamic bald brain to over 400 hours of original animated and live action family, tween, adult comedy, reality and documentary TV programming. His bevy of broadcasters include: Nickelodeon, CTV, The Comedy Network, YTV, Disney Channel, Global, Discovery Channel, BBC Kids, Cartoon Network and The Family Channel.

Visit Amazing Ain’t It Productions to learn more about how Kim turns imagination into creation.

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