What happens when five strangers adapt one another’s dreams into five short films? Things get weird!
The journey of making a single film can be long and winding. Throw in the chaos of trying to make money, launch a career, and market yourself, and you can forget the creative inspiration that got you here in the first place.
“Maybe that’s what a short film actually is,” said Frances Bodomo, one of the filmmakers of collective:unconscious. “Remembering that there is experimentation and trying things out — things people try to knock out of you to become a 'professional' filmmaker.”
The morning before their premiere at SXSW 2016, we sat down with the collective: unconscious team. Have a listen to the podcast:
Helmed by executive producer Dan Schoenbrun (who came up with the idea), filmmakers Lily Baldwin (Sleepover LA), Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), Daniel Patrick Carbone (Hide Your Smiling Faces), Josephine Decker (Thou Wast Mild and Lovely), and Lauren Wolkstein (Social Butterfly) put together an omnibus feature film as mind-bending and unique as it is cohesive. After you see it, you'll think about it for days.
"We weren’t just one crazy person making a dream; we were a team of crazy people making a dream."
"This is what I wish was asked of newer filmmakers: Explore what you are doing and find your footing. As opposed to: Label you voice, find your niche, make your film, [and onto the] next festival."
No Film School's coverage of the 2016 SXSW Film Festival is sponsored by SongFreedom.