the surrealists film kickstarter
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By melding these centuries together we will be able to use these iconic figures from history to comment on and better understand the times we live in and the cyclical patterns of humanity that never seem to change. We will deal with timely issues like art’s ability to effect change, the difference between how we present ourselves and actually live, and how the temptations of fame and fortune can change one’s ideals. All the while we will be telling the very real story of how the surrealist movement started, progressed, and disbanded while giving viewers the joy of seeing what these brilliant artists would do with modern technology and social media.
Last Modified October 3, 2019
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Over the past two years the project has accumulated a number of significant resources. Kodak expressed great interest in the picture and has pledged support in three separate grants of donated S16 mm film stock, first through its own initiative, then through the AFS Kodak grant, and finally, through the Kodak/Kickstarter initiative pledging a total of over 15 hours of free S16mm film. Additionally, BAGATELLE won the Panavision New Filmmaker grant providing the project with a free Arri SR3 S16mm camera package, courtesy of Panavision in New Orleans, LA. FotoKem in Los Angeles offered low student rates for processing and transfer that no other lab in the country could match. MPS in Austin awarded the film $3000 worth of grip equipment as part of our Austin Film Society grant. Finally, our successful Kickstarter campaign announced by Kodak at Tribeca film festival gave us a net $20,000 in cash ($35K goal less Kickstarter fees and rewards expenses).
BAGATELLE is a social satire art-house film in the vein of masterworks of Otar Iosseliani, Luis Buñuel, and Pierre Étaix, who are major influences. It explores betrayal as a quintessential human foible and attempts to show us who we are without passing judgment.Produced in rural Texas and photographed on S16mm film, BAGATELLE shuns dialogue and tells the story visually. Taking on surrealism, it makes chamber music, the Texas countryside, humanity, and pettiness collide in a grotesque encounter.