2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: 306 HOLLYWOOD

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Elan Bogarín and Jonathan Bogarín

306 HOLLYWOOD
Elan Bogarín and Jonathan Bogarín conduct a creative archaeological exploration of their late grandmother’s home and possessions.

Festival Section:
Next

Sundance Program Description:

Do objects retain a spark of life from their owner after that person dies? This question catapults a dynamic brother-sister filmmaking duo on an epic odyssey to excavate their deceased grandma Annette’s unassuming Newark home of 71 years. Toothbrushes, tax documents, three vacuum cleaners – her motley collection of stuff becomes a universe unto itself, springing to life in the cinematic playground of this innovative documentary.

In the siblings’ inventive hands, the white clapboard house transforms into a magical-realist landscape replete with animated 1950s dresses and mysterious visits from physicists and fashion conservators. Inspired by archaeologists and archivists, they catalog decades of forgotten miscellany and beloved tchotchkes, creating exquisite pastiches while searching for meaning in the patterns. Who was Grandma Annette? Colorful interviews with the octogenarian in her crowded kitchen provide precious clues. And when they discover a 1972 cassette tape and use actors to lip synch intimate family conversations, it’s like a new dimension cracks open from the netherworld. In 306 HOLLYWOOD, fragments of a modest life mingle mystically – creating a profound meditation on memory bursting at the seams with love.

Some Background:
Directors/Screenwriters/Producers/Editors:

  • Elan Bogarín

    Elan Bogarín previously produced the Gotham and Independent Spirit-nominated 2009 Sundance dramatic feature BIG FAN. She co-founded The Wassaic Project, a multidisciplinary arts festival and residency program in Wassaic NY, and makes films with her brother Jonathan through their El Tigre Productions shingle, which has produced content for the Whitney, Getty, and MoMA, among other institutions. This is her feature debut, which received support from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

  • Jonathan Bogarín

    Visual artist Jonathan Bogarín co-founded El Tigre Productions with his sister Elan. This is his feature directorial debut.

Producer:

  • Judit Stalter

    Stalter is a cofounder of Hungarian film production company Laokoon Filmgroup, through which she produced Oscar winner SON OF SAUL. This is her first Sundance credit.

Executive Producers:

  • Paula Froehle
    Past Sundance docs:

    TROPHY (2017)

    Froehle is the co-founder and CEO of Chicago Media Project, which facilitates philanthropic support of social impact documentaries.

  • Steve Cohen
    Past Sundance docs:

    TROPHY
    INEQUALITY FOR ALL (2013)
    HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012)
    HELL AND BACK AGAIN (2011)

    Cohen is an attorney and the co-founder and board chair of Chicago Media Project. Previously he helped finance documentary projects as a member of Impact Partners.

  • Ken Pelletier
    Past recent Sundance docs:

    ICARUS (2017)

    Pelletier is an entrepreneur and board member of Chicago Media Project. He was the founding CTO of Groupon.

  • Laurie David
    Past recent Sundance docs:

    AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (2017)
    FED UP (2014, executive producer)
    AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (producer)

    David is an environmental activist, author, and producer.

  • Regina Scully
    Past recent Sundance docs:

    STEP (2017)
    UNREST (2017)
    DOLORES (2017)
    NEWTOWN (2016)
    MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE (2016)
    RESILIENCE (2016)
    UNDER THE GUN (2016)
    THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016)

    The Artemis Rising Foundation philanthropist is also an executive producer for Documentary Premieres title GENERATION WEALTH, US Documentary Competition title BISBEE ’17, and Documentary Premieres title WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, and a producer for US Dramatic Competition title THE TALE.

  • Geralyn Dreyfous
    Past Sundance docs:

    Recent past Sundance docs:
    BENDING THE ARC (2017)
    STEP
    PROPHET’S PREY (2015)
    THE MASK YOU LIVE IN (2015)
    IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST (2015)
    DREAMCATCHER (2015)
    HOT GIRLS WANTED (2015)
    THE HUNTING GROUND (2015)

    Co-Founder of both Impact Partners and Gamechanger Films, Dreyfous also executive produced 2018 World Cinema Doc Competition titles OUR NEW PRESIDENT and OF FATHERS AND SONS, Premieres title THE LONG DUMB ROAD, GENERATION WEALTH, BISBEE ’17, THE TALE, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, and co-executive produced US Dramatic Competition title NANCY.

  • Kevin Iwashina
    Past Sundance docs:

    THE NIGHTMARE (2015)

    Iwashina is a veteran agent, now part of Endeavor Content after running his own sales company, Preferred Content, for the past seven years. In addition to repping scores of titles, he also executive produced Sundance fiction alums FRANK & LOLA (2016), THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL (2013), JESS + MOSS (2011), and LITTLE BIRDS (2011).

  • Abby Lynn Kang Davis

    Davis worked with Iwashina as Preferred Content’s VP of nonfiction content. This is her first Sundance credit.

Editor/Screenwriter:

  • Nyneve Laura Minnear
    Past Sundance docs:

    (T)ERROR

Why You Should Watch:
The Bogarín siblings’ project is simply charming – one of the most enjoyable films to watch at this year’s festival. The filmmakers tackle big topics like aging, mortality, memory, and family without being heavy handed, bringing a refreshing but never overwhelming sense of whimsy to the proceedings. Moreover, they are blessed with the scene-stealing presence of Grandma Annette, posthumously but vibrantly introduced to viewers through years of casual interviews with her grandchildren – and, of course, through her home, a character in itself. The first-ever documentary to screen in the Next section, the film premieres as one of this year’s Day One screenings.

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