Five of New York city’s most creative independent filmmakers have launched “collective:unconscious,” a new collaborative web series where they will work together to adapt each other’s dreams.
The participating filmmakers are Josephine Decker (“Thou Wast Mild and Lovely,” “Butter on the Latch”), Daniel Patrick Carbone (“Hide Your Smiling Faces”), Lauren Wolkstein (“Social Butterfly”), Frances Bodomo (“Afronauts”) and Lily Baldwin (“Sleepover LA”). Among them, their films have been screened at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and SXSW.
The creative process for “collective:unconscious” will begin with each filmmaker writing a brief recollection of a memorable dream he or she has had. Then all five filmmakers will be assigned another filmmaker’s dream to adapt for the omnibus series.
To fund the web series, the collective:unconscious team has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $15,000. The money raised will be split evenly among the five participating filmmakers, serving as the entire budget for each individual episode.
“‘collective:unconscious’ was created as a vehicle to let five of New York’s most adventurous filmmakers do what they do best: experiment,” said Dan Schoenbrun, the series’ creator. “As an independent filmmaker, It’s hard to find time and money to make insane, boundary pushing work for the sake of making it. collective:unconscious is an effort to let five visionary filmmakers do exactly that.”
According to the Kickstarter page, “Each filmmaker will have complete creative control over their adaptation. What they create can be anything. A straightforward read of the dream or a radical reinterpretation.” The adaptations can be any length and any genre or format. The idea is to encourage free thinking and creativity outside of the pressure of the film industry. The more money the filmmakers raise, the more ambitious their projects will be.
“Many of my favorite films — ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,’ ‘The Shining’ — are containers for dreams. I can’t wait to tear through the unconscious more boldly and with more freedom than ever before through this collaboration,” said filmmaker Josephine Decker. “When you don’t have to create a storyline for 90 minutes, you get to just live in visuals and sound and the strange journeys of the night.”
The Kickstarter campaign is now live, running through December 18. Production on the first season of “collective:unconscious” will launch this Spring, with a festival rollout and digital release to follow later in 2015.
Watch the campaign video below: