Dan Schoenbrun’s film “collective:unconscious” is an omnibus film like no one has ever seen before. In 2014, Schoenbrun asked five filmmakers to adapt each other’s dreams for the screen. What began as a quick five-part web series evolved into one of the most original debut features of 2016. Now, the film will be available to the public to download for free exclusively on BitTorrent on August 9th, complete with bonus features, samples of the directors’ previous work, and the original recordings of the dreams they adapted. Watch the trailer for the film below and check out a poster as well.
The five filmmakers featured in “collective: unconscious” are 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”).
Dan Schoenbrun is currently starting a company called The Eyeslicer with his producing partner Vanessa McDonnell. He was formerly the Senior Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter and the Associate Director of Programming at IFP (Independent Film Project). About the film, he says that everyone involved “agreed to make something as strange and as adventurous as possible, and not to worry about our commercial prospects,” and that they think they “succeeded in making something unapologetically weird, so why try now to fit it into a marketplace that doesn’t value weird?”
“collective:unconscious” became the first ever omnibus film to premiere in competition at SXSW and has gone on to screen at top festivals across the country. It will also open for a weeklong theatrical run at Brooklyn’s Made in NY Media Center by IFP starting August 5th.