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Project of the Day: A Real Life 'Hugo' Story

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 21, 2011 at 11:00AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Jacques Bolsey Project still

The Jacques Bolsey Project

Tweetable Logline:

50 years after his death, Bolex inventor and film pioneer, Jacques Bolsey, has been forgotten along with an important piece of film history.

Elevator Pitch:

This documentary is a real life "Hugo" story. In 2004, a film student stumbles upon some boxes that had belonged to her great-grandfather and had been sitting in the basement for decades since his sudden death. She discovers that he was the inventor of the Bolex camera, one of the most iconic cameras of all time. Who was this forgotten man, with hundreds of inventions, three last names and an archive of drawings and plans? A story of a Renaissance man who was trying to shape the world to his vision in a bitter fight against his own mortality.

Production Team:

Director: Alyssa Bolsey
Producers: Camilo Lara Jr., Werner Schweizer
Cinematographer: Ángel Granados

About the Production:

"Jacques Bogopolsky/Boolsky/Bolsey wanted everyone to make movies and to record memories or create a reality of their own. Today, we record our lives on computers, video and social networking, all manipulated and representing a calculated picture of our existence. Truth is obscured.

"Was my great-grandfather's truth obscured? In his boxes I have the memories he recorded and the words he wished to be known by. It is a legacy of a pioneer in moviemaking, a legacy of his own creation. A life of creation film caught on film. What are the details he didn't choose to record?" -- Alyssa Bolsey

Current Status:

In pre-production.

For more information and to support the film:

Film Website
IndieGoGo Page


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