From January 7-19, entrants can visit brightideasmag.com/alphaville to submit your version of Lemmy Caution’s dialogue. The grand prize winner will receive a writing credit on the film, which will premiere at Slamdance, plus $500 towards a Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaign.
Shot (in French) and starring Caitlin FitzGerald (“Masters of Sex”) and Brennan Kelleher (“Starship Icarus”), “ALPHAVILLE: A Remix,” in collaboration with Digital Bolex and Syrp, is the first official film production of Seed&Spark’s BRIGHT IDEAS Magazine.
“Beginning with our first issue,” said BRIGHT IDEAS Editor and “ALPHAVILLE: A Remix” director James Kaelan in a statement, “we’ve made it part of our mission to celebrate—and reimagine—some of our favorite films turning 50 to keep the present of independent cinema connected to the past. Last year we designed a new poster for “Dr. Strangelove” and wild-posted it around San Francisco. This year we’ve conceived a feminist inversion of a scene from Godard’s 1965 surrealist sci-fi experiment, “Alphaville.” And we’re thrilled to be premiering it as part of the Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmakers’ Showcase at Slamdance.”
Photographed by cinematographer Eve M. Cohen on the model of 50-year-old lenses Raul Coutard used back in 1965, and lit by Hive Lighting, “ALPHAVILLE: A Remix” was shot in black-and-white.
“To best capture the iconic feel of Godard’s Nouvelle Vague films,” said Cohen in a statement, “we shot on a Digital Bolex D16 Monochrome outfitted with one compact Schneider Cinegon 18mm lens. This original glass mimics the focus fall-off and highlight treatment—with very little distortion—that you can only get with 60s optics.”
The opening credits of the film also feature dynamic behind-the-scenes motion time lapses photographed by Max Silverman using the Syrp Genie and Magic Carpet.
The final film, featuring the winning subtitles, will be available free online at brightideasmag.com/alphaville after its Slamdance premiere.
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