Presented By:Dan Schoenbrun and multiple directors
Omnibus films have been around since feature films became the dominant commercial form of cinema. From Ealing Studios’ horror anthology Dead of Night (1945), to more recent major- director cavalcades like New York Stories, Four Rooms, and Paris, je t’aime, these portmanteau films have allowed feature filmmakers a rare outlet to express themselves in short form—typically around a common theme, sometimes woven together with connective tissue.
collective:unconscious, a unique collaboration between some of the most exciting young voices in independent film, honors that tradition while drawing from a particularly radical concept. Five daring filmmakers assembled by executive producer Dan Schoenbrun contributed a written sketch of a dream they’ve had, which was then adapted by another filmmaker from the group, randomly and anonymously assigned, into a short.
The result is a knockout. Frances Bodomo (of MDFF 2013 Opening Night short Boneshaker and 2014's Afronauts), Daniel Carbone (2013’s Hide Your Smiling Faces), Josephine Decker (MDFF features Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely), Lily Baldwin (2014’s Sleepover LA), and Lauren Wolkstein (MDFF Opening Night shorts The Strange Ones and Social Butterfly) take us on an utterly unfettered exploration of the human imagination. With lucid bursts of visual poetry, we intuitively explore the dream-logic of surreal narratives like a Grim Reaper-hosted television show and a gym class held inside a volcano. Vivid, energetic, and bursting with personality, collective:unconscious is a collaborative triumph, and a unique viewing experience. (Eric Allen Hatch)
Several of the directors of collective:unconscious are expected to host each MDFF screening of their film, in addition to executive producer and project ringleader Dan Schoenbrun. By day, Dan works as the Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter. Previously he worked as the Associate Director of Programming at IFP, where he helped to launch the 35-year-old organization’s web-series programming. Dan has served as the Associate Editor of Filmmaker Magazine, and spoken at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, and NYFF.