USA, 2018; 94 mins
In this whimsical and innovative chronicle of memory, family, and the things that define us, filmmakers Elan and Jonathan Bogarin undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. Enlisting the help of an archivist, an archeologist, a physicist, and a fashion conservator, the siblings embark on a journey from their grandma’s home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from the 1940s to present day, in search of the story behind the objects she left behind and their own family history. Trained as visual artists, the Bogarins joyously push the boundaries of the nonfiction form, mixing colorful tableaux, lip-synched reenactments, and low-grade video interviews with their candid octogenarian relative. The result is an intimate, stimulating, and crowd-pleasing portrait about the extraordinary nature of ordinary lives. “Startling, playful and visually poetic” (The Verge), 306 Hollywood is a “heartfelt little film that [is] one of the more universal and relatable films you're ever likely to see” (The Hollywood Reporter).
Elan and Jonathan Bogarín are sibling visual artists and filmmakers born and raised in NYC. They were chosen for Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and have received support from the Sundance Institute, Latino Public Broadcasting, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, IFP, and have won the audience award for best pitch at the 2017 Hot Docs Forum. Together they run El Tigre Productions, producing innovative nonfiction films for the world’s leading museums. Jonathan is a visual artist and educator who creates paintings and social practice artworks. Elan is a photographer, co-founder of The Wassaic Project, and was nominated for both an IFP Gotham Award and a Film Independent Spirit Awards nominee for producing Big Fan, which premiered at Sundance in 2009. 306 Hollywood is their first feature.
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