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About

FILM HISTORY

  • World premiere: Opening night, 2018 Sundance Film Festival

  • First documentary ever to be included in Sundance's NEXT section

  • Screened in over 40 film festivals

  • Prizes include Emerging International Filmmakers at Hot Docs, Grand Jury Prize at the Kansas City Film Festival, Award of Distinction at the Lighthouse Film Fest and New Jersey International

  • Critics’ Choice Awards Nomination: ‘Most Innovative Documentary’ & ‘Best Cinematography’

  • Cinema Eye Nomination: ‘Unforgettable Nonfiction Subject’

  • CinéFashion Film Awards Nomination: ‘Best Fashion Feature Film’

  • Theatrical release supported by the Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship

  • US Broadcast - POV (PBS), 2019

  • Digital release on iTunes, Fall 2018

  • Streaming on Amazon, 2019

  • Soundtrack Release, Lakeshore Records, Fall 2018

  • Supported by Chicago Media Project, the Sundance Documentary Fund, Just Films/Ford Foundation, The Artemis Rising Foundation, NYSCA, Hot Docs, IFP, Utah Film Center

  • In theaters Fall 2018

SYNOPSIS

Short Synopsis:

When siblings Elan and Jonathan Bogarín undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house, they embark on a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. 306 HOLLYWOOD transforms the dusty fragments of an unassuming life into an epic metaphor for the nature of memory, time, and history. 

Longer Synopsis: 

With boundless creativity and an irrepressible bouncing energy, 306 HOLLYWOOD memorializes and honors the life of the filmmakers’ grandmother Annette Ontell. Housewife, fashion designer, and beloved family member, Ontell lived seven decades in the same house—306 Hollywood Avenue in Hillside, New Jersey. Ultimately a profound reflection on how we examine and deal with the past, the film can also be viewed as a quirky instruction manual on how to live in the present. By turns elegiac, celebratory, and edgy, with extrapolations ranging from the Rockefellers to Rome, 306 HOLLYWOOD moves unexpectedly but inevitably, like a beautiful murmuration of birds. It remains intellectually adventurous while playfully peeking into odd corners and exploring shifts in scale. With a lovely familial touch and a fresh musical score, it is also a crazy smart fun watch.

Artistic Statement

What is a magical realist documentary?

Myths, fairy tales, and magical realist stories have been used for generations to articulate our deepest fears and ease life transitions. These narratives employ a powerful storytelling technique called “normalized magic” where unreal elements appear in an otherwise realistic world. 306 HOLLYWOOD uses magical interventions to open the story to greater possibilities, to express the inexpressible, to plumb the psychological truths that escape our everyday language.

306 HOLLYWOOD deals with the visceral experience of grief and the psychological nature of memory. These topics are difficult to fully grasp through interview and vérité footage alone. Thus 306 HOLLYWOOD applies the techniques of normalized magic to the documentary form in an effort to explore the deeper truths of our story.

How does magical realism function?

These magical realist interventions are all rooted in real events and real experiences. In some cases our magical interventions are in response to uncanny psychological experiences. Others are influenced by the imperfect and symbolic nature of memory - the tapestries of fact, fiction, and dream.

Ordinary to Extraordinary

We are siblings whose primary artistic ambition is to make documentaries that reveal the myths and magic of everyday life. 306 HOLLYWOOD uses humor, fantasy, and drama to transform the story of an old lady into an epic tale of what remains after life ends.

We believe that real life stories should be as entertaining and accessible as narrative films. Towards this end, we expand the language of documentary by incorporating influences from fictional film, fairy tales, and contemporary art.