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Michel Gondry's Home Movie Factory

16 August – 30 September 2012


Garage Center for Contemporary Culture will present French filmmaker Michel Gondry’s extraordinary project The Home Movie Factory in Gorky Park, Moscow this summer.

Following the example of Jack Black and Mos Def in Gondry’s film Be Kind, Rewind (2008), the installation will offer Garage’s visitors the opportunity and resources to create their own short film within only three hours.  Gondry’s idea is to enable people to experience filmmaking first-hand and make it open and accessible to everyone, by giving them a chance to be creative.

Participation in the Home Movie Factory is free and requires no special training or knowledge. Ready-to-use film sets and equipment make an infinite number of storylines possible. Participants will work in small groups independently, with complete creative control over all aspects of the project, starting with the genre and title of their film, the script and actual shooting. After three hours, participants are able to see a screening of their film and are given DVD copies of the final product. Each film is also available to watch in the ‘video store’ afterwards.

Gondry created the Home Movie Factory with the idea that the creativity in filmmaking should be cultivated and shared with as many different people as possible. For Gondry and his participants, it is not the final film, but the process, that is important. The project has already run successfully in New York, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Rotterdam.  This will be the first time that the project will be premiering in Russia.

A selection of short films by Michel Gondry, many of which will be premiering in Russia, will be also presented on The Home Movie Factory

Terms of Participation 

Participation is free, but the number of participants per session is extremely limited. Registration is essential. 
If you are interested, please register in advance – individually or as a group. Children ages 6 to 12 years old can participate when accompanied by an adult.
Registration is open from July 23 via telephone +7 903 219 02 91.

ATTENTION! The registration is closed, but you can join wish list by calling 8 903 219 0291 and we will inform you in case we have an opening.

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Feature film, commercial and award-winning music video director Michel Gondry has most recently released The We and the I, shown at the Cannes International Film Festival. Currently, Gondry is in post-production on his next film L'écume des jours (Foam of the Days), based on the eponymous novel by Boris Vian. Gondry is also working on an adaptation of Ubik, sci-fi author Philip K. Dick's acclaimed novel about a world populated by mind readers.

Gondry’s previous repertoire of work includes The Green Hornet (2011), The Thorn in the Heart (2010) and Be Kind, Rewind (2008), which he wrote and directed, and which led to his debut book, You’ll Like This Film Because You’re In It: The Be Kind, Rewind Protocol. Prior, Gondry also released The Science of Sleep (2006), Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005), the highly acclaimed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Human Nature (2002).

Gondry is also a highly regarded and award-winning commercial and music video director. He directed Björk’s Human Behavior, which won numerous awards, and he has collaborated with The White Stripes, The Rolling Stones, Beck, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Cibo Matto, Kylie Minogue, Kanye West, Gary Jules nd Paul McCartney.

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