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Five of NYC's most adventurous filmmakers are working together to adapt each other's dreams. This is going to get weird.
Five of NYC's most adventurous filmmakers are working together to adapt each other's dreams. This is going to get weird.
540 backers pledged $25,000 to help bring this project to life.

Dream State of the Union

Posted by Dan Schoenbrun (Creator)

Hey There Dreamers —

We wanted to check in and keep you updated about all things collective:unconscious.

It’s been an exciting few months for us, and we’ve got lots to share, so if you’ll indulge us, we’ll deliver to you — our patient and generous Kickstarter backers — the Dream State of the Union.

collective:unconscious is nearly finished

All five films have been shot, edited, and nearly completed. We’re now waiting on some final post-production elements before we call this sucker 100% done. 

But it’s real. It exists. And most excitingly, it’s looking SO GREAT.

collective:unconscious is now a feature film

You read that right. When we originally dreamed up the collective:unconscious project, we didn’t want to put any formal restrictions on each filmmaker’s dream adaptation. And considering our ultra-low budget, we wouldn’t have been surprised if the entire project ended up running like 10-minutes total. 

But each filmmaker hustled to make something incredibly ambitious, unique, and large-scale on their micro-budgets. And somehow, when combined, the films are feature length.

So we spent our summer brainstorming about how to transform these individual segments into a feature film. We didn’t want a feature that played simply as a collection of shorts — we wanted a holistic experience. The Twilight Zone movie, or VHS, but directed by Buñuel. 

We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we think we’ve come up with a really creative way to make that happen.

And for those of you who love the Internet, don't worry -- we  still plan to release collective:unconscious online as a web series as well.

hundreds of team members have joined the collective

collective:unconscious just keeps growing, and we wanted to shout out some of our newest collaborators working on the feature version:

Animator Maya Edelman, who will be creating our opening credits sequence. 

Composer David Osit, a great filmmaker in his own right (his latest, Thank You For Playing premieres at IDFA this month).

Our intrepid editor and post-supervisor Vanessa McDonnell, who runs Brooklyn’s art house oasis Spectacle Theater. 

And of course, all of the tremendous producers, actors, editors, DPs, composers, and more who have been collaborating with each filmmaker on their individual segment. This has been a true community effort, and it’s been an incredible process to watch collective:unconscious grow from an online dream into a real-world collaboration between hundreds (yes, hundreds) of incredible talents.

collective:unconscious is coming your way in early 2016

To all of our Kickstarter backers — thank you for your patience. I know the original idea was to deliver the series to you this past summer. But funny thing about ideas, they have a way of growing.

We’re nearing the finish line, and collective:unconscious will be making its way out into the world in early 2016. We promise.

We’ll have some news to share on that front soon, and couldn’t be more excited and proud to finally show you what we've created.

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    1. Sarah Gerard on

      Can't wait to see it!