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A visionary art-house film that explores humanity and pushes the boundaries of narrative filmmaking
A visionary art-house film that explores humanity and pushes the boundaries of narrative filmmaking
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Let the majority have their sex and violence in the movies as long as the few have their art films.
                                        — Federico Fellini 

Bagatelle is a Chekhovian comedy about Natalie, a Russian cellist who comes to Texas in search of a better life. Like many of us, she is modestly talented and not very dedicated. The one thing she feels strongly about is comfort. In pursuit of comfort, she commits a series of petty betrayals, starting with her fellow musicians, then her husband, and finally her instrument and her calling as a musician.

The official Bagatelle poster
The official Bagatelle poster

Stylistically Bagatelle is an extension of the work I began in Moment Théâtral. I challenged myself to write a script where visuals took over from the spoken word, where the main character had no dialogue, and where the story was conveyed visually. Bagatelle is a social satire in the vein of the surrealist masterworks of Otar Iosseliani, Luis Buñuel, and Pierre Étaix, who are major influences. The distance they put between the story and the audience makes for a healthy dose of intellectual abstraction, while maintaining our interest in the characters' relationships.

Our Audience 

You are an avid mainstream and independent moviegoer. Your desire for intelligent entertainment is simply not being met by the studios’ remakes, sequels, fluffy rom-coms, and straight-to-DVD indie genre flicks. You are hungry for intelligent movies that the studios do not provide. Please help make a movie that YOU would want to watch.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS 

DANIEL LEVIN, writer and director

Born in Russia and raised in Texas, Daniel graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles with a Master of Fine Arts in film directing. His graduate thesis film Moment Théâtral (2007) received the prestigious Jack Nicholson Directing Award. Most recently Daniel produced the animated feature film Purim: The Lot  (2013), which is coming out in wide release on home video and VOD. He directed the documentaries Kaltag, Alaska and Kamchatka: The Salmon Country in association with the WWF. Daniel lectures on filmmaking at universities and colleges around Houston, Texas.

TCHAVDAR GEORGIEV, producer

Tchavdar is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, and editor who has crafted award-winning films, commercials, and television shows both in the US and abroad. He produced the feature thriller The Nevsky Prospect for Amazon Studios and field produced the “Horse to Water” episode of USA Network’s Covert Affairs. His field producing credits also include projects for History Channel, PBS, SF1 (Switzerland), Channel 1 and MTV (Russia). He has produced commercials for Adobe, Cisco, NASA, TELE2, Honda, Oscar de la Renta, Rooms to Go, and MTV Russia. For National Geographic, he co-directed Finding the Next Earth with Dana Berry and edited Alien Earths, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. He was one of the editors of the documentaries We Live in Public (Grand Jury Prize at Sundance) and One Lucky Elephant (Best Documentary Editing Award at Woodstock Film Festival) as well as the narrative feature Svolochi (MTV Russia Best Film Award). His documentary The Desert of Forbidden Art was nominated for multiple Emmy awards. He also directed and produced a permanent multi-media installation on Perestroika for the Jewish Museum of Tolerance in Moscow. Tchavdar was awarded an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Tchavdar lives in Los Angeles, California.

ELIZABETH BARNES, casting director

Elizabeth Barnes is a three-time Primetime Emmy-nominated Casting Director; her credits include the TV shows Lucifer (now airing on Fox), Beyond (coming soon to Freeform), ABC's Revenge, Showtime's United States of Tara, HBO's The Comeback and the 2015 feature Woodlawn, which received the rare A+ CinemaScore rating. She is especially passionate about stories with complex female characters, and stories highlighting faith & social justice issues.

OUR PARTNERS: Celluloid Lives!

We are fortunate to have the support of the Austin Film Society, which awarded us a $6,000 matching grant on film stock and a $3,000 grant for post-production at Austin Film Studios in Austin. Kodak has pledged support in donated and discounted S16 mm film stock. Most importantly, we are grateful to Kickstarter and Kodak for choosing our film to kick off a new program at the Tribeca film festival in support of indie film projects originating on celluloid.

OUR REWARDS

Exhibit A: the official Bagatelle t-shirt
Exhibit A: the official Bagatelle t-shirt

We are thrilled to offer these exciting designs by the very talented David Irlanda. Exhibit A is an 8-color screen print design you will get with your ANIMATO, ALLEGRETTO, ALLEGRO, VIVACE, and CON FUOCO rewards. The shirt is a 100% cotton 6.1 oz Gildan tee.

But wait — you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Exhibit B: the official Bagatelle "all over" tee
Exhibit B: the official Bagatelle "all over" tee

You know you want this. Each shirt features a beautiful “all over” design and is individually assembled by hand at a shop in Houston, Texas. These tees are rather costly to produce. The shirt is available with DOLCE, MEZZO FORTE, FORTISSIMO, MAESTOSO, and GRANDIOSO rewards.

Risks and challenges

The funds raised through our Kickstarter campaign will not be enough to complete the film, but together with our AFS and Kodak grants the money raised here will be enough to shoot the picture and get it in the can. Finding finishing funds will be a challenge, but we are confident that a combination of local and national grants and individual contributions will get us to the finish line.

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