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Gray House is an exploration of domestic space that frames a conversation about nature, identity, consumerism and progress.

Austin Lynch
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ABOUT THE FILM

Gray House interweaves documentary and narrative footage into a film structure that blurs the lines between fiction and reality. Through an investigation of five politically- and socially-charged environments—as well as the histories and current events that shape them—Gray House forms a narrative of conjured meanings and associations.

Gray House features Aurore Clément (Lacombe, Lucien; Apocalypse Now; Paris, Texas), fashion designer Jeremy Scott (Wassup Rockers), Nathaniel Brown (Enter the Void) and, acting for the first time, artist Dianna Molzan.

Dianna Molzan; Jeremy Scott
Dianna Molzan; Jeremy Scott
Aurore Clément; Nathaniel Brown
Aurore Clément; Nathaniel Brown

(Image sources: Dianna Molzan; Jeremy ScottAurore ClémentNathaniel Brown)

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Austin Lynch, Writer & Director — Austin Lynch is a filmmaker and painter. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and The Cooper Union, where he received his BFA in 2007. He is co-director and co-creator of the Webby Award winning series Interview Project and the Lovie Award winning Interview Project Germany. He directed Making The New World, a ten-part documentary chronicling the production of Terrence Malick’s The New World, and Making There Will Be Blood, a film about the making of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. His work has been shown internationally at venues such as IDFA’s doclab, AFI’s digifest and on the Sundance Channel.

Sabrina S. Sutherland, Producer — Sabrina S. Sutherland’s feature film credits include Mary Sweeny’s Baraboo, David Lynch's Lost Highway and Inland Empire as well as Wim Wenders' The End of Violence and The Million Dollar Hotel. She also has extensive experience producing television shows and commercials, having most recently produced David Lynch’s Lady Blue Shanghai, a short film for the Dior website and Unstaged, a live concert experience with Duran Duran. Sutherland also produced the Webby Award winning series Interview Project and its Lovie Award winning continuation Interview Project Germany.

Jacqui Edenbrow & Sasha Nixon, Producers — In February 2012, Jacqui Edenbrow & Sasha Nixon founded Forever, a UK-based production company working across films, television series, commercials, and music videos. Jacqui's background is in feature documentary production with credits including; the Grierson award-winning Joy Division and The Posters Came From The Walls / Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode directed by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. She has also worked in broadcast commissioning at Channel 4 as Deputy Editor for Music. Prior to Forever, Sasha was the Head of Music at Partizan Films for 8 years. During her time there she was instrumental in the creation of one of the most exciting and well-regarded hubs of creative talent in the world. Together their films have premiered at festivals around the world including Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, BFI London Film Festival, Berlinale and Sheffield Doc / Fest, and gained worldwide distribution. Their first theatrical feature documentary production as Forever is Teenage, an adaptation of Jon Savage's book The Creation Of Youth about the pre-history of the teenager, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. 

Matthew Booth, Director of Photography — Matthew Booth is a Canadian artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2011 he received an MFA and the John Ferguson Weir award from the Yale University School of Art. He is co-founder and -editor of Pyramid Power and of Picture Magazine, and is co-founder of Top Top, an artists' space in Brooklyn. His solo exhibition Inside the White Cube was on view at White Cube, London, in early 2013.

Cameron Reed, Composer — Cameron Reed is a composer based in Toronto, Canada producing experimental electronic music under the moniker Babe Rainbow. As Babe Rainbow, Reed has released two critically-acclaimed albums on the London-based Warp Records and has performed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at a number of international festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Reed holds a BA / SS in Communication from Simon Fraser University. This is his first time composing for film.

Ruth De Jong, Production Designer — Ruth De Jong received her BFA in painting and photography from Texas Christian University. Her credits as Art Director include Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and The Master, Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, To The Wonder, Voyage of Time and Knight of Cups as well as Miranda July’s The Future. Her credits as Production Designer include Swedish Auto, Familiar Strangers and Dead Man’s Burden.

Lizz Wasserman, Costume Designer — Lizz Wasserman has worked as a designer for over 10 years, drawing inspiration from art, culture, and the world around us. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in sociology, Lizz started her own socially- and environmentally-responsible ready-to-wear women's line, Popomomo. Her work has been featured in Nylon Magazine, Refinery 29, Lucky, Foam Magazine, Bust Magazine, Whole Living, TeenVogue, LAist, Oh Joy, and Others Outlets. In addition, Popomomo was featured in a variety of films and television shows including Lola Versus, Portlandia and The Hard Times of RJ Berger

Benjamin Critton, Graphic Designer — Benjamin Critton is an American designer and art director based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 2011. Benjamin Critton Art Dept. was founded in 2012 as an art and design practice / service focusing on collaborations with and commissions from patrons in the fields of academia, art, architecture, culture, fashion, film, furniture, hospitality, and publishing. The studio’s client work in printed matter, typography, identity, object creation, and interactivity is supplemented by independent and interdependent initiatives in publishing, writing, editing, curation, and pedagogy, Recent and ongoing projects include Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films, The Bears, No Cash Value, and False Arms.

Risks and challenges

Filming in remote locations with a small crew necessarily presents a number of challenges. That said, everyone involved with the project is fully committed and well-prepared. We are very confident in our ability to realize this film.

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    A custom-designed Gray House DVD, a special Thank You credit in the film, a digital download of the Gray House soundtrack and access to the Gray House Instagram account.

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    A screen-printed, 100% cotton gray-on-gray (ink-on-fabric) crew-neck T-shirt with a custom-designed graphic / typographic representation of the film. You will also receive a custom-designed Gray House DVD, a special Thank You credit in the film, a digital download of the Gray House soundtrack and access to the Gray House Instagram account.

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    A 24-page risograph- and digitally-printed, saddle-stitched, cloth-bound overview of the film and its various locations, characters and atmospheres. You will also receive a custom-designed Gray House DVD, a special Thank You credit in the film, a digital download of the Gray House soundtrack and access to the Gray House Instagram account.

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    A limited edtition, signed and numbered, archival quality, 18” x 24” screenprint made on behalf of Gray House. You will also receive a custom-designed Gray House DVD, a special Thank You credit in the film, a digital download of the Gray House soundtrack and access to the Gray House Instagram account.

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    NEW REWARD! A limited edition portfolio of 10 photographs taken on the set of Gray House by Jody Rogac. The photographs will be custom printed at the artist's studio, each print will be 4 x 6 inches, and the portfolio is being produced in an edition of 25. This is a new reward and will not be included at any other reward levels.

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    All of the above. You will receive the limited edition graphic screenprint, the cloth-bound overview, a screen-printed crew-neck T-shirt, a custom-designed Gray House DVD, a special Thank You credit in the film, a digital download of the Gray House soundtrack and access to the Gray House Instagram account.

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    Associtate Producer credit, two passes to attend the special cast-and-crew screening of Gray House (travel not included), two passes to attend any one (1) film festival where Gray House is screened (travel not included) and all of the above.

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    The painting that inspired the screenprint and was a key part of the creative process leading up to the film. 'Dangerous House' is a 34 x 44 in. acrylic on canvas painting made by me (Austin Lynch). You will also receive Associate Producer credit as well as the custom-designed Gray House DVD.
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    Executive Producer credit and passes to attend any and all film festivals where Gray House is screened (travel not included). We realize that anyone donating this amount will be doing so in the true spirit of benevolence and support, but if there is anything else you would like in return, please don't hesitate to be in touch. You will also receive all of the above.

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Funding period

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