GRANDMAS PROJECT is a collaborative web-documentary inviting filmmakers to do short films about their own grandmother, using the transmission of a beloved recipe to question their relationship and the heritage that is being passed down from one generation to another.
If you're a filmmaker and would like to participate >>> click here!
The films and recipes will be gathered into an interactive website where you will be able to navigate through the ingredients of the recipes, the geographic location of the grandmas, the languages they speak and the historical events they witnessed (WW2, decolonization, feminism, etc.)
If YOU love grandmas' food,
if YOU feel a grandmother – grandchild relationship is one of the most beautiful things in the world,
if YOU want to empower filmmakers and digital artists to share this delicious heritage,
YOU can make a difference by supporting GRANDMAS PROJECT.
We're launching a call for projects from which we will select a first batch of 30 films/recipes (season 1). The Kickstarter campaign will serve to create the interactive website and postproduce the films of season 1.
- $8000 : postproduction of the 30 films
- $6500 : creation of the interactive website
- $2500 : music rights
- $1500 : legal work
- $1500 : translation and subtitling
Right now, as you can see, we don't pay ourselves nor do we pay the filmmakers. Our main motivation is to preserve our grandmothers' heritage. HOWEVER if we were able - thanks to all of you - to raise funds beyond the $20'000 goal, we'll very happily be paying all the participants.
Partnership with film schools
GRANDMAS PROJECT will partner with international film schools to commission more Grandma films. We are currently discussing with Hunter College (New York), International Screen Academy (Sydney) and Escuela Internacional de Television y Cine (Cuba). Interested? Email us at email@example.com
In January 2013 we met with the head of the Intangible Cultural Heritage program at UNESCO. The discussion was very positive and there is a good chance we will get their sponsorship. However, in order for us to apply, we need to have all our finances in place ... another reason why we started this Kickstarter campaign!
Awards and Festival Selections
Grandmas Project was selected at the pitch sessions of Sheffield Doc/Fest and Dok Leipzig and won the Sweet Spot Award at Sunny Side of the Doc. Thanks to this prize (organized by the great people at Cuban Hat) we have started working with Cezame Music Agency, digital storytelling solution RacontR and postproduction house Red Pinata.
Author / Producer : Jonas Pariente. Jonas is a documentary filmmaker and digital strategist based in Paris. He started filming his two grandmas - Nano, born in 1933 in Cairo, and Mémé, born in 1916 in Warsaw - in the mid 2000's. After Mémé passed away and as Jonas turned 30, he decided to start Grandmas Project and encourage other filmmakers to film their grandmas. See his full bio on the top right corner of this page or visit www.chaichaifilms.com
Filmmakers already involved:
Iva Radivojevic. Iva is an award winning filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Her films have screened at numerous film festivals including SXSW, Rotterdam IFF, Human Rights Watch, HotDocs, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) as well as the New York Times Op-Docs. Iva was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013 by Filmmaker Magazine and is the recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her first feature length documentary “Evaporating Borders” was recently nominated for an International Documentary Association (IDA) Award, One World Media Award, a Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award and is currently touring the world. Follow what she’s up to at www.ivaasks.com. Her grandma Dragica is a superhero, she shares her powers through her food. Those who eat it are overcome with love.
Mathias Mangin. Mathias is a 32 year old French-Brazilian filmmaker. He studied management at EDHEC Business School, filmmaking at New York Film Academy and screenwriting at Fémis. In addition to various short films, commercials and music videos, Mathias co-directed and co-produced documentary "Next Year in Bombay" (international premiere at Palm Springs Intl' Film Festival) and short documentary "Dona Rosa", which won him the best director award at the São Paulo Mube Film Festival. Dona Rosa, Mathias’ grandmother, is a 95 years old widow who still fulfills a promise made to her husband 45 years ago, on the day of his death. Mathias is now working on a feature film taking place in São Paulo, Brazil, and should start shooting by the end of 2015. https://vimeo.com/igloofilmes/videos
Irvin Anneix. Irvin is a french digital designer and artist. He is currently working on "Mots d'ados", a collaborative art project about teenage intimate writing, a recurring topic in his work. Two years ago he recorded the mock wedding of his grandmother in her house in Brittany, giving her the opportunity to literally carry the weight of traditions. http://irvinanneix.com/les-traditions-en-derision
Art director: Rachel Cazadamont. A graduate from the Beaux-Arts school in Valence, Rachel is a graphic designer, art director, designer, illustrator and film director. She's a member of studio H5 since 1999. After early experiences with music labels and publishing houses, Rachel started creating visual identities for the luxury industry and cultural institutions and opened up to packaging, design and consultancy. Her work is always about getting to the essence of things, understanding the message before creating the form. She has been working with Hermès, Dior, Hachette, the Mayor of Paris, Fondation L’Oréal, Grand Palais, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Kanye West and Adidas. www.h5.fr
"My beloved Mémé, Maria, migrated from Italy to France in the 1940's. The mother of 17 children, I rarely saw here elsewhere than in her kitchen. And even though cooking was a necessity, she made her food encapsulate her generosity, love and passion for good products. Mémé is not here anymore but we keep on cooking her typical Veneto recipes." - Rachel
Graphic designer: Lola Guisado. Lola is a 27-year-old French visual designer and intern at studio H5. She first studied literature and then visual / audiovisual communication and strategy of design at ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres in Paris. She also studied and worked in Scandinavian countries and Iceland where she found a lot of inspiration. Her graduation project allowed her to combine a social approach and a graphic process. www.cargocollective.com/lolaguisado
"My grandmother did not talk that much, and she had troubles expressing herself, emotionally speaking. It is through food (her delicious meringue with coffee buttercream) that she could demonstrate her love towards us."- Lola
Web agency: Neuvième page. Neuvième page is a Paris-based digital studio founded in 2009. They develop websites focusing on projects' message and the user's visual and interactive experience, integrating the latest technological and social media tools. Their service encompass website creations, digital experiences and consultancy. https://www.facebook.com/neuviemepage
Risks and challenges
Our first challenge is to reach out to as many people as possible with our call for projects. The more projects we will receive, the better will be the selected 30 (for season 1).
Another challenge will be to create the most comprehensive and innovative website, where recipes and films coexist and enrich each other. We want GRANDMAS PROJECT to speak to both people searching for homemade recipes and people who love powerful documentaries.
The biggest challenge, however, will be to coordinate the production and postproduction of 30 films hopefully coming from very different parts of the world. We're hoping to bring together stories and recipes from India, Chili, Australia, Morocco ... you name it. That will probably result in quite a headache, but we're excited to give it our best.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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