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California Dreaming

California Dreaming

H Kαλιφόρνια υπήρξε ανέκαθεν για τον αμερικάνικο συλλογικό ψυχισμό ένα σύμβολο ελπίδας, ονείρων, ανεμελιάς και περιπέτειας. Πατρίδα του Χόλιγουντ, των αστέρων του σινεμά, των σέρφερ, της ηλιοφάνειας. Η πραγματικότητα, ωστόσο, αποδεικνύεται μάλλον πιο ζοφερή. Η Καλιφόρνια είναι μια πολιτεία χρεοκοπημένη, με βαλτωμένο δημόσιο τομέα και καλπάζουσα ανεργία. Παρόλ’ αυτά, η πίστη στο Αμερικάνικο Όνειρο δεν λέει να ξεφτίσει. Πέντε ιστορίες ανθρώπων που αναγκάστηκαν να αλλάξουν άρδην τη ζωή τους, πέντε ιστορίες που υφαίνουν το νήμα της νέας Αμερικής.
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ΤΩΝΙΑ ΜΑΡΚΕΤΑΚΗ03 Μαρτίου 2019 19:30ID: 236
ΦΡΙΝΤΑ ΛΙΑΠΠΑ05 Μαρτίου 2019 13:15ID: 443
Σκηνοθεσία:Fabrizio Maltese
Σενάριο:Fabrizio Maltese
Διεύθυνση φωτογραφίας:Fabrizio Maltese, Olivier Koos
Μοντάζ:Amine Jaber, Fabrizio Maltese
Ήχος:Alexandre Gibert, Arnaud Mellet
Μουσική:Emre Sevindik
Παραγωγή:Samsa Film
Παραγωγός/Παραγωγοί:Claude Waringo
Συμπαραγωγή:Joli Rideau Media, Melusine Productions
Συμπαραγωγοί:Fabrizio Maltese, Stéphan Roelants
Κάμερα:Vanni Bassetti, Hadrien Friob
Φορμάτ:DCP
Χρώμα:Έγχρωμο
Χώρα Παραγωγής:Λουξεμβούργο
Έτος Παραγωγής:2018
Διάρκεια:105΄
Παγκόσμια εκμετάλλευση:Joli Rideau Media, officina@fabriziomaltese.com
https://vimeo.com/254865701
Samsa Film production in association with Joli Rideau Media and Melusine Productions with the support of Film Fu 2 Pitch California City, in the Mojave Desert, is the third largest city in the state of California by area. In the 1950s, it was imagined as a new metropolis to rival Los Angeles, though now it is a low-income community of just 14,000 souls. Through the intimate portrayal of some of the city’s current inhabitants, California Dreaming explores how the American Dream has evolved over the decades since the town’s grandiose inception. The street network in the unbuilt part of California City. Still from original footage. Cover picture: the structure colloquially known as the Nathan Mendelsohn Pavilion, in Central Park, California City. Still from original footage. Short synopsis California Dreaming explores the unusual town of California City, CA. It is the third- largest city by area in the state of California, though only about 14,000 people live there today. It was grandiosely conceived in the 1950s as a new metropolis to rival Los Angeles, a mere two hours south, though nowadays California City is just a small town within a much larger ghost town in the High Mojave Desert. The documentary follows several locals, including the female mayor of the town; a Thai-Puerto Rican restaurateur and drag queen; a socialist entrepreneur who resells parts of luxury airplanes and a semi-retired car mechanic and immigrant who worked on the first Batmobile. Contrasting their contemporary stories with the history of the town they call home, California Dreaming draws parallels between the boundlessly optimistic American Dream of the 1950s, when the city was founded, and the much more modest dreams of those living there today. 3 Long synopsis The municipality of California City was part of an entrepreneur’s American Dream in the buoyant 1950s, when it was grandiosely conceived from scratch as a Utopian metropolis intended to rival Los Angeles. Now it survives as a small town that is California’s 331st city in terms of population but remains its third largest by area after Los Angeles and San Francisco, with 350 miles of paved and named roads — the distance from New York to Toronto! — all with water and electricity but frequently only desert sand where homes should be. Jean-Paul LeBlanc in his backyard. Still from original footage. In this sand-swept ghost town of sorts live about 14,000 people, including Quebec-born Jean-Paul LeBlanc, 66. Like so many before him, Jean-Paul came to the United States searching for a better life and hoping for his own small part of the American Dream. For him, this included getting away from the harsh Canadian winters and working on custom cars in Hollywood (his creations include a Batmobile for the Adam West-starring Batman series). Looking for a cheaper place to live, he ended up in California City, where he is now a semi-retired pensioner. Jean-Paul gives back to the community through organizing events such as the annual Holiday Village, which brings the town together before Christmas. But he’s also battling a second bout of cancer and dealing with an uncertain future as a foreigner in what has now become Trump’s United States of America (LeBlanc was already arrested and jailed once for allegedly being in the U.S. illegally during the Obama years). California Dreaming chronicles Jean-Paul’s professional and private struggles and his dreams and frequent reality checks. 4 His story is accompanied by a handful of supporting characters that all evoke their dreams and daily challenges in the small conservative town. They include Vic Carmona, a Thai-Puerto Rican who was fired from the Navy for being gay and who struggles to operate a Thai restaurant where he also performs as a drag queen and who hopes to be elected to City Council; Vic Carmona promoting his run for City Council. Still from original footage. Norm Hill, a left-wing entrepreneur whose business in aircraft parts is one of California City’s economical success stories; Norm Hill among his planes at his facility, Still from original footage. the very active Mayor, Jennifer Wood, who hopes California’s new laws on marijuana cultivation and sales might bring salvation for her struggling community; and the African-American Carolinda Batiste, who, together with her husband Ron Fleming, coach of the High School basketball team, is very involved in the community as a member of the Parks Commission, the president of the Community Club and the co-organizer of the annual Renaissance Fair. 5 Mayor Jennifer Wood in the City Council room. Still from original footage. Though focusing on a few individuals in one community, California Dreamin’ also more generally explores how the concept of the American Dream has been severely downscaled in just a few decades, from the grandiose visions and boundless optimism of the 1950s to the America of today, where dreaming has become more about eliminating worries, with citizens hoping they’ll be able to pay the rent and hospital bills at the end of the month while the city prays marijuana will bring jobs, prosperity and a steady tax income. Even so, that won’t stop California City’s residents from dreaming…

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