Old mate Rob might not know who Sam Klemke is yet, but he will soon! And we definitely, definitely know who Sam Klemke is... more than we were perhaps prepared for...
We're so excited to announce that our new feature documentary, 'Sam Klemke's Time Machine', has been accepted in the 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in snowy Park City, Utah! The film is part of the New Frontier strand, which ‘champions films that expand, experiment with, and explode traditional storytelling. Recognizing the crossroads of film, art, and media technology as a hotbed for cinematic innovation’. Last year, our '52 Tuesdays' companion app, my52tuesdays, was part of New Frontier, and we spent most of our time at Sundance in the New Frontier hub playing Occulus Rift.
Here's what director and space captain Matthew Bate says about it: “We are chuffed to be asked back to Sundance. We’ve made a strange beast of a film about a truly unique man, and unleashing it to the world in the snow and mayhem of Park City will be a lot of fun. Personally, I’m also looking forward to bringing Sam himself to the festival which in a way will be the culmination of his life in front of the camera - what a perfect stage on which to reveal him to a cinema audience!”
The film was produced by Rebecca Summerton and Sophie Hyde. It is Closer's third feature to premiere at Sundance, and the film will have its Australian premiere at the ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL in October 2015.
Our Excellent Investors:
Screen Australia through the Signature Fund
South Australian Film Corporation through their Documentary Innovation fund
Adelaide Film Festival through their Investment Fund
Closer Productions through their blood, sweat and tears.
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In 1977, Sam Klemke started obsessively documenting his entire life on film. Beginning decades before the modern obsession with selfies and status updates, we see Sam grow from an optimistic teen to a self-important 20 year old, into an obese, self-loathing 30-something and onwards into his philosophical 50’s. The same year that Sam began his project, NASA launched the Voyager craft into deep space carrying the Golden Record, a portrait of humanity that would try to explain to extra terrestrials who we are. From Director Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), Sam Klemke’s Time Machine follows two unique self-portraits as they travel in parallel – one hurtling through the infinity of space and the other stuck in the suburbs of Earth – in a freewheeling look at time, memory, mortality and what it means to be human.