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“One of the most bizarre, gross, moving, and awe-inspiring films about living a life on Earth today.”

- Sundance Institute

 

In 1977, Sam Klemke started obsessively documenting his entire life on film. Beginning decades before the modern obsession with selfies and status updates, Sam grows from an optimistic teen to a self-important 20-year-old, into an obese, self-loathing thirty-something and onwards into his philosophical fifties. 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. Juxtaposing the story of Klemke with that of the Voyager Golden Record we follow these two unique self-portraits as they travel in parallel ‚Äď one hurtling through the infinity of space and the other stuck eating nachos in the suburbs of Earth ‚Äď in a freewheeling look at time, memory and mortality.

Documentary pop-culture excavator Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man!) discovered Klemke after seeing his viral YouTube video 35 Years Backwards thru Time with Sam Klemke which showed Sam reverse-aging through his whole life. Klemke began sending the director 50¬†years worth of obsessively documented warts and all footage, from which Bate has sculpted this gonzo biopic. This unclassifiable feature documentary is a real life Boyhood, an intimate biopic about an ‚Äėextraordinary nobody‚Äô but also about what it means to be human.

Premiering at Sundance‚Äôs 2015 New Frontiers, which champions films that ‚Äėexpand, experiment with and explode traditional storytelling‚Äô, the film has been in selection at HotDocs & Rotterdam and is available worldwide exclusively on Vimeo on Demand from November 30.

 

‚ÄúAdventuresome‚Ķ Unclassifiable‚ÄĚ

- Variety

 

‚ÄúSam speaks for us all.‚ÄĚ

- LA Weekly

Cast & Crew

Sam Klemke

Extraordinary nobody

A native of Denver Colorado, ‘suburban Sam’ grew up with a movie camera in his hand. A gifted and prolific young animator, Klemke began to make films from an early age. Although dreaming of becoming a professional filmmaker, and after a brief stint as a TV host, Sam’s creative talents led him onto the highways of America as a ‘face-hustler’ – a travelling carciature artist. But Sam has never stopped filming. At 17 he began a project to film himself each year and deliver a status update on the evolution of his life, which he has continued to this day. In 2011, this lifelong self portrait saw fruition after his video ’35 Years Back Through Time’ became a viral sensation, entering Time Magazine Top 50 Viral videos of the year. A pioneer status updater, Klemke is a self confessed chronic chronicler, a retronaut who can revisit every filmed moment of his life, making him a unique time traveller.

Matthew Bate

Director, Writer

Matt’s films unearth lost cultural treasures and champion characters existing on the fringes of the norm. Using collage, motion graphics and visual and sonic arcana his films search for meaning in the white noise of pop-culture. Matt’s 2010 short film THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS, exploring the relationship sneakers on telephone wires have with murder, drugs, sex and politics, was in Official Selection at the 2010 SXSW Festival and won Best Short Documentary at the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival. His first feature-length documentary, SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE premiered in the World Cinema Documentary competition at Sundance 2011, and was selected in the 40th New Directors/New Films at the MOMA and Lincoln Center New York. Acquired by Tribeca Films it went on to release theatrically across the US. Matt was the recipient of the David and Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship and in 2014 his hybrid drama-doc I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES took out the 2014 Dendy Award for Best Film. Originally from the North of England, Matt has lived for most of his life in South Australia where he is one of the founders and co-directors of Closer Productions.

Rebecca Summerton

Producer

Rebecca Summerton is a producer and owner/director of film production company Closer Productions. Prior to joining Closer, Bec worked at the South Australian Film Corporation where she was instrumental in establishing their low budget feature initiative FilmLab; innovative for it’s risk-taking approach to financing films without market attachment and its focus on teams rather than projects.

Bec’s recent producing credits include 52 TUESDAYS which won the Directing Award, World Cinema Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival and the Crystal Bear for Best Film at Berlin Film Festival, as well as the Dendy Award winning short doco/drama I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES and the 3-part Arts series HANNAH GADSBY’S OZ.

Sophie Hyde

Producer

Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde is a founder of Closer Productions, based in Adelaide, South Australia. She works as a director and producer making provocative and intimate drama and documentary work.

Sophie’s documentaries include LIFE IN MOVEMENT (producer co-Director) which won many prizes including the Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize, the Cinedans Grand Jury & Audience Awards and has released theatrically in Australia and Germany, and SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (Producer), which premiered at Sundance 2011 and went to New Directors New Films at MOMA. SULM released theatrically in the USA in 2011. Both docs were nominated for Best Feature documentary at the AACTA awards with SULM winning Best Editor.

Her short drama, dance, experimental and documentary work has won prestigious awards around the world, and her first feature drama 52 TUESDAYS (director, producer, co-writer) won the Directing award for World cinema at Sundance Film Festival and the Crystal Bear for best film (Generation 14plus) at the Berlinale. 52 Tuesdays was set and filmed every Tuesday and only on Tuesdays for one year. It released in Australia in 2014, with theatrical releases to follow in UK, USA and Europe.

Sophie is currently a recipient of a Myer Creative Fellowship.

Bryan Mason

Editor

Bryan Mason is a multi-skilled director of Closer Productions. Having created 4 acclaimed skateboarding films Bryan is now an award winning editor and cinematographer. Bryan shot, edited and co-produced Closer’s breakout features SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE and 52 TUESDAYS. Working closely with director Sophie Hyde, Bryan has shot and edited a number of films including OK, LET’S TALK ABOUT ME (2005), MY LAST TEN HOURS WITH YOU (2007), ELEPHANTIASIS (2010) and NECESSARY GAMES.
He also directed (and shot and edited) the feature documentary LIFE IN MOVEMENT (2011), dealing with the tragic death of rising-star choreographer Tanja Liedtke. In 2009, Bryan edited the feature film MY TEHRAN FOR SALE (TIFF and Pusan film festivals 2009). Bryan has won many Australian Cinematography Awards and regularly speaks nationally about working as a cinematographer and editor.

Raynor Pettge

3D Animation, Original Music

Raynor Pettge has worked for over seven years as editor, designer, and visual effects creator. Cutting his teeth on TVCs and corporate films, Raynor has since provided effects and motion graphics for a number of visually rich documentary productions including WHAT THE FUTURE SOUNDED LIKE, CONNECTED BY LIGHT, THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS, and STUNT LOVE as well as TV series such as SBS’s Risking It All. Recently, Raynor was motion graphics creator on Matthew Bate’s feature doc SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE, TV series HANNAH GADSBY’S OZ, and worked on the visual effects for cult show DANGER 5.

Where to watch

 FESTIVALS & CINEMAS

International Film Festival of India, November 20 РNovember 30 (Goa)

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Calgary Underground Film Festival DOCS, November 20 РNovember 23 (Canada)

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UCD Science Expression Film Festival, November 10 РNovember 18 (Ireland)

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Denver Film Festival, November 4 РNovember 15 (USA)

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Thessaloniki International Film Festival, November 6 РNovember 15 (Greece)

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Guelph Film Festival, November 5 РNovember 8 (Canada)

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Australian Tour October – November

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B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, October 7 – October 11 (Germany)

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Vancouver International Film Festival, September 24 – October 9

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Jameson Cinefest Hungary, September 11¬†–¬†September 20

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New Horizons International Film Festival, July 23 – August 2 (Poland)

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Galway Film Fleadh, July 7 – July 12 (Ireland)

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Rooftop Films Summer Series, June 26 (Brooklyn)

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Open City Documentary Festival РOpening Night Film, June 16 РJune 21 (London UK)

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Lighthouse International Film Festival, June 4 – June 7 (New Jersey, USA)

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Bildrausch FilmFest, Basel, May 27 – May 31 (Switzerland)

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Doc Aviv РThe Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, May 07 РMay 16 (Israel)

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Docville 2015, May 01 – May 09 (Belgium)

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2015 Urban Nomad Film Festival, April 24 – May 17 (Tawain)

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Hot Docs РCanadian International Documentary Festival 2015, Apr 23 РMay 03 РCANADIAN PREMIERE

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Cleveland International Film Festival 2015, Mar 18 Р29 (USA)

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Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015, Jan 21 РFeb 01 РEUROPEAN PREMIERE

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Sundance Film Festival 2015, Jan 22 – Feb 01 – WORLD PREMIERE

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