The world's smallest cinema to Hollywood

I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo at the San Francisco Chronicle building

We are invited by the Impact Hub for their Holiday Block Party at the San Francisco Chronicle building.

A day after our bad luck at the Another Hole In The Head Film Festival, we get a second chance. The Impact Hub Bay Area in San Francisco invites us for a Holiday Bloc Party in the old San Francisco Chronicle building. They host the sold-out event together with the San Francisco School of Digital Film Making, Indiegogo, Yahoo, Intersection, TechShop, 5M and many others. San Francisco is a world centre for technology and new ways of working, and this event is yet another example.

The San Francisco Chronicle building is located just around the corner of Union Square. We leave early to counter possible challenges caused by the heavy traffic. In the event, we do encounter a challenge but it’s not the traffic. The only door that enables us to drive the cinema inside does not open. Quite problematic given that we have already unstrapped the cinema with all but one cable on a busy road.

Luckily, there is an inner courtyard where Off the Grid is hosting a Food Truck market especially for the event. We wanted to get in touch with them before, because they are happening in San Francisco. They organise several events weekly and enable a lot of food trucks to cook on a daily basis. The options vary from Japanese hamburgers and Korean sandwiches to gourmet crème brûlée.

As it’s just around the corner, we decide to drive there with the cinema strapped with just one cable. The traffic is heavy and there are seven fire trucks around the corner, so we don’t want to waste time. With hindsight, this is not the safest bet. The cinema almost rolls off the pick-up truck, which would be pretty messy in a city like San Francisco with its steep roads. Luckily, we discover it just in time to hold it back. Once we set up the cinema it becomes clear that it’s a perfect match with Off the Grid.

The party starts to bustle and the line for the cinema is growing. Our film Nachtblind does not have any subtitles, but that does not matter to most people. They love it. Two women even make up their own English lines for the film, which is pretty hilarious as everyone can hear their laughter from the outside. Nachtblind by Nena van Driel is the most successful film of the night. Overall it’s a great night, and we are feeling confident about all the events that are yet to come.

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The world’s smallest cinema at the Impact Hub Block party at the San Francisco Chronicle building.

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I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo at the Block Party at the San Francisco Chronicle building

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I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo at the Block Party at the San Francisco Chronicle building

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The world’s smallest cinema at the San Francisco Chronicle Building

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world’s smallest cinema at the San Francisco Chronicle building

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The world’s smallest cinema in San Francisco

Another Hole In The Head film festival. Our first festival.

Very exciting. It’s December, it’s the Another Hole In The Head film festival, and it’s the world premiere of Face, Taka Arai and Norith Soth’s found footage film about a Halloween frat party gone horribly, horribly wrong. This footage is leaked police evidence you are not supposed to watch. It reveals a chain reaction of the most appalling acts ever committed by college kids in American history.

So what caused the gruesome aftermath at the Delta Chi Kappa Sorority house on the night of October 31, 2012? The world’s smallest cinema definitely wants to find out.

That’s why it’s even more exciting that the SF Indiefest has invited us to have our first showcase right there in the theater. SF Indiefest is a year-round, non-profit organization that has been operating since 1998 in the San Francisco area. They present three annual festivals: the SF Independent Film Festival, the SF Documentary Festival and Another Hole In The Head, which is now in its 10th year. Obviously we are very happy to be part of such an authentic film festival, with three full weeks of independent horror, sci-fi and fantasy films – 54 feature films and 27 short films in total.

It’s the perfect way to launch the world’s smallest cinema in the United States. All we have to do is get the cinema to the New People’s theater in time for the premiere. What could possibly go wrong?

A lot, as it turns out.

First showcases and preparations always take more time than you expect and there are always plenty of surprises. This is no exception. First of all, getting the cinema onto the newly-rented pick-up is more difficult than we anticipate. I manage to strain my back pushing the yellow car onto the truck.

My back is aching but we are finally in the truck and on the move – and then we hit the San Francisco traffic. We are stuck. For a very long time.

We finally arrive at the theater 30 minutes before the premiere, physically incapacitated and with too little time to set up shop. We have to cancel the event.

What a disappointment. Luckily, George and Hiromi are very understanding, but having to cancel is just not our cup of tea.

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First set up of the world’s smallest cinema

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First screening in the USA of the world’s smallest cinema. It is running!

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The world’s smallest cinema at Another Hole In The Head film festival in San Francisco.

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The world’s smallest cinema arrives in California

To get it from Amsterdam to Hollywood. Step 1.

Would that not be awesome? To drive the world’s smallest cinema all the way to Hollywood without customs, without transport agencies, without difficult paperwork and with just a lot of fun? Unfortunately, we all know that that is not possible. The last couple of weeks have been as exciting as they have been stressful. The idea of bringing the world’s smallest cinema to Hollywood seems like pure logic to us, so the decision was made. No external funding, no plan, no anything, just a big YES.

However, how do we get it there with the limited funds that we have or rather the funds that we have not? The first challenge is that Piaggio Ape cars are not being exported to the USA and that they are not approved for the road. For this reason it is quite difficult to export the world’s smallest cinema, as it is a vehicle but not an approved vehicle. A bit of brainstorming in our local pub provided us with a solution: we will take the engine out so that it will no longer be ‘a vehicle’. Solved. Now we just need to ship it as an object. Luckily, this is easier as we found someone to share a container with. The only question is whether US customs will consider it to be a vehicle.

Tring, tring, we receive a phone call: ‘your container is being held back and tomorrow they will send it to another location for thorough inspection. The costs of this transport and the inspection are yours. We will be in touch tomorrow’. Okay, our venture is over and we can pack our stuff and fly back to Amsterdam. At least that is what we think… The following day we receive another phone call: ‘they have decided to clear the container anyway, we can deliver it in three days’. What a relief. We have taken the engine out, so we have to find new means for transportation in the US. We choose the most American solution that we could find: driving it around by pick-up truck. Everyone seems to have one here.

On the day of arrival the truck driver is hours late, but once he gets here our frowns turn upside down. What a pleasure to open a container and see that the cinema is there, in one piece. Two patrons of I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo joined me to help to unload the car from the container and on to the pick-up truck. Our enthusiasm prevented us from doing the proper research on the pick-up, as the cinema sticks out 3 feet from the back of the truck. We do not care. Our first destination: San Francisco. From this city we will move our way up to Hollywood. We have been in talks with several wonderful and interesting events, so we cannot wait for our first screening!

The cinema is being delivered

The cinema is being delivered

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I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo is ready for the road

I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo is ready for the road

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Cinema Piccolo on the road

 

I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo in Hollywood

The world’s smallest cinema arrives in Hollywood

 

I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo on the road in California

I Vitelloni: cinema piccolo on the road in California

 

The world's smallest cinema at the coast

The world’s smallest cinema at the coast

 

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The world’s smallest cinema is going to Hollywood!

The news is out. The last couple of months we have been working hard to make something special happen. From the start we knew that the world’s smallest cinema belongs in Hollywood. We encountered some challenges, but we are pleased to announce that the cinema is on its way by ship and will arrive in California soon. We will travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles to visit a number of people and places with a special connection to film. We are very excited and are looking forward to this adventure. We hope to discover great things about the past and future of film. Please spread the word and follow our Facebook Page, Instagram and Twitter for regular updates!

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A Life In A Night by Albert Hofman

Albert Hofman is a freelance filmmaker & motion designer based in Amsterdam. A Life in a Night is his graduation short film. In this short he combines different kind of techniques such as 3d/2d animation and live action with a great sense of detail.

Synopsis

A short film about Douwe, who spend his life catching dreams…

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Sec by Tom Titulaer

Tom Titulaer is a director from Breda who likes to mix genres and tell special stories. Parts of his present showreel are a number of 48 Hour Film Project winning films that he wants to use as a next step to longer fiction films.

Synopsis

SEC tells the story about a miller who receives a mysterious visitor

Sec by Tom Titulaer

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Exorcister by Tom Titulaer

Tom Titulaer is a director from Breda who likes to mix genres and tell special stories. Parts of his present showreel are a number of 48 Hour Film Project winning films that he wants to use as a next step to longer fiction films.

Synopsis

Exorsister is a film about a sister’s never ending love for her brother, who has a remarkable lifestyle.

Exorcistor

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