GARAGE ROMANTICis a 2021 Documentary Short from Dan Sadgrove. Garage Romantic has qualified for the Academy Awards in 2022 by winning ‘Best New Zealand Short’ at the Doc Edge International Film Festival 2021!
A big dreamer from the small town of Togliatti in Russia ponders life’s purpose while building a rocket powered sled made from discarded trash.
In 2014 I saw this feature in a magazine about a mad Russian in the outskirts of a small town sitting on a rocket powered sled in front of a big crowd. He was standing on a giant trash heap holding spare parts, playing the flute beside a fire and working from a small underground garage. 4 years later I reached out to him and we agreed to make a film togther. After that brief conversation I turned up in Togliatti, Russia a few months later with a director of photography and assistant and we spent the next ten days together talking about why he sits on a rocket and races across the ice. This doc is the result of those conversations.
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BEST NZ SHORT - DOC EDGE FILM FESTIVAL 2021 (Academy Award Qualifying)
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - PARIS FILM FESTIVAL 2021
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - SAN FRANCISCO FROZEN FILM FESTIVAL 2021
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BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - PORT BLAIR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021 BEST DOCUMENTARY - CULT CRITIC AWARDS 2021
BEST DOCUMENTARY - FILM IN FOCUS 2021
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BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - ROCKY MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2021
BEST FILM - MOSCOW SHORTS ISFF 2021
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - MOSCOW SHORTS ISFF 2021
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - VISION FEAST FILM FESTIVAL 2021
HONORABLE MENTION - REALE FILM FESTIVAL 2021
FINALIST (DIRECTING, EDITING)- VISION FEAST FILM FESTIVAL 2021
FINALIST - GOLDEN NUGGET INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021
FINALIST - VANCOUVER INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2021
FINALIST - EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS 2021
FINALIST - ATHENS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2021
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SEMI-FINALIST - MADRID FILM AWARDS 2021
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NEW YORK INDIE CINE FEST 2021
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UNRESTRICTED VIEW FILM FESTIVAL 2021
BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL 2021
LEONID KHROMOV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021
GOLDEN NUGGET INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021
TORONTO FILM AWARDS 2021
VENEZIA SHORTS ITALY 2021
MED FF 2021
KYIV FILM FESTIVAL 2021
MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL 2021
COSMO GENETICS FILM FESTIVAL 2021
PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY
Dan Sadgrove is a New Zealand born director with a degree in Anthropology focusing on documentaries around the world. He has filmed in South Africa, Vietnam, Mexico, Sardinia, Argentina, United States of America & New Zealand. He is also a published documentary photographer having been featured in National Geographic for his work in Patagonia, Argentina.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Alexander Alexandrov is a director of photography based in Los Angeles and New York. He moved to the U.S. from his native Russia and honed his filmmaking skills working in the lighting and camera departments. From there he went on to shoot films, commercials and photograph celebrity portraits and editorial features. Alex is known as a visual storyteller whose work is sensitive, emotional, always with distinctive character and edge. He has filmed all around the world and worked with many multinational brands including ASICS, Bobbi Brown, Sony, Columbia, Ford and others.
Maru Kuleshova is independent visual artist and wanderer, fully breathing and dedicated to visual space. Her works are often accompanied by the fusion of natural elements, human manifestations, their interaction and solitude in a certain timelessness, revealing in a single canvas of visible images the invisible. She currently resides in Russia.
Ben grew up in Los Angeles and the south of France but 10 years ago his passion for music and sound engineering brought him to study in London. Discovering the industry led him to nurture his vivid interest in post-production and video editing. After working his way up in some of the country’s largest post houses, he settled at Trim Editing where he works on high-end commercials, documentaries, abstract pieces and music videos. His atypical background brings a visceral and rhythmic character to his editing style.
Houston Fry is a composer, music producer and songwriter. He's created music for artists and directors like Hans Zimmer, Zayn, Alex Isley, Dave Meyers, Nicolai Fuglsig, Daniel Wolfe, Dante Ariola, David Nutter and Tristan Holmes. Alongside these artists he has worked with brands such as Apple, Nike, GE, Audi, Nissan, Wells Fargo, Ford, Samsung, Google, Facebook and more. Houston is the head of the music department at Barking Owl Sound based in Los Angeles and New York.
SOUND DESIGN BY
Morgan Johnson is an award winning sound designer currently based in Los Angeles. His work has been recognized by the Cannes Film Festival, Clio Awards, AICP Awards & Redline Film Festival among others. He’s worked with notable directors such as Darren Aronofsky, Lance Acord, John Hillcoat, Wally Pfister, Daniel Wolf, Ian Pons Jewell and many other incredibly talented filmmakers. "Garage Romantic" marks the 6th collaboration with director Dan Sadgrove.
Matic is a freelance colourist based in Auckland, New Zealand. With a design background in his home country of Slovenia Matic soon discovered his true passion lies in film. After moving to New Zealand he decided to solely focus on colour grading and has since worked on several campaigns including Nike, BMW, Google, Tesla, Uniqlo, Puma, G-Shock and has earned himself a loyal international client base that continues to grow.
Anita is a VFX artist from New Zealand. She has a large black labrador who is lovely.
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