306 Hollywood

Two siblings piece together a whimsical portrait of their grandmother

2018 | Running Time: 82 minutes | Rating: NR

306 HOLLYWOOD is a magical realist documentary following a brother and sister who inherit their grandmother’s house. Their surreal excavation of the stuff she left behind inspires a journey to ancient Rome in search of what truly remains after life ends. The film includes interviews with their late grandmother Annette, ages 83-93. In a dynamic and original voice, she reflects on topics like sex, love, and money, upending the stereotype of the helpless “little-old-lady.” Her humor is matched with heartbreak, and we are left in that peculiar state she translates from Yiddish as “laughing with thorns in your sides.” Premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, 306 HOLLYWOOD was the first ever documentary to play the festival’s NEXT section. Directors: Elan Bogarín, Jonathan Bogarín

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Best of Next! (nomination)
Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards 2018: Best Cinematography (nomination), Most Innovative Documentary (nomination)
Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2019: The Unforgettables
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2018: Emerging International Filmmaker Award
Cleveland International Film Festival 2018: Ad Hoc Docs Competition (nomination), ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman (nomination)
Kansas City FilmFest 2018: Heartland – Best Documentary
Lighthouse International Film Festival 2018: Special Jury Prize – Documentary
New Jersey International Festival 2018: Honorable Mention – Best Feature Film
Montclair Film Festival 2018: New Jersey Films Competition (nomination)

“The Bogaríns’ devotion to keeping her alive is their own form of obsession — and their film succeeds in making us celebrate Annette’s existence.”