306 Hollywood

Winner—Emerging International Filmmaker Award


TIFF Lightbox 2 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 9:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Wed, May 2, 2018 4:00 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sat, May 5, 2018 3:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2017
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Personal Histories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Elan Bogarín
Jonathan Bogarín
Producer(s):Elan Bogarín
Jonathan Bogarín
Judit Stalter
Executive Producer(s):Paula Froehle
Steve Cohen
Ken Pelletier
Laurie David
Regina K. Scully
Geralyn White Dreyfous
Kevin Iwashina
Abby Lynn Kang Davis
Editor(s):Nyneve Laura Minnear
Jonathan Bogarín
Troy Herion
Elan Bogarín
Writer(s):Elan Bogarín
Jonathan Bogarín
Nyneve Laura Minnear
Cinematography:Jonathan Bogarín
Elan Bogarín
Alejandro Mejía
Composer:Troy Herion


For over 60 years, Annette Ontell lived in an average house on an average New Jersey street: 306 Hollywood to be exact. When she died in 2011, her two grandchildren—artists and filmmakers Elan and Jonathan Bogarín—faced their grief and the house's toppling contents. Sorting through yellowed tax returns and fantastic taffeta dresses, they realize these items are more than just stuff; they're portals into the very soul of a woman they loved. Treating the place like an ancient ruin, they study each item as if it were a precious relic. From reassembling her belongings in colour-coded tableaux to cataloguing every old toothbrush and Band-Aid, they call on archaeologists, physicists and even a fashion conservator to examine, deduce and reconnect with how their grandmother lived and who she really was. Bringing a Wes Anderson–like whimsy to a CSI-scale investigation, the siblings render a magical recreation of an adored woman. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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