Bread Machine

A Documentary by Shelby Hougui
Director of Photography -  Julia De Santis
Assistant Director - Keren Nechmad

A documentary about the power of childhood memory, friendship, and communication told through the reconnection between a young woman, her uncle Karl, and his two dogs.

To break bread is an offering of oneself on the part of all parties. It’s to share your home and your life. To offer peace, love, and friendship, even to the strangers at your table.

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"Bread Machine" is the winner of the 2018 "Outstanding Documentary Award" at the Dusty Film Festival!


I reached out to Karl, my Aunt's former boyfriend, in February 2017, after not seeing him for four years, telling him that, quite bluntly, I missed him and I wanted to come upstate and film him for a week. I’ve wanted to make a documentary about Karl since I was 16 years old, and it was time.

As a hermit, he was obviously reluctant, not wanting to allow people access to his life, and perhaps even more sacred, his thoughts. After some back and forth, and a guarantee that the crew would be small and that he could draw any lines he wanted, he agreed. He was trusting me to bring people into his life he had never met, with the understanding that the week would be both emotional and personal, but something I needed to do. He wrote:

OK, so you have my interest.  I particularly like the aspect that you do all the work.  I know that it is dysfunctional for me to want to be invisible to the world and I am willing to confront that because your goals are positive and the opportunity to be a part of your handiwork is does, in fact, make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  As I see it, there are two benchmark potential outcomes. One is that the whole thing turns out to be a bust, in which case its failure assures my anonymity and I fretted over nothing. At the other end of the spectrum, your insight and talent could be recognized far and wide and, and in that case, my anonymity would be an insignificant price to pay for the chance to be a part of something very significant.  It would appear that the benefits will outweigh the costs for every foreseeable outcome. You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. That is my analysis.

“Bread Machine” is a film about comfort zones and breaking them. It’s a film about friendship, and hardship, and experience. It’s a story of human connection and communication, and how unexpected it often is.

"Three of us spent a week with [shelby's] uncle, Karl, who–simply put–is a hermit, though the label is a shameful reduction of a beautiful man. The film unfurled itself as a document of a week wholly shared rather than a character study in which we were hidden--even cordoned--well behind a fourth wall. To that end, what unfolded was profound, chaotic, heartbreaking, and hilarious all in equal measure."  – Julia De Santis, Director of Photography

CREW

Shelby Hougui

Director & Editor

Julia De Santis

Director of Photography

 

Additional Crew: 

 D. A. McCormick  Composer   Daniel McCormick is a Los Angeles based composer whose compositions have been featured in theaters across Finland, Scotland, India, Mexico, and the U.S.A. Films he has scored have premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, and many other film festivals across the world as well as having theatrical distribution in North America, Australia, and parts of Europe. His music has also been featured at the prestigious Palacio De Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and his first ever score for the film “Getting Ready For A Lunch Date” won Best Original Musical Score at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. His composing credits also include “Nevada,” (2018) “Boomtown,” (2017) and “Big Time” (2017).

D. A. McCormick
Composer

Daniel McCormick is a Los Angeles based composer whose compositions have been featured in theaters across Finland, Scotland, India, Mexico, and the U.S.A. Films he has scored have premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, and many other film festivals across the world as well as having theatrical distribution in North America, Australia, and parts of Europe. His music has also been featured at the prestigious Palacio De Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and his first ever score for the film “Getting Ready For A Lunch Date” won Best Original Musical Score at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. His composing credits also include “Nevada,” (2018) “Boomtown,” (2017) and “Big Time” (2017).

 Keren Nechmad  Assistant Director & Camera Operator   Keren Nechmad was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she attended the art-based school "Municipal School No.1" on the film track, and then "Alon High School" where she graduated with a diploma in film. Then, upon completion of her training in the Israeli Army, where she was also a member of "The Film Unit of the Intelligence Corps," Keren came to New York City to study film at School of Visual Arts. She worked closely with the director Yaron Zilberman at Opening Night Productions for a little over a year, where she shadowed him in pre-production for some of his upcoming work. Keren is most known for her directing work on the short films “Ani” (2018), "Do You Think I Meant Country Matters?" (2017), and "Il Bagno" (2017). She has also acted as an assistant director for multiple films, such as “Bread Machine” (2018),  “For You” (2018), and “Creatures” (2018), along with the feature film "LiveLove" (2015).

Keren Nechmad
Assistant Director & Camera Operator

Keren Nechmad was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she attended the art-based school "Municipal School No.1" on the film track, and then "Alon High School" where she graduated with a diploma in film. Then, upon completion of her training in the Israeli Army, where she was also a member of "The Film Unit of the Intelligence Corps," Keren came to New York City to study film at School of Visual Arts. She worked closely with the director Yaron Zilberman at Opening Night Productions for a little over a year, where she shadowed him in pre-production for some of his upcoming work. Keren is most known for her directing work on the short films “Ani” (2018), "Do You Think I Meant Country Matters?" (2017), and "Il Bagno" (2017). She has also acted as an assistant director for multiple films, such as “Bread Machine” (2018),  “For You” (2018), and “Creatures” (2018), along with the feature film "LiveLove" (2015).

 Francesca Matias & Julia Ward Assistant Editors

Francesca Matias & Julia Ward
Assistant Editors