Director and Cinematographer
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Yosemite

YOSEMITE

DIRECTED BY GABRIELLE DEMEESTERE

PRODUCED BY CLARA ARANOVICH, SHRUTI GANGULY, NICHOLAAS BERTLESEN, SEV OHANIAN

PRODUCTION COMPANY ELYSIUM BANDINI STUDIOS

CINEMATOGRAPHY BRUCE THIERRY CHEUNG, CHANANUN CHOTRUNGROJ

EDITOR JOE MURPHY

GAFFER KIVA KNIGHT

PRODUCTION DESIGNER MAKI TAKENOUCHI

It’s the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.  Chris drives up to Yosemite for the weekend with his dad and discovers a corpse in the woods.  Joe, left to his own devices by his babysitter, befriends a lonely drifter who shares his love of comic books. Meanwhile, a mountain lion is spotted in Palo Alto in broad daylight and Ted searches for his cat, who has gone missing…

Yosemite creates a powerful and nostalgic experience of childhood, while exploring Silicon Valley at a time of technological and social change. Based on James Franco’s short stories“Yosemite” and “Peter Parker” from his collection A California Childhood

PRESS

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“INTIMATE AND AFFECTING… IMPRESSIVE…ABSORBING. THE MOVIE SUCCEEDS ON ITS OWN QUIET TERMS, BINDING THE THREE PARTS TOGETHER WITH ASSURANCE AND TONAL CONSISTENCY TO CAST A LINGERING SPELL.”
– THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“QUIETLY IMPRESSIVE. YOSEMITE PAYS OFF IN AN AUTHENTICITY THAT PERVADES BOTH INDIVIDUAL SCENE RHYTHMS AND PERFORMANCES.”
– VARIETY

“FRANCO GIVES ONE OF HIS MOST SUBTLE PERFORMANCES YET AS A RECOVERING-ALCOHOLIC FATHER, AND THE THREE YOUNG NEWCOMERS’ PERFORMANCES ARE HONEST AND AFFECTING, CAPTURING WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE ADRIFT AND ON THE VERGE OF ADOLESCENCE.”
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURES THE FEARFUL MAJESTY OF BOYHOOD. IT’S A MATURE DEBUT THAT FIRMLY PLANTS THE DIRECTOR AS A PHENOMENAL TALENT TO WATCH.”
– SCREEN ANARCHY

AWARDS

WINNER WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISON AWARD, NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

NOMINEE GRAND JURY PRIZE, NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

NOMINEE BEST FEATURE FILM, DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

STILLS AND FILM SCENE