(AV = Agnès Varda) (JR = JR) : help them hit the road in their photobooth truck to make a film together in Provence.


The project

Ciné-Tamaris and Social Animals have found part of the financing, but we need a bit more.

Are you in?


- AV: I know and love the gigantic photographs that JR puts on old walls, urban stairways and floors (ground ?). I've seen some in person, and I also have books with photographs of the large-scale installations showing the faces of unknown people, an old couple marked by the years, their eyes questioning us...



Rafael Lorenzo y Obdulia Manzano, The Wrinkles of the City, La Havana

(artwork by JR, project by JR & José Parlá, Cuba, 2012) 




28 Millimètres - Women Are Heroes, Action in Kibera Slum, Train Passage 3, Kenya, 2009 




28 Millimètres - Women Are Heroes, Action in Favela Morro da Providência, Stairs, close-up, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil, 2008 



- JR: I've seen Agnès Varda's documentaries where she gives a voice to those we rarely hear: gleaners, the poor, widows... She never misses an opportunity to point out life's amusing details. She's got an eye!! And I understand why her eye was drawn to my work, considering her interest in the murals of Los Angeles.



The Gleaners and I, a documentary by Agnès Varda (2000) 

© 2000 ciné-tamaris



The Gleaners and I, a documentary by Agnès Varda (2000) 

© 2000 ciné-tamaris




Mural Murals, a documentary by Agnès Varda (1980) 

© 1980 ciné-tamaris


- AV: This project came about by chance… Actually my daughter Rosalie played the go-between.


- JR: I invited Agnès to my studio, I had a surprise for her…


- AV: He had enlarged my self-portrait with a Bellini painting I took in Venice in 1960. He wanted to make another portrait of me with that image.


- JR: Yes, that was my idea and here's the result (I wasn't expecting her to thumb her nose!).



JR taking Agnès' portrait with her self-portrait from 1960...

© rosalie varda



Agnès Varda thumbing her nose at Agnès Varda posing with a Bellini painting



- JR: Mos Def dropped by that day. We all had lunch together. An explosive encounter!



- AV: Oh yes, it's always better to talk when you're eating something! Right off the bat I wanted us to figure out a plan so we could work together.



Agnès Varda and JR

© Etienne Rougery-Herbaut


- JR : We were already raring to be on the go!


- AV : We met up in New York a short time later. He was presenting his short film Les Bosquets at the Tribeca Film Festival. That night there was a little fiesta at his place…


- JR: Bob de Niro dropped by and gave Agnès a big bear hug.



Robert de Niro and Agnès in JR's New York studio 



- JR : I also had Agnès pose on a Solex in front of the photobooth truck. The adventure continues…



Agnès already on the go with JR's photobooth truck in New York



- AV : So that's the project. We're going to be truckers.


- JR: Yep! And when you're not driving, you can catch trucks like you did in The Gleaners!!



JR's famous photobooth truck, shown here with the Carnac Stones 




Agnès catching trucks in The Gleaners and I

© 2000 ciné-tamaris



She usually succeeds!! 

© 2000 ciné-tamaris


- AV : We'll go to to the Luberon region in Provence for an adventure of encounters sparked by this wonderful truck.


- JR: She says we're going to the Luberon because her daughter Rosalie knows a place in Bonnieux…


- AV: …It's a family house, actually a hotel, that Rosalie has entrusted to the private club Le Silencio. They're turning it into a temporary hotel called La Maison de l’Aiguebrun and inviting artists to stay there. They will provide food and shelter for us during the shoot.


- JR: And we'll put some images up on their walls.


- AV: And we'll eat delicious food, I hope!!



An olive tree in the Luberon... 

© rosalie varda


- AV : I looked up the market days for certain villages, so we can be sure there will be lots of people, goat cheese makers, button vendors… etc!



Button vendor at the market 

© agnès varda



Patricia M's goat cheese

© agnès varda


- AV : I've noticed that people with cell phones, "ay-phones" or otherwise, always want to take self-portraits, the recent and notorious "selfies"!


- JR: So while we're at it, we'll invite them into the truck, take their portraits and offer them enlargements of themselves. But the main thing we'll be doing is improvising art installations in the region.


- AV: I want to film the locals, the people of the region, their gestures, their houses, their children... and evoke their concerns.


- JR: I want to photograph Agnès while she's filming.


- AV: And I want to film JR while he's taking photographs!


- JR: You know, we're going to need a director of photography to film the whole enchilada... But I'll bring a little camera so I can film you too! You inspire me!


- AV: Or a DOP! I'm already looking forward to the editing. I think that may be my favorite part of the filmmaking process.


- JR: I'll come along for the editing too!


-  AV: Of course, we're co-conspirators on this project. You've inspired me, with your truck full of images, images you give away, images that make it possible to connect with people.


- JR: That's because my truck is equipped to make giant enlargements.


- AV: As usual, you and your guys are going to put the giant photographs on old walls and other surfaces.


- JR: Yes, I love putting photos in impossible places, at unexpected heights…


- AV: You even stuck a 50-meter photo to the ground in New York, but we won't be able to do that!!



Collage by JR on the streets of New-York: This photograph featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine on April 26 2015 



- JR : Don't worry, we'll come up with other ideas, that's what art is about, finding new challenges! We'll get all over all kinds of surfaces, large and small, smooth and bumpy! Nothing can stop us! And we'll do it with folks we meet down there!



Project for a collage using a photograph by Agnès Varda


- AV : Right, but I want us to get permission from the property owners, the mayors... We'll play by the book.


- JR: You make me laugh!


- AV: Laugh away, Paillasse!

Why fund it?

The artists have cheerfully told you about their project.

Now it's down to us, the production companies (one botanical, one animal) Ciné-Tamaris & Social Animals, to get serious and make it real!


The production of this project was instantaneously launched on the enthusiasm of Agnès and JR.

The artists want to be on the go by July, so the pressure's on. Your contributions today will make it possible for us to launch this shoot right away.

We hope to raise €50,000 with your help.

Our artists are going to meet the people of Provence, talk with them, take their portraits, give some to them, enlarge others into giant formats and stick them to walls, ramparts, etc. This project is a documentary about the creation of these spectacular collages, but it also includes the actual execution of the art installations. They will be temporary for the most part, but some of them, in specific cultural locations, will be permanent.


The total budget we need in order to deliver a 26-minute film, color-graded, mixed and ready for broadcast, is estimated at €300.000 (tax excluded).

We have begun to gather funding from the usual sources for film production (television stations, CNC, regional funding), but they don't quite cover the total costs, and will be paid out over time, from the beginning of the shoot to the end of post-production.


The instant money provided by our KissBankers will thus cover part of our initial expenses. The details of our overall budget is somewhat of an inventaire à la Prévert (an eclectic list) including, among other things:


- Expenses related to the photobooth truck (fuel, maintenance, glue, ink, at least ten 50-meter rolls of paper etc.);

- A Chinese thermos so Agnès will always have hot water wherever she goes on the shoot;

- Lodging for the crew in the Luberon;

- Plug-in mosquito repellents;

- Rental costs for scaffolding where ladders aren't enough;

- Technical expenses (cameras, sound equipment, etc.);

- Enough chocolate cookies to keep the crew alive and happy until 7 pm daily;

- Salaries and social charges to cover a crew of competent technicians from start to finish (from the driver of the camera truck to the mixer of all the sounds);

- Laboratory costs;

- A folding chair for Agnès;

- …and a few raccoons!*


If we raise more than €50,000 we'll let AV's and JR's creative imaginations run wild - she who thinks outside the box and he whose images are bigger than a bread box. They'll improvise additional scenes and situations, maybe take a spin in a helicopter or a ride on a hay wagon…


They have every desire to enhance the pleasures of the shoot... and the refinements of the editing!




*Thank you, Jacques Prévert!!

Ciné-Tamaris et Social Animals

CINE-TAMARIS (the botanical company) Created in 1954 with the name Tamaris Films to produce La Pointe courte, Agnès Varda’s first feature-length film and cinematic precursor to The New Wave, the production company became Ciné-Tamaris in 1975 to produce Daguerreotypes and has been active in production, editing, film and video distribution ever... See more

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Nous aimerions avoir de vos news ! où en est le projet ? merci Agnès et Jr
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