// welcome to our dream state //



collective:unconscious is available to watch and download for free online.

Our favorite version is the DELUXE EDITION on BitTorrent. Not only does this come with the full film, but a boatload of special features including:

  • The dream statements that inspired each short (previously top secret!)
  • A 41-song ‘dream mixtape’ compiled by the filmmakers.
  • Deleted scenes, mood boards, and peaks inside the filmmakers’ processes.
  • Liner notes by dream maestro Dan Schoenbrun
  • The Nyquil Version - a remix of the entire film meant to fall asleep to.

And for those of you who don’t understand what a BitTorrent is, we’ve uploaded the film to Vimeo and YouTube too. Download is enabled on Vimeo, so feel free to grab the MP4 and watch it on your smart TV at your leisure.

Thank you for watching. We are giving this film away because we want as many people as possible to see it. We’ve put our hearts, souls, and subconsciouses into it, and we hope you like it!


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A man and his grandmother hide out from an ominous broadcast. A suicidal Grim Reaper hosts a children's TV show. The formerly incarcerated remember and reinterpret their first days of freedom. A suburban mom's life is upturned by the beast growing inside of her. And a high school gym teacher runs drills from inside a dormant volcano.


Welcome to collective:unconscious, a new collaborative feature in which five of independent film's most adventurous and acclaimed filmmakers join forces to adapt each other's dreams for the screen.


Featuring new work by Lily Baldwin (Sleepover LA),  Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), Daniel Patrick Carbone (Hide Your Smiling Faces), Josephine Decker (Thou Wast Mild and Lovely), and Lauren Wolkstein (The Strange Ones), collective:unconscious pushes at the boundaries of narrative and surrealism, inviting viewers to immerse themselves inside a literal dream state. It's "like nothing you've ever seen with your eyes open." (Rolling Stone).



Lily Baldwin (Director) is a filmmaker and dancer recently featured by ShortsHD as one of the "The Top 10 Emerging Directors to Watch.” According to The New York Times, “the genre needs directors who are willing to look beneath the surface and to dream, as Lily Baldwin does.” Recent work (including Sleepover LA, A Juice Box Afternoon, Sea Meadow) has appeared at SXSW, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Fandor, V&A Museum and more. As a dancer, she has performed with The Metropolitan Opera ballet, and most recently with David Byrne. Lily is a Sundance Fellow with her upcoming VR project, Through You, and is directing her first feature,



Frances Bodomo (Director) is a Ghanaian filmmaker & one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her first short film, Boneshaker (starring Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis) premiered at Sundance 2013. Her second short, Afronauts, premiered at the 2014 Sundance, Berlinale, and New Directors/New Films Festivals. Frances is currently developing the feature version of Afronauts (supported by the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, and Spike Lee).


Daniel Patrick Carbone's (Director) film debut Hide Your Smiling Faces had its world and north-American premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and was awarded the Best Undistributed Film of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics. Hide Your Smiling Faces was released theatrically and on cable/VOD in Spring 2014 via Tribeca Film. Daniel resides in Brooklyn, NY where he co-owns the collaborative filmmaking group and production company Flies Collective.


Josephine Decker (Director) was recently called “the most original independent filmmaker to surface in the past few years” by The New Yorker, who also said that she is ushering in “a new grammar of narrative.” She aims to spark curiosity and wonder in audiences through lively, spiritually rich character-driven films. Josephine’s narrative features Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely premiered at the Berlinale Forum 2014. Her films have screened at MoMA, SXSW, and Silverdocs, and aired on PBS, Logo and Netflix. 


Lauren Wolkstein (Director) is an award-winning filmmaker and assistant professor of film at Temple University. Her short film work includes Cigarette Candy (SXSW 2010 Best Narrative Short, Palm Springs ShortFest 2009 Best Short), The Strange Ones (Sundance 2011 World Premiere), and Social Butterfly (Sundance 2013 World Premiere). Lauren was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and is currently developing her feature film debut.


Dan Schoenbrun (Executive Producer) is the ringleader of collective:unconscious, and the co-founder and co-creator of The Eyeslicer. Previously, Dan served as the Senior Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter, the Associate Director of Programming at IFP, and the Associate Editor of FILMMAKER Magazine. Dan has spoken about filmmaking at dozens of film festivals around the world, including Cannes, the Berlinale, Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, NYFF, and TIFF. His own short film work has screened at places like BAMcinemaFest, the Maryland Film Festival, and Cucalorus.


Producers: Vanessa McDonnell, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Chanelle Elaine, Kara Elverson, Andrew Houchens, Elizabeth Rao, Dan Schoenbrun, Zachary Shedd, Valerie Steinberg, Laurie Thomas

Screenwriters: Jamal Batts, Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Mariama Diallo, Lauren Wolkstein, Dan Schoenbrun (Concept By)

Cinematographers: Nick Bentgen, Chananun Chotrungroj, Zachary Galler, Dagmar Weaver-Madsen, H. Paul Moon

Editors: Lily Baldwin, Josephine Decker, Colin Elliott, Vanessa McDonnell, Nick Paley, Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein

Animation Director & Designer: Maya Edelman

Production Designers: Soojin Chang, Charlotte Royer, Paul Tate dePoo III, Mar Urrestarazu, Timothy Whidbee

Sound Designers: Paolo Armao, Eli Cohn, Christopher Foster, Timothy Korn, Jay Nierenberg

Music: Mark degli Antoni, Timothy Korn, Dale Lazar, Roger Paul Mason, Brian McOmber, David Osit

Principal Cast: Frank Mosley, Will Blomker, Lily Baldwin, Tonya Pinkins, Daniel Ryan, Ryan Cassata, Sanda Weigl, MJ Frank, Michael Dempsey, Jamal Batts



  • NY THEATRICAL!!! August 5- 11, 2016 @ The IFP Media Center TICKETS COMING SOON




“Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen With Your Eyes Open”
— David Ehrlich, Rolling Stone
The most complex and cohesive anthology film since Fantasia 2000. It’s the movie Freud might have Kickstarted after seeing 2006’s Paris, Je T’aime.
— Sean Malin, Austin Chronicle
One of the Three Best Films I Saw at SXSW.
— Richard Brody, The New Yorker
A horror-tinged surreal, well, fever dream... here is the rare omnibus that is remarkably consistent in quality segment to segment.
— Kenji Fujishima, Brooklyn Magazine
The good ol’ omnibus film is one of the most dangerous cine-ventures out there, but by gosh by golly this one actually succeeds?! collective:unconscious covers a dazzling gamut and does justice to its title in the process.
— Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail
Envelops you in five different dream worlds, each with distinct style and bracing originality.
— Dana Reinoos, Screen Slate




For all inquiries, please contact Dan Schoenbrun (schoenbd at gmail dot com).

For press notes and high quality stills, click here.