Modern Animals is a traveling festival that connects dots between animals, humans, the wild, and civilization through live performance, film, and inspired natural settings. Each pop-up happening features works by visionary filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers. At its core, Modern Animals is a group of songs and films geared to raise awareness and provoke conversation about our place in the animal kingdom.

Everybody loves looking at animals. They rouse our primal instincts, and mesmerize us with their wild looks and behaviors. And because their inner lives are inscrutable, we reinvent them as creatures of our imaginations, from sacred cows to Spongebob.

How do our cultural visions of animals square with real animals who are increasingly stuck in a world gone Man? How can we explore this riddle in visceral, transcendent ways? How can enlist our best creators to help us step outside of civilization for a moment and catch glimpses of the bigger picture of life on Earth?

Creative Overview

Please view/download the Modern Animals creative overview here.

Rough Trailer

A crude sketch I put together myself using basic technology and low quality "borrowed" footage. Modern Animals was orignally conceived as a TV show and I include this trailer here only to exemplify a kind of expressionistic, wordless storytelling that speaks to something primal in us.

Image & Identity

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Modern Animals was created by Paul Gachot, a writer and creative producer born in New York and currently living in Venice, California. He works with directors and production companies conceiving and writing new projects. He has founded two photography magazines and a major film festival and served as creative director for two other festivals. He has worked as a journalist, photographer, ghostwriter, concert promoter, and creative consultant, among other pursuits.

Deeply curious about consciousness and creativity in all living creatures, he is committed to pushing creative boundaries and setting new paradigms for immersive experiences and events.

He attended Choate Rosemary Hall, New York University, and Sarah Lawrence College where he studied writing and film. He also completed the producers training course in documentary filmmaking at the BBC in London. He writes two blogs, Gazpachot and Hypnogogic Zoo, the latter being one inspiration for this show.

email: paul.gachot at gmail.com
phone: 323/600-3638