The Owner

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The Owner
Directed by Xavier Agudo, Stanislava Buevich, Mike Canzoniero, Francois Coetzee, Martin de Barra, Todd Felderstein, Nicolas Fogliarini, Yango Gonzales, Omer Kula, Nino Leitner, Craig Lines, Vishesh Mankal, Giacomo Mantovani, Varun Mathur, Steve Murphy, Arne Nostitz-Rieneck, Asmit Pathare, Neha Raheja Thakker, Adam Ruszkowski, Alexander Schoenauer, Sabine Sebaali, Prashant Sehgal, Fahad Saikh, Marty Shea, Brian Shephard, Nicole Sylvester, John Versical, Rafael Yoshida
Music by David Alonso Garzon
Release date
  • May 25, 2012 (2012-05-25) (United States)
Language English

The Owner is a multi-director, international feature film that follows a backpack around the world, on its way back to its owner. It is the first film produced by CollabFeature, a group of independent filmmakers from all over the world. Each filmmaker wrote and directed his or her own short segment of the film in his or her own country. The Owner began shooting in spring of 2010. It premiered in theaters around the world on May 25, 2012.[2][3] CollabFeature was started by Detroit-based filmmaker Marty Shea and web programmer Ian Bonner.[4]


The Owner follows a lost backpack on a journey around the world, meeting several fascinating characters along the way. As the story progresses, we learn details about the mysterious man to whom the bag belongs—a man named "MacGuffin." The film brings together a variety of cultures, languages and film styles into a singular narrative plot.

The feature consists of 25 independently produced short segments (2 to 5 minutes) that are connected by the backpack's journey. Each segment picks up the narrative where the previous segment leaves off and in some cases are inter-cut.[5]

Having 25 directors from 13 countries,[6] The Owner holds the Guinness World Record for "Most Directors of a Film."[5] The world record claim was approved by Guinness on January 9, 2013.[7] Previously, Paris, je t'aime held the record with 21 directors.[2][8][9]




  1. ^ Hinds, Julie (17 January 2013). "'The Owner' sets Guinness record for most directors". USA Today. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hinds, Julie (19 November 2010). "Backpack stars in local film". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Collabfeature Group | International Feature Film Group". 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ Al Hassani, Zaineb (10 October 2010). "Dubai filmmaker in international collaboration". The National. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c 1
  6. ^ Glenday, Craig (2013). Guinness Book of Records. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-908843-15-9. 
  7. ^ "Most directors of a film". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Guinness World Records 2008 - Craig Glenday - Google Books. 2008-04-29. ISBN 9780553589955. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  9. ^ "One movie, 25 directors". Hindustan Times. 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 

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