A recurrent theme of our speakers’ feature films and immersive experiences premiering at Sundance 2018 is the ethical, technological and social aspects of the systems we build.
It’s a look forward at modern dystopias and failing empires.
For the last few years, Lance Weiler has woven Artificial Intelligence into his immersive storytelling experiences. He pushes the boundaries of a host of new technologies and offers frameworks for new forms of personal interaction in powerful and surprising ways. Frankenstein AI: A Monster Made by Many is an immersive re-imagination of Shelley’s seminal work that challenges dystopian perspectives around Artificial Intelligence. Participants interact with an artificial intelligence, co-creating a shared narrative around the cultural ramifications of unleashing a naive and intelligent “monster”, both mythical and imminent, into the world.
(Lead Artists: Lance Weiler, Nick Fortugno, Rachel Ginsberg; Key Collaborators: Nick Childs, Hunter Owens, Brandon Powers)
For decades Boots Riley has addressed issues such as community welfare, police brutality, racism and systemic inequality through his words, activism and music. Drawing on his past as an activist, labor organizer, Occupy Oakland organizer, Sorry to Bother You marks his directorial and screenwriting debut.
Set in a speculative and dystopian not – too – distant future, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into the macabre universe of his corporate overlords.
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer, Omari Hardwicke. World Premiere
Eugene Jarecki is an award-winning dramatic and documentary filmmaker whose works include Why We Fight and The House I Live In (both awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival), Reagan, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Freakonomics, Quest of the Carib Canoe and Promised Land (Cannes Film Festival 2017). Jarecki continues to be a public thinker on matters of U.S. defense, social justice, and foreign policy.
THE KING is an exploration of fame, power, race and failure of empire through Elvis Presley’s car, a rolling symbol of the doomed American experiment, and through the most blatant example of cultural appropriation in American history.
THE KING / U.S.A., Germany, France (Director: Eugene Jarecki, Executive Producer: Steven Soderbergh) –
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers. North American Premiere