Time Travel, Multiverse, Openness

In March 2012, Rich Pickings travelled to CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research and home of the Large Hadron Collider) to present two short film and discussion programmes at the fantastic Cinebglobe International Film Festival.

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An Open World: Peer Production and Creative Collaboration

Saturday, March 31st at 16:00 at the Forum Meyrin, FREE

From open source software to crowd funding and content sharing with Creative Commons licenses, artists and filmmakers are using technology to find new ways to create and collaborate. This short film programme and discussion explored the groundbreaking collaborative opportunities offered by the Internet and other technologies and the vibrant communities developing around these. Speakers included Florian Kuhlmann (transprivacy.org), Sunny Bates (consultant to kickstarter.com and World Science Festival), Andy Jones (Academy Award winning animation director) and open source 3D artist Olivier Amrein.

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Films:

EVERYTHING IS A REMIX part 4 - Dir. Kirby Ferguson

The final episode of this four-part video series examining influence and appropriation in creation.


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THE JOHNNY CASH PROJECT - Dir. Chris Milk

A unique crowd-sourced music video project honoring the legacy of Johnny Cash through the imagination of his huge fanbase.

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ELEPHANTS DREAM - Dir. Bassam Kurdali

Elephants Dream is the world’s first open movie, made entirely with open source graphics software and with all production files freely available under a Creative Commons license. The short film was created by the Orange Open Movie Project studio in Amsterdam during 2005/2006, bringing together a diverse team of artists and developers from all over the world.

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Youth Programme: Time Travel, Multiple Universes

Wednesday March 28th, 2012, FREE youth event (fully booked)

This programme of short films dealing with time travel and multiple universe theories was followed by a discussion with Olivier Gaumer (PhysiScope and UNIGE, Francois Briard (CERN) and David Simpson (Director, SKIP). The discussion look at the issues and opportunities presented when using science to fuel fiction. The event played to an audience of several hundred teenagers at CERN’s Globe of Science and Innovation.

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Films:

LA JETEE - Dir. Chris Marker

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Often cited as the best short film ever made, Chris Marker’s poetic tale of time-travel and timeless love has inspired countless works from artists including Terry Gilliam and David Bowie.

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SKIP – Dir. David Simpson

Time travel is not all it promises to be in this dark tale of heartbreak and dissatisfaction from the National Film and Television School.

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KNIT YOUR OWN KARMA - Dir. Simon Hook

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A man trapped in a nightmarish existence of relentless and thankless work is given an unexpected and mysterious chance to transform his destiny.

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SPIN - Dir. David Marmor

When a cyclist has a nearly fatal accident, he becomes obsessed with what could have been, looking to quantum physics to try to make sense of apparent randomness of life.

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