Presented in partnership with Cork Film Festival, Sunday November 13th, 1pm, Triskel Christchurch, Cork
In the last ten years, our lives have been increasingly lived online. We look to the Internet to support our social interactions, romantic adventures, professional identities, financial affairs, entertainment and commerce needs and a million other aspects of our day to day life.
Through a compelling programme of short film and discussion, this event looks at the wonder and horror of the ubiquitous Internet and the impact it is having on us personally and collectively. In the films we follow characters who are searching – for love, connection, sex, truth, escape – in the digital world. Some find fulfilment, others are left frustrated or worse. From the heart-stopping to the heartwarming, these films will stay in your mind and lead you to pause for thought next time you log on.
Dr. Jurek Kirakowski is the retired Statutory Lecturer in Applied Psychology at University College Cork. His main area of research is human-computer interaction – the study of the relationship between humans and the IT tools we create.
See his personal bio at uxp.ie/people/jzk
Adam Butcher is an award-winning writer/director, exploring a variety of unique visual and storytelling styles. His short films have played at festivals across the globe, most recently his short The Prevailing Winds premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. He is developing a feature film based on his viral short Internet Story.
Carla MacKinnon is director of Rich Pickings, curator of the short film programme and a lecturer and PhD candidate in Animation.
The panel will be hosted by James Mullighan, Director of Cork Film Festival.
Bradley Manning Had Secrets (Dir. Adam Butcher)
The story of Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley), not as a Wikileaks ‘hacktivist’, but as a young American soldier simultaneously going through a crisis-of-conscience and a crisis-of-gender-identity. Animated in a rotoscoped pixel-art style and using dialogue from Chelsea’s online conversations, the film explores issues of personal and political secrets, digital identity and alienation.
Everyone Is Waiting for Something to Happen (Dir. Emma Calder)
Prior to being diagnosed with bowel cancer Richard Wright, an artist/animator, had a social media persona that was characterised by annoying and anarchic humour. After initially feeling unable to communicate at all, his healing process became entwined with the resurrection of his social media presence, helped by an obsessive regime of baking.
Avatar Days (Dir. Gavin Kelly, Piranha Entertainment)
Players of Online Roleplaying Games reflect on their relationship with an intoxicating virtual world while going about their daily lives. In a surreal twist we encounter their ingame characters, inhabiting a banal urban landscape and providing a provocative visual backdrop to the unfolding thoughts of our virtual heroes.
Noah (Dir. Patrick Cederberg & Walter Woodman)
Told completely on a teen’s computer screen, Noah finds out the difference between a like and a love.
A Date With An Enfield (Dir. Adam Butcher)
A short, personal animation exploring nostalgia and place in the digital age. Every frame of the film has been hand drawn, creating a space where love, myth and Google Maps can intertwine.
Guy 101 (Dir. Ian W. Gouldstone)
A man hears a story about a hitchhiker from the other side of the internet.