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Dystopian Quadrilogy II: "Smart Phones"
Amsterdam Netherlands
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Dystopian Quadrilogy II: "Smart Phones"
"Smart" Phones
Run Time: 55 min
Saturday May 26th 4:00 PM
5 Euro
Part of Dystopian Quadrilogy II

I think I am the only person in existence without a smart phone...at least in 20/30 years I will have a neck that is upright and straight thumbs!

i Medium
Dir. Alfonso García  (Spain 2016) 6min 30s
Program: "Smart" Phones section of Dystopian Quadrilogy II

Luz has lost all hope of finding her missing daughter alive.  She decides to subscribe to "i-Medium", an app that connects you directly with dead people.

Fomo Sapiens
Dir. Viktor Hertz (Sweden 2016) 7min 15 s
Program: "Smart" Phones section of Dystopian Quadrilogy II

Clever satire on the phone addiction. I find it both amusing and very alarming that people cannot go anywhere without their gadgets...I am surprised no one has invented  (other than Davis Cronenberg) an actual biological fusion with the damn phones and their hands.  

Rumbo (The Way)
Dir. Augusto Goicoechea Corbo (Uruguay 2017) 3 min
Program: "Smart" Phones section of Dystopian Quadrilogy II

In a typical countryside morning, a farm worker called Carmelo awakes connected to his latest model smartphone, completely disconnected from his tasks at the farm. In the meantime, theres a brutal drought almost killing Josefos -the farms owner- sheep. Together, in search for water, they will have to start a long journey where new technologies and traditional customs will have to coexist.

Too Young  
Dir. Chris Ullens (UK 2016) 3min 9s
Stop Motion Animation
Program: "Smart" Phones section of Dystopian Quadrilogy II

A stylishly handcrafted miniature world in which colorful characters depict several clichés of our overly over-connected, social media addicted and technology obsessed society.  Featuring the pulsing rhythms of Zeds Dead track "Too Yong" featuring Rivers Cuomo and Pusha T!

Smart Card 15 min
Dir. James Oxford  (USA 2005) 15 min
Program: "Smart" Phones section of Dystopian Quadrilogy II

Smartcard is a story about a man who realizes that his perfect automated life is not in his control, but the corporation that created the system. After the discovery, does he have the will left to escape?

What happens, I often ask my students, when science fiction becomes a "thriller"?  This means some occurrences in a past film's vision of the future has come to be?  None in my mind have been more horrifying than Oxford's vision in 2005.  With the current Cambridge Analytica scandal, people are "shocked" at our privacy being violated? It has been so ever since the Internet was in existence.  And now with Siri and Alexa and who knows who else is coming, AI is meddling in our own agency.  What frightens me the most in 'Smart Card' is that unforeseen entities  know more about you than you do yourself.  Back before cell phones, I think I had everyone I knew phone numbers memorized...now I dont think I can even remember my own.  We continue to give more and more power to technology because we are so lazy to use our own brains. I do not like phones that claim to be smarter than I.  I still refuse to have one and now it is becoming required and I am often the victim of cyber discrimination where people scoff at my dial only phone yet so many things require "apps" to part of the civilized world.  What is the end game? Humans do not have to think at all? I am alarmed that I am the only one on public transportation looking out the window as every other zombie has their nose down in sync missing out on the world around them. Again I ask...what is the end game?  Very much like a drug, Smart Phones must be thought of critically.  I suggest to empower yourself; you own the phone, not the other way around.
Alexandra Nakelski

Sweet Candy-
Dir. Yilmaz Vurucu (Austria 2017) 16 min
Program: "Smart" Phones section of Dystopian Quadrilogy II

Youre listening now, arent you says a cold and nearly unconscious Andreas Wagner, over his live broadcast. Isolated and full of desperation, hes decided to air his last words, together with some extremely valid grievances. His views strike a chord with some while attracting the wrath and disdain of others, yet one fact is undeniable: he has become an unlikely Internet phenomenon when it least matters. When the next big viral hit wears off, can a concerned few help save him, so he can live to tell his story another day?

Dream Phone
Dir. Kendra Lohr (USA 2017) 3min 43s
Program: "Smart" Phones section of Dystopian Quadrilogy II

Director's Statement: I really hope you can make it to the party tonight! Open the door to find out the big question on everyones mindwho is the Secret Admirer? Dream Phone revisits popular dating board games and instructional videos geared toward girls from the 1950s-90s, ensuring you know all of the proper dating etiquette and how to throw the best party ever.

Was it all a dream?


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Prins Hendrikkade 600
Amsterdam 1011 VX




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