Dystopian Quadrilogy II: Recording Reality
Run Time: 1 hour 10 min
Dir. Jannis Lenz (Germany 2017) 30 min
Coco is 17 and feels a desperate need to become famous even though she seems to lack the necessary talent. She is willing to do anything for recognition and avoid becoming an everyday "loser". She skips school to attend castings, music videos shoots, and to film YouTube clips but faces one humiliation after another and is quickly pushed to her limits. With her "Coco Channel", she tries to expand her notoriety on the Internet and create the successful, loved, and confident character she wishes she really could be. As a crossmedia project, connecting film with the online video scene, Wannabe tells the story of a young YouTuber, who builds herself a fictitious world on the Internet (www.youtube.com/cocochannel99).
I cannot go to a concert without people living it through their screen...recording every minute in hopes they can upload it online and someone out there somewhere can watch it...leave a thumbs up..."validate" them...as if the moment is not real unless someone else approves. I find many of the Millennial generation feels lost despite the fact they have created an online identity for themselves where they are loved....escaping 'real" life in favor of an avatar. How may "Coco's" are there hoping to transcend mediocrity out there?
Dir. Loïc Barché (France 2016) 18 min 6s
Nicolas is madly in love with Charlotte, a girl he barely knows yet fantasizes about through the pictures she posts on Facebook. With a friend, he decides to prove his love for her by carrying out a feat.
You See Me
Dir. Victor Jim Moye-Noza (Austria 2017) 16 min 26s
David lives in a near future where followers for a section of society are viewed as a new form of currency. While his friends are just staring at the screens of their smartphones, David tries to escape this development. At a party he meets Milena, who instantly arouses David's interest. But for Milena, the constant generation of new followers seems to be essential.
Dir. Miko Revereza (United States/Philippines 2017) 5 min 23s
An essay about the experiences of undocumented Filipino-Americans. Miko's psychological observations on his familys home movie shot between 1993 and 1996 reflect a post-colonial obsession with a facade to mask an internal poverty. Through time, the American dream lives through the promise of assimilation disintegrates, leaving a spectacle of consumerism and vacation.
People did record portions of their lives before smartphones and the Internet...here is a sample of how different video was and how more selective in footage one used because of the limited accessibility of the technology...
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