Paranoid Data: Pre-Millennium Tension in Film Series Pass
Dec 7 - Dec 8, 2019
Wargames (screens w/ The 414s) - Sat Dec 7, 2:30pm
Videograms of a Revolution - Sat Dec 7, 5:15pm
Johnny Mnemonic (35mm) - Sat Dec 7, 8:00pm
Scanners - Sun Dec 8, 3:30pm
Strange Days (35mm) - Sun Dec 8, 7:00pm
We have officially made it to Blade Runner times November 2019 and while there might not be replicants walking among humans (as far as we know), we are in a different kind of frightening reality. In the 80s and 90s, the unprecedented rise of computers and information sharing led to intense speculation about the unknown effects technology might be responsible for, which in turn produced a wonderful pool of collective creative anxiety and anticipation for filmmakers to draw inspiration from. Technological potential was massive, but not fully understood and mostly unregulated; this, combined with great science fiction stories and a new age of special effects, iconic and classic films emerged that still hold up today.
Paranoid Data is a weekend-long offering of cult classics and rarely seen films that offer a small window into the ways in which technology, data, and the human body were thought to be affected and influenced by each other. As the world was figuring out what a human relationship to these rapid advancements would resemble, so too were filmmakers, often in endearingly clumsy ways to the modern eye. These films peer into a uniquely human relationship with machines that were ostensibly developed as extensions of ourselves, pointing to the landscape we find ourselves in now.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122