Science Friction

Tuesday, January 24, noon
Cinetransformer, 500 Main St.

This year’s Festival delivers a Pandora’s box of ideas about the future: holograms, digital memories, cyberwarfare, and the afterlife. Buzzy shows like Westworld and Black Mirror examined authenticity and identity. Realness is suddenly a pressing and political matter.

Yasmin Elayat directed a VR piece (Zero Days VR) about the Stuxnet attack on an Iranian nuclear facility; Charlie McDowell will discuss his love story (The Discovery) that takes place after the afterlife has been scientifically verified; Mark Palansky will talk about his film (Rememory), a noir mystery that explores the ways in which memory defines the present; moderator Vann Newkirk (The Atlantic) has interviewed Hugo Award winners and written about Afrofuturism.

Panels are open to all Festival credential holders on a space-available basis.


Yasmin Elayat
Charlie McDowell
Mark Palansky
Vann R. Newkirk II
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