The Internet is the most fantastically fun, awe-inspiring place we’ve ever built together. It’s where we explore new territory, swap stories, get inspired, and find our way in the world. It was built by many hands, with the intention that everyone is welcome – and free.
Right now, we’re at a tipping point. Big corporations want to privatize our largest public resource. Fake news and filter bubbles are making it harder for us to find our way. Online bullies are silencing inspired voices. And our desire to explore is hampered by threats to our safety and privacy.
Join us as we explore, through short films, what’s helping and what’s hurting the Web.
It Should Be Easy
Ben Meinhardt | Canada | 2
A son takes what should be a simple tech support call from his mother in the middle of his workday.
HITRECORD x Firefox: Too Much Information
Joseph Gordon Levitt & hitRECord | USA |
We all have our boundaries. Through personal stories, HitRecord's community of artists explore where to draw the line for online privacy.
I Know You From Somewhere
Andrew Fitzgerald | U.S.A. | 15
A young woman incurs the wrath of the internet after inadvertently becoming a viral sensation.
Sean Buckelew | USA | 9
A story of net-cross'd lovers.
Henrik Moltke and Laura Poitras | U.S.A. | 10
A top-secret handbook takes viewers on an undercover journey to Titanpointe, the site of a hidden partnership. Narrated by Rami Malek and Michelle Williams, and based on classified NSA documents, Project X reveals the inner workings of a windowless skyscraper in downtown Manhattan.
Keiichi Matsuda | Colombia | 6
Our physical and virtual realities are becoming increasingly intertwined. Technologies such as VR, augmented reality, wearables, and the internet of things are pointing to a world where technology will envelop every aspect of our lives. It will be the glue between every interaction and experience, offering amazing possibilities, while also controlling the way we understand the world. Hyper-Reality attempts to explore this exciting but dangerous trajectory. It was crowdfunded, and shot on location in Medellín, Colombia.
Micah Laaker | U.S.A. | 2
We think it’s convenient when the take-out place knows our address from our phone number. But just how much information do we want to share?
The Price of Certainty
Daniele Anastasion | U.S.A. | 7
In times of social and political uncertainty, humans seek answers that offer one absolute truth — but at what cost? Famed psychologist Arie Kruglanski explores why we become so polarized.
Kevin Byrnes | USA | 11
Harvest follows the daily life of a woman named Jenni, exploring the simple patterns that define her. As we get to know her, we come to understand the extent to which her seemingly ordinary life is of great interest to people she has never met.
The Super Yamba Band
Brooklyn's Super Yamba Band comprises a unique blend of inspiration born of 70s/80s West-African Afrobeat and Psychedelic Funk, with a live energy that moves everyone in the room to dance. The band formed in 2014 on the foundation of proficient musicians finding a common inspiration amongst their love for African music, especially through rare and sometimes out of print recordings. On the road, the band has honed their craft alongside show mates such as Reptar, Yeasayer, The Afromotive, Between The Buried And Me and Trioscapes. Collaborating over a few years with Senegalese griot and talking drum master Mamadou Mbenge, known best for his work with African pop star Abdou Guite Seck, was a defining moment in the development of Super Yamba's sound and the musician's understanding of the African music tradition.