Our world is more connected today than ever before. It’s not all good, and it’s not all bad. But it’s all new, and it’s changing our human experience.
We find love and connection on the Internet. And yet, hate flourishes as well. We join communities on the Internet, but in the process, we put ourselves in filter bubbles. Many of us make our livings on the Internet, while others lack access and are deprived of opportunity.
Who are we in this connected world, and what does it mean for us IRL? Join us for a collection of short films about you, me, and the Internet.
TJ O’Grady Peyton, Benjamin Clear | Ireland | 14
A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.
Brett Gaylor and Darren Pasemko | Canada | 2
In the fall of 2017, I replaced my aging cellphone with a new device. While setting up my new phone with a Google account, I noticed that every voice search made over the last year had been saved and was available for playback. I also noticed that a high number of these searches had been made by my five-year-old son. I teamed up with my friend Darren Pasemko to animate what I discovered.
Birth of the Camera Phone
Jonathan Ignatius Green | USA | 4
This short documentary/narrative hybrid retells the story of inventor Phillippe Kahn as he pioneered the world's first camera phone and photo-sharing network. On June 11th, 1997, Kahn was also occupied with another event, namely, the birth of his daughter Sophie, but that didn't stop him for testing and finishing the invention that eventually become an indispensable part of modern life.
Christian Kozlowski | USA | 8
George fears his phone calls are being tapped. Please take out your cellular devices and make his nightmare a reality.
Sarah Veltmeyer | Netherlands | 12
The brothers Andi (13) and Florist (20) live in a poor, desolate village in Kosovo. By selling milk, they earn just enough money to support the family. When Andi discovers a card of a Dutch porn star in their bedroom, he needs a telephone to watch it. He is so obsessed with it, he doesn’t notice his brother has chosen this day to say goodbye to him.
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.
Misinfo Nation: Misinformation, Democracy, and the Internet
Stuart Langfield | USA | 6
In today’s media climate, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell what’s real and what isn’t. Every day, we’re bombarded with (mis)information that’s trying to change the way we think about our government, our leaders, and even each other. But while it may seem like we’re living in a world divided, the truth out there. And we have the ability to vote and shape our world, based upon it.
The Price of Certainty
Daniele Anastasion | USA | 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 | 4
"Artifice" chronicles the demise of a relationship between an Apple iPhone and an Amazon Echo. While an esteemed director frets about the passion in their performances, we get an absurd glimpse into the future of our relationship with technology.