Digital advances have started to change the way stories – including our own stories -- are told. Facebook and YouTube have not only altered interpersonal communication but also the way we view and consume film. And are you ready for the future, when movies will be shown with the help of the viewer's mind?
Explore all this and more during the Holon Cinematheque's Print Screen Festival, taking place June 12-14.
Visitors will watch award-winning dramas and documentaries that touch on these issues, enjoy interactive displays, workshops and lectures, and meet some of the best researchers and speakers in this field. All will deal with the influence the digital revolution has had on our lives and will attempt to forecast what we can expect in the future.
Among the featured screenings will be the showing of two episodes of Charlie Brooker’s widely acclaimed British series Black Mirror which some have called the “Twilight Zone of the Twitter age,” and which takes a dark look at today’s reality culture, dominated by screens and networks.
There will also an interactive showing of Mivtza Savta (Operation Grandma), with audience participation via Twitter (a joint project with the YES2HD satellite channel); a showing of a new film by Regev Contes, Friends, which explores the Facebook experience and how it influenced last summer's social protests, and Plug and Pray, on the creation of robots with such a high degree of artificial intelligence that they could interact with or even replace human beings.
Dancer Renana Raz and a group of dancers will perform new selections from her YouMake ReMake project, which deals with imitation and response on the internet and on stage, while Noam Partom will present her YouTube poetry.
Noa Regev, director of the Holon Cinematheque, explained that Print Screen links cinema artistry with the digital culture, and challenges the boundaries of traditional film content.
"The festival, which was held for the first time last year, generated a lot of interest among researchers in the fields of media, society and contemporary culture, along with technology and film buffs," she said. "I expect this festival is going to grow in the coming years, because there's a need to respond, examine and give expression to the changes in audiovisual art in the digital age."
While visitors can attend individual events, the Holon Cinematheque is also offering a daily pass for NIS 70 that entitles the bearer to attend any events taking place that day.
Once again, Holon pushes the envelope of contemporary culture with an innovative, state-of-the-art happening that will both entertain you – and make you think. Don’t miss it!
For more information, call 03-5021552.
The festival is being held in conjunction with the Orange Institute of Internet Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Black-Mirror. Photo: Zeppotron Ltd 2012