March 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
As the Singularity gets ever-nearer, now is the time to contemplate the philosophical impacts of the human-machine relationship. Four robots grapple with the human complexities of religion, love, friendship, and what it means to be alive. Co-presented by Boston SciFi.
Rust in Peace
Will Welles, USA, 17 min.
An abandoned robot awakens alone in a junkyard. He travels home, to his creator’s ranch, to see if the love he feels is returned.
Wil Magness, USA, 29 min.
James is the last human on Earth, raised and protected by a humanoid robot who brings him up on a strange religion described in a handheld device called The Manual. As his faith in The Manual is shaken, James sets out to test one of the The Manual’s core belief: reincarnation to the next life in the city of the Creator.
Emily Limyun Dean, USA, 15 min.
Through her friendship with a little girl, an android learns what it means to be alive.
Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow
Fadi Baki, Germany, 30 min.
This is the tumultuous story of Manivelle, an automaton whose rise and fall mirrors that of Lebanon itself. Once the wonder of his age, today Manivelle is a rusty and mostly forgotten curiosity. Could the immortal “Man of Tomorrow” really be dying and if so, what are his regrets?