The Third Annual Philip K. Dick International Film Festival of Science Fiction, Fantastic Film, Science and the Supernatural
January 16-17-18 2015
54 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
FRIDAY JANUARY 16, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Directed by Mark Netter
Nightmare Code is an independent sci-fi thriller about computerized behavior recognition, behavior modification and 24/7 surveillance. It takes place in a troubled start-up where a young programmer with a troubled past of his own is brought in to finish the company's product on a tight deadline, in the wake of the murderous rampage and suicide of the previous programmer. The deeper he probes into the code, the more his own behavior changes as the code takes on a life of it's own. Utilizing surveillance camera, PC cam, videochat and eyeglasscam, for more than half the movie the viewer watches four images at once, but often out-of sync as if someone - perhaps the software program itself - is telling the story.
Q&A after the with Director Mark Netter after the movie.
Painting the Way to the Moon is a feature documentary about Princeton mathematician and artist Dr. Ed Belbruno, who pioneered space travel while at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in the 1980’s. What makes Ed’s story so unusual is that his eureka moment in science came to him while he was painting. In fact, all of Ed’s space related work is intertwined with his work in art. Ed’s ground-breaking theory — that spaceships and satellites could use the mathematics of chaos theory rather than rocket fuel to get into orbit around the Moon — was rejected by his NASA peers for being too weird. His insistence that his theory could work ultimately got Ed fired from NASA. Right before Ed left JPL, he was given the chance to prove his theory and redeem himself when the Japanese government asked him to help rescue a malfunctioning satellite called Hiten. Twenty-five years after being fired, NASA and JPL use Ed’s method of space travel to send experiments into space. This film is about how art and science share a common process and explores how creative thinking is not only for artists.
Jacob Akira Okada (Producer, Director, Camera) Jacob co-produced and shot the Emmy nominated documentary OFF AND RUNNING (Dir. Nicole Opper), which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on PBS. Adam Morrow and Carylanna Taylor, producers of the fiml, will also be in attendance at the festival.
Q&A with Ed Belbruno and Jacob Okada to follow screening.
Three filmmakers embark on a paranormal challenge by barricading themselves in a house so haunted, no one has been able to live in more than 21 days, in order to film the supernatural phenomena which presumably occur. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that lies in wait.
A man bursts into consciousness, disoriented and confused. As he tries to regain his memory, he discovers a mind-blowing truth: he is from a parallel universe. Overcome with forbidden desire, he has broken a sacred rule of law and now must struggle to repair the damaged lives of those he loves before a dangerous government agency destroys them.