Upon fathering triplets, filmmaker Avi Zev Weider explores the nature of technology, seeking what it means to be human.
Typically, films about technology focus solely on specific inventions, scientists or discoveries. In the daily major media as well, most technology stories are really business stories or deal with novelty, glossing over any nuanced issues. It is with rare exception that a film engages the larger questions surrounding technology. However, quite the opposite is true of most people’s daily encounters and conversations. That is to say, every time we have a discussion about technology, be it artificial intelligence, cell phones or e-mail, the conversation invariably ends up being about ourselves – about what we value as people. And it is these values – be it choices, be it relationships, be it family – that are what make us human.
So, to get at these questions, to try to get a peek at the heart of technology, I took my time and when time and/or budget allowed, I interviewed a range of truly fascinating experts. Then, I decided to incude some portraits of people who have really intimate relationships with technology. And to top it off, I engaged in a correspondence with what I thought was the most extreme anti-technology voice I could think of - Ted Kaczynski.
But then, as it turned out, the extreme is exactly what I got when I became the father to triplets. What I had been thinking about in the abstract was made real - as many of the choices my wife and I were making with the help of technology were tied up with very real issues of life and death. So this too, became part of the film.
Ultimately, what I continue to really find fascinating is that the force that shaped the creation of the smartphone in my pocket is the very same one that pushed a man to plot and kill for seventeen years and is also the same force that might very well allow my children to live forever.
The film is premiering in competition at SXSW in March. This Kickstarter campaign will help pay for the completion costs of the film and really assist me in getting it to its world premiere in the best possible shape. I think it's an important film and I know it's one that will have everyone who sees it thinking about their own relationships to technology.
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I Hear You! You get me for a lunch date for two hours to talk about technology and/or parenting multiples. You also get a special DVD of 'YEAR ONE' - the personal project that sparked the idea for all the triplets imagery in the film. You will literally watch the kids grow before your very eyes through thousands of rapidly sequenced photographs. And you get all the previous rewards.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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