SO UNREAL – Review by Nadine Whitney

In essence all gods are created by humanity as a way to explain the unknown or as a system of moral and ethical guidelines. That isn’t to say that spirituality is a falsehood, but it is perpetuated by earthly entities. In the digital age humanity created a new god – a cyber god of unlimited potential, and one that carried with it the capacity to gain sentience and turn on its maker. Amanda Kramer’s documentary So Unreal written in conjunction with Britt Brown and narrated by actor and musician Debbie Harry traces how cinema near the end of the millennia reacted to the anxiety of emerging technology and how films that might have been seen as time-capsule curiosities became remarkably prescient.

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Amanda Kramer and Britt Brown on SO UNREAL – Nadine Whitney interviews

Amanda Kramer and Britt Brown discuss the lure and fear of the early internet in So Unreal. Amanda Kramer is best known as a director of independent fiction films. Delighting and confounding audiences with such titles as Ladyworld, Give Me Pity!, and Please Baby Please. In a script written in conjunction with Britt Brown, Kramer delivers a stunning visual essay documentary So Unreal about “cyber cinema.” Nadine Whitney spoke to Kramer and Brown about their work that debuted at Fantastic Fest 2023.>

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MNEMORPHRENIA – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

For a low-budget debut feature, Mnemophrenia punches well above its weight; like some of the best genre films, manages to do hell of a lot with very little. There are clearly large philosophical questions under the microscope here about human evolution, empathy, technology and ethics, and it and prompts reflection about our relationship to visual culture and the moving image in particular.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kim Voynar on Virtual Reality Cinema

Like the best movies, Kim Voynar’s cinema career has come with plenty of plot twistS. For a decade, Voynar worked as a film critic, reviewing movies for Cinematical, Movie City News, Indiewire and Variety, and in 2011, she ventured into filmmaking. She wrote, produced and directed the short film “Bunker” and then working for three years for Wizards of the Coast founder Peter Adkison, helping him build his film production company and producing and directing many projects for it.

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