At SXSW, you could fill almost an entire schedule with documentary features alone. One title that shouldn't go unnoticed is Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting's More Human Than Human, which is borrowing both a quote and themes from Blade Runner regarding artificial intelligence, and what it means to be a creative human entity:
"In this personal, playful and at times dramatic quest, filmmaker Tommy Pallota explores how much of his creativity and human values are at stake as he builds his own robot to replace himself as a filmmaker. The complexity of tasks that smart machines can perform is increasing at an exponential rate. Where will this ultimately take us? If a robot can learn to fold a towel on its own, will it someday be able to cook you dinner, perform surgery, and even conduct a war? This film instigates this debate between futurists and skeptics, about the potential of Artificial Intelligence. The filmmakers take us on a quest of understanding these innovations, opposing views and challenging our aspirations for the future of man and machine."
Ahead of the non-fiction film's World Premiere, a new trailer has been cut, delivering a glimpse at what sort of odd cinematic experience More Human Than Human has to offer.
Take a look:
More Human Than Human is set to debut this Saturday, March 10th, in the Visions section at SXSW 2018. Expect to hear more on BMD shortly thereafter.