Synthetic Pleasures


1h 25m 1995

Brief Synopsis

Is reality obsolete? From low-tech function like body piercing and artificially-stocked fishing pools, to the latest in bionics and VR gaming, this cyber-age intellectual survey--call it a *.DOCumentary--downloads a Future Shockful of data and defines the parameters of advanced technologies that del

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Distribution Company
CAIPIRNHA
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Yokohama, Tokyo, Miyazaki, Japan; Orlando, Florida, USA; San Francisco, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, California, USA; New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m

Synopsis

Is reality obsolete? From low-tech function like body piercing and artificially-stocked fishing pools, to the latest in bionics and VR gaming, this cyber-age intellectual survey--call it a *.DOCumentary--downloads a Future Shockful of data and defines the parameters of advanced technologies that delete nature and reprogram mankind. Cyronics defy death; the Internet exists outside time and space; smart drugs and surgery upgrade the mind and body. But are we headed toward human optimization, or system crash? Timothy Leary, R. U. Sirius, Lisa Palac, John Barlow and others offer sound bytes against a mesmerizing screen display of cutting edge computer-graphics, location footage and archival clips.

Crew

Antonio L Arroyo

Sound

Joel Bach

Gaffer

Axel Baumann

Assistant Camera Operator

Mark Berger

Rerecording

Rob Bonz

Post-Production Sound

Rick Bradley

Sound

Alan Brech

Other Writer

Anthony Bregman

Production Consultant

Brian D. Cange

Production Manager

David Cashion

Researcher

Sarah Cawley

Photography

Bill Cozy

Sound

Lisa Davis

Production Assistant

Brian Dentz

Assistant Editor

Taylor Deupree

Graphic Designer

Taylor Deupree

Other

Tom Efinger

Other

Takashi Endo

Assistant Camera Operator

Rob Featherstone

Assistant Camera Operator

Miguel Fierro

Other

David Flanagan

Assistant Camera Operator

Toshifumi Furusawa

Cinematographer

Adam Goldstein

Music

Adam Goldstein

Sound Design

George Gund

Production Assistant

George Gund

Producer

Marcus Hahn

Cinematographer

Andrew Hall

Production Manager

Noriko Harim

Assistant Editor

Jordan Hoffman

Production Assistant

Nick Hoffman

Photography

Virginia Huntley

Production Coordinator

Kiyo Joo

Production Manager

Ty K

Researcher

Masato Kaneko

Assistant Camera Operator

John Kelsey

Other Writer

Bill Kinder

Facilities Supervisor

Yuko Koseki

Assistant Editor

Sabine Krayenbnhl

Editor

Joseph Liao

Consultant

Ricardo Linguitte

Assistant Editor

Daniel Macintosh

Sound

Ethan Mass

Photography

Ethan Mass

Video

Walter Mcgrady

Photography

Kent Mcgrew

Other

Jim Mckee

Sound Design

Rona Michele

Sound Design

Hilary Morgan

Assistant Camera Operator

Kramer Morgenthau

Cinematographer

Tim Morrison

Production Assistant

Gene Na

Consultant

Eric Neason

Gaffer

Eric Neason

Grip

Ines Nedelcovic

Assistant Editor

Eddie Nichols

Assistant Editor

M. Ochoa

Production Assistant

Tom Penketh

Gaffer

Noelle Penraat

Negative Cutting

Marie Reagan

Sound

Neal Rehia

Assistant Editor

Jacob Ribicoff

Sound

Nick Rivera

Assistant Camera Operator

Willy Robinson

Sound

Stephanie Ryan

Video

Stephanie Ryan

Assistant Camera Operator

Ruth Sakheim

Production Assistant

Roger Schulte

Editor

Matthew Sigal

Sound

Eric Solstein

Video

Alex Stahl

Music Editor

Jim Stark

Production Consultant

Peter Steinbach

Sound

Yoshiteru Takahashi

Sound

Chris Teetens

Production Assistant

Stacia Thompson

Editor

Andreas Troeger

Other

Andreas Troeger

Editor

Amanda Vogel

Assistant Editor

Antek Walczak

Production Coordinator

Roy Waldspurger

Other

Jennifer Weiner

Production Coordinator

Jennifer Weiner

Music Coordinator

Jennifer Weiner

Visual Effects

Tim Whittal

Assistant Camera Operator

Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz

Music Editor

Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz

Sound

John Yang

Music

Andrew Yarmen

Assistant Camera Operator

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Distribution Company
CAIPIRNHA
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Yokohama, Tokyo, Miyazaki, Japan; Orlando, Florida, USA; San Francisco, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, California, USA; New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at 19th Asian American International Film Festival July 19-21 & 25-28, 1996.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 15-26, 1996.

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 1996.

Shown at Gen Art Film Festival in New York City April 27 - May 3, 1996.

Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 17-24, 1995.

Shown at Melbourne International Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia July 25 - August 11, 1996.

Shown at Montreal International Festival of New Film and Video June 6-16, 1996.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 18 - May 6, 1996.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 16 - June 9, 1996.

Shown at SeOUL NYmAX 97: A Multi-Media Arts Festival in New York City November 1-15, 1997.

Shown at Sydney Film Festival June 7-22, 1996.

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States February 1996

Released in United States January 1996

Released in United States July 1996

Released in United States June 1996

Released in United States May 1996

Released in United States November 1996

Released in United States November 1997

Released in United States November 1998

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States September 1995

Released in United States September 1996

Released in United States Summer August 29, 1996

Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (New American Independents) November 8-17, 1996.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 7-16, 1995.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.

Feature directorial debut for filmmaker Iara Lee whose previous experimental shorts include "Prufrock" (USA/1991) and "An Autumn Wind" (USA/1993).

Released in Vorhess, NJ (Ritz 12) September 22, 1996.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Gen Art Film Festival in New York City April 27 - May 3, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Melbourne International Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia July 25 - August 11, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 18 - May 6, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 16 - June 9, 1996.)

Released in United States January 1996 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.)

Released in United States February 1996 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 15-26, 1996.)

Released in United States May 1996 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 1996.)

Released in United States June 1996 (Shown at Montreal International Festival of New Film and Video June 6-16, 1996.)

Released in United States June 1996 (Shown at Sydney Film Festival June 7-22, 1996.)

Released in United States July 1996 (Shown at 19th Asian American International Film Festival July 19-21 & 25-28, 1996.)

Released in United States Summer August 29, 1996

Released in United States September 1995 (Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 17-24, 1995.)

Released in United States September 1995 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 7-16, 1995.)

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (New American Independents) November 8-17, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1997 (Shown at SeOUL NYmAX 97: A Multi-Media Arts Festival in New York City November 1-15, 1997.)

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown in New York City (Anthology Film Archives) November 1-10, 1998.)