Stare Into The Lights My Pretties



We live in a world of screens. The average adult spends the majority of their waking hours in front of some sort of screen or device. We’re enthralled, we’re addicted to these machines. How did we get here? Who benefits? What are the cumulative impacts on people, society and the environment? What may come next if this culture is left unchecked, to its end trajectory, and is that what we want?

Stare Into The Lights My Pretties investigates these questions with an urge to return to the real physical world, to form a critical view of technological escalation driven by rapacious and pervasive corporate interest. Covering themes of addiction, privacy, surveillance, information manipulation, behaviour modification and social control, the film lays the foundations as to why we may feel like we’re sleeprunning into some dystopian nightmare with the machines at the helm. Because we are, if we don’t seriously avert our eyes to stop this culture from destroying what is left of the real world.


Written and Directed by Jordan Brown. Original camera by Jordan Brown, Masao Tamaoki and James Tomalin. Music by Jore, Sigur Rós, The Cinematic Orchestra, Ólafur Arnalds, Bonobo, Soundsource, Bzaurie, Clark, Rollmottle, Ma Spaventi, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Eunoia and Seame Campbell.

Additional footage credit where credit is due is made out to respective creators, some of whom are: Em Styles, Katerina Vittozzi, Eric De Lavarène, Isabelle Delannoy, Brian Frank, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Ivan Cash, Yordan Zhechev, Ron Fricke, Monika Fleishmann, Raymond Delacruz, Rob Featherstone, Michael Mcsweeney, Juan Falgueras, Trevor Hedge, Jean Counet, David Kleijwegt, Godfrey Reggio, Naomi Ture, Chris Zobl, Siddharth Hirwani, Melly Lee, Refik Anadol, Marc Homs, Schnellebuntebilder, Kyle Littlejohn, Tobias Gremmler, Marina Wanderlust, Kristopher Lee, Brandon Johnson, Nicolas Fevrier, Judd Frazier, Ben Stevens, David Fedele, Frank Wiering, Rob Mcbride, Vido Yuandao, Justine Ezarik, David Machado Santos, Vasco Sotomaior, Wolfgang Strauss, Kornhaber Brown, Matthew Epler, James Kwan, China Techy, BigThink, Gigaom, Inc. Magazine, The Guardian, TED, TEDx, BBC, ABC, CNN, Indymedia; and all further credit where credit is due for unknown or unattributed creators whose work appears.

Content creators and/or participants may or may not agree with the views expressed in this film, which was made with no budget, not-for-profit, and is released to the world for free for the purposes of critical discourse, education, and for cultivating radical social and political change.

A very heartfelt thank you to Kyle Magee, Stuart Brown, Katina Michael, M.G. Michael, Debra Protaseiwicz, Nathalie Crawford, Aleisha Manion, Claire Hilton, Christopher Brown, Matthew Brown, Rachel Williams, Liz Shield, Oliver Grabinski, Matilda Stevens, Rachel Clutterbuck, Matthew Storen, Steve Fraser, Andrew Protaseiwicz, Antonietta Melideo, Eric Crouch, Deanne Love, Masao Tamaoki, Lelia Green, Aleks Krotoski, Susan Greenfield, Eli Pariser, Sherry Turkle, Andrew Keen, Nicholas Carr, Roger Clarke, Derrick Jensen, Jerry Mander, Bruce Schneier, Lierre Kieth, Clifford Nass, Douglas Rushkoff, Evgeny Morozov, Jon Ronson, Lewis Mumford, Nafeez Ahmed, Angela Daly, Mikko Hypponen and Rebecca MacKinnon.


1. Introduction
2. “Progress”
3. No Accident
4. Mindset (Screen Culture)
5. It’s All About Me!
6. The Megamachine
7. Creeping Normalcy (Surveillance Camera Man)
8. Vegged Out
9. It’s Full of Sugar and It Tastes So Nice
10. The Real World
11. Credits

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November 26th, 2017Move Me Productions Film FestivalAntwerp, Belgium
December 2nd, 2017Barcelona Planet Film FestivalBarcelona, Spain
December 28th – 31st 2017The Independent Film CollaborativeDhaka, Bangladesh
January 2nd, 2018The Mediterranean Film FestivalSiracusa, Italy/Sicily
January 19th – 20th, 2018European Cinematography AwardsWarsaw, Poland
January 27th, 2018Eurasia International Film FestivalMoscow, Russia
March 2nd-11th, 2018Festival international Signes de NuitTucumán, Argentina
March 8th, 2018Plan A at BetahausBerlin, Germany
March 7th – 11th, 2018Silk Road International Film FestivalDublin, Ireland
March 9th, 2018Barcelona Around International Film FestivalBarcelona, Spain
March 18th, 2018Indie Lincs Film FestivalLincoln, United Kingdom
March 22nd – 25th, 2018Fuori Mercato Independent Film FestivalComo Lombardia, Italy
March 28th, 2018CRCLR HouseBerlin, Germany
April 11th – 14th, 2018Festival Internazionale Segni Della NotteUrbino, Italy
May 11th, 2018Melbourne Documentary Film NightsMelbourne, Australia
June 27th, 2018Spotlight Documentary Film AwardsAtlanta Georgia, United States
June 30th, 2018Free Speech TVDenver Colorado, United States
August 9th, 2018Channel 44 TelevisionAdelaide, Australia
August 13th, 2018Civic Media CentreGainesville Florida, United States
September 21st, 2018b-ware! LadenkinoBerlin, Germany
September 23rd, 2018OmniCommonsOakland California, United States
October 10th – 14th, 2018Bozcaada International FestivalBozcaada, Turkey
October 17th – 20th, 2018One World Berlin, Human Rights Film FestivalBerlin, Germany
October 19th, 2018Channel 31 TelevisionMelbourne, Australia
November 7th, 2018Soapbox GalleryNew York, United States