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.
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
|November 26th, 2017||Move Me Productions Film Festival||Antwerp, Belgium|
|December 2nd, 2017||Barcelona Planet Film Festival||Barcelona, Spain|
|December 28th – 31st 2017||The Independent Film Collaborative||Dhaka, Bangladesh|
|January 2nd, 2018||The Mediterranean Film Festival||Siracusa, Italy/Sicily|
|January 19th – 20th, 2018||European Cinematography Awards||Warsaw, Poland|
|January 27th, 2018||Eurasia International Film Festival||Moscow, Russia|
|March 2nd-11th, 2018||Festival international Signes de Nuit||Tucumán, Argentina|
|March 8th, 2018||Plan A at Betahaus||Berlin, Germany|
|March 7th – 11th, 2018||Silk Road International Film Festival||Dublin, Ireland|
|March 9th, 2018||Barcelona Around International Film Festival||Barcelona, Spain|
|March 18th, 2018||Indie Lincs Film Festival||Lincoln, United Kingdom|
|March 22nd – 25th, 2018||Fuori Mercato Independent Film Festival||Como Lombardia, Italy|
|March 28th, 2018||CRCLR House||Berlin, Germany|
|April 11th – 14th, 2018||Festival Internazionale Segni Della Notte||Urbino, Italy|
|May 11th, 2018||Melbourne Documentary Film Nights||Melbourne, Australia|
|June 27th, 2018||Spotlight Documentary Film Awards||Atlanta Georgia, United States|
|June 30th, 2018||Free Speech TV||Denver Colorado, United States|
|August 9th, 2018||Channel 44 Television||Adelaide, Australia|
|August 13th, 2018||Civic Media Centre||Gainesville Florida, United States|
|September 21st, 2018||b-ware! Ladenkino||Berlin, Germany|
|September 23rd, 2018||OmniCommons||Oakland California, United States|
|October 10th – 14th, 2018||Bozcaada International Festival||Bozcaada, Turkey|
|October 17th – 20th, 2018||One World Berlin, Human Rights Film Festival||Berlin, Germany|
|October 19th, 2018||Channel 31 Television||Melbourne, Australia|
|November 7th, 2018||Soapbox Gallery||New York, United States|