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Robot Builders Doc Bots High: Mad Hot Ballroom with Nerds

13 July 2011 3:44 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Bots High is a film that proudly declares its geekiness, which is a promising sign for a documentary that follows three groups of high school robotics students as they develop and (literally) battle their way to a national combat robots competition in Miami. Basically, it's Mad Hot Ballroom with nerds. Lest you think this is a niche film destined to play small, though, director/producer Joey Daoud has a different distribution plan for getting his project to a larger audience. Daoud is inviting anyone anywhere to host or join a free screening of Bots High on October 6th in any venue. After the screening, Daoud and the robot builders themselves, many of whom went on to engineering programs at schools like MIT and Duke, will be »

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This Week In Trailers: The Jig, Gianni E Le Donne (The Salt Of Life), Charlie Cassanova, Bots High, The City Dark

18 March 2011 7:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? The City Dark Trailer Ian Cheney may have something. I never considered the idea about living where the stars are obscured by the blitz of big city light rushing upwards, »

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