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The Future Is Now! (2011)

TV-G | | Drama | 24 June 2011 (Canada)
In an effort to re-connect a pessimistic "Everyman" with humanity, a journalist takes him on a voyage of possibilities as seen through the eyes of leading thinkers in the arts and sciences.

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Jim Brown (co-director), Gary Burns (co-director)

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Gary Burns, Jim Brown
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Credited cast:
Paul Ahmarani ... The Man of Today
Liane Balaban ... The Woman of Tommorow
Shigeru Ban Shigeru Ban ... The Architect
Christian Bök Christian Bök ... The Poet
Alain de Botton Alain de Botton ... The Philosopher
Marlene Dumas Marlene Dumas ... The Artist
Frances Dupuis-Déri Frances Dupuis-Déri ... The Anarchist
Rivka Galchen Rivka Galchen ... The Author
Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins ... The Scientist
J. Craig Venter J. Craig Venter ... The Scientist (as Craig Venter)
Jean-Paul Sartre ... The Existentialist (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Beirne ... Young Man
Elysa Chan Elysa Chan ... Receptionist
Graham Cuthbertson Graham Cuthbertson ... Street Interview
Lois Holley Lois Holley ... Street Interview
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In an effort to re-connect a pessimistic "Everyman" with humanity, a journalist takes him on a voyage of possibilities as seen through the eyes of leading thinkers in the arts and sciences.

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A cynic's guide to optimism.

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Drama

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English

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24 June 2011 (Canada) See more »

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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CAD 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Waking Life Part 2: Wide Awake
19 October 2011 | by christian94See all my reviews

With about a hundred times less budget, but with equal amount of creative and purposeful endeavour, this movie sets the new bar an exact decade after Linklater's "Waking Life (2001)" proved that movies can be a source of worthwhile, profound intellectual dialogue.

Different from its predecessor in many ways, "The Future is Now! (2011)" is not a dream, is not a cartoon and follows a main character, named "Man of Today" (played by Paul Ahmarani), who has much more repartee then the boy stuck in a dream in Waking Life. This leads to slightly more balanced dialogue and debate. It fits well in the quest of the "Woman of Tomorrow" to show this dejected character life's greatest achievements and hopes in attempt to turn his pompous pessimism into a open-minded optimism. A genuine endeavour to change a fellow human's life for the better. In that contrived way and with much less production value, it fails to reach the dreamy etheral quality of Waking Life, yet it takes a life of its own and is able to delve in its charming quirkiness.

In that quest, he will meet a poet, an architect, anarchists, artists, philosophers (dead & alive), scientists, etc. and travel in many different places. The basis of the encounters are discussions and reflections that build on each other, yet that are also distinct, delectable and debatable. There are told with somewhat of a fairy-tale preamble, but their validity and content are made of things that may be discussed for decades more. Moral responsibility, the value of art and science in society, socialism, social responsibility, beauty, love, religion, taxes and death.

A particular notion that sticks in my mind is an artist saying that in contemporary art you have to love BEFORE you see beauty. Like kissing a frog that will turn into a Prince. The principal is odd, but the dialogue brings the point home. Kudos, to all involved in this near-perfect production.

So love before and go appreciate this mind-stimulating beauty filled with lucidity. Go find this indie film now, because after all The Future is Now!


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