GUNPOWDER & SKY’S DUST PRESENTS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DOCUMENTARY, MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN
Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting’s Feature-Length Expose Exploring the Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Its Effect on Our Lives To Premiere on TVOD Platforms, February 12
DUST Also Announces Week-Long A.I. Themed Programming Event, A.I. Week, Premiering Short Films; “Sunspring”, “The Manual”, “Upload U” and “Noro”
Los Angeles, CA – February 8, 2019 – Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi label DUST announced today that Tommy Pallotta (A Scanner Darkly) and Femke Wolting’s (Nobody Speak) feature-length Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) documentary, More Human Than Human, is set to release on TVOD platforms February 12th. The premiere is timed with A.I. Week, DUST’s weeklong programming event that focuses on the stories, science and implications of artificial intelligence, running February 11th through February 17th, across DUST channels.
Debuting as the main event, More Human Than Human is the only feature-length film among the array of short films to premiere during A.I. Week. Originally premiering at last year’s SXSW Film Festival, More Human Than Human invites audiences into the filmmakers’ journey as they come face-to-face with the world’s leading A.I. experts and robot pioneers and notable test subjects such as the greatest chess player of all time Garry Kasparov who famously played the computer system Deep Blue; acclaimed filmmaker, Richard Linklater and best-selling author, Daniel H Wilson. Pallotta and Wolting are confronted with the existential question that artificial intelligence begs us to ask – will A.I., infinitely smarter, interconnected and possibly self-aware, render humanity obsolete?
“Computers have become not only ubiquitous but also so intimate with us that it has fundamentally changed all of our relationships,” said filmmakers, Pallotta and Wolting. “We are at a pivotal moment in time when we already coexist with intelligent machines. As children we thought the future was going to be bright. That we would have all of this great technology, and that it was going to fix all of our problems. Technology has made life better in many ways, but we are starting to see a dark side to this rush to automation. Why is this dream of technology so seductive to us? Why would we aspire to build something that is better than ourselves? This project was born out of love for sci-fi and our passion to make science fiction, so DUST was the perfect fit and partner for the film.”
Eric Bromberg, General Manager of DUST added, “More Human Than Human shines a light on the promising applications of artificial intelligence, but also the potentially unsettling realities. This film forces us to look at a future we never thought possible and to consider the implications A.I. has on the human experience. DUST is passionate about exploring the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology, so we are thrilled to release this documentary during our A.I. Week programming event.”
During the week-long themed programming, DUST will present stories, focusing on science and A.I., including the premiere of four short films; Sunspring, starring Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and written entirely by an artificial intelligence bot, The Manual, following a young man raised by a machine in a dystopian future, Upload U, an official selection of the 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival about a recreational VR user who falls victim to the malevolent nature of her personal A.I. system, and Noro, an award-winning sci-fi drama that challenges the moral path of the evolution of A.I., written and directed by Duncan Roe (The Visitor, Away From Me). The programming event also highlights previous DUST short films that grapple with A.I., available now on DUSTx and other DUST channels.
‘A.I. Week’ includes a partnership between DUST and future focused media brand, Futurism, who will support the campaign through Futurism channels with editorial articles, unscripted videos and other original content within the artificial intelligence space. Futurism will also introduce More Human Than Human to their over loyal audience of over more than 10 million Facebook fans across their verticals, 1.1 million Instagram followers and their subscribers across Futurism’s free-to-watch OTT platforms.
“DUST has built a reputation of creating and curating top notch scripted science fiction content, while Futurism focused on news and documentary style content creation – so it made perfect sense for our brands to align for A.I. week,” said Futurism Studios President Geoffrey J Clark. Geoffrey J Clark, President of Futurism Studios.
A.I. Week Programming Schedule:
Tuesday, February 12: More Human Than Human TVOD release, Sunspring release
Wednesday, February 13: Upload U
Thursday, February 14: The Manual
Friday, February 15: Noro
As a producer, distributor and purveyor of long-form, non-fiction films, DUST recently premiered sci-fi western, PROSPECT, in theaters across the country, and announced the expansion of its sci-fi channel, DUSTx, now available on Roku and Twitch.
DUST, a division of global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, is the first premium sci-fi entertainment brand that reaches fans across all platforms, giving voice to emerging and established filmmakers.
DUST presents thought-provoking science fiction content, exploring the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology. From timeless to cutting-edge movies, series and short films, DUST acquires, produces and distributes content from established and emerging filmmaking voices.
DUST most recently premiered the Zach Strauss directed short film Bad Peter at Tribeca – a cautionary tale about an overbearing AI assistant – starring Golden-Globe nominee Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”) and acquired PROSPECT which premiered at SXSW Film Festival 2018 starring Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Game of Thrones, Equalizer 2.
With more than 2M fans, DUST operates its own channels that are available on multiple platforms including YouTube, Facebook, VRV, Pluto and Xumo. Through its partnership with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, DUST recently premiered the George Lucas 1967 short film, “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB”, followed by legendary filmmaker Robert Zemeckis’ 1972 student short film “The Lift”.
DUST also hosts podcasts and special events such as “The Future Is Female” screening that celebrates female sci-fi directors in film, as well as ‘Represent: Diversity in Sci-Fi’, a panel celebrating and examining multicultural voices in the sci-fi genre.
On August 18th, 2018, DUST launched DUSTx on Roku, a new sci-fi channel featuring timeless movies such as A Scanner Darkly, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Paycheck and series such as Mystery Science Theater 3000, Ray Bradbury’s Science Theater and Beyond Westworld, as well as 500+ short films by the talent of tomorrow, including Rise, Jonah, and Automata.
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Gunpowder & Sky is an award-winning independent global studio, dedicated to creating, marketing and distributing video content unrestricted by form, genre or platform. Gunpowder & Sky collaborates with both emerging and established talent to generate premium video content ranging from 90-second to 90-minute stories on all platforms. With in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities, the company operates as a full 360-studio and oversees a library of more than 1500 titles.
In 2018, Gunpowder & Sky released 15 films including Brett Haley’s (I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Hero) critically acclaimed feature, Hearts Beat Loud, and Summer of 84 from award-winning directors RKSS – both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Gunpowder & Sky also debuted Cam on Netflix, winner of Best First Feature and Best Screenplay at Fantasia Festival. The company also produced “Too Stupid To Die”, MTV’s next generation stunt series.
Gunpowder & Sky is also committed to building modern entertainment brands that super-serve global audiences in key genres. Each brand creates, distributes and markets compelling short films, series and feature films across theatrical, TVOD, traditional networks and new platforms such as Roku, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, DirectTV and Samsung. DUST is the first premium sci-fi entertainment brand that reaches passionate fans across all platforms, giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers. In 2018, DUST theatrically released its first feature film, the sci-fi western Prospect (starring Pedro Pascal and Jay Duplass), winner of SXSW’s Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award, and also debuted “Glimpse”, an original series on Facebook Watch. Gunpowder & Sky’s newest brand, Alter focuses on horror films and series which explore the human condition through warped perspectives from the most innovative minds in the genre. Also, the company remains invested in CUT, a viral content pioneer and leader with multiple hit franchises and content brands.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in NY and London, Gunpowder & Sky was founded by Van Toffler and Floris Bauer, in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T.