Year: 2008 / Running Time: 90 mins
Directed by: Astra Taylor
Executive Producer: Ron Mann
Producers: Bill Imperial (Sphinx Productions), Lea Martin (NFB)
Editor: Robert Kenned
Examined Life takes philosophy out of the darkened corners of academia and into the hustle and bustle of the everyday, a visual reminder that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the world around us.
It is directed by Astra Taylor, whose feature documentary portrait of world famous philosopher Slavoj Zizek, Zizek!, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005.
Examined Life interweaves fascinating “walks” with philosophers through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas -- crowded city streets, deser ted alleyways, Central Park and even a garbage dump.
The film is co-produced by Sphinx Productions, whose award-winning theatrical documentaries include Imagine the Sound (Best Documentary, Chicago Film Festival), Comic Book Confidential and Grass (both Genie Award winners).
Featuring the “rock star” philosophers of our time, including Cornel West, Peter Singer, Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler, Avital Ronell, Michael Hardt, Anthony Appiah and Martha Nussbaum.