Created by Jason Silva in collaboration with CITIZEN. Follow Jason on twitter @JASONSILVA - https://twitter.com/JasonSilva
This video is a non-commercial work created to inspire, made for educational purposes, inspired by the ideas of Douglas Hofstadter explored in the magnificent book GODEL, ESCHER, BACH: An Eternal Golden Braid. Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gödel,_Escher,_Bach
It offers my interpretation of Strange Loops of Self Reference, recursion, and the emergence of consciousness and self-awareness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_loops
"To Hofstadter, the human mind is a bright, shimmering, self-sustaining miracle of philosophical bootstrappery" - Lev Grossman, Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1599720,00.html#ixzz2MyMGywag
"You know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your whole life" - The Matrix
It is also inspired by some of the writing of Erik Davis in Techgnosis.com about the hero's journey taken by NEO in the Matrix in order to understand who he is:
"Neo must then face his own Cartesian "passage through madness," melting into a mirror that alludes not only to Lewis Carroll but to the mystic-psychotic collapse and disappearance of the externalized ego that stabilizes our inner void. As Neo phases out of the Matrix, he opens up, however briefly, the fractured bardo that is the secret thrill of every fan of the "false reality" genre: the moment when baseline reality dissolves but no new world has yet emerged in its pixelating wake. This is the most radical moment of the cogito, but it's tough to sustain."
Cast Featuring: Mary Elise Hayden, Marissa Merrill & Dustin Edward
Executive Producers: David Lyons & Andrew Huang
Producers: Laura Merians & Stephanie Marshall
Cinematographer: Laura Merians
Production Designer: Hugh Zeigler
Costume Designer: Lindsey Mortensen
Hair & Makeup Designer: Jennifer Cunningham
Sound Design & Original Score: Andrew Huang
This short has won 20+ Film Festivals around the world and was short listed for an Academy Award nomination.
The film is an allegory about the moment when a child is forced to choose between ideology and humanity while living and playing in a dangerous war environment.
Production was made possible entirely through charitable donations.
The producers are offering the film as a fundraising and publicity tool to non-governmental organizations working to improve the lives of war-affected children. The film’s promotional materials and screening events are intended to provide exposure opportunities for these groups.