monochrom and Subversive Cinema Society present a nerdy evening
A Personal Journey Into The Uncharted Depths Of Nerd Culture, A Realm Full Of Dangers, Creatures And More Or Less Precarious Working Conditions...
Background info about Traceroute
Traceroute's IMDb entry
Traceroute's film trailer
A film screening and panel discussion presented by the Subversive Cinema Society
Location: Betalevel (in LA Chinatown)
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September 25, 2016 (Facebook event) -- free entry! First come, first serve!
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Screening of Traceroute -- at 7:00 pm
Panel about nerd culture with Chris Gore and Johannes Grenzfurthner -- at 9:00 pm
Artist and life-long nerd Johannes Grenzfurthner is taking us on a personal road trip from the West Coast to the East Coast of the USA, to introduce us to places and people that shaped and inspired his art and politics. Traceroute wants to chase and question the ghosts of nerddom's past, present and future. An exhilarating tour de farce into the guts of trauma, obsession and cognitive capitalism.
Features interviews with Matt Winston, Sandy Stone, Bruce Sterling, Jason Scott, Christina Agapakis, Trevor Paglen, Ryan Finnigan, Kit Stubbs, V. Vale, Sean Bonner, Allison Cameron, Josh Ellingson, Maggie Mayhem, Paolo Pedercini, Steve Tolin, Dan Wilcox, Jon Lebkowsky, Jan "Varka" Mulders, Adam Flynn, Abie Hadjitarkhani, Kelly Poots...
Praise for Traceroute:
"Traceroute is radical individual empiricism, a narrative biographical puzzle and an experimental projection matrix. Despite continual stimulus satiation, it is wonderful fun: the film tickles the synapses with a perfectly mixed cocktail of collectively shared context and quirkiness."
"As many nerds have noticed, there's a glut of nerd-positive documentaries out there, but they tend to be either too self-serious, or too focused on the trappings of fandom to actually say much. Traceroute manages to be a real film, with humor and true insight (sometimes called out for us-and delightfully nullified-with a blinking "INSIGHT" faux-HTML tag onscreen), primarily because it focuses on Grenzfurthner's personal journey, and he doesn't take himself too seriously. Let's put that another way: The director uses himself and a handful of subjects to create his story, and that specificity-coupled with his playfulness-makes it work. At one point he licks the chrome head of a Terminator prop. Then he licks a zombie head prop. Then he licks the propmaster himself. It's delightful."
"Magical. (...) After watching Traceroute, I was left with a real exhilaration and a deeply reflective feeling at once. (...) What Traceroute reveals is the tradition of alterity just beneath the surface of Western culture, and that it has a powerful effect on our mass consciousness, whether it is in plain sight or not."
(Patrick Lichty, Furtherfield)
Post-screening panel about nerd culture
With Chris Gore and Johannes Grenzfurthner
Chris Gore is a comedian and writer who was a regular on G4TV's Attack of the Show where he did the popular DVDuesday segment as well as film coverage. He is also the founder of Film Threat, the author of several movie books including the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, writer/producer of the feature comedy My Big Fat Independent Movie and Chris' debut comedy album is titled "Celebrities Poop."
Chris has appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, Reelz Channel and has also hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC as well as G4TV's Attack of the Show. As an author, Chris has written "The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made" (St. Martin's Press) and "The Complete DVD Book" (Michael Wiese Publications). His book "The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide" (Random House) is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school.
Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, writer, researcher. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally-acting art and theory group. He is a lecturer a several universities, e.g. on culture jamming at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria.
He is head of "Arse Elektronika" (sex and tech festival) in San Francisco, "Hedonistika" (food tech festival in Montreal and Tel Aviv) and host of "Roboexotica" (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics) in Vienna. He directed the dark sci-fi comedy "Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" (2014) and the feature-length documentary "Traceroute" (2016). He is currently working on several other film projects ("Tycho", "Sierra Zulu", "Nothing To Hide").
He and his projects have been featured in The New York Times, Liberation, Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Reuters, Slashdot, Playboy, Boing Boing, New Scientist, The Edge, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, ZDF, Gizmodo, io9, Wired, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, CNet, Toronto Star...