A filmmaker’s romantic troubles inspire her to probe deeper into the world we inhabit in search of a better way to live, in Maja Borg’s arresting experimental hybrid combining documentary, personal narrative, and road movie. The mood is distinctly dystopian, but this is no sci-fi future that Borg presents, but our own here and now, a world beset by environmental crises and economic breakdown. On a more personal level, it is separation from her girlfriend (Nadya Cazan) that spurs her to travel to Florida to commune with 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco, founder of the Venus Project and a man who advocates replacing our current economic model, which harms so many, with a more equitable, resourcebased economy in which goods, housing, and services are free.
Borg’s discussion with Fresco leads her to look at another 20th-century movement advocating similar ideas, Technocracy Inc., as well as the contemporary Free Energy Movement, and to investigate the promise (and peril) of 3D printing. Composer Per Storby’s elegant score sets an ethereal tone as Borg’s journey takes her from Florida to New York, Hollywood, and places even more exotic in a film that contrasts black-and-white and color, as well as Super 8, HD, and archival footage. The ideas she explores are heady, but by framing them within the context of her relationship with her elusive lover, she prevents the film from becoming didactic. Instead, it soars as an intimate exploration of love and the human condition.
— PAM GRADY
AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D310