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‘Ex machina’ a fascinating but familiar look at artificial intelligence

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VANCOUVER — The tradition of films about artificial intelligence dates back to the late 1920s, with highlights such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and WarGames influencing an entire generation’s views on robots. The best films in the genre were written and filmed before robots became as commonplace as they are today: from Google’s ambitious DeepMind project to household names like Roomba and Siri, we have incorporated AI into our daily routines. Researchers and the general public have never been more informed on artificial intelligence – but maybe this familiarity is starting to get in the way of making good art about robots.

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Spaces and Reservations

(Courtesy Brendan Prost)

(Courtesy Brendan Prost)

VANCOUVER (LINK MAGAZINE) – Vancouver has been fighting to keep its Hollywood North title, with tax credit cuts and special effects studio closures contributing to the anxieties in the local filmmaking community. Such droughts in the industry normally correspond to a drop in newcomers interested in learning the craft. However, for those who are making their debut in the Vancouver film arts, the situation may not look as bleak.

The Lower Mainland houses many established film schools, with Langara, Simon Fraser and Emily Carr offering competitive training programs. One student filmmaker has shared the experience of making a feature film without the budget or the manpower of Hollywood giants.

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Watermark takes a novel perspective on Earth’s most precious resource

Watermark tells the story of human interaction with water in over 20 countries. (Courtesy Mongrel Media)

Watermark tells the story of human interaction with water in over 20 countries. (Courtesy Mongrel Media)

VANCOUVER (THE LINK) –  “We are water.”

If there was a concise way to summarize Watermark, this quote from Oscar Dennis comes pretty close. Words do a poor job of describing a film of such overwhelming visual beauty, but the Tahltan linguist captured the simple and yet loudest message of the film.

Watermark is the second cinematic collaboration between Canadian director Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky. In its ninety-minute run, Watermark takes the viewers on an aquatic journey from the Colorado River Delta, to a dam in China, and back home – floating down Stikine River in British Columbia.

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