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Jan. 21, 2014

Dispatches From Sundance

by SciFri Staff

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The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing in Park City, Utah, and some SciFri staff members are keeping tabs on its science offerings, from up-and-coming films to new media installations. We'll be posting observations and tweeting about our visit, so be sure to check back for updates. You can also follow our coverage on Twitter @scifri and on Instagram.
 

Wednesday, January 22
 
A few more highlights from the week: 
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SciFri web producer Chau Tu tests out a prototype of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at the New Frontier exhibit at Sundance.
 
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Interviewing the directors of Web Junkie, a new documentary about Internet addiction rehab camps in China. #scifrisundance
 
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Brian Knappenberger, director of The Internet's Own Boy, and Robert Swartz discuss the legacy of Robert's son, internet activist Aaron Swartz. #scifrisundance
 
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I caught a screening of the new documentary Dinosaur 13 yesterday. It tells the inspiring story of the 1991 discovery of Sue, the world's most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, and the unfortunate and surprising fallout that happened soon after. While it's essentially a legal tale of land ownership, the film gets personal with its characters and is quite emotional as it delves into the controversial history behind one of America's paleontological treasures.
— Chau Tu, web producer
 
Tuesday, January 21

 
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Checked out the projections on the Egyptian Theatre last night done by the @klipcollective and part of Sundance's New Frontier program. Heading to the rest of the New Frontier exhibition with curator Shari Frilot later today to talk about technology and the future of film.
— Chau Tu, web producer
 
 
 
Monday, January 20
 

 
Sunday, January 19
 
I attended a packed press screening of I, Origins. It's the latest film written and directed by Mike Cahill, who last did Another Earth. The current flick, interwoven with intriguing sci-fi twists, follows a young scientist and his lab partner who are trying to use the science of eyes as evidence for evolution. Meanwhile, romance blossoms between the scientist and a mysterious woman with uniquely colored eyes. The film has its flaws, such as predictability and good portions of cheese. But the dialogue between characters on logic and the subconscious are thought-provoking and will surely launch a conversation about the relationship between science and spirituality.
— Chau Tu, web producer

 

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