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Space Times Square

My friend and colleague, Barry Vacker, has written and directed a new short film, Space Times Square, which was shot entirely from the streets of Times Square, New York. It's an entertaining and enjoyable odyssey with stunning cinematography (for which Barry was also partially responsible) and electronic music that will engage your senses, and thought-provoking philosophical touches that will engage your mind. My hearty congratulations to my pal for a job well done (and remember me when you get the Oscar nomination for "Best Documentary, Short Subject"). Loved it!

The film is narrated by Jamie Lee, and is punctuated by various epigrams from the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre, Marshall McLuhan, Camille Paglia, William Gibson, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Jean Baudrillard, and Brian Greene. For those familiar with Barry's use of epigrams in various essays, it'll make you feel as if you're reading one of his articles, accompanied by striking visuals and an ambient electronic score.

The sights and sounds of Times Square are featured in a 24-minute trip through an "expanding material universe" and an "expanding media universe," an adventure in "real space and cyber space." As the film synopsis puts it:

Filmed entirely from the streets of Times Square, Space Times Square is a meditative journey through the mediated cosmos of Times Square. Drawing from Jean-Paul Sartre and Marshall McLuhan, the film theorizes Times Square as a microcosm of the electronic big bang -- an expanding media cosmos of voids and nothingnesses, image and information, entertainment and inquisition, iPod people and hive-minds, flash mobs and flat-screens, black holes and vanishing points. Times Square is a galaxy in the global media cosmos, where the circuits of cyberspace converge with the constellations of outer space. Written and directed by Barry Vacker, the film is accompanied by poetic narration and an original musical score by New York musician Brett Sroka.

The film gets its first public screening this week in Philadelphia at the 2007 International Digital Media Arts Conference (iDMAa), which takes place from November 7th through November 10th, 2007. During the four-day conference, the documentary will be screened with several other films each hour as part of an exhibition of digital artworks and films called "Beyond Boundaries, iDEAS 07." It takes place at the Fuel Collection art gallery at 249 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215-592-8400), on Thursday and Friday, November 8-9, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, and on Friday, November 9, 7:30 am - 9:00 pm (for more on the schedule, see here).

You can take a look at the film's hi-resolution trailer at the website or a low-resolution trailer on Youtube.