Everybody's talking about the roboticized future of autonomous cars and jobless humans. But what if another big danger were people becoming more like robots?
That's the question posed in a feature-length film
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE. The film, in turn, was inspired by the writings of sociologist Lewis Yablonsky
, who wrote: "In a robopathic-producing social machine, conformity is a virtue. New or different behavior is viewed as strange and bizarre. 'Freaks' are feared. Originality is suspect."
tENT, a veteran experimental filmmaker
, calls Robopaths
a "pastiche film" that incorporates footage from everything from Stanley Milgram's infamous "obedience research" to clips from the 1953 cult classic The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
, based on a story by Dr. Seuss.
Other reference points are Nazism and suicide bombers. For a rundown of some of the clips used, see here
The film's first public screening
is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at The Glitter Box Theater, the new space inside Oakland's Bloomcraft. Admission is $6.
The Glitter Box
is located at 460 Melwood Ave.