Saturday, November 24, 2012

Haiku and Flash Fiction - Fragment Fiction

This is a short experimental futuristic animé film by the late Keisuke TAKAHASHI. Keisuke was a student of f3 Founder-Curator at the Future University Hakodate and had great promise as a storyteller and artist. We will never what kind of stories and film he might have made. His themes of alienation, connectedness, Man and God, squeezed into this microcosmic self-analysis of Keisuke’s inner world, exemplify the concerns of Japan’s youth in an increasingly complex world.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

f3 Relationships and Partnerships Director Robert Scott and the 11 Eleven Project

The Relationships and Partnerships director based in Sydney, Australia attended a screening of the '11ElevenProject' one year after its inception on 11 November 2011.

The 11ElevenProject is a movement of thinkers and storytellers who have 'brought the world together, even if only for one day', amounting to a stocktake of where the world stood on a given moment. This 'state of the planet' is reminiscent of Life in a Day, a documentary which showed at the Sundance Film Festival by Hollywood director Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott in which thousands of YouTube videos capturing a single day around the world were submitted to YouTube and distilled to become a whole. It differs in that it rallies people worldwide on its anniversary for something of a reality check in what could be called a visual time capsule.
Five categories or media are available: sound, text, film, photography, music through which a snapshot is taken of the human condition.

In the pre-UGC (User Generated Content) era, there was Baraka, a mosaic of mankind engaging with his planet. Naqoygatsi depicted 'life as war' shortly after and more recently, French director Yann Arthus-Bertran gave us Home which showed us how the planet was getting on despite, or because of man.
UGC has produced a great Cambrian explosion of life as we rush to capture the moment. Most of us now have the freedom to say what we want to say, and to say it how we want to say it.
But 11Eleven succeeds in what comes next, prolonging the discourse. We are literally called to account once a year and asked to record that which must be celebrated in life. Scott came away smiling in the sense that the bedrock of society, the social fabric had not, it seemed, been ruptured. While all was not rosy, optimism was definitely a theme of the movie.

The project's creative director, Danielle Lauren speaks of 'advancement of global change and a positive future for all' and 'reclaiming our humanity – owning our mistakes and working towards ensuring a better future for all'. While not promising any given future above another, f3 through the visual medium of the moving picture promises to fix a gaze on a number of futures, to then encapsulate each and to subsequently plot a course in a given direction. Importantly, f3 will forge the link beyond, way beyond the film itself.

The objectives common to f3 and its Los Angeles partner F2 are:

1. Promotion of preferable global human and non-human futures.
2. The tendering of alternative models of being, doing and having.
3. Raising the consciousness of audiences vis-à-vis the central thematic of futures thinking and praxis.
4. Inspiring post-media behavior with futures-beneficial outcomes.

At the inaugural event taking place Northern Hemisphere Autumn of 2013, film will be married forever to transmedia as participants - no longer called the audience - forge and embrace new realities.

For reference we present two Youtube videos of the project which itself may be found at

Original premier

Creative Revolution metaphor

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Retro Futures in Asia - f3 project at the Northern Museum of Visual Culture

The Northern Museum of Visual Culture
Saturday, November 10 2012 at the Museum

I met with executives (left, Yumi WADA – Administrative Director and book publisher; middle, Kenji TAKAMURA – Museum Director; and right, Nanae ARATAME – head of Promotions) from The Northern Museum of Visual Culture – 北の映像ミュージアム – Saturday November 10 to discuss possible collaborations between f3 futures film festival and their Museum. The Director, Kenji TAKAMURA is a cinema researcher and veritable walking encyclopedia when it comes to the global cinema industry. His interest in our f3 project has ignited a new ecology of possibilities for developing a Japanese f3 project – possibly starting in Sapporo. At this initial stage, our discussions suggest that an effective way to promote the project in Japan is for myself to give a presentation at the Museum about my experiences as a futurist and filmmaker in Hokkaido, in which I would introduce f3 as one project in our overall portfolio. The second stage would be to stage an actual micro-f3 – also at the Museum – with a select crowd of local and international guests. Just what this micro-f3 would entail is something that we need to design. My sense is to aim for a one-day event, screening 4-6 representative futures films over a broad spectrum of the 20 or so film categories we have conceived, a simple wine and cheese party, a modest panel discussion focusing on the nature and significance of the films shown, and an outline of the greater f3 futures film festival concept and its future directions.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The F2/f3 Concept

F2/f3 is a film and transmedia based festival sharply focused on the theme of ‘futures’.

It will include a comprehensive line-up of futures-oriented media productions
from major sci-fi films; to made-for-TV shows; futures simulations;
retro-future science fiction films; youth-produced futures films; 'prophetical' experimental films; all with a strong focus on the nature of what the future was, is, can be, should and should not be.

F2/f3 is to be an annual event which will spawn an ‘ambulant’ film festival staged in several locations around the world to further the discourse.

F2/f3 will take place as the central event of a portfolio of ‘collaborative events’ such as the future of food in Uberfoods, Fusik.

In a global market with thousands of existing film festivals vying for attention, F2/f3 will stand out as the most provocative seeking to transform our perceptions of the future one story, one image, one meme at a time!