The Future Is Now!

The Future Is Now!

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In this feature film, a journalist (Liane Balaban) meets “The Man of Today” (Paul Ahmarani) who, while a responsible citizen, is disengaged from greater society. He believes once he’s dead nothing more matters! As an experiment to see if she can turn his pessimistic view around, the journalist sends him on a journey of enlightenment to prove that the future does matter. Traveling the globe, he finds himself in surprising encounters with great minds in the arts and sciences. Starting with an unexpected poetry reading and conversation with experimental poet Christian Bök, “The Man of Today” engages with architect Shigeru Ban, activist Francis Dupuis- Déri, philosopher Alain de Botton, artist Marlene Dumas, novelist Rivka Galchen, leading scientists and even a ghost. Will the journalist succeed in turning a cynic into an optimist? Will it matter? What can one person do?

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  • composer
    John Abram
  • editor
    Paul Mortimer
  • cinematographer
    Patrick McLaughlin
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • producer
    Shirley Vercruysse
    George Baptist
    Bonnie Thompson
  • writer
    Gary Burns
    Jim Brown
  • director
    Gary Burns
    Jim Brown
  • cast
    Paul Ahmarani
    Liane Balaban
    Shigeru Ban
    Christian Bök
    Alain de Botton
    Marlene Dumas
    Francis Dupuis Déri
    Rivka Galchen
    Richard Dawkins
    Craig Venter
    Jean Paul Sartre
  • camera operator
    Brian Shier
  • sound recordist
    Igal Petel
  • key hair dresser
    Anne-Louise Landry
  • key makeup
    Lizane LaSalle
  • wardrobe
    Jenna Wright
  • key set decorator
    Lyne Chénier
    Alain Rouillier
  • sound supervisor
    Pat Butler
  • foley artist
    Cal Harle
  • re-recording mixer
    Patrick Butler