The Future is Now (Clip 2)

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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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Film Credits

composer
John Abram
editor
Paul Mortimer
cinematographer
Patrick McLaughlin
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

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