If you have a soft spot for short films, free things and technology, then the Tribeca Film Festival has just the thing for you. You can now watch seven short films centered around themes of technology for free at the Tribeca website. This online festival begs the question of whether technology “rules or rules us.”
All one has to do to watch the films is create an online account. All films are now streaming online but expire April 27. Below is a list of the seven films and their summaries, courtesy of Tribeca.
“Aphasia” directed by Luke LoCurcio
After Emily’s crush comments on a post she made about a reality television star, and they pick up conversation in a messenger app, the gap between Emily’s real self and her online persona begins to widen. When they meet face-to-face without the comfort of a screen between them, the awkward first date conversation begins.
“Cafe Glass” directed Wen Ren
In the future, online dating becomes the socially acceptable way to communicate and connect. Zayn, a student studying at Cafe Glass, is forced to go offline when the internet suddenly turns off, in order to find a mysterious profile whom he believes might be the one.
“Girlfriend Experience” directed by Mark Kunerth
Getting over a breakup of someone we love can make us do things we normally wouldn’t do. In “The Girlfriend Experience,” a young man’s plan for a no-strings attached encounter is not nearly as easy and uncomplicated as it first seems.
“Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Feminist” directed by Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman
In this satirical comedy about romance, terrorism, and trying to be a better person, Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian is inspired to change her life after a neighbor’s Rosh Hashanah dinner ignites a spark of inspiration. Her mission to make big changes attracts the attention of an overly-invested Homeland Security agent.
“Ghettotube” directed by Said Belktibia
To satisfy the ever-growing hunger for violence online, two housing project teens create their own website by making a video of a staged bus assault outside of Paris. After it goes viral, the website becomes a platform for sordid amateur videos, until they get conned into documenting a genuine vendetta.
“Like” directed by Crazy Pictures
When Morgan fails to get any attention from his surroundings he starts a rebellion against everything that is politically correct. Hidden by the Internet’s anonymity, he goes on attack against an innocent blogger. Like is a film about online hate and the subtle difference between digital and real meetings.
“Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser” directed by Jack Marchetti
The way we purchase music has evolved. The once sacred record store has been replaced by a virtual mega-market. Physical forms of music have fallen to the digital age. Follow Zack’s journey as significant moments in his life parallel the changing landscape of music purchasing technology over the last twenty years.