While today’s digital world gives us the opportunity to capture each passing moment, event, and thought in our lives, back in the 1970s documenting the paths both minor and major that our lives take was a far more difficult affair. However, that didn’t deter teenager Sam Klemke who embarked on a lifelong project that is detailed in the upcoming documentary, “Sam Klemke’s Time Machine.”
Directed by Matthew Bate, the film takes us to 1977, where teenager Sam Klemke begins to obsessively film and narrate every year of his life in an attempt to understand himself. Coincidentally, that’s also the year NASA sent into space the Golden Record: an audio-visual self-portrait of humanity that would allow extra terrestrials to understand who we are.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip we see a discussion between subject and maker as they come to terms with each other’s very different personalities. Sam the slob faces off with clean-freak director Bate to discuss personal hygiene, the supersizing of American food and the relationships between filmmaker and subject.
“Sam Klemke’s Time Machine” arrives on Vimeo on November 30th. Watch below.