Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

SYNTHETIC PLEASURES

Year: 1995
Country: United States
Run Time: 82 minutes

SYNTHETIC PLEASURES

Is reality obsolete? From low-tech function like body piercing and artificially-stocked fishing pools, to the latest in bionics and VR gaming, Iara Lee's cyber-age intellectual survey - call it a *.DOCumentary - downloads a Future Shockful of data and defines the parameters of advanced technologies that delete nature and reprogram mankind. Cryonics defy death; the INternet exists outside of time and space; smart drugs and surgery upgrade the mind and body. But are we headed toward human optimization, or stystem crash? Timothy Leary, R. U. Sirius, Lisa Palac, John Barlow and other elite offer sound bytes against a mesmerizing screen display of cutting-edge computer graphics and archival clips. Exhilarating and disturbing, SYNTHETIC PLEASURES raises issues nobody today can afford to abort/retry/ignore.

- Charles Cassady

Producer
George Gund III

Cinematography
Marcus Hahn, Toshi Fumi Furusawa, Kramer Morgenthau

Editing
Andreas Troeger, Stacia Thompson

Principal Cast
Michio Kaku, Scott Bukatman, Jaron Lanier, John Perry

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