LA Premiere: PRESSPAUSEPLAY (David Dworsky & Victor Köhler, 2011)

Event Date: October 25, 2011 - 7:30pm

Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA

From the Melnitz Movies Director, Samuel B. Prime:

Is our democratized 21st century digital culture a good thing or a bad thing? Does it allow creativity to rise to the top or engender media culture by leaving it awash in a sea of garbage? With these questions and more, PRESSPAUSEPLAY takes on the issues that face our time and generation, attempting to make sense of a new world and culture currently in development. Join us for this brand new documentary feature, in its LA premiere, and also stay for the post-show panel discussion, as we continue the conversation that begins onscreen, translating it to our own personal experience.


The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and the talent of people in an unprecedented way, opening the flood gates to innumerable innovative opportunities at. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the central question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.

Co-sponsored by GSA Publications as part of Open Access Week on UCLA's campus, there will be an exclusive video introduction from the directors and a post-show panel discussion, on the five main tenets of PressPausePlay.

Post-show lobby reception sponsored by the UCLA Library.

Achievement Award, Newport Beach Film Festival
Best Documentary Jury Award, Santa Cruz Film Festival
Best Cinematography in a Foreign Documentary Film, Traverse City Film Festival
Official Selection, South by Southwest Film Festival
Official Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival
Official Selection, Seattle International Film Festival

"While the digital era has truly made the means of producing art available to everybody, that everybody will then produce art doesn't necessarily follow, as this outstanding, superbly crafted, understated and timely Swedish documentary makes clear." -Jim Schembri, Sydney Morning Herald

"The genius of the movie precedes climax and resolution, it’s featured during the debate (left unanswered) whether the now highly available recording, editing and dissemination technology has resulted in uninhibited creation or a world of noise and visual traffic: 'global masturbation.'" -D-List Magazine

DIRECTORS: David Dworsky and Victor Köhler
FEATURING: Moby, Seth Godin, and Robyn Carlsson
A House of Radon release
35mm, 88 min

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