Late on a cold night somewhere in the U.S., teenage Casey (Anna Cobb in her feature debut) sits alone in her attic bedroom, scrolling the internet under the glow-in-the-dark stars and black-light posters that blanket the ceiling. She has finally decided to take the World’s Fair Challenge, an online role-playing horror game, and embrace the uncertainty it promises. After the initiation, she documents the changes that may or may not be happening to her, adding her experiences to the shuffle of online clips available for the world to see. As she begins to lose herself between dream and reality, a mysterious figure reaches out, claiming to see something special in her uploads.
Preceding their run of We're All Going to the World's Fair, BAM will present "Photographing the Ether: The Internet on Film, 1983—2022," a wide-ranging series of films, programmed by Jane Schoenbrun, that vividly depict the virtual world, reflecting both fascination and fear associated with living life online.
The series screens April 8—13 at BAM and will feature the following films:
Videodrome (1983) Dir. David Cronenberg.
Unfriended (2014) Dir. Levan Gabriadze.
The Matrix (1999) Dirs. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski.
Hackers (1995) Dir. Iain Softley.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001) Dir. Shunji Iwai.
A Self-Induced Hallucination (2018) Dir. Jane Schoenbrun.
Girl Internet Show: A Kati Kelli Mixtape Dirs. Jane Schoenbrun and Jordan Wippell (World premiere).
Nerve (2016) Dirs. Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.
The Human Surge (2016) Dir. Eduardo Williams.
Level Five (1997) Dir. Chris Marker.
Pulse (2001) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
Crestone (2020) Dir. Marnie Ellen Hertzler.
Hi I Need to Be Loved (2018) Dir. Marnie Ellen Hertzler.
The Pain of Others (2018) Dir. Penny Lane.
Watching the Pain of Others (2018) Dir. Chloé Galibert-Laîné.