It’s been a couple of years working on this documentary, and
almost always the question I get from my interviewees, friends, or anyone I
talk to about the film is “So…why are you making a documentary about time
|Calvin and Hobbes|
a child of the 90’s, some of my favorite books—Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time—featured trips through history. I
grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes, and my favorite parts were when Calvin and
Hobbes got into their cardboard box time machine to visit dinosaurs.
|La Jetée (Chris Marker 1962)|
travel until, halfway through film school, I saw what would become my favorite
film of all time. La Jetée (1962) is a 30 minute featurette directed by Chris
Marker. Comprised of a series of black and white stills with narration, it
tells a post apocalyptic story of a man being sent to different eras in order
to rescue the present, and an image engrained in his mind, a memory when he was
a child, that haunts him.
in books and movies, but Chris Marker’s version brought up ideas that were just
mind blowing to me- bringing up ideas of time, memory and mortality in
beautiful, stark imagery- and I was drawn to the whole idea of time and time
jump wholeheartedly into a topic.
studying time travel—the “realists”—against the “fanatics” who thought time
travel was possible. My main question was: who was right? But then I realized a
Documentaries exploring whether time travel is possible
are already out there, like Stephen Hawking’s Universe, or Through the
Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.
There are a lot—and I mean a lot—of time travel conspiracies [I refer to this academic paper on
the subject: http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.7128].
And I didn’t want this film to be about conspiracies either.
was how far back the idea of time travel has spanned, and what that meant: Eons
before H.G. Wells wrote The Time Machine,
there were stories about time travel, although they don’t appear like the
stories we see today, spanning across all cultures and myths. Humans are
fascinated with time travel and it’s not just limited to a genre in fiction.
documentary” about Star Trek and Back to the Future…to which the answer
is yes, and no. I’m a nerd, for sure—but since time travel can be found
everywhere from the Bible to video games to Afrofuturist literature, my
nerd-dom is pretty wide-ranging at this point.
experiences making this film!
|Stephen Hawking threw a time traveler party in his TV Series to prove a point that there are no time travelers out there, but it was still cool!|