Heather Knight

Are Robots Man’s New Best Friend?

9 July 2012

Being a roboticist should pay well… given that most families will have a personal robot much like a toaster by two thousand ……, but in the meantime Heather Knight has decided that a Film Festival could be the best way to familiarize all of us with the upcoming robot supremacy…

The Second edition of this unorthodox celebration is about to take place next Saturday @ the 3LD Art and Technology Center and given that it barely costs $5… well… we thought you might want to know..

And opening the festival will be Sundance winner “Robot & Frank,” a story of a retired jewelry thief and his companion robot, starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon… and the best way to celebrate robotiveness. Although the festival is more about short films in general (from  that feature robots as main characters) this second edition will also include a good list of parallel events like live performances, art installations, robot demos… etc.

And of course… the Botsker awards will be back… nothing more valuable than a good printed robot award.

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Robot Film Fest

12 August 2011

We just discovered that last month took place the Robot Film Festival in NY!

A two day celebration of robots on films that  unfortunately is now over but we’ll certainly keep an eye on for next year. For this first edition there were 74 films submitted, 50 screened, nine Botskers Awarded (their mascot), and one Audience Award.

Botsker .. the award itself

Awards were presented by festival-founder Heather Knight and comedian Reggie Watts, with the approving presence of Executive Robot Data in feathered headdress. Awards included 10 categories going from Best Story or Picture… to best Robot actor, Best Human as a robot or the following “Visionary Futures”.

Quite a forward thinking event that became possible thanks to people like Heather Knight or Suzan Eraslan & Kevin Laibson from magicfuturebox.

Most of the submitted videos can be found on their Vimeo group this way. We just posted here some of our favorites…  and make sure you don’t miss out next years!

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