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We are all Cylons
We Are All Cylons is a visionary take on the profoundly resonant series Battlestar
Galactica. Through interviews with cast members and fans, the film explores the
areas where science fiction meets reality. Actors describe the challenges they
faced playing characters that discover they’re not human, and fans explain their
deep emotional and intellectual connections to the program. Issues such as
rapidly advancing technology, the malleability of identity, and the role and
representation of the military in contemporary life are examined.
Tethered to reality while at times blurring the line between documentary and
science fiction, We Are All Cylons examines the complex relationship between
viewers and Battlestar Galactica’s depiction of artificial intelligence,
consciousness, notions of the divine, and what makes us human in the digital
In pursuing the afterlife of a television series into the real world, We Are All
Cylons is a tribute to the power of art and the people it inspires.
A transmission, grounded as an entertainment, begins. Its dynamic message connects with people throughout the world. The viewer, who then becomes a fan, is compelled to spread and share the message. The story leaks in to the real world because it resonates with real lives — a feedback loop of projection on the transmission medium has been created.
The word enthusiasm comes from entheos, meaning "having god within." We Are All Cylons investigates our very human enthusiasm for technology and myth by examining the metaphysical resonances of the television series Battlestar Galactica.
This project is motivated in part by the intersections of technology and culture at the level of the individual, and the impact of these intersections on our lives.
Specifically, We Are All Cylons explores the possibility of technological and biological immanence — transcendence manifest in the material world — and its circulation outward from its apparent science-fiction source.
A documentary point-of-view provides an opportunity to confront central questions about our humanity, our susceptibility to myth, the fungible nature of our own identities, and what makes us human in the digital age.
Filmmaker Ilana Rein seems to have spearheaded a new genre of filmmaking: science fiction documentary. Her previous film, “We Are All Cylons”, cemented this strange mix of the fantastic and the truthful in an exploration of all things "Battlestar Galactica," and her new film "Alignment Project" will take the experiment one step further.
-Heidi Honeycutt Planet Etheria
A very artistic, informative and thought-provoking documentary. Highly recommended.
- Movie Reviews From a Spiritual Perspective.
...it’s clear from “We Are All Cylons” that there’s this profound hunger to connect through art and stories that feel directly relevant to the challenges of the modern day.
– Alyssa Rosenberg, Think Progress
Sci-fi franchises from Star Trek to Stargate have inspired legions of rabid fans over the years, but in new indie documentary We Are All Cylons, some fans’ love of Battlestar Galactica goes further than simple devotion to a TV show.
Michael Hogan Rekha Sharma Michael Trucco Kate Vernon David Chirico Lara Liu Alisa Strassner
FESTIVAL/ SCREENING list:
SCI-FI LONDON WORLD PREMIERE APRIL 2011
SPOOL MFG FINE ARTS, NY July 2011
SHORE LEAVE FILM FESTIVAL, BALTIMORE JULY 2011
DRAGON CON SPECIAL SCREENING
ARIZONA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2011 (AWARD WINNER BEST SHORT DOC)
BENT CON, LA
FREQUENCY FESTIVAL OF DIGITAL CULTURE, UK NOVEMBER 2011
BIG MINI DV FILM FESTIVAL, NYC DECEMBER 2011
reRun THEATER, NYC DECEMBER 2011
FANTASTIC PLANET FILM FESTIVAL, SYDNEY AU MARCH 2012
PHOENIX COMIC CON MAY 2012
HOUSTON COMICPALOOZA MAY 2012
ETHERIA FILM FESTIVAL, BOSTON SEPTEMBER 2012