How to Build a Time Machine

Jay Cheel

IFFR 2017

Nuts & Bolts

  • 84'
  • Canada
  • 2016
Humans are nostalgic beings. We feel a romantic connection to the past, not in the least to the times before we even existed. In this documentary, we meet two men who both seek to mould the link to the past into something tangible. For animator Rob Niosi, it’s all about aesthetics, emulating the time machine featured in the film adaption (1960) of H.G. Wells' science fiction novel. Physicist Ronald Mallet, however, is convinced that when people start investing serious time and money in researching the fourth dimension, traveling through time will become scientific reality.
"If we can do it, what will happen when we actually do?" The beauty of this time warping – symbolic or real – lies partly in speculative dreaming, ignited by technology’s possibilities. Another aspect is of course a portrayal of the psyche of these dreamers.
Director
Jay Cheel
Country of production
Canada
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
84'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Kristina McLaughlin / Primitive Entertainment, Kevin McMahon / Primitive Entertainment, Michael McMahon / Primitive Entertainment
Production Company
Primitive Entertainment
Sales
Primitive Entertainment
Screenplay
Jay Cheel
Cinematography
Jay Cheel
Editor
Jay Cheel
Sound Design
Andy Frech
Music
Ohad Benchetrit, Justin Small