How to Build a Time Machine

Jay Cheel

For decades, animator Rob Niosi has concentrated on a single hobby: making a perfect replica of the time machine in George Pal's film from 1960. Likewise, physicist Ronald Mallet has obsessively searched his whole life for a scientific model to grasp the fourth dimension. In this documentary, their quest even promises some results.

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.

Screenings

  • KINO 3
    No subtitles
    Fri 27 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 3
    No subtitles
    Sat 28 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 5
    No subtitles
    Mon 30 Jan Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Jay Cheel
Country
Canada
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
84
Language
English
Producer
Kristina McLaughlin / Primitive Entertainment, Kevin McMahon / Primitive Entertainment, Michael McMahon / Primitive Entertainment
Production Company
Primitive Entertainment
Sales
Primitive Entertainment
Writer
Jay Cheel
Cinematography
Jay Cheel
Editor
Jay Cheel
Sound Design
Andy Frech
Music
Ohad Benchetrit, Justin Small