Q+As This Weekend – Nationwide + Digital on April 22nd
Written and Directed by Jane Schoenbrun
Starring Anna Cobb
Opens Friday at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan, BAM in Brooklyn and the Music Box in Chicago;
Expands April 22nd to theaters nationwide (including Los Angeles) and on Digital Platforms
Q+As with Jane Schoenbrun This Thursday and Friday at BAM (7pm shows), and Saturday and Sunday at the Quad (3pm shows)
“An unsettling tribute to the mysteries of online culture that’s also uniquely attuned to the kinds of intimacy and solace to be found in its strangest trenches.”
– Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times
“An original vanguard vision. A sad, transfixing, and ultimately perceptive movie about the way that the internet has fundamentally reshaped communication and maybe our relationship to reality, too.”
– A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club
Preceding their run of We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, BAM will present “Photographing the Ether: The Internet on Film, 1983—2022,” a wide-ranging series of films, programmed by Jane Schoenbrun, that vividly depict the virtual world, reflecting both fascination and fear associated with living life online.
The series screens April 8—13 at BAM and will feature the following films:
Videodrome (1983) Dir. David Cronenberg.
Unfriended (2014) Dir. Levan Gabriadze.
The Matrix (1999) Dirs. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski.
Hackers (1995) Dir. Iain Softley.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001) Dir. Shunji Iwai.
A Self-Induced Hallucination (2018) Dir. Jane Schoenbrun.
Girl Internet Show: A Kati Kelli Mixtape Dirs. Jane Schoenbrun and Jordan Wippell (World premiere).
Nerve (2016) Dirs. Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.
The Human Surge (2016) Dir. Eduardo Williams.
Level Five (1997) Dir. Chris Marker.
Pulse (2001) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
Crestone (2020) Dir. Marnie Ellen Hertzler.
Hi I Need to Be Loved (2018) Dir. Marnie Ellen Hertzler.
The Pain of Others (2018) Dir. Penny Lane.
Watching the Pain of Others (2018) Dir. Chloé Galibert-Laîné.
Late on a cold night somewhere in the U.S., teenage Casey (Anna Cobb in her feature debut) sits alone in her attic bedroom, scrolling the internet under the glow-in-the-dark stars and black-light posters that blanket the ceiling. She has finally decided to take the World’s Fair Challenge, an online role-playing horror game, and embrace the uncertainty it promises. After the initiation, she documents the changes that may or may not be happening to her, adding her experiences to the shuffle of online clips available for the world to see. As she begins to lose herself between dream and reality, a mysterious figure reaches out, claiming to see something special in her uploads.
About the Filmmaker
Jane Schoenbrun (Writer, Director, Editor) is a non-binary filmmaker who co-created the ongoing touring variety series The Eyeslicer, a collaboration with hundreds of filmmakers including David Lowery, Ari Aster, Shaka King, Jennifer Reeder, Bridey Elliott, and many more. The Eyeslicer is executive produced by arts collective Meow Wolf and has screened in hundreds of venues across the world including MoMA, the Tribeca Film Festival, and Kansas City’s oldest porn theater. In 2018, Jane created the Radical Film Fair, a film flea market and mentorship event that drew thousands of attendees. Jane is the director of the feature documentary A Self-Induced Hallucination (Rotterdam 2019), a producer on Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life (Kino Lorber, 2019), an EP on season one of Terence Nance’s “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO, 2018), and the creator of the omnibus ‘dream film’ collective:unconscious (SXSW 2016). Jane sometimes publishes the column “Continue Watching” for FILMMAKER Magazine, and has previously worked as the Senior Film Lead at Kickstarter and as the Associate Director of Programming at IFP. We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is their first narrative feature as writer/director.
Director: Jane Schoenbrun
Writer: Jane Schoenbrun
Starring: Anna Cobb, Michael J. Rogers
Music: Alex G
Editor: Jane Schoenbrun
Cinematographer: Daniel Patrick Carbone
Executive Producers: Daniel Patrick Carbone, Hannah Dweck, Matthew Petock, Theodore Schaefer, Zachary Shedd
Producers: Sarah Winshall, Abby Harri, Carlos Zozaya
Running Time: 86 mins