Obscure Experimental Film that Anticipated Causes of Global Financial Crisis Screens at Festivals in Dallas and Hamburg, Germany

Next month, a provocative, experimental film that eerily portends the current financial meltdown will be screened at the Dallas Video Festival and at the Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival. Completed in 2007, "Space Times Square" (24 min.) decodes the deeper meanings of our culture as projected by the screens of Times Square. Shot entirely from the streets of Times Square, the film was written and directed by Barry Vacker, a media studies professor at Temple University.

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I see signs of our culture's intellectual and ideological bankruptcy, existing side-by-side with advancing media technologies. The film's messages are more relevant today than ever, and I look forward to sharing these ideas with audiences in Dallas and Hamburg.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 16, 2008

Next month, a provocative, experimental documentary film that eerily portends the current financial meltdown will be screened at the Dallas Video Festival and at the Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival.

Completed in 2007, "Space Times Square" (24 min.) decodes the deeper meanings of our culture as projected by the screens of Times Square. Shot entirely from the streets of Times Square, the film was written and directed by Barry Vacker, a media studies professor at Temple University.

"With an endless terror war, fundamentalism run amok, a global financial crisis, and a National Debt Clock that has run out of digits," said Vacker, "I see signs of our culture's intellectual and ideological bankruptcy, existing side-by-side with advancing media technologies. The film's messages are more relevant today than ever, and I look forward to sharing these ideas with audiences in Dallas and Hamburg."

As a companion piece for sections of the film that may be uncomfortable--for example, commentary about 'bankruptcy' along with images of the National Debt Clock--Vacker has written an essay explaining the film's correlation with current cultural events and made it freely available at the film's website http://www.spacetimessquare.net.

Drawing from philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and media theorist Marshall McLuhan, this film offers a meditative journey through our mediated universe, where real space meets cyberspace meets outer space. Space Times Square is accompanied by poetic narration and an original electronic musical score by New York-based musician Brett Sroka.

The film has been screened at the 2007 International Digital Media and Arts Association conference, the 2008 Cinema Du Reel Festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris, and at the Communications University of China (CUC) in Beijing. The primary distribution, however, honors the film's subject matter--cyberspace. Vacker has been sharing the film via the Internet at no charge (and long before Michael Moore thought of the idea) and so far thousands have watched or downloaded it.

The film was co-produced Jo Ann Caplin, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, and Olivia Antsis, director, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.

To learn more about the film, watch it or view the trailer, visit http://www.spacetimessquare.net. For information about the festivals, visit http://dallasvideo.bside.com/2008/films/spacetimessquare_dallasvideo2008 and http://www.radarhamburg.com/index.html.

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