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USA 2018
produced by
Melissa Chesman, Jason Hefter, Pamela Lubell, Johnny Boston, Martin Boston (executive), Orna Boston (executive), Eric Falkenstein (executive), Christine Fulton (executive), Flora Schnall (executive) for 2030 Productions
directed by Johnny Boston
starring FM-2030 (archive material), Johnny Boston, Flora Schnall, Brian Carter, Doug Donovan, Frank Vasquez, Vincent Veloso, Marcus Brighton, Leland Gantt, Adam Onoff, Robert Emmet Lunney, John Reznikoff, Jason Hefter, Irbing Renfell, Stu Richel, Kaila Reed, Zev Greenfield, Christine Fulton, Alexander Boston, Zoe Boston, Peter Raben, Jake Robards, Talya Boston, Darlene Jones, Ellen Toland, Sebastian Smith, Nelson Avidon, Linda Pfeife, Kaytlin Bailey, Orna Boston, Martin Boston, Youssif Kamal, Toman Wainwright, Jeremy Johnson, Patricia Theissen, Seregon O'Dassey, Lori Hammel, Daniella Boston, Joseph Owino, Leora Owino, Max More, Daniel Kraft, Aubrey de Grey, Raymond Kurzweil, Kent Hayworth, Anders Sandberg, Dean Kamen, David Hanson, Raymond McCauley, Lazar Puhalo, Mario Livio, Carne Ross, Yair Amichai Hamburger, Marty Kohn, Esther Perel
written by Johnny Boston, Melissa Chesman, Paul Dolzall, Jason Hefter, music by Cristhian Andrews

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During his lifetime, FM-2030 was a futurist whose predictions in the technological field were uncannily on point, a transhumanist philosopher, former athlete and author. He died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer, but never believed in death - so he had himself cryogenically frozen to await revivification into a better world. It's 2016 now, and it's questionable whether the world has gotten any better, but Dr. Sebastian Smith, the lead scientist of CLEO, the institution FM-2030 has been frozen at, thinks that science has advanced far enough to bring FM-2030 back to the living - and his partner Flora Schnall is overly joyed. So she, along with filmmaker Johnny Boston, whose mentor FM-2030 was, and his want to be there for the occasion. Moreso, Boston wants to document the whole process. Thing is, the people at CLEO are not very open to the documentary idea, while Boston is quickly running out of money, and eventually leans on Flora for support under a false pretense - and when she finds out about his true motives, she cuts funding, refuses to let him be at the revivification, and basically kills his project. Now Boston is devastated by this, but slowly has to come to the fact that he has to move on - when he gets some info from befriended journalist Doug Donovan that with CLEO not all might be what it seems, and the company might have ulterior motives for reviving FM-2030 ...

 

Now I'll be perfectly honest, I don't know how much of this documentary is actually "real", and especially for the third act I could not find any verification anywhere - and yet the film spins a nice yarn more engaging than your usual documentary, and even if the finale might contain a few hyperboles, the film itself gives a good insight into the world and philosophy of FM-2030, and especially by also lending an ear to other futurists and scientists from all fields who not necessarily share the man's beliefs the film manages to give a rounded picture, and one that gets one thinking. And by actually telling a story where the filmmaker himself becomes a major character rather than just filming talking heads, and using clever filmmaking tactics to give the whole thing a cinematic feel, the viewer really gets sucked into the plot rather than just being bombarded with facts and factoids.

Maybe not the most accurate of documentaries, but a very interesting one for sure.

 

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