HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE

Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 PM
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
How to Build a Time Machine
(Dir. Jay Cheel, 2016, Canada, 82 min)
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Filmmaker Jay Cheel’s (Beauty Day) extraordinary documentary examines the ever-lingering obsessions of childhood by focusing on two men with a shared interest in time travel.

Robert Niosi is a former stop-motion animator, a medium intrinsically linked to the concept of time, who has devoted the last decade of his life towards the creation of a nearly exact replica of the time machine from the 1960 H.G. Wells film adaptation.  Theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett dedicates his studies to the concept of time travel, a controversial topic in the science community that forced him to earn his degrees behind a smokescreen of other topics, largely black holes.  Niosi’s hobby arises from a childhood nostalgia, the memories that The Time Machine conjure combined with an absurdist goal that even he cannot fully explain.  He has no interest in actual time travel, unlike Mallett whose entire fascination with the concept stems from his desire to travel back to a time before his father passed away.  Though their intentions differ, a shared sense of loss drives them both forward throughout a film that is just as concerned with development as it is with the past.

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