The Machine: Top Prize Winner at the Robot Film Festival



Rob Shaw’s dark animated short The Machine was voted Best Film at last week’s Robot Film Festival in New York City.  The movie starts on what looks like a standard boy-makes-machine, machine-runs-amok, boy-kills-machine trajectory, but veers nicely off-course and ends on a note much more Sartre than Terminator. (Battlestar Galactica fans will see the twist coming from a mile away).

The Machine seems like a good fit for the new festival, which founder and Carnegie Mellon roboticist Heather Knight hopes will fuel innovation and help improve robots’ image in a post-Cylon world. For more backstory, check out editor and RFF judge Celeste Biever’s fascinating wrap-up at the New Scientist.

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Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.

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