Friday, May 25, 2012

Fantastic Short Film Friday - IRL "In Real Life" (documentary)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

It's time for another amazing short film for all you short film lovers out there. Who likes documentaries? Okay, now who likes documentaries about geek culture? Even less of you but stay with me because you're in for a treat with this short. Here is the 7-minute documentary short IRL - In Real Life from filmmaker Anthony Rosner (and he's not just the filmmaker, he's also the doc subject).

Here's the synopsis:

A light-hearted documentary looking at the effects of World of Warcraft addiction.

Sure, this kind of subject has been done before, brilliantly in the documentary Second Skin, but this is a nice and lighter taster test you can try before you dive in to Second Skin. Here Anthony talks about his 6+ years of life spent playing the computer game World of Warcraft. As his cyber popularity grows, his reality begins to crumble as he loses more and more because of his addiction. Told mainly through in-game video footage and photographs, this is a fascinating look at the darker side of geek culture that most people don't see, the obsessive and all-consuming side. I have an obsessive personality and that's why I've never played Warcraft because Anythony's life could have been mine, maybe to not the extreme's he goes through but its easy to say that this would never happen to me if you haven't taken the time to confront the same demons.

Check this out if you want to the darker side of internet life. Check this out if you want to see a light documentary about a world where millions are a part of, a shared community and yet all  still  strangely separate and alone. Enjoy this weeks dose of short film goodness with IRL - In Real Life.

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