The onedotzero4 festival takes place April 28-May 7, 2000. Having established itself globally as a home for innovative digital creativity, onedotzero4 is a festival and celebration of cutting edge moving image. Digital graphics collide with anime, film footage and animation wrestle for space on screen in the most forward-looking, diverse filmmaking festival on the world.
Onedotzero4 shows the pioneers of digital moving images using cutting edge technology to portray their own parallel visual worlds. It is the way we see how technology is being used to create new concepts in narrative structure that impresses about this year’s onedotzero4, along with the quality, fluidity and pure speed of the images.
UK exclusives:
Sony Playstation 2. UK exclusive of stunning new graphics from Namco (Tekken), Eidos (Tomb Raider), and Konami’s new sci-fi fighter Gradius. Gradius generates incredibly precise and lifelike graphics, propelling us through a future cityscape in a fighter spacecraft, dodging skyscrapers and turrets at light speed, shooting spaceward through huge rushes of colour, into Alien-style scenery as we attack a mothership via its bowels, pursued by lolloping mechanoid dinosaurs.
Lain. The day after her classmate commits suicide, Lain, a 13-year old schoolgirl, receives an e-mail from her. This amazing series of anime features, made for mainstream Japanese TV, examines the links between the virtual and spiritual worlds.
Toshiyaki’s Pornostar: in an almost “Taxi Driver” style exploration of urban alienation, and set against a backdrop of Tokyo’s fashionable Shibuya district, the main character becomes unwillingly involved with the Yakuba with deadly consequences.
Taro Rin’s cult animation X takes non-linear narrative to extremes: The Dragons of Heaven and the Dragons of Earth battle it out with the central character Kamui caught in the middle in this visually inventive epic.
Eating, Sleeping, Waiting and Playing: seen only at the Edinburgh festival, Mike Mills’ 90min. biog of the French group Air must be one of the most adventurous documentaries ever. Mills, also responsible for the group’s record artwork, conducts an in-depth insight into the band’s audiences, friends and image of themselves as they travel around the world.
Live events: highly influential Japanese collective Superlovers (including Prince Tonga), and DJ Tasaka alongside EYEDENTIFY in a UK first, combining their own unique music and visuals.
A presentation of ‘Orchestrated bulbs and beats’ and the first move to digital by the UK’s celebrated Light Surgeons.
Other highlights include:
Akira’s Koji Morimoto takes Taiyou Matsumoto’s original manga and transforms in into the fantastic anime Black and White. “…make no assumptions about Treasure Town,” we are told, it is “…half-dream, half-nightmare”. In a completely absorbing, non-linear exploration of 2D graphics and 3D anime, we are told the story of 2 flying street kids who terrorize the town from above.
Richard Kenworthy’s (director of The Littlest Robo) video for a Grooverider/Cypress Hill release: in a computer game simulation, huge, agile robots fights armed insectoid tanks in a Tron-style arena. With each successive level, the foes worsen. Fearful winged beasts with Stealth bomber ailerons and armoured panels strafe our heroes Grooverider and B Real with lasers and missiles. You can guess who wins.
Mirrorball will feature interviews and videos from Chris Cunningham (maker of Aphex Twin’s classic ‘Come to Daddy’ and ‘Windowlicker’ videos), Spike Jonze (director of Fatboy Slim’s hilarious Rockerfeller Skank video), Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry and Mike Mills. Design group tomato show their commissioned work from Channel 4’s onedottv, and Nick Parish’s “My Chocolate Bar”, an exploration of humiliation, which manages to be extremely close-up and distant at the same time.
Wavelength includes the edgiest, rarely shown and sometimes banned work by some of the world ‘s leading video directors. This year’s collection includes videos of Primal Scream, Add N to (X) and Quannum.
Wow and Flutter showcases mostly specially commissioned works, all very different in style.
Andy Martin, an internationally-respected traditional illustrator premieres a minimal animation piece, dubbed by his grandfather recounting his thoughts about peace during wartime on a Normandy beach in June 1944.
Alex Rutterford, part of the 3D special effects team Lost in Space (who also worked on the feature film Lost in Space), sometime colleague of Chris Cunningham, presents a specially commissioned film set to classical music.
Extended Play includes longer length short films including Richard Kenworthy’s Littlest Robo and Sebaston and Pallotta’s acclaimed road animation, Roadhead, a trip from New York to Austin, Texas in 12 different styles made entirely using their own proprietary software.
Motion graphics from Ichiro Tanida and Tycoon alongside Hammer and Tongs (Blur, Lamb) video.
Get more info from the official site at: http://www.onedotzero.com/

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