Private Project

Even Asteroids Are Not Alone

Like roaming asteroids, we move through space: never alone, forming deep bonds along the way. Hundreds of thousands of online gamers mine, trade and fight their way through computer-generated galaxies far, far away from the world as we know it. In the vast and hostile world of New Eden, no one can really be trusted. How can one make friends in the depths of space? Weaving together the experiences of fourteen Eve Online players, we reveal an intimate story about the ability of online games to forge community and bridge the space between us.

  • Jón Bjarki Magnússon
    Director
  • Jón Bjarki Magnússon
    Writer
  • Hlín Ólafsdóttir
    Producer
  • Jón Bjarki Magnússon
    Producer
  • Hlín Ólafsdóttir
    Artistic advisor
  • Haukur Már Helgason
    Artistic advisor
    Ge9n
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Iceland
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Film Language:
    English, Icelandic
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Ethnocineca
    Vienna
    Austria
    May 6, 2018
    World Premiere
    Nominated for the ESSA student awards
  • Skjaldborg Documentary Film Festival
    Patreksfjörður
    Iceland
    May 20, 2018
    Icelandic premiere
  • NAFA, Nordic Anthropological Film Association
    Cluj Napoca
    Romania
    September 15, 2018
    Romanian premiere
  • Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 22, 2018
    German premiere
  • Etnoff, Festival of ethnographic student movies
    Skopje
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    December 8, 2018
    Macedonian premiere
  • Transmediale
    Berlin
    Germany
    February 2, 2019
  • Days of Ethnographic Film
    Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    March 8, 2019
    Slovenian premiere
  • RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) film festival
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    March 30, 2019
    U.K. Premiere
    RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize for ‘the most outstanding short film on social, cultural and biological anthropology or archaeology’
  • Cinema Perpetuum Mobile ISFF
    Minsk
    Belarus
    April 2, 2019
    Belorusian premiere
  • Data Stories
    Volos
    Greece
    June 1, 2019
    Greek Premiere
  • G-Fleet
    Berlin
    Germany
    September 13, 2019
  • LA CITTÀ-Antropologia applicata ai territorian
    Ferrara
    Italy
    December 14, 2019
    Italian Premiere
  • RAI@USC 2020 Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 6, 2020
    U.S. Premire
  • EVE Fanfest
    Reykjavík
    Iceland
    April 3, 2020
  • Etnografilm
    Paris
    France
    April 24, 2020
    French Premiere
Director Biography - Jón Bjarki Magnússon

Jón Bjarki Magnússon (b. 1984) is an anthropological filmmaker with a background in journalism and poetry. He studied creative writing at the University of Iceland and received his MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität, Berlin, in 2018. His works include journalism on the conditions of refugees and asylum-seekers in Iceland, a book of poetry, and a short film on friendship in cyberspace, which was awarded Royal Anthropological Institute´s (RAI) & Marsh Short Film Prize for ‘the most outstanding short film on social, cultural and biological anthropology or archaeology’.

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