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AI Jetée

"AI Jetée" is a shot-by-shot remake of Chris Marker's renowned 1962 photo-roman, "La Jetée," utilizing generative AI technology to reproduce the original film's visuals, music, and voiceover. This experimental endeavor explores the nature of authenticity and creativity in the age of artificial intelligence.

"La Jetée" itself is an iconic work, characterized by its post-apocalyptic narrative set in a war-torn Paris. The film employs a unique technique of using black and white still photographs to unfold the story, offering a haunting visual experience. It delves into themes of time travel, memory, and the hubris of human existence. The film's story was the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's, "12 Monkeys."

"AI Jetée," inspired by Marker's original masterpiece, reinterprets the familiar narrative with the assistance of generative AI. While replicating the film's components, this AI-driven process introduces an element of unpredictability, creating a strange take on the source material. The reproductions are by no means exact and in fact, often go hilariously wrong. Also, since the AI doesn't produce the same person twice, the main characters' appearance morphs into different versions of themselves throughout, which adds to the dreamlike nature of the film. It's like watching the original film as it spirals through the multiverse. The film asks the viewer to consider the interplay between the source and the recreation. It invites audiences to think about what the rise of this technology will do to our understanding of photography, musical composition, vocal performance, and cultural memory.

  • Adrian Goycoolea
    Flight of the Humming Bird, Viva Chile Mierda, Uncle Denis?
  • Chris Marker
  • Adrian Goycoolea
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 3, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Adrian Goycoolea

Adrian Goycoolea was born in Brazil to Chilean and British parents and has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, New York City, and now in the UK, in Brighton. Perhaps because of this diverse background, his films often address issues of location and identity, exploring the intersections of personal memory with social and political histories.

Since 2007, Adrian has been a professor at the University of Sussex teaching filmmaking. His work ranges from short, experimental, single-channel pieces to multi-channel art installations and music videos as well as short and feature-length documentaries. Previously, Adrian has worked as a programmer and publicist at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and his films and installations have been screened widely.

Over the years, his work has been shown at film festivals such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Moscow International Film Festival, BFI Flare: The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Document: International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Glasgow), FIDOCS: International Documentary Film Festival (Santiago) and at art galleries including The Artists' Space (NYC), Taller Boriqua (NYC), La Panaderia (Mexico City), and in locations as disparate as Anthology Film Archives and MTV.

His work has been acquired into archives such as The Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Santiago), The British Film Institute (London), and The Passolini Archives (Bologna).

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