Hot Docs Soup Oct - Google and the World Brain

30 Sep 2013


Hot Docs is pleased to open the 2013-14 season of its Doc Soup monthly screening series with the Toronto premiere of the Sundance hit GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN (D: Ben Lewis, USA, 90 min.). Called “endlessly fascinating and engaging” byThe Huffington Post, GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN will screen on Wednesday, October 2, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and on Thursday, October 3, at 6:45 p.m. at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West. Filmmaker Ben Lewis will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.

GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN is the story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and the people who tried to stop it. In 1937 H.G. Wells predicted the creation of the “World Brain,” a giant global library containing all human knowledge that would lead to a new form of higher intelligence. Seventy years later the realization of that dream was underway, as Google scanned millions of books for its Google Books website. But over half those books were still in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop them, climaxing in a New York courtroom in 2011.

Single tickets for GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN are $15 and can be purchased in advance online at www.hotdocs.ca or in person at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office. In the event advance tickets sell out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on the night of the screening. Select subscription packages for Toronto’s Doc Soup are still available for purchase. Subscriptions and Student 6-Packs can be purchased online at www.hotdocs.ca, in person that the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office, or by phone at 416-637-5150.

Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are November 6 and 7, December 4 and 5, January 8 and 9, February 5 and 6, March 5 and 6 and April 2 and 3. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto and Calgary. Hot Docs also presents Best of Hot Docs weekends in Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Hot Docs is pleased to acknowledge City as the Presenting Partner of the Doc Soup and Best of Hot Docs series.

Doc Soup Toronto is sponsored by Rogers Group of Funds, Telefilm Canada and by print media sponsor The Globe and Mail.




Directed by Ben Lewis

Since the conception of a world brain by sci-fi writer H.G. Wells in 1937, the concept has only been in the human imagination.  But fruition comes in when Google, a large American enterprise decided to digitize all the books in he world to make every book ever written available to the public for free.  Director Lewis’ film begins with an introduction of the standard library followed by the giant brain concept.  Making the proposal ideal, the film rallies the audience to such a great idea.  Within 30 minutes, Lewis turns the tables with the problems arising – copyright infringement.  The climax of the film is the court battle between Google and the authors who want their work protected.  Lewis has done his homework with lots of history and images of digital publishing works and valid viewpoints from a number of experts on the matter.  The controversy also takes the film across the globe from the U.S. to China to France to Spain.  GOOGLE AND THE WOLD BRAIN is a very informative and educational documentary that should interest anyone who ever used a search engine.  Tickets for the screening re available at present and details are found in the paragraphs before the capsule r


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