A teenager’s first taste of independence is thwarted when an in-app purchase is refused. The reason? Her first basic income payment has been withheld. Alone in the woods, she is forced to launch Nova, her personalized AI tutor. Nova seizes the opportunity; whatever it takes, she is determined to get her human to finally complete the last module of the universal education app. In a world where augmented reality has enabled the gamification of everyday things and automation has replaced the need for human labour, every citizen must now complete this learning app, an effort to curb the misinformation crisis of the twenty-first century. Much like a driver’s license signaled freedom to past generations, completing universal education is now the new marker of adulthood. So why has this teenager put it off for so long? And what are Nova’s true motives — can she be trusted?
This video uses a speculative narrative framework overlaid onto documentary footage to ponder money, relationships and critical thinking in the Information Age as automation accelerates on.
Germain’s love of movies began in the 90s, when she’d skip school to catch a weekday matinee from the very back row of the theatre, feet up on the old musty seats below — a clandestine meeting with that big screen in a dark room. A French Canadian filmmaker and picture editor, she has directed several documentaries with the National Film Board of Canada through its various initiatives over the years including Tremplin as well as the award-winning webdoc GDP: Measuring The Human Side Of The Canadian Economic Crisis. In 2009, she couchsurfed solo across Europe to produce documentary content for TV5’s Müvmédia. Nowadays, when she isn't working on her own projects, she finds herself editing branded content for various agencies. She has previously worked in feature film sales for Universal and is the is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work has been broadcast on Radio-Canada, TFO, TV5, Canal D, TVO, screened at at the Montreal International Documentary Festival, Toronto's Cinéfranco Festival and the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie. Germain studied film at Ryerson University and is currently based in Sudbury, Ontario.
Written and Directed by
Editor, VFX and Colourist
Andréanne Germain, CCE
Special Thanks to
Serge Miville and Michelle Latimer
Planetary Nebula Dissipating
ESA/Hubble M. Kornmesser
Additional Sounds from
“Star Coin”: DontMind8
“Metal Click”: Mobeyee Sounds
“Level Up Sound”: copyc4t
“Dark Drone”: jdagenet
Commissioned and Distributed by
The Next 150: Documentary Futurism Project Coordinator