Panel discussion, October 6, 2004
Riklis Theater, Museum of the Moving Image
Disguised as a time-travel science-fiction movie, Primer is also a vivid portrayal of a fascinating subculture, a suburban Dallas fraternity of innovators who toil late into the night in their garage-laboratories. Significant for its filmmaking style and for its scientific content, Primer won both the Grand Jury feature film prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In October 2004, Moving Image presented a screening of Primer and a discussion with Shane Carruth (writer and director, Primer), George van Buskirk (independent film producer and co-founder, Holedigger Films), Jerome Swartz (co-founder and chairman, Symbol Technologies, and inventor of bar-code scanning technology), and moderator David Schwartz (Chief Curator, Museum of the Moving Image).