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The concept of gynoids has been a mainstay of science fiction for decades, both in literature (e.g. "Helen O'Loy" by Lester del Rey) and film (e.g. Metropolis). Minicon 50 will be screening a documentary about the creation of artificial female companions in both science fiction and reality. The documentary is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Apil 4, 2015, at 9:00pm.

The Mechanical Bride was directed, produced, and edited by Dr. Allison de Fren, a professor of Media Arts and Culure at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is fascinated with dolls, puppets, mannequins, and robots, but her interest in men who build artificial women was sparked in her former life as an interactive digital designer, while working among predominantly male roboticists at a future technology "think tank" in Silicon Valley. Her documentary has been screened at several film festivals, such as the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, SCI-FI-LONDON/BFI: The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, and Fantasia International Film Festival.

The film is narrarated by Julie Newmar, who portrayed "Rhoda the Robot" on the television sitcom My Living Doll (1964-1965). Rhoda (otherwise known as AF709) was designed as a prototype robot for the U.S. Air Force, and winds up in the hands of Air Force psychologist Bob McDonald (played by Bob Cummings), who tries to teach her how to be the “perfect woman” while keeping her true identity a secret.

A trailer for the documentary appears below:

"...arguably the most terrifying film I have seen in a long time." -- twitch.com

This film in Cinema Obscura will be open to attendees of any age, but please note that this documentary is intended for mature viewers.


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